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Bright and breezy stop: A look at the Bandar Utama MRT station
Monday 31 July 2017
Kuala Lumpur
A collaboration between RapidKL, The Malay Mail and RebeccaSaw.com
The spacious and spanking new stop. — Pictures by Malay Mail
KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — One of the first things you’ll notice about the MRT train is that the coach is squeaky clean, spacious and the air-conditioning system seems to feel a lot cooler than other similar public transport. 

Such convenience is not surprising since the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is relatively new. We were at the Bandar Utama MRT station recently and it is one of the stops on the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVRMT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line which was launched in December last year.

At the time we were there, the spacious and spanking new stop was bare but there are signs which show promise that there’d be shops opening soon which will undoubtedly make the station more lively.

Despite the quiet atmosphere, the station is equipped with necessary facilities such as elevators, escalators, ticket vending machines, customer service centre, washrooms, prayer room and public phones.

Ramps and elevators as well as tactile guides and warning strips along walkways and platforms are also apparent for the disabled.

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    First up is Shin Kee which has been around for nearly six decades. Almost as established is Soong Kee, just 300 metres away. Both serve an identical style of beef noodles which is dry with tasty, braised minced meat. There is a soup on the side with either beef parts or noodles.

    Shin Kee offers yellow noodles, rice vermicelli or kuey teow (flat rice noodles) while Soong Kee serves up thin, springy egg noodles.

    For protein, you can choose to add in a variety of innards including tripe and tendon. A standard serving would be with slivers of tender beef and bouncy beef balls.

    Another beef noodle stall offering similar servings is Ngau Kee at Tengkat Tong Shin. This outlet has been in business for almost four decades.

    In terms of noodles, my pick goes to Soong Kee. I like its springy concoction. I also like my beef slices cooked lightly so they remain medium rare. One can leave them to soak longer in the piping hot soup for the pink tinge to go away, or enjoy their glorious succulence as they are.
    Inside the elevated station.
    Commuters boarding the feeder bus.

    One World is a five-star hotel which also houses several dining outlets like Kura Japanese restaurant, The Sphere, Poolbar & Grill and Havana Club. There are plans to build a pedestrian walkway that directly links the station to the hotel. 

    As for 1 First Avenue, the 25-storey Grade-A office tower is said to be the only “green” building in Petaling Jaya. Among its eco-friendly facilities are a rain water harvesting framework that recycles rainwater for the “air-conditioning cooling towers system”, toilet flushing and landscaping.

    It is also an energy-efficient building designed to use as little energy as possible to minimise threats to the environment.

    Apart from these places, you can also get to other areas such as Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kampung Sungai Penchala and Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara using the feeder buses at the station which operate from the adjacent 1 Powerhouse building. You can get here easily via Entrance A of the station.

    What’s more, RapidKL bus 802 connects you from the station to the Kelana Jaya LRT station (from which you can go to stops such as KLCC, Gombak, Pasar Seni, KL Sentral and Putra Heights among others).

    * For more gastronomic adventures — keep up with Rebecca on www.RebeccaSaw.com and instagram.com/wackybecky.
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Getting There
1. Bandar Utama MRT Station
Persiaran Bandar Utama & Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi & Lebuh Bandar Utama & E11, 47800 Selangor

LRT/MRT: Bandar Utama

Operating hours: 6am to 11.30pm
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