Friday, August 1, 2014

KL Street Food Trip

Where To Eat In Kuala Lumpur

If you’re gonna ask what stuck on me during our KL Layovers, well, it’s neither the KL Tower nor the Petronas Towers but the Mee Goreng, Roti Canai and Kopi Ice

Before my Penang trip, my knowledge on Malaysian cuisine was close to nil. Thank goodness I spent most of my time there checking out food bazaars and hawker stalls that got me acquainted to Malaysian dishes.

Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian gastronomic fares. If you love to eat, then definitely KL is the place for you. I know that our 3 layovers (almost 48 hours in total) in KL aren’t enough to truly appreciate the city. That’s a good thing though for we have more reasons to come back soon.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Jalan Alor

Me and my buddy used Kuala Lumpur’s LCCT as our hub on our trips. With no plans on what to do and where to go, we consumed our time checking out good food finds during our KL layovers. Surprisingly, we loved the city (mainly because of our happy food finds). The street food scene in the city is extraordinarily good. You get to try some of the Malaysian favorite dishes with regional variations hidden along the crazy streets of KL. 

So without any guide on what-to and where-to-eat, we explored around the city and checked out the street food scene.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food


Me and my buddy didn’t know where to go on our first ‘layover day’ so we just followed our instincts and head straight to Chinatown (which actually is a good first stop).

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Chinatown
Before reaching the place of interest, we stopped by on this hawker stall on a side street near the Chinatown area. The food stall sells some fried stuff that looks yummy. We tried to ask the hawker about the food items but couldn’t figure out what he was telling us so we ended up buying almost everything. We love the fried tofu with some veggies inside. It’s perfect with the vinegar-based dipping sauce that was provided. An order (2 or 3 food items) is usually priced at around 1 RM (13 pesos).

Kuala Lumpur Street Food

Kuala Lumpur Street Food
Tofu with veggies!
We later on went to Chinatown and scoured the area for some decent lunch/merienda treat. We ended up on a food stall that sells some rice meals and some cool coffee concoctions.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Chinatown

First thing on my mind was Kopi Ice for 2.20 RM (28.60 pesos). This rich dark iced coffee with condensed milk captured my heart when I was in Penang. We ended up having three glassfuls of this.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Chinatown
Kopi Ice
My buddy had some Nasi Goreng (an Indonesian/Malay dish which literally means ‘fried rice’) which is famous on hawker stalls around Chinatown. An order is around 4 RM (52 pesos).There are many versions of this dish but ours had fried rice mixed with some veggies and dried fish. This may be an Indonesian native but the one they serve in KL is good.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng
I had Nasi Lemak (considered as Malaysia’s National Dish which is a traditional breakfast meal). For 1.50 RM (19.50 pesos) I got some steamed rice with shrimp paste, crispy anchovies, cucumbers and some peanuts. It is usually combined with other side dishes and we chose Chicken Satay for 0.80 RM a piece (10.40 pesos) bought on a barbecue stall nearby. The juicy barbecued and skewered meat with its perfect peanut-based sauce is not your typical Nasi Lemak side dish but it worked out for me.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak
Kuala Lumpur Street Food Satay
Chicken Satay
And as if we’re not yet satisfied, we also bought some Roti Canai for 1.50 RM (19.50 pesos), still, on a nearby store. Roti Canai can be compared to crepe but is much lighter and fluffier and is almost nothing without its curry sauce dip. I’ve tried this on some restaurants here in Manila (which, by the way, costs a lot) and those are nothing compared to what I tried in KL.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Roti Canai
Roti Canai
We strolled around Jalan Petaling and went back to Chinatown when we saw this burger joint on the side street. Ramly Burger is truly a Malaysian icon. The burgers they sell can be modified to your liking. Typically, it consists of beef or chicken patty, eggs, cabbage, and other condiments. 

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Ramly Burger

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Ramly Burger
Egg wrapped patty!
For 5 RM a piece (65 pesos), we got the Burger Ayam Special (chicken meat). What’s fascinating about this treat is that the burger components are incorporated with each other. The chicken patty was wrapped around the scrambled eggs. But after the first bite, we both agreed that the burger was just ok, nothing spectacular about the taste actually.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Ramly Burger

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Ramly Burger

Jalan Alor

The famous street of Jalan Alor, located in the heart of Bukit Bintang area, is truly a food junkie happy place. Once we stepped into this street, we never looked back.

Restaurants, hawker stalls and food joints are lined on the whole stretch. Hawkers holding some photographed menu items are just fascinating. And what’s not to love about a place that turns into a party place at night? Hundreds of chairs and tables are put up every night. Almost every Malaysian dish you wish to have is offered here. Beers and some booze are also available for an all-nighter party.

Apple Hotel (one of our chosen hotels during the layovers) is strategically located along Jalan Alor. We were lucky to discover our favorite hang-out/food place right outside our hotel’s doorstep. This certain hawker stall is open for 24 hours; just imagine our cravings in the wee hours.

Kuala Lumpur Street Food Jalan Alor

We specifically love their Mee Goreng. A common dish in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, this fried noodle dish is our happy food in KL. For 5 to 9 RM (65 to 117 pesos) you can have Mee Goreng with a choice of your meat toppings. We often get the one with chicken or shrimps; funny how we always tell the cook to put just a little spice on our noodles but ending up fiery afterwards. We just tell them to not put any spice after that (it’s still hot though).

Kuala Lumpur Jalan Alor Mee Goreng
Mee Goreng
Char Kway Teow (Stir-fried ricecake strips) is also one of our food finds along Jalan Alor. For 5 RM (65 pesos) this unique noodle dish has some flat rice noodles cut into strips with beansprouts and some meat. The flavor of the dish is soaked in its tasty and chunky noodles. It’s really good.

Kuala Lumpur Jalan Alor Char Kway Teow
Char Kway Teow
Kopi Ice, again, was our favorite drink. They sell it here for 1.50 RM (19.50 pesos). We downed almost a liter everytime (exaggeration).

Kuala Lumpur Jalan Alor Kopi Ice
Kopi Ice
We also tried some rice meals (which I forgot to take down for the photo menus are much helpful and lovely) for 10 RM (130 pesos) each.

Kuala Lumpur Jalan Alor Street Food

Kuala Lumpur Jalan Alor Street Food

The rich cultural mix of Kuala Lumpur City promises a great gastronomic experience. We only had 3 'layover days' in KL but were truly satisfied with our street food trip that we keep on looking for a restaurant here in Manila that can be at par with what we had there. Mee Goreng, Roti Canai and Kopi Ice... Ugh! Now I'm drooling. 

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  1. Hay grabe!!! Kakagutom naman nito. Tara KL! lol!

    1. Parang Cubao lang ang KL Julius ah! Haha

  2. KL = foodie haven. ang dami at ang sasarap ng food! hate you for making me hungry, carla! haha!

  3. Lovely food photos! I can't wait to go on a food trip outside the country as well. :)