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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.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Bak Kut Teh

main dish, Soup | Chinese
Bak Kut Teh, Bakuteh with Char Kuih (a type of fried bread to dip into the soup)
Bakuteh with Char Kuih (a type of fried bread to dip into the soup)
with a bitter gourd side dish in a restaurant in Imbi, Kuala Lumpur
popular Chinese pork soup with tofu and salad leaves
also known as:
Bakuteh

Bah Kut Teh liturally means "meat bone tea" in Hookien.

There are also variants fo Bak Kut Teh with seafood and also one called "chik kut teh" with chicken.



ingedients:
pork, tofu, herbs for soup: star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic

Where to find?
Chinese hawker centres and restaurants

Bak Kut Teh on Wikipedia:

Bak kut teh (Hokkien: 肉骨茶) is a Chinese soup popularly served in Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan (where there is a predominant Hoklo and Teochew community) and also, cities of neighbouring countries like Batam of Indonesia and Hat Yai of Thailand. The name literally translates as "meat bone tea", and, at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs in a complex broth of herbs and spices (including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic), boiled together with pork bones for hours. However, additional ingredients may include offal, varieties of mushroom, choy sum, and pieces of dried tofu or fried tofu puffs. Additional Chinese herbs may include yu zhu (rhizome of Solomon's Seal) and ju zhi (buckthorn fruit), which give the soup a sweeter, slightly stronger flavor. Light and dark soy sauce are also added to the soup during cooking, with varying amounts depending on the variant. Garnshings include chopped coriander or green onions and a sprinkling of fried shallots.

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Bak Kut Teh stand
pile of claypot which a traditionally used to heat and serve Bak Kut Teh


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