What to eat in Kuala Lumpur

Spent my weekend in KL some time back and decided to do a post on what to eat there. I actually contemplated naming the post ‘What to do in KL’ but decided to change it since my post is ultimately gonna be about well, eating. We were lucky that our friend was able to chauffeur us around so we could just go anywhere we want. And I think that is one important factor while you are travelling in KL, for convenience and safety. And if you don’t have one, how about hiring a driver for a day?

1. Kin Kin Pan Mee

From Top: Meatball Soup, Sweet Potato Leaves Soup and Kin Kin Chilli Mee

The original Kin Kin Pan Mee is a must. They branched out to Singapore a few months back and the response was overwhelming. So we just have to try the KL’s version to see what’s so special about it. We went to the original restaurant where our friend claimed it’s the best (I guess there were too many copycats). There was no crowd while we were there but according to the friend, lunch will be a different story.

A small stall that started it all

The essential Dry Chilli Paste

Meatball, Fishball & Beancurd Skin Soup

We like the soup, especially the meatballs. It has a taste of ikan billis in it which was rather special. The fishballs on the other hand was a little tad salty

A whole bowl of goodness filled with ikan billis, scallions, mined meat & a poached egg

The ikan billis were excellent. I didn’t really like the minced meat maybe cos the portion was too little for me to feel satisfied. The noodles were springy and separated and it goes well together with the chilli and the egg. It just tasted delicious.

I haven’t try the Singapore version yet so there will be no basis of comparison but if you ever go to KL, give Kin Kin a try to see how the 2 branches differ.

Address: 40 Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, 50300 KL

2. Nasi Lemak

You probably have your own favourite nasi lemak, whether the one near your house or the one in the marketplace. The one we went to is known as Village Park Nasi Lemak where the walls are plastered with portraits of famed personnel and awards and the crowd was just, crazy. Nasi Lemak here is a simple fare of rice, chicken and hard boiled egg. You can add on other stuffs like sotong (which looks damn good), fish, redang and of course, more chicken.

Nasi Lemak w Ayam Goreng

Signature. You can really taste the aroma of the coconut in the rice. Simply fabulous. The chicken was tender and the skin, I don’t think it can be anymore crispier. The peanuts and ikan billis were perfect and add a big scoop of chilli to complete your meal

We asked for an extra plate of fried chicken skin so that we can, you know, die faster

Address: 5 Jalan SS21/37 Damansara Utama (Uptown) 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

3. Hokkien Mee

I guess what’s so special about hokkien mee in KL is that, the thick noodles are fried using black sauce over huge fire and fried pork lards are added to give that oily, fatty and sinful explosion in your mouth. We were introduced to Restoran Ming Hoe, which is also known as Jalan Ipoh Hokkien Mee. This place is more of like a tze char place where it is known for many other signature dishes.

Clams in Superior Soup

Do not underestimate this simple dish of clams and ginger. The soup is clear and so sweet you can simply finish half the plate of clams easily

Chilli for everything else

Hokkien Mee

And so this is their famous hokkien mee which draws everyone here. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of black hokkien mee so I can’t tell how awesome this was. But the friend said she prefer Lot 1’s version, for the fried pork lard was more fragrant and it gives a more satisfying and sinful experience.

Address: Jalan Ipoh, 51200 Kuala Lumpur (Between HSBC & Indian Temple)

4. Bak Kut Teh (Pork Rib Soup)

Pork Rib Soup

Some people call it Klang style Bak Kut Teh, others just simply call it herbal bak kut teh. And what’s so special about this bowl of pork rib soup that people even eat it for breakfast? Well, I’m not too sure either. Maybe this is a good hearty meal to start the day, or having a bowl of hot soup in the cold weather is just welcoming. Either which, it is something that is popular among the locals at any time of the day.

Joe Wong Bak Kut Teh is located beside a temple (amidst all the industrial buildings) and luckily for us, they were opened for breakfast. This place is famous for their dry bak kut teh which I didn’t realise until I came back. I just thought it was something different and special unlike what we had in Singapore.

People do really eat bak kut teh for breakfast

Dry Bak Kut Teh

From top clockwise: Bak Kut Teh, Dry Bak Kut Teh, You Tiao & Claypot Kidney Soup

The bak kut teh here doesn’t really have a very strong herbal taste. I would say it is a decent bowl of pork ribs soup. The dry bak kut teh was prepared using dry chilli and squid and the chef’s special soy sauce. It was definitely something different, and worth trying.

Address: No 1, Jalan Segambut Tepi, Segambut 51200, KL

5. Tze Char

Hi Froggies!

It literally means cook and fry, ranging from seafood, meat to vegetable. Many times, it’s these places that serve the best dishes. Simple, cheap & satisfying. Restoran Lucky Loke is probably not an easy place to find, but it’s worth the trip.

The kitchen which is an open area (Imagine when it’s raining and you have the natural flavour in your dishes 😉 ) That being said, it’s amazing they have all sorts of ingredients in this tiny space and food was served at amazing speed.

Assam Prawns

Deep Fried Fish

Bamboo Clam Soup

Vegetables with Shrimps & Pork Lard

Stir Fried Pork Belly

We went with some of their recommended dishes. The fish was the star, the prawns were amazing and so were the bamboo clams that were fresh and sweet. I wish we had the space to try some more dishes. Do not underestimate this unassuming place. Sometimes the more ulu the place, the more authentic it might be, the better the food and the happier the tummy!

