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10 Must Try Foods in Kuala Lumpur

Part of the thrill of travel is finding the local spots for the most authentic and tasty food. For the low-down on the best places to eat in Kuala Lumpur, local foodie, Chris Tong, shares her top picks.


One little-known fact about our cover girl Chris Tong? The affable 32-year-old is a big foodie, especially when it comes to Nonya fare. “While I’m not Peranakan, both my grandma and mum were born and bred in Penang, which is renowned for its Nonya dishes. In fact, my grandma ran a hawker stall that specialised in prawn mee and asam laksa. I’ve loved eating Peranakan food since I was little,” she shares. “I’m also a pretty good cook, and I can probably whip up just about every Nonya dish in existence! I think the talent runs in the family,” she grins. We couldn’t possibly pass up the chance to tap on Chris’ culinary expertise, so we asked the actress, who was born in Kuala Lumpur and is currently based there, to recommend where to find the best food in her home town.


Her Fave Foods:


San Peng Nasi Lemak, off Jalan San Peng (opposite San Peng Flats), Pudu, Kuala Lumpur 52100

“I really like the rice here – it’s made with a generous amount of coconut milk, so it’s incredibly fragrant. It’s also very fluffy – perfect for mopping up curry or sambal. The chopped long beans add an extra crunch.”



Pudu Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee, 215 Jalan Sarawak, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur 55100

“This stall uses an old-school method of frying the noodles over a charcoal fire, which imparts an unusual smoky flavour to the dish. While it isn’t the only stall in KL that does this, its fiery sambal sets it apart from its competitors.”



Hung Kee Shamelin, 28-5 and 28-6 Jalan Loke Yew, Kuala Lumpur 55200

“Hung Kee is a household name in KL. I like how the handmade noodles here are fried with three kinds of oil – I’m guessing lard, garlic oil and sesame oil – making them very aromatic.”



Chicken rice

Restoran Fei Por, 211 Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur 55100

“Here, you’ll get a sizeable portion of tender, succulent chicken, doused with the restaurant’s own special sauce. Plus, the stall operates till the wee hours of the morning, so it’s a popular supper haunt among locals and tourists.”



Restoran Bak Kut Teh Yik See Ho, 20 Jalan Landak (off Jalan Pasar), Kuala Lumpur 55100

“I love the broth, which is rich and not overwhelmingly herbal. It’s also boiled with Chinese cabbage, which lends it an extra sweetness.”



Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo, 20 Lorong Bandar (off Jalan Petaling), Kuala Lumpur 50000

“The yong tau foo pieces here – such as the tau foo, tau pok, fried dumplings and brinjal – are generously portioned and freshly made every day.”



Wong Ah Wah, 1 Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur 50200

“This popular restaurant offers a wide variety of zi char. I recommend the fried vermicelli, roasted pork noodles, salted egg sotong and its famous barbecue chicken wings.”



Restoran Kin Kin, 40 Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman Satu, Kuala Lumpur 51200

“The handmade noodles at this institution are delightfully springy and chewy, and pair perfectly with the very lethal dried chilli flakes.”



Roast duck

Sek Yuen Restaurant, 315 Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur 55100

“The roast duck here is absolutely mouth-watering – think light, crispy skin, and tender, juicy flesh. The duck isn’t overly marinated, allowing its natural flavours to shine through.”



Lima Blas Restaurant, 15 Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200

“Besides authentic and delicious Nonya fare, the shop also boasts a fantastic ambience – it’s crammed with all sorts of retro objects, such as vintage typewriters and posters, giving it a nostalgic vibe.”


By Delle Chan, Simply Her, November 2015

Photos: 123rf.com

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