In Search of Ramly Burger
Ever seen Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle? First of all, I have to talk about the events preceding. One of the places that was suggested to us that we check out were the Genting Highlands. For those of you that aren't familiar with this tourist attraction, it is a mountain peak within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia and is home to a famous mountain resort by the same name which can be reached by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour. It is also accessible by the world's fastest and South East Asia's longest cable car called Genting Skyway (3.38km).
In 2006, the resort had 18.4 million visitors. Genting Highlands was founded by the late Lim Goh Tong (Tan Sri) in the late 1960s. Currently, this resort is being lead by Lim Goh Tong's son, Lim Kok Thay (Tan Sri) who is also the current president and CEO of Star Cruises company.
With that having been said, the trip was quite exhausting. We had to go up the mountains for about an hour before we hit the entryway to the Genting Skyway. From there, everything was tough on the legs. The line to the cable car was a daunting wait, and because we went on a Sunday... that just made it even worse for us. It was like waiting for two Disneyland rides all at once! Tip for the common traveler: Don't go to insanely popular theme parks and attractions during the weekends in Malaysia.
Anyway, all I can tell you is that the best part about this entire place is the cable car on the way up and down. It will definitely give you a lot to see and take pictures, but other than that... it's definitely not worth the wait. The casinos are packed, the game house is a zoo, and nobody shows any common courtesy while walking (they will bump into you hard). Just being there was really exhausting!
One of the main attractions that Malaysia has to offer is their marketplace located in Damansara. It would be pretty difficult to locate if you're a tourist, and parking is horrible... but if you don't mind all of that, you can get some really cheap and decent food out here. Whether it be hot food, pastries, fruit... it's all great and all so affordable! Think of it like a farmer's market, but with more variety. We passed by some of the most interesting carts that some of these places had to offer, and believe me... I managed to capture a few of these photos vividly! When I say you can't really get this stuff in the states, trust me on that one.
There was a seafood restaurant in Petaling Jaya called Pentai Seafood, and it is probably in one of the worst looking ghetto areas you could find. Don't let the area fool you, as this restaurant really surprises you with the assorted selections of seafood that they offer. At this point, I had pretty much had enough of seafood. I think after three days, it becomes unsettling. Don't get me wrong though... the food was great, and for anybody that enjoys crab like I do... it's one of the best places to eat out here in Malaysia. I managed to snap a few photos of the place before I left.
Now on to the rest of the journey. Since I've been in Malaysia, I've been searching for that perfect burger. I think I've been here a week, and I've been sidetracked into getting that burger! The burger I'm talking about is called "Ramly Burger." From hearsay, it is the best burger in Southeast Asia. The Ramly Burger is distinctive from most other hamburgers due to the unique way in which the ingredients are served. Rather than the usual method of stacking the ingredients within the bun, the patty in the Ramly Burger is first covered with the desired condiments, then wrapped in a thin layer of egg. The end result is packet-like and enhances the texture of the burger while simultaneously reducing mess from the condiments. The Ramly Burger served in this way is known as the Ramly Burger Special.
From what I've deducted, the burger is only served at night in certain locations.
It is also only served in stands, and it was incredibly difficult to find because they're only in certain locations. It's kind of like the Kogi Truck back at home in California, only you can't really seem to track them because they don't use Twitter. I went looking for this burger, and it took me nearly six days before I finally found it in a back alley! Man, it was the best burger I have eaten to date. Maybe it was because my expectations were met, but man... I love it. That right there made the trip for me, and when you're needs have been satisfied... you can go back and pretty much chill for the rest of the day. I'll blog more when I get back to Singapore. Malaysia is getting to be kind of boring now, but that's because I've been here way too long.