Eating in Kuala Lumpur - Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor must be the most famous food street in Kuala Lumpur. It has been written and blogged about to death, and even appeared on TV a few times. And yet it has retained it's appeal to both locals and visitors alike.

Running parallel to Jalan Bukit Bintang - the most famous address in Kuala Lumpur, the street is around 300m long. It is packed with restaurants and kopitiams from end to end. During the day it is a bit quiet. It is at night that the street really comes alive.

Here are some of the places to try:

Dragon View Restaurant
Located at the corner of Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang, this is the most prominent restaurant at Jalan Alor. The various types of porridge are especially good.

Wong Ah Wah Restaurant
Famous for the barbecued chicken wings - really delicious. Also try the steamed clams or clams stir fried with ginger and scallions.

Meng Kee Grill Fish Restaurant
The grilled stingray is a must try. Chili fried squid also very good.

Other things to try:

  • The famous durians - there are several stalls here.
  • Lok Loks - basically skewers of various small bites cooked by dipping into a hot water bath and eaten with sweet or spicy sauce. A truly Malaysian experience.
  • Satays and Ramly burgers at any of the road side stalls.

Jalan Alor at night.

There are lots of pictures showing the dishes offered by the restaurant. For first timers this is a very convenient way to order. Just don't expect the food to look the same as the pictures when they come out !

The popular Dragon View Restaurant.

A view of the chefs at work. They basically go non-stop for hours and hours - amazing !

The durian stalls. They will open the durians for you to eat at the stall - or you can take them back. Just be aware that most hotels have a "no durians in the room" policy.

The Lok Lok Man. Choose what you want and he will heat them up for you. Kind of like Tapas on the road side.

If you have very limited time, Jalan Alor is a really convenient place to get a taste of the great varieties of Malaysian food. It is definitely worth a visit.


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