Exploring ethnic enclaves in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
My hobby is exploring ethnic enclaves in the cities I frequent.
Last Sunday, I shared one such ethnic enclave in the Kuala Lumpur - the northern edge of China town which now hosts food and markets from several countries in Asia. My guests were a colourful bunch — some Kuala Lumpur residents and some travellers. I heard from the locals that they were shy to expire the place on their own.
We started with a Burmese restaurant, where ladies in thanaka (the natural sunscreen) and lyongi (wraparound bottom wear)served us the milk tea and mohinga (rice noodle and fish soup dish.) The place was crowded when we arrived, but the patrons were happy to accommodate us. Seems they rarely got non-Myanmar people come in.
Next, we climbed up a narrow staircase past the Rambo Supermarket (perhaps they sell supplies to take over a small country) for some Nepalese momo.
We went to the Filipino enclave for the sweet and cold halo-halo desert. The survivors of this intrepid trek ended up at what is probably the cheapest and most colourful watering hole in Kuala Lumpur.