Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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I got it from my Mamak

Mamak stalls are restaurants in Malaysia mostly run by muslim Indians. Traditionally they started out as road side stalls but due their importance to Malaysian social life, hence their number of customer, there are big mamak restaurants and even chains now too. Mamak stalls are a true multi-racial melting pot, whether they be Malay, Indian, Chinese or others, this is place where everybody meets for a snack or a drink with friends, business clients, breakfast or just watching football at night. Many mamak stalls operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You want your Roti Canai and Teh Tarik at 4am in the morning? No problem. Welcome to Malaysia! Found out what "mamaking" is all about.
Here's a video clip to a parody of a Black Eye Peas song from a local radio station (I got it from my mamak). Funny clip that gives you a good feel what Mamak means to Malaysians. By the way "Macha" is how the locals call the staff in the restaurant (the other option being Boss").




Mamak stalls come in different sizes.

Here's small stall in residential area in Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur



The art of making Roti Canai:




Medium size restaurant: TG Nasi Kandar on Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur (next door to Red Palm Hostel)




And the new big Mamak centres, often operated as chains. Photos taken at: Restoran Makbul Nasi Kandar, TTDI, Petaling Jaya




Nasi Kandar counter, this where you can get a full meal of rice, vegetable and many different curries:




Typical Mamak Menu:




And the Mamak classic: Teh Tarik ...




and Roti Canai:

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