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When I was young, mom always made sure that there’ll be one soup dish in every meal. Usually it’s something like.. 1 meat, 1 vege, 1 soup, balanced diet, like it should be.

One of the easiest and fastest soup to cook would be bayam, a vegetable that can be obtained rather cheaply here in Malaysia. So here goes my simple recipe of the day – bayam soup with ikan bilis.

bayam soup homecooked


  • a handful of ikan bilis  (dried anchovies)
  • a few bulb of garlic
  • some wolf-berry
  • bayam vegetable
  • 1.5 liter of water


  • Boil ikan bilis + garlic + wolf berry for 30 minutes
  • Add bayam for 1 minute
  • Add salt to taste, maybe some pepper
  • Ready to serve,  additionally you can also stir and egg or two prior to serving for extra protein

There are some recipes calling for discarding the anchovies, but I believe in not wasting perfectly fine food, especially since I bought these from Kota Kinabalu’s Filipino market, which is of pretty decent quality.

Check out more simple recipe here.

Many of us are willing to travel far in search of good food, but if we just look more closely at places surrounding us, there are gems we often missed, and there’s probably a Chinese proverb that explains this.

The nasi lemak at Wisma Genting Food Court (between Wisma Genting & Wisma Cosway) is one such places for me. It is often regarded as one of the best nasi lemak in KL, but for some reasons it took me almost two years to finally try it despite working just a stone’s throw away.

food court between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway
food court between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway

Wisma Genting food court is situated right between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway, and sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Wisma Cosway food court. It is a semi open area that was probably first designed as a walkway in the architect’s drawing.

The nasi lemak seller is situated at the stall closest to the entrance, and you really can’t miss it. There’s almost always a line of office workers queueing up at the stall.

piping hot and very fragrant rice, reasonably priced as well
piping hot and very fragrant rice, reasonably priced as well

The nasi lemak here is comes steamy hot, and there are plenty of different side dishes you can choose from to go along with the basic – rice, hard boiled egg, cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, and sambal. For my breakfast, I chose cuttle fish, alternatives include fried chicken, fried egg, fish ball look-alike-thingy, curry chicken, and more.

The nasi lemak is a bit wetter than usual, and definitely much warmer than the “usual” ones. It was delicious and all those ingredients compliment each other perfectly. For those who appreciate breakfast to be warm and full flavor, this is a place to be. I think it is also right up there with other popular nasi lemak places such as Village Park at Uptown, Nasi Lemak Tanglin near the National Mosque, and Nasi Lemak CT Garden at Kampung Baru.

nasi lemak, kuih, meehun too
nasi lemak, kuih, curry puff, and meehun too

Other than nasi lemak, the same stall also offers quite a good choices of traditional Malay breakfast dishes such as currypuff, meehun goreng, begedil, and more.

If you work around the area, check this out, if you don’t, find an excuse to go there before 10-11 am to give it a try.

wisma cosway map

Wisma Genting Food Court
Wisma Genting, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Bukit Bintang, 50540 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.150407, 101.711326