Street food in Kuala Lumpur: 4 markets where you can eat delicious
You can eat well in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur. Here you will find four food markets offering delicious food from Chinese to Indian.
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Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures. You will quickly notice that in addition to the Malay and the Chinese and Indian influences do not only accompany you throughout the city, but play a major role in the regional cuisine.
Pork in a Muslim country? Chai like in India? Everything is possible in Kuala Lumpur ! So that you can find your way between the countless street food stalls and food courts, we have summarized the best spots here.
This is a post by Nicole and Markus. In December 2018 the two left everything behind in Austria to go on a world tour. In addition to sun-loving adventurers, they are also real foodies and therefore quickly came up with the idea to introduce the local delicacies on their journey through the world. Because where better to immerse yourself in a culture, than while enjoying the local cuisine? Taste with them around the world, on their blog once in a while and of course always up to date on Instagram and Facebook .
Foodcourts in Kuala Lumpur
Tang City Food Court (Chinatown)
This hidden food court is a true paradise! If you've fought your way through half of China Town and make it through the front row of tourist spots, the small but fine Tang City Food Court opens up for you. It's best to go there in the afternoon, as the stalls are a bit open take turns and you have the most choice at this time.
You get all sorts of Malaysian classics like Popiah, Pork Ball Soup, Bak Kut Teh or Nasi Kandar. The latter is a kind of buffet, where you get a plate of rice and then you load your favorites out of the open bowls.
A personal tip are the soft-steamed eggplants, but also the rest is delicious. Incidentally, for Nasi Kandar it is typical that the dishes are rather lukewarm rather than hot. The price you will learn only after you have everything on your plate, but do not worry, you will pay for the 3 to 4 euros.
A must try in Malaysia is Bak Kut Teh. You will see this dish again and again, and as pork is processed, it is attributable to the Chinese. It will serve you fried pork ribs with vegetables in spicy sauce. It is brought to the table elegantly in the clay pot, a few minutes after your order.
The prices in the Tang City Food Court are really cheap and the beer is, at least comparatively, affordable.
Tang City Food Court
The Central Market is a nice little version of the huge shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. Here you get everything you need or do not need. On the first floor there is a thoroughly recommended food court.
The atmosphere is not particularly sparkling now, but food courts in shopping malls have that in mind anyway.
Anyway, there is hygienic and cheap food. The photos of the dishes that are placed above the individual shops are a good decision-making aid and as a vitamin kick you can treat yourself at a separate bar and a fresh fruit or vegetable juice for a small buck.
But not only within the Central Market, there are delicious, even in the small covered street right next to it you will find a few small stalls with local specialties on offer.
Try the national dish of Malaysia: Nasi Lemak! You also recognize the dish at the small paper pyramids on the stands. The content, whether on the plate or in the packet, is coconut rice with an egg, roasted peanuts, mini anchovies and the typical, slightly spicy red chilli sauce (sambal).
If you are more hungry, you can also order the extended version with Ayam (chicken).
A few meters further, a stall sells our Southeast Asian favorite dessert: Putu! The small poison green rolls are really delicious. Putu consists of sticky rice with palm sugar as fullness and is rolled in coconut flakes.
Do not be put off by the artificial color that comes from the pandan leaf and is completely harmless. Promised!
In addition, in the street also a stall with all kinds of frying to find, for example Samosa. Which brings us to the Indian influence.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
In front of the doors of KL Central Central Station begins the Little India district, also known as Brickfields. You will notice that anyway without our notice, because suddenly many Indian faces come to meet you here.
This is also the case with our favorite restaurant in this district, the ABC Bistro, which is located in a side street next to the train station.
The nice Indian waiter brings you the menu quickly and then you find yourself already in the Indian Roti sky again! If you have not tried Roti Canai yet in Kula Lumpur, then this is your chance for a particularly delicious one.
Roti Canai is simply a crunchy flatbread served with curry sauce and usually eaten as a breakfast. It also tastes different at other times of the day and you can order it around the clock.
In the ABC Bistro there are countless Roti versions to eat and other Indian dishes like Masala Dosa. In addition a really tasty lemon ice tea and already your meal is perfect.
Just around the corner there are even more delicious Indian specialties to try and really authentic chai, the famous Indian tea, for fabulous 50 cents. The location of Selvams Corner may not look very inviting, but dare to dare! Typical Indian is just program.
ABC Bistro Cafe
Jalan Alor Night Food Court
This market is no longer an insider tip and especially in the evening, many hungry mouths crowded close to each other. Here you will find a lot of mini markets, but also larger restaurants that present themselves with countless plastic chairs and boars.
We have only kept to the small stalls and were not disappointed: Delicious Satay skewers, delicious fruit, grilled pork ribs or Dumplings, the selection is great. Bring enough hungry and feast on what it costs, all at very reasonable prices!
A tip, if you are in the Jalan Alor: Stroll through the neighboring streets that run parallel. Here it is much quieter and there is also a large selection of small restaurants.
We were more often in the Restoran Al Sarifa. The selection is great and it is delicious. Especially the huge, chilled coconut, whose milk not only tastes delicious when you are thirsty, is worth a detour!
Jalan Alor Night Food Court
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