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It had been quite sometime since my last visit to Central Market, maybe > 2 years ago ? I used to visit Central Market every forthnight to borrow and return the books from the 2nd hand bookshop.

Central Market was built in 1888 by the British originally as a wet market, for the KLites and the tin miners. You can read more about  the history from http://www.centralmarket.com.my/

There were some interesting shops around CM, I was amazed by this shop that specializes in all types of wooden combs, they are sold individually and  and some come in a set + mirrors + hair clips , and in special pouches –  it would make a nice gift.

 

Fancy pens

 

Keychains not for the faint hearted

  

I was drawn to this place by a scream…and saw this Caucasion lady with her legs raised above a pool of water shrieking and laughing, her scream seemed to be a good advertisement for the place as she managed to attract  quite a crowd to see what’s all that laughing and screaming is all about. Oh..it’s a fish spa, and with all the nibbles from the fish, she was feeling kinda ticklish, that’s all, Mystery solved.

Anyway, I hadn’t had fish worshipping my feet before and at RM5 for 10 minutes of fish-spa-ing, we were game to give it a try.

It was kinda ticklish at first , but after a while, we got used to it and enjoyed the little sensations  ( and no, I didn’t scream). One thing I noticed is that, we were not asked to wash our feet before putting it into the pools, so, I imagine it can be not that hygienic guarr..? when I looked up the mighty Net for some information, the species that are usually used as Doctor Fish ( as it’s said that the fishes can cure skin diseases by nibbling away the dead skins etc) is the Garra rufa .

Extracted from Wikipedia

Garra rufa occurs in the river basins of the Northern and Central Middle East, mainly in Turkey,Syria, Iraq and Iran.  is legally protected from commercial exploitation in Turkey due to concerns of overharvesting for export. Garra rufa can be kept in an aquarium at home; while not strictly a “beginner’s fish”, it is quite hardy. For treatment of skin diseases, aquarium specimens are not well suited as the skin-feeding behavior fully manifests only under conditions where the food supply is somewhat scarce and unpredictable.

The sign below made me smile… When I asked the owner, what about the other 1%

– he said ‘ 99% Gombak, the rest might be ropes from China, nails from Indonesia, paint from India etc etc ‘ ( the shop sells local handicrafts)

Badges for all occasion, pledge your support ! Tee Keat or Jui Meng..err.oh..that one over already hor…ok..ok…Obama or McCain ?

Traditional Kuihs

Tempeyek kacang

Tempeyek kacang

Colours and more colours 

Silk Batiks

Silk Batiks

jewellery boxes & etc

jewellery boxes & etc

Wau ( Kites) of all shapes and sizes

Wau ( Kites) of all shapes and sizes

And the top security Toilet…Waisayman…so canggih one..

And why Mat Salleh mannequins shouldn’t be used to model traditional Chinese clothes..

As we walked, something seemed to be missing, where are all the portrait artist ah..? turned out that they are now at the Annex Central Market located at the back of the main building.  http://www.annexegallery.com/

 

Central Market

No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel : 03-2031 0339 / 5399 / 7399 / 9399

03-2274 6542 / 2757 ( Information Counter )

Map to Central Market ( copied from Central market webpage)

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Yat Yat Lai ( YYL)  was recommended by Wikipedia Lim who gets his Curry Mee fix here. YYL is eclipsed by Kim Hin dimsum which is a door away, you can read about my visit to Kim Hin by clicking  here.  . The crowd at Kim Hin seemed so exaggerated, , I estimated  > 30 people waiting for tables. This is crazy !! Anyway, back to YYL …

When we approached the counter to order, we were short of being shoo-ed away by the lady boss who asked us to take a seat and someone will come around and take our orders..oh..pardon me ma’am, I don’t know the rules lah.

Eventually the man boss came to our table for the orders, we ordered ‘1 dry and 1 wet’ both mee hoon + mee. And we kept ourselves occupied with the TV showing HK series with  a very young Simon Yam acting in it… that era where the ladies had big frizzy hair, big shoulder pads

After a few minutes, Man boss spoke to us from the counter, ‘ not enough meat balls for 2 bowls, only enough to make for  1 bowl’..and only then it dawn on me ( yes, I am not very quick witted most of the time) that they serve other things and not just curry mee. So, I pretend to be accommodating and ok’ed the order and changed the other order to ‘dry curry mee’.

The pork ball noodles turned out to be pretty good, the soup was sweet and the pork balls crunchy and err..’porky’. (The other dishes served are fish balls noodles- and according to Wikipedia Lim, is not too bad as well.)

The dried curry mee arrived in 2 portion, the noodles and the chicken curry in separate bowls. The gravy was yumyum, the chicken was tender and the potatoes were soft and mushy. Thumbs up for curry mee.  You can also order the soupy mee

Later when we were  settling  our bill at the counter, I asked the lady boss permission to take pictures of the counter ( I had my sights set on the the big pot of curry with  the taufu pok swimming in the rich red gravy) and lady boss seemed very suspicious of this and was asking me my purpose to take the pictures, before I could reply , I  was rudely  interrupted by the man boss who said to his wife ‘ ignore her, listen to me, did table xx order mee hoon or…’ OUCH…so, I had to say goodbye to the swimming taufu-pok and took a picture of the menu/ price list instead lah..

Dry curry mee : RM4.30 big, RM3.80 small

Pork ball noodles : RM4.50(b), RM4.00 (s)

Fried mince meat noodles : RM4.50(b), RM4.00 (s)

Fish ball noodles : RM4.00 (s)

Restaurant Yat Yat Lei

Sri Desa Entrepreneur Park, Kuchai Lama ,

Go straight into Kuchai Entepreneur Park shophouse , YYL is at the row of shophouses just after  Shell . Opposite is Sri Desa Condominium.

Happy Deepavali

Posted: October 24, 2008 in Mumblings
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May the festival of lights brighten up the lives of you and your family.

May light triump over darkness

 

Happy Deepavali and happy holidays