Kuala Lumpur is a food heaven. With the many street vendors and posh restaurants in the city, food is the ultimate language in this city. While the food here in Malaysia is diverse, we tend to develop complex flavors over the years. There are some things where a typical Malaysian would find tasty but to the senses of foreigners, they are a little bit odd. Here is the top 5 most bizarre foods here in Kuala Lumpur. Try if you dare.
Number one on the try list has to be the famous durian. The spiky fruit has been on numerous lists of bizarre foods where the iron gut Andrew Zimmerman could not even stand. The pungent and odd texture of the fruit digs fear into foodies all over the world. Though feared buy outsiders, Malaysians cant seem to get enough of this wonderful delicacy. People would go on food trips to sample this fruit in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
2. Turtle shell jelly
Turtle shell jelly or the Chinese call is “Guai Lin Gou” looks like a harmless black jello when you first encounter it. The main ingredient of the jelly is powdered turtle shell. The powdered turtle shell and other herbal ingredients are boiled down to this jelly like substance. You can get this delicacy in Chinatown if you are down for a taste in a shop called Koong Woh Tong. Trust me, this is not as intimidating as it sounds.
3. Sup torpedo
In most cultures, there is belief that you will gain strength in what you consume. In Malaysia, Sup Torpedo is one of the examples of that practice. The bull penis soup in Sup Haji Abu Bakar on Jalan Doraisamy is a popular spot for a late night snack. The flavorsome soup and it’s richness makes the intimidating star of the dish less fearsome. Guys, listen up.
4. Duck feet
You think chicken feet is weird, have you tried eating one from a goose? Yes other than the feared chicken feet we do have goose feet lovers here. Generally, they taste the same. You can easily find duck feet in Chinatown. The famed duck stall along the street sells them. If you aren’t squeamish, “Feet” on this. Get it?
5. Pig brains
Most people would get their stomachs churning when there are brains in the menu. In this special case, pork brains are a rare but not foreign treat in the Chinese community of Kuala Lumpur. Even though this delicacy is dying off in modern days, you can still find it in some restaurants. If pig brains soup, omelette and deep fried fritters are interesting, you can head to this old timey restaurant called Sek Yuen Restoran in Jalan Pudu.