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Top 10 Things to Eat on a KL Food Trip

KL Food Trip

My favourite people in the world are Malaysians. Four trips to the country and countless of airport layovers in between, I stand by this claim with the conviction of a traveller who’s only had smashing reminiscence of the country.

It started with Jabidi, an old neighbour whose stories of coming to the Philippines by small boat from his native, Sabah, bequeathed my first glimpse of Malaysia. Then it continued with Tasha, whose food blog was spiced with family secrets from her grandma’s recipe book. Lastly, with Teoh, the most disarming gentleman I’ve ever known in this lifetime. (and you know how “disarming” stalls all else into standstill, but that’s for another blog post, so…)

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Renowned Malaysian Food and Travel Blogger, Wilson Ng

On my recent trip however, Wilson, Nicole and Casey took centerstage. They did right, primarily, by taking me out on one hell of a gastronomic adventure.


Read: Melaka Food Trip Guide


To pay the thoughtfulness forward, here’s an Ultimate Kuala Lumpur Food Trip Hack from sunrise to midnight with local expertise courtesy of my Malaysian friends.

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Power Couple Nicole Tan and Casey Liew Hoong

Breakfast

1. Instant Mi Goreng with a Gourmet Twist

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Because really, who were we kidding? What with the fast-paced KL metropolis and its ironically severe traffic jams, nothing spelled convenience than a pack of instant Mi Goreng.

Then again, I was in posh Mont Kiara and somehow, there was a need to live up to the prestige. To the rescue were few drops of truffle oil and a perfectly fried egg and voila! Gourmet Mi Goreng ala Casey.

(Nota bene: I actually had this at dinner, but for this exercise, let’s pretend it’s an all-day breakfast.)

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Cosmopolitan KL from Nicole’s Condo

Lunch

Technically, we drove out of Kuala Lumpur and to the neighbouring city of Petaling Jaya for lunch. It appeared that we actually drove against the direction of traffic too, which was half-genius, half-miraculous.

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Village Park Restaurant
5 Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor


2. Nasi Lemak

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One cannot claim to have been in Malaysia until one had gobbled an entire plate of Nasi Lemak up. To Malaysians, nothing is Nasi Lemak enough unless it is the one at Village Park in PJ.

The hero of this national dish is in how fragrant and well-cooked the rice is. Usually cooked with coconut and pandan, this rice dish is often served with meat, anchovies, hard-boiled egg, vegetables and peanuts.

3. Milo Dinosaur

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Common in Malaysia and neighbouring Singapore, this a traditional (street) drink made of Iced Milo topped with an excess of undissolved Milo powder.

Cheap and easy to make, but surprisingly a refreshing palate cleanser.

Dinner

Jalan Alor is most alive at night. Proximal to the backpacker haven of Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor is KL’s street food Mecca.

From sundown onwards, this whole street transforms to a series of outdoor restaurants serving a variety of local dishes: a true reflection of Kuala Lumpur’s multicultural identity.

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Triple Gold Kitchen
67-69 Jalan Alor
50200 Kuala Lumpur


4. Mo Mo Cha Cha

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Also called Bobo Chacha or Bubur Chacha, it is a traditional Nyonya Dessert. Comprising of root crop like taro and sweet potato, it is cooked in coconut milk and added with tapioca, banana and other fruits. It can also be served hot or cold.

5. Oyster Omelette

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Oyster Omelette is a savoury dish comprising of an oyster-filled egg-and-flour battered omelette. A common street food in Taiwan, it can be attributed to Fujian and Chaozhou origins, and is widely available in many parts of Asia.

6. Grilled Stingray

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Basically, this dish a grilled/barbecued stingray, laden with sambal topping and served on a banana leaf. It is widely popular in hawker stalls across the Malaysian peninsula and nearby Singapore.

7. Yin Yong

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The duality of Yin and Yang– the harmony of two oppositions, is what this cultural dish represents. Basically two types of noodles are used: a dry one (usually vermicelli) and a wet one (usually flat noodles), which are then fused into a dish of contrasts, with vegetables, protein and other spices.

