“It’s so inconvenient not owning a car in Malaysia.”
Bet you’ve heard this a million times and probably dreading to pay your monthly car loan installments. We think it’s true up to an extent, but with public transportation and the sharing economy getting more accessible in the country, you could actually give up thoughts of owning a car.
For this mini adventure, we’ve tried four modes of transportation from KL to Damansara without using our own vehicle. So if you’re looking for what to eat at these areas, you can check out these places below!
Breakfast and Lunch in Chow Kit with a GoCar!
Started off with picking up the nearest GoCar to GoCar HQ, the MUV Garage, Jalan Putra pickup point is easy to spot and there’s a higher chance you may get a car here because 5 cars have been deployed here for your convenience.
天涯客板面 (Tian Ya Ke Flour Noodles)
380, Lorong Haji Taib 5, Chow Kit, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Based on recommendations, the best traditional chinese flour noodles (Pan Mee) can be found in Chow Kit, and we think we’ve found it! Making itself comfortable in a humble alley of the vicinity, located right across the street of GM Wholesale Mall, marks the spot. You’ll not miss the red and yellow banner.
No menu will be handed to you because the only reason you are here is the traditional Pan Mee in clear broth (RM5.50), and maybe their herbal drink of the day to make it a meal. Topped with greens, golden brown shallots and mushrooms (yums!), the al dente pan mee cooked to perfection screams comfort food. As for the pork-based flavored soup, you’ll be sure to drink up to the last drop. #nuffsaid
Familiar to patrons who frequent here, the lady here is the main person behind the noodle stall. Chatty and simple, her amiable character is as good as her pan mee. Closed on Tuesdays, you’ll be able to get your pan mee fix from 7:00 AM to late afternoon on other days!
Lunch at Hup Kee BBQ Restaurant
85, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Titiwangsa Sentral, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Along the busy main road of Chow Kit, Hup Kee BBQ restaurant is a popular lunch spot for surrounding office blocks along Jalan Ipoh. Not the fanciest place to dine at but if you’re looking for good honey roasted pork rice (RM7.50), this is one place in Chow Kit you shouldn’t miss!
Don’t let the honey barbeque sauce drizzle and distasteful arrangement fool you. During peak hours, your meal is prepared under 5 minutes to cater to the hungry lunch crowd hence the messy presentation. Nothing comes out beautiful from the other end anyway, so savour and bite on that crispy pork skin. The tender and flavorful roast pork could use a bigger portion otherwise, a perfect meal.
Closed on Sundays, catch them from Mondays to Saturdays, 8:30 AM till 10:30PM!
After lunch, it was time to return our GoCar and head on to our next destination, Damansara Uptown via MRT. Refuelling before returning it to MUV Garage, Jalan Putra pickup point is convenient as there are multiple Shell petrol stations within the vicinity of Chow Kit.
Next Stop: Damansara Uptown
In terms of connectivity, the newly built MRT now connect commuters from the city to Kajang and Sungai Buloh. With the new line operational that will be connecting us to Damansara, bid farewell to long taxi rides and peak hour surges because you can now arrive in TTDI in less than 30 minutes from the city centre. Did we mention that the new MRT stations are quite aesthetic as well?
To reach our next destination, we took the Sri Petaling LRT line towards Masjid Jamek, transferred to the Kelana Jaya LRT line, and embarked on the MRT at Pasar Seni MRT station. On first look, we think the MRT coach is much spacious and more comfortable than the usual LRT.
After a good 20 minutes, the station we got off was Taman Tun Dr. Ismail where we stopped by a new quiet cafe for a quick cuppa. But first, Family Mart Matcha Ice Cream (RM2.90)!
Need more reason to take the MRT? All fares on the Rapid KL public transportation will be 50% off till 31 August 2017!
Before heading to Damansara Uptown, we’ve dropped by a newly opened cafe stone’s throw away. And by newly opened, we meant less than two weeks old as we write this.
A Quick Cuppa at The Other Half
2-1 Greens Terrace, Jalan Wan Kadir 3, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On the 2nd floor of Greens Terrace is The Other Half, not to be mistaken with One-Half where we’ve also checked out here! A quick 8 minutes walk, and we’re here. At first glance, ee think The Other Half provides a great space for coffee and lazy afternoon chats. Not forgetting the ample natural sunlight too!
