Sunway Putra Mall
Coordinates: 3.166387, 101.692571
I first came to Kuala Lumpur as a teenager in 1987 and at
about the same time a shopping complex, known as "The Mall" which was
opened. At the time, The Mall was the
largest shopping centre in Malaysia and housed Malaysia's first Yaohan store
which operated from the mall's opening in 1987 until 1997 before its bankruptcy
This mall brings back memories since it is situated across
the street from the Putra World Trade Centre and the Seri Pacific Hotel, as
well as the Hentian Duta bus terminal that housed all expresses heading to the
East Coast (including my hometown of Kuala Terengganu). Anyone travelling to or
from the East Coast would have at one time or another been to The Mall.
In March 2011, The Mall (among other things) was acquired by
Sunway in a public auction and soon embarked on a refurbishment exercise in May
2013. After two long years (during which time all its tenants had to move out)
it was reopened as "Sunway Putra Mall" in May 2015.
A few months later we came here to check out its hawker
centre at the top floor and see what was on offer.
|literally "Appetite" Street|
|quaint and quiet alleyways|
|resembling pre-war shop houses in the straits settlements|
|things have changed for sure|
|an actual barbershop?|
We settled on an Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) stall appropriately called Bakar Station that had several ‘Super
Value’ meals on offer, and proceeded to order.
|big bright banner|
|clean and cosy|
|in case we were still hungry|
I had the grilled Stingray with
rice while Cat and Brendan had the 1Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang.
1a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut
milk and pandan leaf, served with chicken stew s rich in spices, using coconut
milk and a paste of mixed ground spices, including ginger, galangal, turmeric
leaves, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, chilies, and other spices.
|the grilled stingray|
|both Brendan and Cat|
|had the nasi lemak ayam rendang|
|came with the super value set|
The verdict? I enjoyed the grilled stingray while Brendan and
Cat both had no complaints about their Nasi Lemak. All in all since both dishes
were on offer as a ‘Super Value’ meal Bakar Station definitely qualifies
for the category of the everyday food for the everyday man.