8. Kuey Tiao

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Infamous in Penang, Kuey Tiao is a flat noodle dish that is stir-fried in lard and mixed with a variety of protein and vegetables. Often, it is served on a plate of banana leaf to further enhance the aroma of this Malaysian staple.

9. Hokien Noodles

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Also known as Hokkien Char Mee, this soy sauce- braised yellow noodle dish is another hawker stall favourite that is widely served in many Asian countries. 

Post-Dinner

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Mojito and Pisco Sour from Fuego

It’s one thing to rough it out at a roadside eatery. It’s another to polish up to the heights of luxury immediately after roughing it up. That’s precisely what we did when right after Jalan Alor, off we went to the very exclusive Fuego Sky Dining at The Troika.

At first we weren’t sure if we’d be allowed entry in shorts and sandals. But my friends made calls and luckily so, we were gracefully received despite being under-dressed.

Reminiscent of clandestine rendezvous amongst the most influential, the atmosphere in the towers were almost eerie in its silence. We were led to a lift, to a dim-lit foyer and finally through a narrow corridor. I wasn’t prepared of what greeted us thereafter: panoramic views of the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur’s best-known landmark.

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View from our table. Really.

Fuego Troika Sky Dining
Level 23a, Tower B, The Troika
19 Persiaran KLCC
50450 Kuala Lumpur


10. Churros and Salted Caramel

 

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Fuego Sky Dining is tapas for the high society. I was fine with cocktails. But then Nicole insisted we try the Churros with Salted Caramel dip. And my golly was she right. If not for our very heavy dinner, I would’ve downed the entire jar of dip, spoonful after sinful spoonful.

It was such an experience that even before leaving, I was already planning on coming back: one day soon, and always, until I have sampled all items in their menu.


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 I have been to Kuala Lumpur many times in the past. But after this Food Trip, the country took on a new form in my eyes. The city’s gastronomy, I realize, somehow mirrors the identity of the nation: boldly open to fusion, but proudly rooted on tradition. 

Published by Rain Campanilla

Born under the star of Sagittarius, the centaur of adventure; and in the year of the Rat, the ever curious--- Travel is my birthright.

44 thoughts on “Top 10 Things to Eat on a KL Food Trip”

  1. Li Chuen says:

    Glad that you had a great time in Kuala Lumpur! 🙂 I have actually never been to Fuego Sky Dining yet…would check it out one day

  2. Rane Chin says:

    looks like great suggestion. There are so many good food here in KL

  3. Shirley Yu says:

    Yeah! This are all the food I use to eat once I head onto kl. I like the hokkien mee ^^

  4. ctnurazwan says:

    FYI, Village Park are marked as the place serving the best nasi lemak in town.
    Love your whole food travel around KL.

  5. Miera Nadhirah says:

    gosh… what a lot of yummy food… my mouth is already watering….

  6. Emily says:

    I’m from out of state and I’ve been to KL many times but I always try to eat different things at different places. Thanks to your recommendations, I will try some of these in my next trip!

  7. Emilinda says:

    Churros is my favourite 😁

  8. mytravellicious says:

    oh mai…grilled stingray looking good

  9. Rain Campanilla says:

    It tasted good as well! 😀

  10. Rain Campanilla says:

    Yay! I do that too! 🙂 let me know when you do, i’d be thrilled to know what you think 🙂

  11. Rain Campanilla says:

    hahaha! exactly how ! felt while writing this blog post 🙂

  12. Rain Campanilla says:

    Yes, I was told. And it didn’t disappoint! 😀

  13. Rain Campanilla says:

    Yay! I like Hokkien Mee too (and everything in Jalan Alor)

  14. Rain Campanilla says:

    Oh thank you! My local friends had been very generous in showing me around! 🙂

  15. Rain Campanilla says:

    Please do! it was another world up there. but the ambiance was priceless! 🙂

  16. Betty says:

    You get to enjoy variety of food when staying in kl but price increase a lot.

  17. Everest says:

    All those food looks Super yummy and I can imagine eating them all and feeling so full and satisfied!!

