Saturday, August 29, 2009

Malaysia: Hawker food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hawker food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is an adventure worth embarking on. Don't we just all love street food? Last month, I was in transit in KL on the way to Bali. So I decided to spend the few hours I had on a street food adventure.

Hawker food is actually an important part of life in these parts of the world. I noticed my Malaysian and Singaporean friends can drive kilometers to a single hawker stall, sometimes in dingy locations, simply because the food is excellent. And I can't blame them! So walking around Chinatown, I decided to chow on some of the food available. My stomach couldn't handle everything, so I took photos of the rest instead.

All around the Jalan Petaling area, hawker stalls sell almost everything from claypot chicken rice, roasted duck, beef noodles, bah kut teh, popiah, beef and chicken satay and other Malay dishes, and roti chanai and other Indian dishes.

For my afternoon snack, I decided to have some chicken and beef satay with a rich peanut sauce which reminded me so much of the one I had in Jakarta. Since I also was craving for roti canai and roti telur, I went to a nearby Indian restaurant for a serving, of course with my favorite Horlicks ais drink!

Later in the evening, my Malaysian friend Kenneth brought me to Jalan Alor to savor the famous Ngau Kee beef noodles. It's most famous for the minced beef which they top on the noodles of your choice since they have several types of noodles. If only too much food was good for us, then I wouldn't stop eating.

Exploring the hawker stalls and street food in Malaysia is an adventure in itself. And did I say we had mango loh for dessert at K.T.Z. Food in Petaling Jaya? Yummy!


  1. these made me hungry...i miss the food in Malaysia. My fav are kweoh-chao, bakuteh (not sure of the spelling) :)

  2. Hi Ivan, I'll be going to Malaysia for the first time on October, we have included a mealtime at Jalan Alor in our itinerary, but your pics of Chinatown look enticing. We have time to visit just one hawker area, which would you suggest between Jalan Alor and Chinatown?

    Looking forward to your post about Pinoy Hawker stalls!

  3. Hi, you have to try the stingray at the hawker alley near Bukit Bintang, best fish I have ever tasted.

  4. This is exactly why I love living in Malaysia. The street food is soooo yummy, so cheap and very easy to find (you can easily get street food at 4 in the morning!). Have fun in Malaysia!

  5. LouRBundoc2.10.09

    Merci! Ivan! These are very helpful tips for a first-timer in KL like me. We are embarking on a Malaysian tour next week. I want to taste an authentic bakuhteh!

  6. i like it...Hi, you have to try the stingray at the hawker alley near Bukit Bintang, best fish I have ever tasted.



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