Hello Foodie! Have you ever wondered if there was anything that would taste good and still cost below RM 10? Well, good news! Such foods still exist even in a city as big as Kuala Lumpur! Here are 10 best street food in KL to meet your food crave and keep your wallet happy!
10 Must Try Street Food in KL
When travelling to a new city, everyone wants to try out what food that locals eat at. We feel you and that’s why KL Foodie wants to tell you what food to eat when you are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! From all-time champion bak kut teh to awesome Hokkien Mee, we’ve got you covered in today’s guide.
1. Fried Radish Cake (Char Kuay Kak)
A blend of large cubes of radish cakes, lard, dark soy sauce, garlic, preserved radish, bean sprout and egg sounds like a mouth-watering dish! You can buy this delicious street food at a price as low as RM4! It looks and smells amazing! This famous dish is available at any pasar malam you can find in Kuala Lumpur. Be sure not to miss it during your next trip to the night market!
2. Hokkien Char Mee
Feeling like having a food item similar to a meal to fill up your tummy? Try the hokkien char mee! Also known as Hokkien fried noodles, this dish is made of thick yellow noodles with sliced chicken or pork, cabbages and squid and it is served in dark soy sauce. This is a street food as it only consists of a few ingredients and it can be served quickly. What’s more? It is offered in many food stalls in KL at prices as low as RM8 per plate! Just grab a seat and Bon appetite!
Our favourites are:
1. Kim Lian Kee Restaurant
2. Mun Wah Hokkien Mee
3. Claypot Loh Shu Fun
The next best street food in KL is Claypot Loh Shu Fun.
I’m not lying. There’s a saying “you trip to KL isn’t complete if you haven’t tried its Loh Shu Fun”. Yup, you have been warned. The famous dish in KL can be found in most of the hawker stalls, food court, dai chao restaurants as well. The real magic happens if you mix the raw egg with its noodles! Trust me, you’ll definitely love it.
This Malaysian and Indonesian street food is made of skewered and seasoned grilled meat! It may consist of chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish or tofu on a stick! These sticks are a special kind of stick made from coconut palm tree or bamboo.
Truth to be told, it is very popular among locals and it is served with a sauce made of roasted or fried peanuts. The stay can be found at every corner of Kuala Lumpur at as price ranging from as low as RM0.80 per stick, depending on which meat you order. Don’t miss out on this amazingly tasty snack!
5. Yong Tau Foo
Yong tau foo is a Hakka Chinese cuisine consisting primarily of tofu filled with ground meat mixture or fish paste. And when we talk about Yong Tau Foo, the locals easily relate it to Ampang because this is the area where Hakka people, the creators of this dish gather in the good old days. Variation of this food include vegetables and mushrooms stuffed with ground meat or surimi. In fact, the locals in KL can eat this for breakfast, lunch or even dinner as well.
Our favourite Yong Yau Food stalls in Ampang are:
1. Foong Foong
2. Orchard View
3. Home Town Yong Tau Foo
Read the reviews of top 3 Yong Tau Foo in Ampang from Hungry Go Where.
6. Lok Lok
What’s better than steamboat available on the streets with no time wasted in queuing up for a table? Lok Lok offers food such as sausages, fish balls, vegetables, crabstick and many more on a stick for as low as RM1.20 per skewer!
If the soup is not satisfying enough for you, try it with the peanut and chilli sauces. Just pick a skewer or two and pop them in the soup and there you have it! Roadside steamboat! You can find this street food sold in a van in most food areas. This street food is the best to have on rainy days. You will not regret trying this!
7. Bak Kut Teh
Bak Kut Teh is a pork rib dish cooked in broth popularly served in Malaysia and Singapore where there are a predominant Hoklo and Teochew community. The locals usually eat Bak Kut Teh in a group, for instance during family or friends gathering.
8. Kuih Peneram
Ever wondered what that small thing that looks like a doughnut is? It is Kuih Peneram! The Kuih Peneram is a famous street snack that is filled with palm sugar and fried to a puff. It can sell for as low as RM1 for ten pieces (this price is taken from Kak Som’s Stall at Sentul). What a great deal! No one knows if it originated from an Indian cuisine or Malay cuisine but all in all, it is still delicious! We’re Malaysians after all. We eat food from every cuisine!
9. Fruit Rojak
Ever wanted a snack but at the same time, you want to eat healthily? Fear not! Here in Kuala Lumpur, you can find the Malaysian version of a fruit salad known as Fruit Rojak. It’s a mix of sengkuang, pineapples, raw mangoes, papaya and cucumber tossed in salty and sweet hae ko (shrimp paste). Some may prefer to add a little twist to the salad by adding chopped peanuts and a prawn cracker into the mix. You can buy this fruit salad at prices ranging from as low as RM5. Trust us when we say you have never tasted a healthy snack as good as this one!
10. Apam Balik
Do you sometimes crave for pancakes but can’t afford to have one from fancy cafes? Here’s a cheaper alternative to meet those cravings! Apam balik is a local pancake that’s filled with chopped peanuts and is cooked to a crisped on a griddle. It releases a sweet aroma that is irresistible when the sugar caramelises! These days, store owners are jazzing up the flavours by adding banana, sweet corns or dry coconut into the fillings. Commonly sold at price as low as RM1.50, this street food is guaranteed to please those pancake cravings! This can be found in most night markets in Kuala Lumpur!
Bonus: Stinky Tofu
Originated from Taiwan, this street food is famous for its pungent smell. Locals have taken this and added a Malaysian twist to the snack by serving it with our local chilli sauce and onions, making it oh-so-yummy for our Malaysian palates! This may not seem like a street snack that you would want to put in your mouth but trust us when we say you won’t regret it when the soft white curd melts on your tongue after taking a bite into the deep-fried tofu. This street food is particularly famous in Taman Connaught pasar malam and you can get 4 pieces of stinky tofu at a price as low as RM3! What a great deal!
Tell Us Your Favourite Food in KL
And there you have it! 10 best street food for you to check off your food list! Did we miss out on your favourite? If so, leave a comment below! We’ll add your suggestion to the list once the foodie crew approved. 😛
On the other hand, if you are a coffee person, here are our top 10 cafe in KL.