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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jalan Ampang - Tun Razak junction to Sultan Ismail junction 2

As we leave the temple, we pass this Chinese restaurant.
Across the road is what used to be the Ming Court, now known as the Corus Hotel.
Then we have the Menara CMY.  I cannot recall what this building was known as, or if it is a new building.
Nasi Kandar, a Penang specialty is now found all over Malaysia.  It's no wonder that this old dwelling has been converted into a restaurant.

Nasi Kandar is a popular northern Malaysian dish, which originates from Penang. It is a meal of steamed rice which can be plain or mildly flavored, and served with a variety of curries and side dishes.

The word Nasi Kandar, came about from a time when nasi [rice] hawkers or vendors would kandar [balance] a pole on the shoulder with two huge containers of rice meals. The name has remained and today the word Nasi Kandar is seen on most Tamil Muslim or "Malaysian Mamak" restaurants and Indian-Muslim stall meals.

The rice for a nasi kandar dish is often placed in a wooden container about three feet high, giving it a distinctive aroma. The rice is accompanied by side dishes such as fried chicken, curried spleen, cubed beef, fish roe, fried prawns or fried squid. The vegetable dish would usually be brinjal (aubergine), okra (lady fingers or "bendi") or bitter gourd. A mixture of curry sauces is poured on the rice. This is called 'banjir' (flooding) and imparts a diverse taste to the rice.

Traditionally, nasi kandar is always served with its side dishes on a single plate. Nowadays, small melamine bowls are used for the side dishes. Nevertheless, the curry sauce mix is always poured directly onto the rice.

The most famous nasi kandar stalls in Penang are Kassim Restaurant and Line Clear.In Selangor, one chain of nasi kandar restaurants is Restoran Syed. Meanwhile in Kedah, the famous nasi kandar restaurants ara Nasi Kandar Pokok Ceri and Royale Hijau Kuning. In recent years, several chain restaurants have appeared such as Nasi Kandar Nasmir, Pelita Nasi Kandar and Kayu Nasi Kandar. Purists have disputed its tastiness compared to the original Penang versions. In Perlis, the rice is coloured yellow with herbs and the dish is referred to as "nasi ganja", though in fact no "ganja" (cannabis) is actually used in its preparation.
~ wikipedia.org

Wisma Central is one of the older office blocks along this road.
Avenue K is across the road from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and is connected to the Suria KLCC shopping complex by an underground path.  The artwork is in celebration of our 50th annivesary of independence.
 The Maxis building is next door to the Twin Towers.
One of the entrances to the Suria KLCC, facing Jalan Ampang.
In this day and age when almost everybody carries a mobile phone, public phone booths are still a viable option, as can be seen by the keen competition amongst the various providers.  This is at the bus stop outside the Suria KLCC.
This sign does not prevent buses from waiting for passengers here.
Wisma Equity has been here since the mid-1980s.
This is the property of the Rubber Board.

At this juncture, Jalan Ampang is connected to Jalan P. Ramlee (formerly Jalan Parry) on one side and Jalan Yap Kwan Seng on the other.  The Australian High Commission is at Jalan Yap Kwan Seng.
  The Public Bank building is on the Yap Kwan Seng side...
 ... while Bangunan Angkasaraya is on the P. Ramlee side.
Another view of the building.  There are numerous travel agents in the building which also houses Bank Rakyat, a co-operative bank.

to be continued....

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