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Out now: The singing and dancing issue

Our September issue features the top 50 karaoke songs, the best karaoke joints in town, and the best clubs to get your groove on

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10 things to do in KL this week

Our guide to the week's best events and recommended things to do

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Time Out KL Food Awards 2015

The shortlist is out and it's time to vote! You have until Oct 28

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Now open: Bean Reserve

Cereal milk soft serve and nitro coffee and tea await you here

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What’s on this week in KL

Time Out Comedy Thursday

Time Out Comedy Thursday (TOCT) is the city's monthly comedy night happening on the first Thursday of every month. Back at Mango's Tropical Café, headlining this edition is Keren Bala Devan alongside supporting acts Prakash Daniel, Dash Steam, Dan Tackage and Sim Tong. Justin Heyes hosts.  As with most Comedy Thursdays, expect an evening of raucous laughter, hilarious gags and some political incorrectness not for the faint-hearted. Each ticket entitles you to special F&B promotions. And here's a special treat for all you comedy lovers: the first 200 people to attend will receive a free bottle of Somersby Cider. See you there! For ages 18 and above only. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. No reservations.  As featured in Time Out KL's 101 things to do in KL

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People’s Merdeka Exhibition

The Malaysian Heritage and History Club (MHHC) presents the People’s Merdeka Exhibition, a pasar malam-style gathering of all things Malaysia, from photo exhibitions to memorabilia displays, as well as talks, performances and workshops. Exhibitors include Mohd Radzi Jamaludin’s ‘Kuala Lumpur – Now and Then’, Mariana Isa’s ‘The Trilby Touch – a collection of buildings by AB Hubback’, and documentarian Mahen Bala’s ‘Jalan-Jalan Malaysia’ series, among others. Sit in on heritage talks about Malaysian architecture, history, photography, music and more and then join workshops on Malaysian traditional games and Joget Lambak.

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Tepak Tari

Local dance company MyDance Alliance presents 'Tepak Tari', two captivating programmes of six short dance debuts by Malaysian dancers. The programme highlights the diversity in both the traditional and modern dance to give viewers an understanding of what is changing in the contemporary dance scene. 'Tepak Tari' is part of the stellar lineup in the 'KL i Dance' segment of DiverseCity. 

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A Place To Bury Strangers live in KL

The all-black-everything wardrobe, the custom-crafted effects pedal, the wall of noise referencing ’80s noise rock à la The Jesus and Mary Chain: these are the calling cards of A Place to Bury Strangers, the New York City psychedelic rock and shoegaze trio, who released their fourth LP ‘Transfixiation’ early this year.

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Restaurants

The Tranquerah

The Tranquerah is a restaurant that should get more credit than it does. Maybe it’s the location at Encorp Strand Mall (what people do there is a mystery to me) that pushes it out of the periphery of tourists, or basically anyone. Or maybe it’s that it’s gone largely unpublicised despite the fact that Malaysia’s pioneering queen of Nyonya cuisine, Florence Tan, had a heavy hand in developing the menu. Whatever it is, it’s a darn impressive restaurant. When I lunched at Amy’s Heritage Nyonya Cuisine in Malacca (the best Nyonya meal I’ve had the privilege to eat), head chef, co-owner and Florence’s cousin Amy Koh came about to our table to plug this little operation in Kota Damansara. ‘The touch is in the family,’ I recall Amy saying. As I find out, she speaks nothing but truth. The Tranquerah is a bit romantic when you go at dinnertime. The space permeates in yellow light and is filled with striking paraphernalia like old cigarette tins, kuih moulds and weighing scales. Some of the furniture – an antique cabinet with maroon borders in particular – is so stunning, I find myself staring a bit rudely. You could compare it to Limapulo’s blast-from-the-past influence, but without the clutter. The owner, an affable young lady, rushes to us to present the recommendations from the menu. The food arrives a brisk eight minutes later without awkward gaps in between each main. The sambal udang petai is one of the best versions of the dish you’ll get in the Klang Valley – the prawns are

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Mohd Yaseen Nasi Kandar Pulau Pinang

Confession: Until recently, I had never eaten at Yaseen; let’s just say that it had never crossed my mind to look beyond the regular chains for nasi kandar. It was only when a Penangite friend suggested we go there for supper one night that I first got acquainted with the decades-old nasi kandar joint. Apparently, the claim is that the nasi kandar at Yaseen comes pretty close to a plate you would get in Penang. We visited on a Tuesday night around 9pm, and Yaseen was all lit up like a Las Vegas casino – it seemed like the only sign of life on the quiet side of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. It may have been past dinnertime, but there were about ten people ahead of us in line for nasi kandar (this, I learned, is considered normal. The queue can get a lot longer). Inside, there’s an air-conditioned extension where most of the crowd goes, but the purple-walled ‘old wing’ is where the old-school charm lies. Like me, you might be tempted to go for fried chicken, udang or sotong as your protein, but the speciality is the ayam kicap – chicken in a rich, soy-sauce curry whose flavours are further enhanced when topped with at least four different types of curry (it’s best to just let the anneh go crazy with the curries he piles on your rice – he knows what he’s doing). The result of this mix – paired with dabs of the obligatory sambal kelapa on the side – is delightfully spicy, and my only regret is not being able to finish off the rice soaking in all that curry goodness. I did, however

