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Tourist in My Own City Part 3

Published by on October 1, 2017

This is the conclusion of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the beginning, click here.

After the tour ended we didn’t follow the group back to KL City Gallery, instead we went from Royal Selangor Club across the road to St Mary’s to catch our Grab. Lunch was in Ampang.

In recent years, we’ve been trying out all the famous (and not so famous) places in Klang Valley claiming to serve the best char siew (barbequed pork) and siew yoke (roasted pork). You name it, we’ve tried it – Toast ‘N Roast (both the old and new ones), Meng Kee and Spring Golden (Shah Alam), Char Siew Yoong (Jalan Peel), that unnamed stall behind HSBC Jalan Ipoh, Tian Hong (Salak South), the whole lot. However, recently, we haven’t tried Soo Kee in Jalan Ampang. I’ve been here more than 10 years ago, my wife hasn’t tried it.

Soo Kee is located at a small row of shops at the junction between Jalan Ampang and the MRR2, opposite the new M City.

The shop also serves lunch dishes in additional to roasted meat. When we were there, the shop was almost empty, probably since it was a long weekend.

The verdict? The char siew is quite good, the siew yoke, though was disappointing. And the rice is almost like plain rice. Anyway, so I guess this place won’t rank anywhere near the top of our list.

After that, we returned to hotel. Before the going back to our room, we stopped by Juan Valdez Café in Intermark for some coffee and cake (and free wifi). We passed by here yesterday and the smell of coffee was so aromatic. The coffee was good but the cake was a little dry.

That evening, after a visit to the gym again, it was time again for dinner. This time, we decided to try TAPAK Urban Street Dining. This relatively new concept in KL is a food truck park in an empty parking lot beside Corus Hotel. Since it was rather near our hotel, we decided to walk the 2km there.

The fastest way to get there was to go through Ampang Park. In case you missed the news, Ampang Park, KL’s oldest mall is closing down to make way for an MRT station. My mom’s friend Charlie says Campbell Shopping Complex was actually KL’s first shopping centre (Ampang Park opened a few months later), but it was reconstructed after a fire in 1976. But I digress.

A lot of the shops in Ampang Park are slowly closing down, but surprisingly it was still quite vibrant, partly due to the restaurants at the ground floor which are still open for business. I tried to locate a jewelry store owned by a friend, the only one was this one, but I’m not sure if it is the right one. Is this the one, Pastor Aaron?

Exiting the other end, past another empty lot, we finally reach Tapak. For a Saturday, it was pretty packed. There are probably about 40+ food trucks here. I like the concept where they select food trucks with different or special cuisine instead of the usual traditional local fare.


(as you can see, some guy left his car here overnight)

It is easy to spot the popular stalls – there’s a long line.

After walking round the park, we settled on giant cup of Congo (coconut jelly + mango jelly), some quesadilla (cheesy and delicious), chicken nuggets (overpriced), burger (meh) and churros (oklah it came with chocolate dipping sauce).

After dinner, with we took an uber to Pavilion for a walkabout.

Pavilion was overflowing with tourists and shoppers. On the ground floor, Samsung was launching their much hyped-about Note8.

I found out that Artfriend (Malaysia’s most expensive art supply store) has a new branch in Pavilion.

We were looking for Snowflake, but we found Miru Dessert Café instead. We tried their iced mocha and Milo Kakigori. Very nice.

After making our Uber driver brave 20 minutes through the horrible Bukit Bintang traffic, we finally made it back to the hotel for the night.

The next morning, we slept in a little. Instead of going out for breakfast, we went downstairs to Intermark to have brunch at Bonjour Café. Nice ambience, great food.

After brunch, we packed up and headed back home to end our little weekend trip to the city. Hope we can do it more often. Until then.

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