I didn’t like Nasi Lemak Daging Rendang the first time I tasted it. The taste was something unusual – mixture of cardamom, karisik, tamarind pulp, turmeric, chili, galangal, lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, whole peanuts, shallots, garlic and kaffir lime. It was a spice filled experience! But while digging into the food, adjustments and fine-tuning of my taste buds took 180 degrees turn so as to appreciate this Malaysian dish. Until, I am left astounded that I have actually finished the whole dish and was craving for more. It was a mind-boggling flavor that you would not like at first but learns to appreciate it later. The palatal encounter would surprisingly grow in you.
This experience is basically similar to what I felt when I, Nengkoy and my sisters went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Because of a busy schedule, I never got the chance to check out the internet on where to go and what to do prior to staying for a long weekend in Kuala Lumpur. I basically did not expect anything spectacular about Kuala Lumpur. I just wanted to go there, spend a relaxing weekend and know what this bustling city has to offer.
True enough when we arrived and rode a cab at midnight going to our hotel, the feeling was not as thrilling. It was unlike the electrifying feeling when I would usually arrive in other parts of the world. I actually said to myself, “Okay, so this city is a little better than Metro Manila. How I wish we went to another part of Asia.”
But as the days passed, I am astonished to learn the cosmopolitan ascendancy, cultural grace and inhabitant’s charm of KL. Civilized eco-friendly urban planning is definitely evident. My fondness about the city seems to grow! It’s like the longer you stay, the more mesmerized you will be.
On our last day, I admitted to have the wrong notion and impression about Kuala Lumpur. There really are a lot of surprising things to see and do in KL. Also, I acknowledge that it is very much ahead and better than Metro Manila (which is actually a poignant thought for my land of birth).
My stay in Kuala Lumpur is like eating Nasi Lemak Daging Rendang. It’s full of spice, there are multitude of stuffs to offer and “it grows in you”. I don’t just like it, I loved it!
Walang kuliglig sa KL!