We took the skytrain to the twin towers. The ride required the purchase of a token that gets scanned at the start of your trip and deposited into a giant coin slot and the end of it. If you should loose this particular token it would cost you.
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At the base of the tower is a high end mall with its own patch of greenery and water fountain. A park with green grass and thriving trees, where you can sit and enjoy a cranked neck, upwards stare at the Malaysia’s twin towers. Now, the tallest twin towers in the world. They were joined together by a glass bridge. And apparently there is a fee to be able to ascend up and walk across it from one tower to the other.
Within the Suria KLCC mall I couldn’t help but gawk at the six levels to explore. Apparently as a business and a vendor you have to be invited to rent space here. The bottom layers are reserved for the high end brands. The top two tiers are for restaurants and services. And the middle was a mix of everything in between.
Here we drooled over a bevy of kuehs from a local dessert chain. I have never seen so many colourful kinds, although sadly get a chance to try any though.
We had tea time at the legendary “Harrods”, a luxury department store originating in London. Their representation here included a tea salon and a well stocked bar.
We then had a North American lunch at “Le Table”, a cafe set behind a bakery. Here they offered all day egg breakfasts, burger lunches with an Asian twists, and even fried chicken and waffles.
It is here that I checked another one off my foodie bucket list. I finally had my first taste of a black charcoal burger bun, with their new “Har jiong”(prawn paste) chicken burger. Juicy crispy chicken, a shrimp paste marinade, and charred pineapple, with a side of fries or chips. The bun didn’t taste any different, it was the salty shrimp paste partnered with the sweet pineapple ring that set it apart.
Whereas my host had a much more western style breakfast platter. A plate of scrambled eggs, sausage, grilled tomato slices and mushrooms, sweetened baked beans, and hash browns; with a flaky croissant baked in house. He claimed it to be uninspiring and that the croissant lacked lustre.
But the pandan panna cotta we shared was much more memorable. The flavour I love, with a texture that is silken and smooth, like cream in a bun.
Here we also had our first shared taste of Malaysian cendol together. This food court stall has been making cendol (a shaved ice and chilled coconut milk dessert), their way since 1936. Though sadly it just didn’t measure up for me. It was more watery than anticipated, with all the milk melting majority of the shaved ice. The durian fruit we added on was at least lovely. Fragrant and sweet, a wonderful compliment to an already refreshing and tropical dessert.
There was rumoured to be a gold toilet in the KLCC tower, as part of the mall. So we added urinating in it to our tourist experience. But this opportunity would cost us. $2.60 was the asking price to use this special toilet. It was the most I have ever paid to relieve myself, and therefore I was left expecting so much more.
Sadly, there was no literal gold toilet. “Gold toilet” was a term used to describe their premium toilet service. No physical golden throne, instead it was a regular porcelain bowl or squat trough. Each gendered room had two attendants to service it. They cleaned up after each user and sent you in with a specialty branded wet wipe. But other than that they were no different from the other toilets on the other floors. I didn’t even use the wet wipe. And although it was two ply paper, it was very difficult to pull the toilet paper from the napkin dispensers within each stall. So what I ended up using was shreds of what I could gather from clenched pulls. Needless to say this was not the best pee experience I have ever had, and frankly not worth the money, especially where it was free to pee on the other floors.
As for the rest of trip and for the rest of my bodily excretions, when it came time to use the facilities I had to inconvenience my host by insisting on a non squat toilet. At the beginning I psyched myself up on going like the locals. And was ready to give it a try. However, once I locked the door I realized that there was no toilet paper; and only a hose and nozzle with water, that made up their version of a bidet. I wasn’t apposed to using it after a good wipe for that extra clean feeling. But that would require the hassle of removing your socks, shoes, and pants. And then the question of how would you dry yourself off after it? The stalls with bowls each had toilet paper in conjunction with the biget. However, the one I was then standing in first had none. Just a hole in the floor and a hose on the wall. And I don’t trust myself or my accuracy to not pee on my own foot. Although in flip flops with a hose, I guess I could have easily cleaned up?
I would later learn that the best washrooms and the ones that had the bowls I was most familiar with, were typically located within hotels. So after this point there was a need to consume less fluids in order to not further inconvenience my host with trek after trek to newer malls and boutique hotels just to pee. We would walk great lengths to be able to use one of these facilities, and on every occasion it was well worth it. If I am going to drop trou and be bare bottomed I want it to be in a well sanitized arena. And these classy toilets were it. I wish I better documented this for my blog, as I often find myself writing heavily on washrooms and the bodily functions that happen within them. But I digress, I can and did go on and on about the toilet situation in Malaysia, to the chagrin of my host. And to this point, I still have many questions.
Once such washroom excursion led us to an extravagant hotel, adjacent to KLCC. There, we stopped to snack on their offerings of macarons. Naturally, we gravitated towards the more local flavours (exotic in my case). Like coconut, lychee, pandan, and durian.
This is definitely a must visit when in Kuala Lumpur, the only mall with a sight to been seen and good food to be had, all in one.