Ask any tourist or foreigner in town where to get local Malaysian street food, they would most probably tell you to go to Jalan Alor. Many deem that the food at Jalan Alor to be tourists traps and the food there are overly priced as they are mostly catered to tourists. Hence, you wouldn’t find many locals patronize Jalan Alor.
We had just come back from our holiday and were wondering what tourists actually experience when they are visiting Kuala Lumpur. So we decided to check out what Jalan Alor has to offer to our foreigner visiting friends. We found Wong Ah Wah, a typical stir fry Chinese Malaysian restaurant, right at the end of Jalan Alor.
Wong Ah Wah Restaurant is well known for its Barbecue Chicken Wings. Take a look at the number of chicken wings they barbecue at any one point in time. They even had 2 persons on each barbecue grills to barbecue the chicken wings to cope with the huge number of orders. One barbecueing outside of the restaurant and the other in the restaurant. This is a great sight for tourists and locals alight. And many can be seen taking pictures of the person barbecueing the chicken wings. This Uncle is probably the most photographed person at Jalan Alor.
Aside from barbecue chicken wings, Wong Ah Wah also offers a wide variety of stir fried items. Fish, crabs, prawns, pork, chicken, vegetables and etc., you name it, they have it. There are thick menu books complete with pictures which show the kind of food complete with the variety of cooking styles they serve here.
We had the Kam Heong Lala. The portion may seem small but it is actually not. Part of each of the shells is removed leaving behind only the shell with flesh attached to it. The flavourful fat and juicy lala fried with dried shrimps and chili is priced at RM10.00.
Deep fried salted egg squids didn’t quite live up to our expectation as they were overcooked, and were hard on the outside and rubbery on the inside.
The KangKung Belacan – I thought was quite alright. It would be better if more chilis were added to this dish. The level of spiciness was perhaps toned down to suit the foreigners’ taste.
Fried Sang Meen. Loaded with a lot of ingredients and cooked with enough ‘wok hei’ are how I would describe this dish.
Reach here before 6.00pm to avoid queuing for a table. There are two sections to this restaurant, the air conditioned room and the non-air conditioned space. Back to our earlier question, is it very much more expensive to dine at Jalan Alor? Our total bill for the night was RM91.40. Considering the food and drinks that we had, I expected it to be more expensive but it wasn’t.
W.A.W (Wong Ah Wah) Restaurant S/B
1-9, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: 5pm – 4am
Tel: 03-2144 2463
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