There are many foodie trail tours you can join in Kuala Lumpur (KL) for a fee. But if you’re thinking of venturing on your own, we recommended starting your KL food hunt at Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang.
Jalan Alor is a unique and must-visit foodie destination at the heart of KL. It is one of the spots in the city with the most number of roadside restaurants that offer a wide collection of Malay, Chinese, Indian and other cuisines you’re craving for. Here are some of the dishes you need to try when in Jalan Alor.
- Egg Noodle Fried With Roast Pork Wong Ah Wah Restaurant For just RM12 you can get this delightful and somewhat addictive springy noodle dish bathed in thick, sweet, garlicky sauce with thick pieces of roast pork on top.
- Belacan Fried Rice Restoran Meng Kee Grilled Fish There are many varieties of fried rice dishes you can get in KL but belacan fried rice packs a punch when it comes to both aroma and taste. This savory, spicy rice dish comes with simple condiments such as scrambled eggs and dried shrimp.
- Satay Fat Brother Restaurant Satays are across Southeast Asia. They consist of grilled pieces of meat, even vegetables, served on bamboo skewers with a peanut-based dipping sauce. The famous ones are beef, pork and chicken satays. These skewered delights are known for their smokey flavors.
- Salted Egg Chicken/Squid Wong Ah Wah The salted egg, buttery cream is liquid gold. Anything doused in this creamy, rich, thick sauce becomes an instant gourmet delight. We recommend getting the salted egg chicken and squid variety. If you want something even more delightful, order the salted egg giant prawns. Best served with Chinese fried rice.
- Coconut Ice Cream Sangkaya This delicious but incredibly light coconut ice cream is served in a half coconut shell and sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes, cereals, chocolate syrup and other condiments. It’s smooth and creamy but not too sweet, which is just the perfect way to cap off a great foodie experience at Jalan Alor.
See You In Jalan Alor
Jalan Alor is conveniently a short distance from the famous Berjaya Times Square in KL. If you are visiting Jalan Alor via the KTM Komuter, you can alight at the KL Sentral Station. Take note of the timetable for the KTM so you can easily catch the train back. From KL Sentral Station, take the monorail to Imbi Station. From there, you can reach Jalan Alor on foot, about a 10-minute walk.
There are much more delightful treats in Jalan Alor you can try. In fact, you may need to visit this bustling food scene numerous times to try them all. But for first-timers, don’t leave KL without sampling these classic dishes.
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