The Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur is located at Petaling Street. There are many street foods here that were opened in the 60s and 70s. In fact, there are some that had been doing business here even before the independence of Malaysia, then Malaya.
Even though there are signboards warning against the sale of imitation goods, you could see them everywhere. Sad to say that the whole street is filled with imitation goods from fake Rolex watches to a Louis Vuitton bags. And most stalls are manned by foreigners. I’m not going to delve further into this but it is enough to say that you shouldn’t expect good quality good if you buy fake items. Also, prepare to haggle and don’t ask the price if you are not interested in buying any of them.
Here are some of the local street food you could find in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur.
1. Curry Laksa
Curry Laksa Stall @ Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee – This place serves one of the best curry laksa in town. The curry laksa is rich in flavour and it comes with chunks of chicken with bones, cockles, fried beancurd skins, tofu, brinjals and long beans.
Hon Kee Famous Porridge – This is the place you go for a fresh bowl of porridge. This famous porridge hawker stall was set up in Petaling Street since 1959 and one of their specialty here is their Haruan Fish or Sang Yu porridge.
3. Muar Chee
Madam Tang Muar Chee – Madam Tang has been selling Muar Chee for over 60 years at Petaling Street. You could hear her loudspeaker from a distance, pulling crowds to her muar chee stall. Muar Chee is actually glutinous rice balls coated with peanut and sugar and she offers 6 different flavours to it.
4. Soya Bean
Kim Soya Bean – There is a famous Soya Bean and Tau Fu Fa stall at Petaling Street. If you do not know what soya bean is, it is a drink produced by soaking dried soybeans and grinding them in water. Tau Fu Fa is soy bean curd which is usually served either with a clear sweet syrup or with cincau / black jelly.
5. Wantan Mee
Koon Kee Wantan Mee – There are many versions to wantan mee. While the Hong Kong’s version is noodles usually served in steaming hot soup with shrimp wontons and garnished with leafy vegetables, the Malaysian version separates the noodles and soup. The Malaysian wantan mee is normally noodles mixed with special soy sauce and served with char siu (sometimes slices of chicken), soup and wontons / deep-fried wontons in a separate bowl.
There are many good reviews on Koon Kee’s wantan mee. But luck wasn’t on my side when I was there. The wantan mee I had as the noodles were slimy and bland.
6. Ice Coffee
Ice Coffee @ Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee – I’m proud to say that we have very good coffee in Malaysia. Coffee is widely available throughout Malaysia but the best coffees, in my opinion, are the ones serve in kopitiams / hawker centres.
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