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Food market, mosque and chilli crab questions

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Food market, mosque and chilli crab questions


I watched an old episode of No Reservations in Malaysia where Anthony Bourdain goes to a outdoor food market sort of place in KL. He samples a variety of local delicacies through a buffet style setting.

Just wondering where that would be or if theres another place that fits that description.

Also, I saw lots of beautiful mosques last time I was in KL, are non-muslims allowed to visit these or even join in?

I am interested in trying the Singapore style chilli crab equivalent in Malaysia. Any places (non fancy) to recommend? What price am I looking at per kg?

Thanks everyone

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1. Re: Food market, mosque and chilli crab questions

Buffet - no idea.

Mosques - yes non Muslims can visit but may have restricted access.

I am not sure if taking part in worship is permitted. Just ask when you go there.

King Crab: No. 103 – 107, Jalan SS25/2, Taman Mewah Jaya, Petaling Jaya Easy to reach by mono rail & LRT.

Take a monorail to Bukit Nanas station and interchange onto LRT at Dang Wangi (only 5 mins on foot) and go straight to Kelana Jaya LRT station.

King Crab Restaurant is just across the road (use the pedestrian bridge).

Close to King Crab (by taxi) is the housing estate of Taman Mayang where Fatty Crab specialises in crab dishes.

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2. Re: Food market, mosque and chilli crab questions

Not all mosques can be visited but there are a few that are quite used to being visited by tourists and worth a visit:

Masjid Negara (National Mosque), built in 1965, a beautiful austere design, unusual with a modernist handsome appearance without the usual ostentatious decoration and ornament that characterises mosques in Malaysia. Pools of water add to the sereneness. There is also a mausoleum within the grounds.

Masjid Jamek (Friday Mosque), located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, the historical spot where Kuala Lumpur was founded. Built in 1908 in the moorish style, it is perhaps the prettiest mosque in kuala lumpur.

Masjid Putra in Putrajaya, also known as the Pink Mosque. Facing the Putrajaya lake, this mosque is built in the Persian safavid style. Made of rose tinted granite, it has a distinctive public gate, a 116 metre high minaret and beautiful dome.

Be mindful of proper etiquette when visiting mosques. Avoid prayer times, especially Friday prayer time at around 12:30 to 2:30, as the mosques will be full of devotees. Muslims pray five times a day, at dawn (Subuh), noon (Zohor), afternoon (Asar), dusk (Maghrib) and night (Isyak), so generally the best time to visit is in the morning, when there are no prayers ongoing. Non-muslims are not allowed to join in the prayers.

Avoid wearing skimpy clothing or shorts, you may be given a garment to cover yourself should you wish to enter. Women would need to cover their hair. Shoes may not be worn in the mosque.

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3. Re: Food market, mosque and chilli crab questions

Hi deyveed,

Just to answer to your question about chilli crab, while you can try it in KL (locals call it sweet and spicy crab) but the better one is curry leave crab. It is crab stir fried with curry leaves, garlic and dry shrimp with some dark soya sauce. You can often order it with bun to soak up the gravy.

Singaporean food is bland (to Malaysians anyway) and they always like to claim a very common dish in Malaysia as its national dish.

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4. Re: Food market, mosque and chilli crab questions

Is there an average price for it per kg?

Singapore usually have crabs for 36SGD/kg (80-90RM)

Is it normally cheaper or more expensive?

And thanks for the tips for the mosques

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5. Re: Food market, mosque and chilli crab questions

For crabs' price, it varies from restaurant to restaurant. The more touristy ones will charge more. Places like Chinatown and Jln Alor, i would think RM50/kg is acceptable. In the suburbs, it's about RM36/kg.

Singapore has a knack for marketing their so called "national dish" to the west, so everyone other person you meet in the west will associate Chilli crabs with Singapore. What a load of crap I say, they don't even catch their own crabs. It's mostly imported from Malaysia and Thailand.

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