The second day of our journey, we continue to visit attractions in Glasgow with Chris and Christine.
Here are some photos that we have taken throughout the journey and we would like to share it in our blog. Shown on the photo above, the Merchant City is one of the oldest quarters of Glasgow and the cultural heart of the city. The place is situated in the eastern quarter of Glasgow City Centre, takes about 5 minutes walk from Buchanan and Argyle Street.
After a stroll in the park, we arrived in one of Glasgow’s museums – the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. Contrary to what we thought, it felt extremely warm and cozy in the winter gardens. There is a café inside the glasshouse where one could sit back and enjoy the colourful tropical plants. In the People’s Palace, one could have a chance to see the story of the people and the city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present.
We also visited the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Christine told us about the myth that the architect of the building jumped to his death from one of the towers because the main entrance was built back-to-front.
The museum exhibits a variety of art collections and also collections of arms and armour in the world. One of the most interesting museums that we have visited in the UK, definitely worth a visit if you’re visiting Glasgow.
The University of Glasgow is within walking distance from the Kelvingrove Museum. There was where we visited the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, a free admission museum located on the main campus of the university.
Back to food, we visited Rumours Kopitiam, a Malaysian café style restaurant for lunch. It was very thoughtful of Christine and Chris for bringing us to this restaurant, since we haven’t had Malaysian food for ages!
The lunch time special offer was a great deal. For £6.90, we get to choose from a variety of starters and main courses. Beverage was also included, we were given choices of Chinese tea, English tea or English coffee. I had an English tea while ys had an English coffee.
As for starters, we had chicken satay (沙爹鸡) which was recommended by Chris. Served with their self-made peanut sauce, cucumbers and pineapples, the chicken satay was fantastic. The chicken was grilled to perfection, meaty and juicy while the peanut sauce, though not spicy, was aromatic and delicious. We wiped the peanut sauce bowl clean.
The Malaysian style pancake, or more commonly known as roti canai (马来煎饼) in Malaysia, was delicious too! Served with authentic curry sauce, the roti canai tasted nice and crispy. It has a heavier sense of butter which we enjoyed a lot.
The Singapore laksa vermicelli (辣沙汤米粉) that we had was good. The noodles were rich in ingredients such as fresh prawns, cockles and fish cakes. The soup was spicy and flavourful, with a hint of fragrant coconut milk. Satisfied our cravings for authentic Malaysian food! It was very good and addictive!
The nasi lemak (咖喱鸡椰汁饭) was superb. Served with curry chicken, sambal (hot chilli sauce), peanuts, fried anchovies, achar (pickled vegetables), half-boiled eggs, slices of cucumbers and tomato, the serving was huge and filling. The sambal which was spicy and sour boosted our appetites, the chicken was moist and tasty and the curry gravy provides a good accompaniment to the fragrant coconut rice. There is nothing else that we can ask for, the lunch was perfect! Glasgow citizens are so fortunate to have this restaurant in their area! For better photos and more information, check out Christine‘s post on Rumours Kopitiam.
After lunch, we were introduced to Irn-bru by the couple, a well-known carbonated soft drink produced in Scotland for more than a century. Taste wise, I find it very hard to describe. It was very unique and sweet, not something that I really enjoy but ys claimed that it was good. Nevertheless, it was good trying new things. Thanks again to Christine and Chris for introducing everything to us!
21 Bath Street,
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