The 13 Best Street Food Spots in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s streets are filled with colorful fruits, popular hawker stalls and the aromatic smells of delicious food.
Malaysia is home to nasi lemak and the Tarik, that has a lot of food to offer thanks to its colorful cultural background. Street food has long been a part of the country’s history and is still revolving in Kuala Lumpur today. If you want a taste of the real Malaysia, head towards the best street food spots in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia is the perfect spot to ease out into the atmosphere of roadside dining, should you be unfamiliar with this concept.
Although this stretch of road is littered with coffee shops, making it a more of an extended outdoor restaurant, the entire road forms an unbroken river of delicacies that is something special in itself. Revel in the multitude of areas provided the place for dining at, as real food markets have almost no seating provided.
Address:38 Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, 50200, Malaysia
It is one of the longest night markets in Malaysia covering 2km (1.2 mi.) before being one-upped by Setia Alam’s night market at 2.4km (1.9 mi.) – this humongous gathering of everything you would want and expect to see in a Pasar Malam you will take at least an hour to explore properly.
With over 700 stalls selling cheap foods and goods from all over the continent, it will be crowded, so be prepared to persevere with squeezing through as the market is open only once a week on a Wednesday, from 5.30pm to midnight.
Taman Connaught is also known to be one of the few night markets that have a number of Thai vendors, further enhancing its attractions.
Timing: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location:Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, 56000, Malaysia
3.HUTONG LOT 10
A food paradise tucked in the basement of the Lot 10 shopping center, Hutong is a maze of food wonders featuring some of the country’s most beloved heritage dishes.
With more than 34 food stalls, Hutong gives customers an almost authentic setting of street food dining, away from hot sun and inside the cool embrace of air conditioners. There is a range of open tables available, so you don’t have to worry about eating elbow-to-elbow with a stranger.
Highlights here include Soong Kee beef noodles, Chua Brother's char kuay Teow, Ho Weng Kee wanton mee, and sweet oriental desserts to quench your sweet tooth.
Timing: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location: Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Malaysia
4.TAPAK URBAN STREET DINING
Tapak Urban Dining has some of the best food trucks in the Klang Valley all in one spot. Located near KLCC and the Golden Triangle, here you will find everything from coconut shakes to soft shell crab burgers.
Take time to explore the 18 food trucks located here, with must-tries such as kimchi quesadillas, Ayam penyet, colorful frappes, and pizza. Gather your best buds and grab a meal on wheels to enjoy some of the KL’s most innovative food ventures under the stars.
Timing:6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location: Hampshire Park Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia
5.PETALING STREET MARKET
Nowadays, Chinatown is synonymous with cheap goods you would bulk buy as souvenirs, from bags and purses to perfume and shoes. However, the area still has some of the oldest street food stalls in Malaysia.
Among them are Sze Ngan Chye Salted Roast Duck, Hon Kee Porridge, Madam Tang Mua Chi Stall, and Koon Kee Wantan Mee. These stalls have kept their quality over the years, drawing crowds from near and far.
So head there before main hours (or later, whichever you prefer) if you like to take your time enjoying the classic flavors of this country’s different cuisine.
Timing:10:00 am - 12:00 am
Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, 50000, Malaysia
Known as the most popular street market in the Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street is a lively and vibrant shopping district in Chinatown KL that contains hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of stuff at dirt-cheap prices.
A massive green awning covers the entire street, visitors from the scorching heat, shielding vendors and pouring rain as they shop for counterfeit handbags, watches, clothing, and trainers.
Best of all, prices can be brought lower still to as haggling is the way of life here. Petaling Street is also filled by the delightful array of local cuisine - Chinese and seafood restaurants, as well as hawker stalls, can be found along the many alleyways, resulting in the interesting mixture of aroma filling up the air that’s almost impossible to resist.
Opening Time: Daily 09:00 – 12:00 & 18:00 – 01:00
Location: Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Situated beside the Central Market, visitors flock to Kasturi Walk for fake-label handbags, tee-shirts, watches, and flip-flops while sampling a number of local fruits and snacks – minus Petaling Street’s hectic crowds and (often) unsanitary alleyways.
Reachable within a five-minute walk from the Pasar Seni LRT station, the entrance of this covered street market features an intricate pewter was Bulan, a traditional Malay kite that resembles a butterfly.
While Kasturi Walk does not have the exactly same extensive range of traders as Petaling Street or Central Market, the goods are reasonably priced and you can get even better bargains there.
Kasturi Walk also hosts live cultural performances in addition to the city’s many festivities.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 21:30
Location: Jalan Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur
8.Chow Kit Market
Chow Kit Market, known as Kuala Lumpur’s largest wet market, boasts a lively and culturally-enriching scene with rows upon rows of seafood, fresh vegetables, meat, local fruits, and spices.
Faint-hearted visitors might get a bit squeamish at the sight of live fish swimming madly in pails and slabs of meats getting butchered out in the open, but once you’ve passed the section, a staggering array of street food await you.
Covered by oversized and colorful umbrellas, Chow Kit Market’s dry section is much cleaner and appropriate for tourists as there are plenty stalls offering clothes, CDs, DVDs, shoes, and textiles at decent prices.
Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 17:00
Location: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, at Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
9.Kampung Baru Market
The Kampung Baru Sunday Market is mainly run by the area’s Malay community, making it a great shopping venue for those looking for traditional Malay apparels (such as sarong, baju kurung, and songkok), handicrafts and jewelry.
The name of this street market can be confusing to some places since it actually runs from Saturday evening to early Sunday morning. Founded in 1899, Kampung Baru Sunday Market is also a popular food haven in KL city center as the visitors can enjoy Malay specialties, including rojak (spicy fruit and vegetable salad), satays (grilled meat skewers), grilled fish, nasi lemak, and colorful kuih.
Opening Hours: Saturday 18:00 – 01:00
Location: Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kuala Lumpur
10. Ikan Bakar
A place located near Little India that should never be missed on any trip to Kuala Lumpur.
It’s a little food-court, and by that, it means it’s a bumping series of stalls with crowds of people in the middle devouring huge plates of food and heavenly aromas luring everyone else in.
It was the Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) that caught attention, and even though it had just eaten one not long ago.
This one was big and meaty, lathered in rich chili tomato sauce and splashed with a salty vinegar.
Ika Nasi Campur
Located near Masjid Jamek on TAR street
11.Tea Time – Malaysian Teh Tarik
This place is famous for their Indian influenced Malaysian food, but you can opt for just a few cups of Teh Tarik, or tea loaded up with condensed milk.
Restoran Yusoof Masakan Kari – Central Market
No. Syarikat Istinewa 000554423-U
12.HON KEE PORRIDGE
The comfort food, porridge is a staple among all Malaysian Chinese. At Hon Kee, this tasty and filling gruel is loved for their smooth consistency and light flavours.
There are many pairings available,that includes dried oysters, raw fish, crispy innards, with pork ribs, pork offal and even juicy frog legs.
For something classic, you can try the traditional century egg with pork, or salted egg with pork combo.
Timing:4:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
13.AIR MATA KUCING
To take a break from all the eating and cool down with a nice cup of iced herbal tea. You can find a variety of herbal teas, including luo han guo (monk fruit) ,longan,and winter melon drinks at the decades-old Air Mata Kucing stall.
Tasty and Cheap, this is the very best way to escape from the Malaysian heat.
Location:Kuala Lumpur City Centre Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 50000, Malaysia