November 27, 2011

Bokhara or Samarkand?

I found a Central Asian cafe in Kuala Lumpur called Turkistan.  The map has a place called East Turkestan. China may not be too happy.

Central Asian Map

East Turkestan is the old name of the parts of the current Chinese province of Xinjiang. The name is also used by people who prefer an independent state rather than be a part of China.

Central Asian Food

Malaysia hosts many students and tourists from Central Asia.  When I was a kid, Central Asia was the other part of the world (besides South East Asia) that was fascinating for me.  Most of the current countries in Central Asia were then republics in the Soviet Union. I used to read magazines and books from the Soviet Union. They often had articles about these republics. I was also a fan of books written by explorers and historians such as Sven Hedin and Peter Hopkirk.

Central Asian Books

Update: 2014, This cafe is no longer around. Sadding, now we need to go to Thailand or Vietnam to get Central Asian food.

Central Asian Cafe in KL

Malaysia Central Asia Food

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