JULY 27 - Eat some history
A slice of Malacca’s Peranakan past in Changkat Bukit Bintang neighbourhood, Limablas offers Nyonya cuisine in an old shophouse brimming with antiques and bric-à-brac. Co-owner and chef Uncle John’s wife is none other than popular Nyonya cookbook author Florence Tan.
Her recipes are executed well here. A hearty chicken stew, the Ayam Pongteh is deliciously fragrant from the indispensable touch of tauchu (fermented soy beans). The Telur Cincaluk is light and fluffy; the addition of the pinkish cincaluk (fermented shrimps) brings this simple dish to new levels.
Every scoop of rice is made better with some seriously scrumptious sambal; the fried fish especially benefits from its savoury, spicy kick. Come here to line your belly before the weekend pub-hopping begins. -- Kenny Mah
15 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Open Mon-Sat 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-11pm
Take in an exhibition
Check out the work of the nine photographers who participated in a 48-hour photo shoot in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.All the images were shot using analogue cameras and rolls of black and white film. Developed by the photographers themselves in the darkroom at The Print Room KL, expect the unexpected in this unconventional exhibition. -- Lydia Koh
The Print Room KL’s Photo Exhibition -- 48 hours in Bukit Bintang
Gallery opening times: 2pm till 6pm (weekends only)
Address: 49, Lorong 16/9E, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
The exhibition will run every weekend till August 18, 2013.
Check out a new café
Evocating pre-war colonial days, Aku Café & Gallery is the latest in a series of converted shophouses in the heart of Chinatown. There’s nostalgia aplenty in this pristine space scattered carefully with mementoes of yesteryear.
The café-gallery kicked off its opening with “Madam Opera”, a photography essay of Cantonese opera doyenne Elizabeth Choy by Nirmala Karuppiah.
Currently the walls are covered with posters of films by Malaysian-born auteur Tsai Ming-liang.
Coincidentally, the Tsai Lee Lu coffee served is produced by Tsai together with Taiwanese actor Lee Kang-Sheng and actress Lu Yi-Ching, both frequent collaborators of the director’s, and imported from a roaster in Taipei owned by Lu, herself a well-known coffee roaster.
Try the coffee cake, crumbly and served with a tart ginger-wolfberry sauce, excellent with the dark Gold Top Mandheling siphon brew. For a lighter cup, ask for their Mocca Yirgacheffe drip coffee. -- Kenny Mah
Aku Café & Gallery
1st Floor, No.8, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Open Tue-Sun 11am-8pm
Shop for cool stuff
Happening every last Sunday of the month, Fuyoh Art Bazaar (FAB) is an art and craft shopping paradise, showcasing the works of artisans.
This is where you shop for collectibles, handmade goods, one-off pieces of art and everything artsy. This month’s FAB is the Ramadan edition so expect to find unique pieces to celebrate the upcoming Raya festival. -- Lydia Koh
Fuyoh Art Bazaar at Publika
Address: Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
FAB operating hours: 11am to 8pm
This story was first published in the print edition of The Malay Mail, July 26, 2013.