Pretty decent coffee to be honest. This light-bodied latte (RM11), accompanied by slight bitterness and acidity, is easy on the palate. Not to mention, service was exceptional as well too!
The Other Half is open all week long, from 7:30am-5:30pm on weekdays and, 9:00am-5:30pm on weekends if you want to grab your morning or midday cuppa!
Onwards to Damansara Uptown
With the new MRT system up and running, reaching Damansara Uptown is quicker and more accessible! It doesn’t just stop at the MRTs, you may now continue your journey on the MRT shuttle bus to explore the vicinity!
Take a ride on the shuttle bus for as low as RM1. Hop on the T813 MRT feeder bus and your next stop will be Damansara Uptown.
You’ll find everything you’ll need here in Damansara Uptown. From eateries to convenient stores, you’ll be so spoilt for choices. Right in the centre is The Starling, a new neighbourhood mall where you’ll be able to head to the gym, catch a movie and even grab groceries! There’s lots to explore here in the vicinity and all you need is a bicycle!
Introducing a new player to Malaysia’s sharing economy, oBike is a bike-sharing service that is available in abundance within townships and universities such as Damansara Uptown, Universiti Malaya and Bandar Sunway. Accessing the bikes were seamless. A deposit is charged and if you’re a student, only RM29 will be charged instead of RM69.
Pricing wise, RM1 allows you to ride on an oBike for 15 minutes and you can return anywhere in the vicinity. Any cheaper you’ll need to take bus number 11- your legs. A quick round the block and after moments of indecisiveness, we’ve decided to stop by this popular spot for dinner.
20 Jalan SS21/58, Damansara Utama (Uptown), 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
When using oBike, you are free to park your oBike anywhere that is safe. If you’re heading to the ATM for withdrawals or stopping by Family Mart to grab an ice-cream, you can reserve your oBike for free up to 10 minutes within the app. After parking and locking our bikes without going through the Uptown parking fiasco, it was finally time to eat.
The Glazed Char Siew Wan Ton Noodles (RM7) is a favourite among patrons here and we can see why. On first bite, the roasted pork is chewy on the outside and soft on the inside as you sink your teeth in, thanks to the caramelised honey coating. On the other hand, the soft springy noodles were cooked to al dente, just the way it should be.
The Curry Chee Cheong Fun (RM5) didn’t disappoint as well! Mixed with curry and some meat, it’s something to go for if you don’t want to have something slightly lighter. Definitely commendable. Chicken chunks were slightly sweet in flavoring, and when eaten together with the everything else, it’s nothing but pleasant. Keen to drop by? Check out their opening hours below:
Business hours: 7.30am to 9.30pm (Weekdays), 8.00am to 3.30pm (Weekends).
Overall, who would’ve thought cycling around Uptown would be fun (and easy on the wallet)? Every player in the sharing economy plays a part in making urban mobility a seamless experience. Whether it’s Rapid KL’s public bus service or GoCar’s on demand car rental service in Kuala Lumpur, these services connect each destination conveniently and often, at a much lower expense than owning your own car. The urban mobility scene is getting even more exciting as the gaps between transportation providers are being filled by bike-sharing services and shuttle buses too. No more long walks, and excessive carbon footprint, definitely a win.
All in all, not owning a car shouldn’t stop you from exploring the city. With the accessible public transportation available near you, go on a little adventure and tell us how fun it was by commenting in the comment section below. That’s not all! Look no further if you want to rent a bicycle in Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya because from now till 31 October 2017, you receive 15 x 30-minute oBike rides for free when you use the promo code GOCAR.
If you’re looking for a budget car rental in Kuala Lumpur or when your adventure requires more than cycling, rent GoCar! #TakeGoCar for only RM14.90*/hour or RM99*/day for the Nissan Almera, and if you’re new to GoCar, you pay only RM84* on the first day and travel anytime when you use the promo code “NEWTOGOCAR” from now to 26 October 2017.
See ya soon! Gone exploring.