*Psst we spent RM120 for all these*

Address: Lorong SS3/59, Taman Universiti, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

6. Curry Seafood Noodles

It might not seem like a popular choice to eat seafood noodles when you google ‘What to eat in KL’ but Restoran Yu Ai is one worth putting it on your To-Eat list. We saw a steady stream of customers driving in and just finding a shaded area under the trees, slurping a bowl of noodles for breakfast. You can choose the type of noodles you prefer whether is it bee hoon, yellow noodles, kuey teow and we went for ee mee.

Curry Seafood Noodles

I lovee it. The curry here is different from Singapore’s version. Our density is thicker but theirs is more watery, with a taste of assam. You can drink the curry without feeling jelat as each spoon is just appetizing and delicious.

Generous serving of seafood

Prawns, mussels, clams, cuttlefish, fish, taupok (okay I know taupok is not seafood, but thats besides the point). The ratio of seafood to noodles is probably 1:1

Homemade Fish Cake

The fishcake was the best. The fish meat was smooth, the skin was so thin yet crispy. Having a piece of the hot fish cake just warms your stomach. I can easily finish 2 plates by myself

For those who cannot take spiciness, do not worry as they have 3 different kinds of broths – Curry, Tom Yum & Clear. But it was undisputed curry wins them all. And if you don’t feel like having a heavy meal, go for the fish cake. You will not be disappointed.

Address: 42 Jalan Segambut Utara, Kwasan Perusahaan Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur

7. Cafe Hopping – Thursdvys

A mini series of cafe hopping. I guess cafes are abundant anywhere no matter which country you visiting. So we decided to pick a few and try their coffee. First up was Thursdvys located at TTDI. I think TTDI is like our local Tiong Bahru, a hipster area full of cafes. Cafes here not only have a unique personality, but their WIFI password is also out of the world.

Ristretto w Milk (3oz)

This place use blends from Common Man Coffee Roaster, so I know the coffee must be good since I love the coffee from CMCR and it really is. The barista told me if I didn’t like it, he will make a new one for me 😀

Banana Pudding

The pudding was amazing. Creamy & light and you could taste the banana and the sweetness in it

I only had space for these 2 items. Would love to give their food a try though

Address: 22 Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

8. Cafe Hopping – Frisky Goat

The place was full when we reached. Either we went at a wrong time or everyone was just hiding from the rain

A selection of cakes

And pastries

TWG Tea

Hot Chocolate

We were initially very excited about the latte art but we realised this place only does cat designs, and all the same (for latte likewise)

Mocha

I guess we really went at a wrong time. We missed their brunch & lunch timing and we were too early for dinner. So we were neither here nor there. We only ordered drinks since their famous Red Opera cake was sold out too 😦 But reading reviews, this place looks really good for brunch.

Address: No 72, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 56000 Kuala Lumpur

9. Cafe Hopping – Acme Bar & Coffee

I don’t quite get the hype about this place even though the name probably pops up often when you google cafes in KL. The place is classy with high ceilings and natural sunlight. It feels like a place where you just go there and be seen. We were unaware we had to make reservations cos it was fully booked when we reached. But 15 minutes later by stoke of luck, somebody cancelled their reservation and yay, we had a table.

Cakes that look so attractive

From top clockwise: Raspberry Chocolate, Rainbow Fruit and Light Cheesecake

The cakes here, really.cannot.make.it

Feel so cheated

Flat White

Honestly, the coffee and desserts will not be worth the trip here. You can find better coffee at TTDI anytime. I guess the only upside was this place is located at KLCC, which in terms of convenience, you cannot find anywhere better.

Address: The Troika, Ground Floor, 19 Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

10. Cafe Hopping – Levain Boulangerie Patisserie

We decided to source for a better cake place after our miserable experience at Acme. So we ended at Levain Patisserie. The exterior feels very European-inspired but the ambience inside was a total opposite. It felt more like a coffeeshop than a cafe. And service, wait what service? haha #honestlyspeaking

Bread & Pastries

All the pretty cakes

Macarons

Mille Crepe Cake

Almond Crunch Tiramisu

Tiramisu

The cakes here are good and decent. Well it better be, considering it called itself a patisserie. But I didn’t like the macarons. So if you are looking for somewhere to have cakes, or to buy cakes for a certain occasion, Levain is one to consider.

Address: No. 7, Jalan Delima, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

11. Marini on 57

It is considered to be one of World’s best rooftop bar, with a view of the magnificent twin towers. We made an impromptu decision to visit the place and so we were underdressed. I guess underdressed  would be an understatement since people really dress up to visit Marini (think party dresses & super high heels). This place is similar to 1-Altitude with an express elevator that takes you straight up to the top and a view that overlooks the city. The only thing I didn’t like  was, the place was pretty much engulfed in cigarette smoke but well, this isn’t Lion City and so we just have to made do with it.

A condensed view of Twin Towers. They are really pretty at night

Truffle Fries

Sauvignon Blanc

The place is cool only if you enjoy drinking and dancing all night for the music is so loud I doubt you can hear each other talking. For others who prefer a quieter environment, you can opt for the lounge next door where you get to relax comfortably and still enjoy the same cocktail/wines and bar food Marini has to offer. But please note only smart casual attire is allowed.

Address: Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC
50088 Kuala Lumpur

So here’s my list of things to eat in KL where I cramped everything in 2 days. Hope it is useful for those who are visiting! 🙂