Fed up with eating at the hotel? Why not nip out for a bite? For $1,840, the Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur will fly you and a companion by private light aircraft to the northern Malaysian city of Ipoh for an afternoon, there to sample the famed chicken rice at the Ipoh Old Town Café. This deceptively simple dish of hot and cold poached chicken, rice, soy-garlic dipping sauce and bean sprouts is a Malaysian classic, and the yardstick by which many a kitchen is judged. Connoisseurs say the chicken rice in Ipoh (where the rice is prepared to a secret recipe, and the bean sprouts are crunchier than elsewhere on account of water from nearby limestone hills) is the best of all.
Of course, this is probably one of the pricier lunch options you'll find on any menubut if you book it the Traders Hotel will also throw in two nights of suite accommodation, breakfasts and access to the executive club. No need to chicken out, in other words. Pick up the phone and dial (60-3) 2332 9999.