  18. Blair Villanueva says:

    Food looks heavenly. This is also the reason why I am craving to visit KL very soon 🙂

  19. Rain Campanilla says:

    really? i find it affordable. you may just have to look for it in the right places 🙂

  20. Rain Campanilla says:

    True! By the end of the day, I was bloated 😀 But all was worth it 🙂

  21. Rain Campanilla says:

    Good luck and have fun on your visit 🙂 hope this post has given you some tips! 🙂

  22. cre8tone kylie says:

    All the signature of kl food… Makes me wanna go eat now..

  23. Rain Campanilla says:

    go eat! I love Malaysian food 😀

  24. SpendLifeTraveling says:

    The Nasi Lemak looks delicious! Not sure if I would eat stingray… as a scuba diver having seen how incredible they are I find it hard to see them as food

  25. Venkat Ganesh says:

    Aaah!! This made me nostalgic about my trip to KL a couple of years ago. And made me drool as well.

    Nasi Lemak, Kuey Ciao and Milo Dinsoaurs were my favourites

  26. Piyush says:

    Wow, this is a visual delight for a foodie, now I know what needs to be done when I am there in KL. Thanks for sharing your foodblog with us, keep writing & sharing.

  27. FoxintheForest117 says:

    I LOVE KL! I used to live here and the food is to die for. If you ever get the chance, it’s definitely worth exploring Malaysian Borneo and Penang – especially if you’re into food. One thing you left out that is a complete necessity for this post is banana leaf. Next time you’re in town head to Bangsar and visit Nirvana (pronounced “nirwana”). This place is a KL staple and everyone knows about it. I would fly across the world in a heartbeat just to have it. Oh and don’t forget to try teh tarik. I lived on that stuff! Cheers and thanks for sharing.

  28. Lisa (Simple Sojourner) says:

    What a great food itinerary. It all looks so delicious and I’m glad you said affordable because I would have to try so much. Hope to be able to visit one day and take it all in. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Wanderlust Vegans says:

    You had quite the variety of things of your trip. Mo Mo Cha Cha sounds pretty good. That oyster omelette seems like a strange combination.

  30. Agnes says:

    I would eat the Mo Mo Cha Cha just for it’s name already. It would be fun to say that I ate some Mo Mo Cha Cha. Churros with salted caramel sound sooo delicious. I am also curious how much rice cooked with coconut differs from the one cooked with just water. If there even is a distinguishable taste ?!

  31. bruceschinkel19 says:

    Thanks for this culinary trip through KL … some really intriguing dishes that you’ve made me want to try on my next trip there!

  32. stsstaqtl says:

    Got a little overwhelmed by the amount of food but loved the variety of colours which formed.

  33. diytravelhq says:

    I was born & bred in Malaysia but moved to Australia when I was six so boy oh boy did this bring back a lot of childhood memories! Milo Dinosaur’s are the best drink ever! So many of my favourites are on this list but you forgot Laksa 🙂

  34. Rain Campanilla says:

    Of course, Laksa! But there was too much food and too little time. 🙁 There’s always a next time!
    I’m glad it did remind you of happy memories. 🙂

  35. Rain Campanilla says:

    hahaha! I feel you 😀

  36. Rain Campanilla says:

    It’s always fun getting to know a destination through food. After all, the best way to the heart is always through the stomach 🙂

  37. Rain Campanilla says:

    A girl after my own heart! (one who decides what to eat at how cute a food’s name is, lol).
    Re: Rice in Nasi Lemak – it is soft and fragrant and would make you want to eat more (even if you aren’t a rice eater!)

  38. Rain Campanilla says:

    Oh yes. I, too, draw the line at shark’s fin (I have issues at how food ethically is gathered). But I also am interested at local delicacies as it makes me know a place’s story better :). But yeah, Nasi Lemak is always a good option! 🙂

  39. Rain Campanilla says:

    Nasi Lemak is always best with Milo Dinosaur! and the Coffee! Gosh I love how people make coffee in that part of the world <3

  40. Rain Campanilla says:

    thanks for the tips! will take note of that for next time. I have been to Penang and loved it! but yeah, Sabah/Borneo is on the list too!

  41. Rain Campanilla says:

    Yeah! Food’s really cheap esp if you go eat where the locals go. <3

  42. Rain Campanilla says:

    Momo Chacha’s cute isn’t it? Something one would eat for the name alone lol 😀 Oyster Omelette was surprisingly savoury! 😀

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