25 November 2010

Kuala Lumpur Highlights - Fish Spa

While window shopping at Mid Valley, we came across this interesting store. Outside the store there is a huge aquarium tank with lots of small fish in it.

The store is actually a Fish Spa, where you are allowed to put your feet into the aquarium tank and the fish gets to eat the dead skin cells of your feet. I heard of such a place from friends who last visited Kuala Lumpur and did not think much of it, till I saw this store.

I was told that it is really fun, a different form of feet massaging. So I decided to give it a go. Margaret wasn't game for the fish spa, so she settled for an actual feet massage.

The place consists of a few sections with pools of different sized fish (small, medium and large). First of all I had to wash my feet. Mustn't pollute the waters and the fish like their meals clean.

Then I was told to sit at the first pool, facing the window, where the small sized fish are. Initially it was very ticklish but surprisingly quite relaxing once I allow myself to relax and accept the fact that these fishes are literally eating me, alive.

Of course when you do see lots of the fish surrounding your feet, you know then how dirty you feet really is. Later on, I moved to the medium size fish. They feel much better, nibbling on my feet and not ticklish anymore. The larger size fish nibbles are harder and at time felt more like bites rather than nibbles.

Once in a while, passerby and window shopper do stop to have a look at the fish feeding, prompting a few remarks.

Now what do this sign really mean?

Reviews and background on Fish Spa
Kenko Reflexology and Fish Spa, Mid Valley
Wikipedia on Fish Spa - Doctor Fish
Garra Rufa vs Chin Chin Comparison

23 November 2010

Kuala Lumpur Highlights - Roti Chanai

Every time I do go back to Kuala Lumpur, my brother always brings me to this Mamak store behind the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) building at Petaling Jaya, off Jalan Gasing at Jalan 5/35, towards the Methodist School.

I find this place serves one of the best Indian meals in town; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its the breakfast we go for, every time because it serves one of my favourite street food.

Roti Canai is a type of flatbread found in Malaysia and often sold in Mamak stalls. There is even a page dedicated to it in Wikipedia.

Roti Canai is commonly served for breakfast. But as far as I am concerned, one can be have it any time of the day. It is usually served with a simple dhal curry. It can be served with any kind of curries besides dhal and it has also been known to be served with raw sugar, for children who have yet to know the pleasures of curry.

Today, roti canai has many derivatives like roti telur, roti tisu, roti planta, etc. ...prepared to your liking. Dosa is another flat bread variant.

I find it more authentic when served with a banana leaf and best eaten with your hands, washing it all down with teh-tarik, a hot tea beverage made from black tea and condensed milk.

Did a quick Google of the word "Roti Canai" for the recipe and found that there are just as many ways to prepare it as there are to eat it. Well, the following are some of the links for the recipes:

Malaysianfood.net - Roti Canai
Asianonlinerecipes.com - Roti Canai Recipe
Rasamalaysia.com - Roti Paratha
Poh's Kitchen - Roti Chanai
Foodbuzz.com - Malaysian-curry-chicken-and-roti-canai

The following is a short video clip of how the roti canai is prepared.

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