Thursday, December 03, 2009

#best09 2. best meal

The last dinner in Malaysia was an authentic Thai experience in the lush surrounds of one of KL’s finest hotels. Every dish contributed to this being the meal of '09 to die for but rather than make you groan with envy slavishly recreating every course, I’ll give you a taste of the first dish.

The setting
The streets are steaming after a tropical thunderstorm, raising the humidity to energy sapping highs. In 4 short blocks we walk from a pocket of the city where the homeless sleep on flattened cardboard boxes and street vendors sell chicken feet and dumplings, to the world of Parisian designers, glitz and glamour. In our sweat stained clothes we’re more at home amongst the old men firing their woks on the roadside than here at the Marriott but we’ve got ringgit to burn and we’re splashing out on the best food the region has to offer for our last night in Asia. We slip into the rarified, deliciously airconditioned surrounds and dine like kings.


The dish
Meang kum

Beetle leaves, shrimps, toasted coconut, ginger, mouth-numbingly-hot chilies, crispy shallots, cucumber and a piquant sauce.

Under the harsh light of the camera flash the ingredients may look a little bland, yet each imparts an intense unique flavour enhanced by their freshness. As for the bird’s eye chili – even a mere hint of this herb triggered a fiery cascade of endorphins.

The place
Mythai Restaurant
Lower ground, 7 Starhill Gallery
181 Jalan Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

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2 Comments:

Blogger BwcaBrownie said...

... 'endorphins' ... way to go!

I just fell over a Sydney blogger who mixes art and food beautifully and I must share the beauty of Tiffany beetroot.

7:16 pm  
Blogger Chai said...

I remember going to the odd Thai restaurant as a kid but never a Vietnamese one. I think it's still hard to find any Vietnamese restaurant in KL. *thinking* Probably cos M'sia never took any refugees.

10:12 pm  

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