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Best 10 Must-Eats On Jalan Alor

There’s no love sincerer than the love of food -says George Bernard Shaw. We concur with that quote because being true to our Malaysian roots, we like food. No, strike that. We LOVE food.

Not everything we adore eating has to be fancy. In fact, some of the best food Malaysia has to offer is found on the streets. The food scene at Jalan Alor has been around for decades and needs no introduction.

Red lanterns line the street as you enter at night and you can literally hear the crowd and feel the buzz as you walk towards Jalan Alor. Food is available almost around the clock on this street. Despite being around for years, the varieties of food have not stagnated but only got better with time, making its mark in our KL street food history.

Some may say that the food here is overpriced and overrated. It’s also loud, sweltering (be it day or night), full of tourists and locals alike (which can be irritating or interesting, depending on your mood) and it can actually be quite in your face. But, we love it.

It was difficult to narrow down our best eats on Jalan Alor due to the sheer variety there. But we persevered in our endeavor and the offerings did not disappoint.

Our Best 10 Must-Eats Are :

* Some dishes mentioned here are not halal *

1) Nasi Lemak Jalan Alor (Halal)

Address: Corner of Jalan Alor & Changkat Bukit Bintang

Opening hours: 07:30am till 12:00pm. Closed on Mondays

Kakak here informed us that this little stall has been around for more than 10 years. KLites who have morning pinings for nasi lemak start to line up at the stall even before they open for business. You can often see a queue at the junction of Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang. And if you see that queue by a blue tent, you’ve found the right place.

The selection of dishes is impressive for a street stall. There are the typical dishes that one would expect with nasi lemak, e.g. chicken and beef rendang, fried fish, fried chicken and of course, good ol’ sambal sotong. But they also have the fried paru, which is so popular that it’s one of the fastest to sell out. So if you are a fried paru fan, get in there early to get your fill. There are also fried noodles and fried rice for those who decide on something different (but why are you there then? Because the nasi lemak rocks!), as well as some Malay kuih.

2) Restoran Gou Lou (Non-Halal)

Address: 37 Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 7am till 4pm. Closed on Wednesdays

This shop is known for its fish head noodles and tom yam noodles. For us, the fish head noodles are the main attraction here. The fish head noodles served here can be “custom made” to suit your tastes, simply by choosing to add in slices of fish maw, fish fillet, bitter gourd, etc. The price varies on what you choose to add to it.

The soup base tastes milky and is very tasty. This is because they have slaved over the stove, boiling the soup with fish bones and pork bones for hours. The usual condiments of tomatoes and pickled mustard leaves finish off this dish well. It was a bowl full of goodness and makes a satisfying lunch.

3) Sisters Drunken Chicken Noodles (Non-Halal)

Address: Inside Beh Brothers Restaurant, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 8 am till late afternoon

If you have a hankering for a good bowl of wine noodles with chicken, this is the place you’ll want to be. The noodles are cooked with several ingredients that include chicken, mushrooms, fried eggs, and ginger. They use the Chinese yellow wine at this stall and upon receiving this bowl, its aroma was enough to tantalize our taste buds.

The wait for this can be long though, as each bowl is freshly cooked to order. We waited about 25 minutes for this as the stall was very busy so be prepared to be patient. Remember, all good things come to those who wait.

4) Ngau Kee Beef Noodles (Non-Halal)

Address: 6 Tengkat Tong Shin, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 6 pm onwards

This stall is one of the old-timers here. Having been around for several decades, they know a thing or two about beef noodles. It isn’t easy to find as it’s tucked away at the end of the street among other stalls. It’s actually located at Tengkat Tong Shin, which just next to Jalan Alor.

The signature beef noodles are served with a bowl of noodles topped with minced meat and a side bowl of clear soup with springy beef balls. They have an awesome chili sauce there so if you like that extra zing to your meal, add the chili sauce into the mix.

5) Alor Corner Curry Mee (Non-Halal)

Address: Corner of Jalan Alor & Changkat Bukit Bintang

Opening hours: 6:30 pm till late

In that same corner where that nasi lemak stall is in the morning, the place turns into something like Cinderella’s carriage turning into a pumpkin but in this case, it changes into a curry mee stall. They also sell Assam laksa, fish balls, and prawn noodles but the star of the show here is the curry mee.