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Bakar

Guys, let’s all calm down about the ‘grill-concept’ trend. Grilling as a cooking method is at least 300,000 years old, and these days, there’s nothing novel about a restaurant that cooks food directly over a source of heat. Fortunately, Bakar’s affiliation with charcoal fire is far from opportunistic – spend one night here and it’s easy to see that boundaries are meddled with, for KL standards at least. Trust The BIG Group in all manner of aesthetic; every detail is measured to enhance the experience, from the white marble tiling, to the matchbox mural, to the open kitchen – it’s stylish, but not outwardly so. And when I ask for recommendations, the waiters are kind and welcoming, a true refresher in Bangsar. I start with the barbecue classic – grilled watermelon. It comes in a salad with strawberry, pomegranate, chilli, radish, cucumber and coriander. Objectively, the flavours sound threatening, but when eaten together in one forkful, they open up well. The juiciness of the fruit against the sharpness of coriander, the surprise crunch of the cucumber, the mild nuttiness of sesame seeds – it’s like playing many rounds on a coin-operated claw crane, and getting a different soft toy at every attempt. The second starter of parcelled clam bake is more predictable, but still very, very good. The flavours – lemongrass, chilli, pandan – can easily be found in any Asian- Western mash-up, but at Bakar, Chef Keith Choong extrudes the most out of each ingredient. The broth in which t

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Restoran Yarl

Sri Lankan restaurants are few and far between in the Klang Valley, but this three-year-old restaurant in Brickfields is one step closer towards changing that. Run by a Sri Lankan Tamil, the food at Yarl is unique in that it specialises in cuisine from the northern province of Sri Lanka, aka Jaffna Tamil cuisine. The space itself is generic – there’s nothing that suggests it to be greatly different from the Chettinad operations in the area, save for its cleaner, newer walls. Food is displayed in large clay pots and metal trays filled with curry, vegetables and meats. As the sothi (mild curry with coconut milk) pot was almost completely dry, I skip it and go for the vengaya kuzhambu (onion curry), generous in shallots and watery in consistency. The sides of mutton peratal and dry chicken varuval are agreeable, but it’s the sora meen puttu that shines. Made of shredded shark meat, chilli and a few spices, it’s dry, slightly sweet and deeply aromatic. Paired with okra sambal and papadum topped with crispy dried chilli, it’s the stuff of perfect Saturday lunches. But I’m not nearly done yet. For a second helping of rice, I ask for the crab curry, for what’s a lavish Sri Lankan lunch without it? The curry is thick, gloopy and pungent, with strong notes of sweet crab. The crabs are left in pieces, all the better for you to get your fingers in the nooks of every leg. And just as you would suck a prawn head, you must slurp up the juices of the crab’s carcass when you’re done pickin

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Life according to Shelah

A red lipstick is… red? It’s not pink, is it? Age is… appropriate. Always wear… clothes. Especially if you’re a lawyer on a mountain. As you go through life you’ll see… better if you’re not glued to your phone. Dating in KL is… a foreign concept. I mean, who even knows what a date is nowadays? It’s all about apps, how many metres away you are and dirty messy business (I mean sex!). Freedom of choice is… no longer viable. Don’t ask, don’t talk. For awhile it was also ‘don’t wear shorts, must wear sarong’. And not even a nice sarong! If you’re going to impose your narrow medieval thoughts on me, the very least you could do is provide me with a pretty piece of sarong. I’m not going to cover myself up with the crap you’re giving me. Genius is… sorry, what was the question? Oh, genius is when a light bulb suddenly appears above your head and you wonder where the ‘dimmer’ switch is. Growing up is… kind of fun. Making decisions not based on who has the best score on Candy Crush. Seriously people, what is this manic devotion/ addiction to the game? Never mind that the game is years old, I’m still getting requests to play it. Play other games please. For example, Monopoly, the game of buying and building an empire with other people’s money. You’ll find yourself asking at every turn, ‘Mana money tu?’ Harder, faster, stronger but… how will you have enough time to breathe? No point rushing to a destination when you don’t even know where you’re going. Every now and then slow down, watch w

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Restaurants

Will Meyrick interview

We talked to the star of Asian Food Channel’s (AFC) Street Food Chef about celebrity chefs, Malacca chicken rice ball, and where Malaysian food is heading. 

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Music

Dirgahayu interview

Dirgahayu is derived from former members of Akta Angkasa, Custom Daisy, Silent Scenery and Susur Masa – and in choosing the name ‘Dirgahayu’, it’s a bit of a statement in separating themselves from their former bands: ‘dirgahayu’ means ‘panjang usia’, or ‘long life’. 

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Film

Bob Odenkirk

Comedy vet and supporting player Bob Odenkirk hits the big time, starring in his very own spin-off, ‘Better Call Saul’. 

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The best of Kuala Lumpur

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Brunch

The elusive hybrid of breakfast and lunch has never tasted this good. So kickstart your lazy weekend with these best brunch dishes.

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Tourist attractions

Here are ten ways to earn your tourist badge in KL

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Coffee

KL's coffee culture is an expanding landscape of imported beans, state-of-the-art machines, hip baristas, and silky smooth pours. Here are the best coffee shops in KL that call the shots.

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Shopping

Vintage shops

Give grandma's closet a break and go to these stores instead.

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Cafés

The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions.

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Ice creams

Featuring customisable ice cream, alluring parfaits and nostalgic sundaes – these are the latest scoops in the city to keep you cool.

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