Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur is a popular hotspot among the locals and especially tourists. Here is more information on Petaling Street.
Petaling Street (Malay: Jalan Petaling, Simplified Chinese: 茨厂街, Traditional Chinese: 茨廠街, pinyin: Cíchǎng Jiē, Cantonese: Chee Cheong Kai) is a Chinatown located in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. It is infamous for pirated clothes and accessories along with bootleg DVDs and CDs. Petaling Street however does not exclusively offer pirated products. Haggling is a common sight here and the place is usually crowded with locals as well as tourists.
The area has dozens of restaurants and food stalls, serving local favourites such as Hokkien mee, ikan bakar (barbecued fish), asam laksa and curry noodles. Traders here are mainlyChinese but there are also Indian, Malay, and Bangladeshi traders.
Now that you know more about Petaling Street, the question is what to do in Petaling Street?
Here are a few ideas on what to do when you are in Petaling Street.
Apam Balik, which is a Malay dessert treat similar to a pancake with chopped peanuts sprinkled on top then folded. This translates to something like reverse cake (because it has no leavening) but is pretty much a pancake. Cooked on the spot by one little old man, and purchased by the slice it’s well worth trying. Though see Kampung Baru for more variety.
Chinese doughnuts: these long doughy fingers are taken from a ball of aalty dough and attached, two a piece and lightly fried in a wok for a few minutes. 1RM each (roughly 30c) gets you two stuck together. This is one of the best in show. You can also get sweet red bean buns, which aren’t as popular.
Walk the isles of souvenirs. The obvious reliance of Petaling Street on tourism has its two sides. The one thing is that stalls try to please the tourist, the down side is that most are focused on quick profit, lacking quality and loosing on originality and cultural heritage. Not the best, carelessly prepared food, cheesy and cheap souvenirs got to find takers. Eager sellers give out personal invitations every time you pass a shop or happen to look at their stuff. The sellers are only partly to blame. Who is wearing the fake Rolex after all?
Designer’s replica paradise. Not limited to handbags.
Check out this video through the eyes of a tourist on what to do in Petaling Street. Enjoy!
Video By: China Town Kuala Lumpur Petaling Street
In closing, I hope you get an idea on what to do in Petaling Street when you are there. Honestly, there are tons of things you can do there. Happy day!