Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Lot 10 Hutong Hawker Center (十号胡同) and Shopping Centre


As we walked around Bukit Bintang, specifically around Pavilion area, my eyes were drawn towards an entrance with a 100 shop signs (probably less than that. Arithmetic isn't my forte), sticking around it like barnacles to a ship.

This is the well known Lot 10 Hutong food court / hawker centre / food hall.

If you go down the food court and emerge the opposite exit, you'll be greeted by a whole lot of (more than 10) signs hanging down the ceiling like stalactites in limestone caves, except they're more squarish than pointy, and there's no water drips onto your neck.


Shop signs, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Shop signs, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
Shop signs, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Shop signs, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
Shop signs, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Shop signs, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

When you walk down to the basement of Lot 10 Hutong, you quickly understand why it's called Hutong, which is a name given to the traditional narrow and meandering alleyways that dated back to the Yuan dynasty in Beijing. To those who haven't been to Beijing's hutongs, the narrow aisles nestled between the food stalls would probably remind you more of a maze. A maze of food stalls. The bewildering signs outside should clue you in about their theme: perplexity. I'm perplexed as to why.

Docket, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


Take this food stall Kong Tai (鴻泰's), where i ordered their Fried Oyster Omelette, their kitchen is separate and sits in front of their order counter. Because that doesn't really confuse you - just baffling - there are mirrors on the side of the their kitchen and pillars to produce an Alec-in-Wonderland effect (i can't be Alice). Where's the bunny, i feel so hungry?


Kong Tai's, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
Kong Tai's detached kitchen and order counter

Fried oyster omelette, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
Fried Oyster Omelette (耗蛋)

The taste and look wasn't bad, but a little stingy on the oysters and the tapioca starch that give this dish its interesting soft but rubbery and chewy texture and character. The only thing it has a lot was egg. So it's a little disappointing. Alamak, it's mostly egg! Can not leh.

If you're from Singapore, you would say it's ok lah! But i prefer the Fried Oysters Omelette by Marina South Delicious Food in Maxwell Food Centre in Singapore. That one i would say shiok! (I am just showing off my command of Singlish. I'm putting all my Singlish eggs in one plate post. A Singlish word a day can make me xia suay).

However, if you aren't from Singapore, or not going there anytime soon, Kong Tai's is good enough if you haven't tried this dish. Say "this dish" quickly 10 times. Are there anyone looking at you funny? You need to mop the floor.

Apart from Kong Tai's, this basement hawker center gather all Malaysian traditional food fare nicely in one place for the pleasure of tourists who want to try local cuisine in the comfort of air-cond and convenience of Lot 10 shopping centre.

Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
This triangular space is probably the most straight forward space in Lot 10 Hutong

Food courts, Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
It's all (cooking) smoke and mirrors...
I said strictly no selfie. So don't try to sneak in this photo with mirror, you! I meant me...


Lot 10 Hutong, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia



After  your meal, you may want to walk it off by visiting Lot 10 mall above that gives this place name its prefix. Once you're inside, you thought you're in a cruise ship. That explains the barnacles of signs on its side.

Lot 10 mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

Lot 10 mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Lot 10 mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Lot 10 mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

Is it just me or do you feel a little bit of seasick with all these wavy lines? Ahoy! I mean barf!


AirAsia - Bukit Bintang monorail station, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
The AirAsia - Bukit Bintang monorail station that's next door to Lot 10


Advertising cube, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
The large advertising cube and the medium security guard standing (and walking) next to Lot 10 and the monorail station




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