Gazetted by the British in 1899, Kampung Baru's low-slung charms are best revealed by simply wandering its streets.
A modern concrete and blue glass gateway marks the entry to this neighbourhood of traditional Malay wooden houses. Gazetted by the British in 1899, Kampung Baru's low-slung charms are best revealed by simply wandering its streets. Along the way, enjoy tasty home-cooked Malay food at unpretentious roadside cafes and stalls.
A visit to the Kampung Baru neighborhood is a wonderful opportunity to step back in time to experience early 20th-century Kuala Lumpur. Kampung Baru is actually a traditional Malaysian residential area that was established more than 100 years ago. Many of the dwellings are wooden houses built on short stilts and though they are in the heart of the city, dwarfed by gleaming skyscrapers, there is very much a rural village feel to the place.
Where permission is granted, a visit to a Malay home is definitely an experience to cherish and en route you?ll get to see the various local traditional Malay delicacies of sweets and savoury sold at the food courts and kiosk. All these are by the local residents who lived within the enclave.
Walk through the streets in the middle of the afternoon and already the delicious aromas of curries and fried foods are wafting through the air as street food vendors prepare their meals for the evening's trade. Later on, sample such food favorites as grilled mackerel with chili sauce, chicken satays, curries and barbecued meats. For something sweet, try fermented cassava dessert wrapped in banana leaves.
In addition to the stalls, there are many restaurants and caf?s where you can savor an enchanting array of Malay dishes. Kampung Baru is one of the oldest settlements in the city, a refreshingly authentic village where traditional ways of life have survived against the relentless onward march of modernity in the streets and neighborhoods that surround it.