And while the food basement may not be as extensive as, say, Takashimaya's food basement, there are a couple of hidden gems here that the locals flock to and you'll do well to seek them out.
The Penang Laksa (RM$5) from D'Laksa was awesome and on its own, made our whirlwind trip worthwhile. The best Penang-style laksa we've had in quite some time. Here, chewy noodles, crisp lettuce, sardine flakes (you're lucky if you get a bunch of them), and tart raw onions are served up in a thin broth flavoured by tamarind, chilli, lemongrass and galangal. A thick dollop of stickily sweet prawn paste rounds off the barrage of flavours.
The stall facade for reference. Even if you don't immediately see this, you'll certainly smell this from a hundred meters away. The tantalizing smells were what drew us to this spot in the first instance.
Another place that drew us in, just by scent alone, was the Indonesian-style Tom Yum Soup (RM$6) loaded with plentiful fish balls, prawns, white fungus, chicken slices, and kangkong in a runny nose-inducingly spicy broth. Invariably compared to the Thai version, this was less sour, less shrimpy, with a chicken stock base that was just as potently hot.
The stall facade for reference. Even in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday, the tables were all occupied. We had to share a teeny tiny spot with another couple.
To wash down all that grease and douse the fire in our bellies, a cup of Chendol (RM$3), with fat slivers of green jelly that slid down the throat, mushy red beans and a milky crushed ice sweetened with smoky gula melaka was just perfectly refreshing.
The stall facade for reference.
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