Steaming bowls full of glorious looking curry broth laden with chicken strips, cockles, fish cake, medium-sized prawns and tofu puffs soaking up all its goodness is the first thing we see. Digging in, we reach the noodles and find the flavors intense and spicy but not overly rich. Just what a proper bowl of curry mee should be. Add in the sambal sauce for the added kick if you so, please.

6) Fat Brother Satay (Non-Halal)

Address: Opposite Restoran Meng Kee Grill Fish, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 6 pm till late

There are actually several food trucks along Jalan Alor serving “lok lok”. However, the king of the “lok lok” on this street is Fat Brother Satay. It offers such an eye-boggling variety of choices.

From fishballs, marinated meats, quails eggs to huge prawns, you will be spoilt for choice if this popular street snack tickles your fancy. Dip the sticks in the super hot boiling water, wait for it to cook, dip in the sauce and eat. Chin dribbling is not frowned upon here.

7) Restaurant Meng Kee Grill Fish

Address: 39, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 6 pm till late

Restoran Meng Kee is a busy place. And grilled seafood is the main event here. All ranges of seafood from squid, prawns, fish, etc. are all laid out attractively on ice. Workers busily attend to customers who are all pointing out their orders. It’s organized chaos at its best.

All the grilled seafood here is delicious. We enjoyed the grilled spicy fish with their sambal. The grilled squid was also divine. Prices for seafood were reasonable because they were charged according to market prices, so we were pleased that the prices were not over the top. The belacan fried rice here is also worth a mention as it’s got a nice char and frankly, anything cooked with belacan in our books is fabulous.

8) Sangkaya Coconut Ice Cream (Pork Free)

Address: Opposite Beh Brothers Restaurant, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 6 pm onwards

Being serious lovers of ice cream, we had heard of a truly out-of-this-world coconut ice cream on Jalan Alor. In fact, this was one of the first things we searched for when we got to the street on one of our several excursions there. Sangkaya coconut ice cream is made purely from coconut milk. It’s devoid of dairy and eggs which also makes this vegan and lactose-intolerant friendly, which was a joyous surprise for us.

Great tasting coconut ice cream is hard to find here. Believe us, we know because we have tried many in our search for the “right” coconut ice cream. It is smooth, creamy, coconutty without being cloying to the palate. And as though that is not enough to please us, to our delight, we can also choose our toppings to go with this luscious iced dessert and it’s served with fresh coconut flesh. Do not miss out on the sprinkling of toasted coconut on the ice cream because trust us, it is the bomb!

And if you too are lovers of ice cream, check out our best 5 artisan ice creams in Klang Valley.

9) Kedai Makanan & Minumum TKS (Non-Halal)

Address: Opposite Restoran W.A.W., Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 6 pm till late

Sichuan cuisine is what this place is known for. Sichuan cuisine as some of you may know is fiery, to say the least. One of their best sellers is their beef and cabbage soup. It has slices of tender beef in a bowl of hot spicy soup which can take the top of your mouth off with its potent heat but a dish that still tastes unusually good. But don’t say we didn’t warn you because it’s H.O.T.

The potstickers are also popular here, as is this dish which we really liked, the stir-fried potatoes with peppercorns. The potstickers are filled with minced pork served with a spicy garlic sauce. The stir-fried potatoes are thinly sliced, quickly stir-fried so the potatoes still had that crunch, which was nice. Just leave out eating the peppercorns in this dish and you’ll be fine.

10) Restoran W.A.W. (Wong Ah Wah) (Non-Halal)

Address: 1 Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 5 pm till 03.45 am. Closed on alternate Mondays.

W.A.W aka Wong Ah Wah has been synonymous with Jalan Alor for as long as we can remember. It was and still is famed for their lip-smacking, finger-licking good barbecued chicken wings. The chicken wings are barbecued over a charcoal fire with great care. These chicken wings fly off the tongs the minute they’re done and the servers send out the orders with impressive efficiency.

You can choose to dine outdoors by the street or if you prefer dining in more comfort, you can sit indoors with the air-conditioning. When we got there, it was packed to the brim but luckily, we managed to grab a table outdoors. Besides their infamous barbecued chicken wings, they are also well known for their salted egg crab, butter prawns, Lala in black bean sauce and another favorite of ours, their roast pork noodles.

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