The ever famous tourists spot in KL, better known as “Chinatown” or “Chee Cheong Kai” in Cantonese. Petaling Street was once “dominated” by the Chinese, hence Chinatown. Today, it has become one of the most popular tourist spot brimming with goods, attractions and of course, food. Here, you can find tonnes of delicious local delicacies as well as some new pop ups. Let’s walk with us as we bring you down to 10 Best Places to Eat in Petaling Street KL.
2019 Guide: Top 10 Places to Eat in Petaling Street KL
1. Song Kee’s Beef Ball Noodles
Still running its business after a good old 70 years, you know Song Kee is a must-visit places to eat in Petaling Street KL. Not exactly in Petaling Street, but a minute walk away which most people would visit this place after Chinatown. Well-patronized by the locals, we’re here to tell you that Song Kee serves one of the best beef noodles in town. Signature springy egg noodles topped with braised beef or pork soybean paste, and comes with a side of intense beef broth, beef balls, beef slices and more. It’s their own recipe, so it’s unique at the same time, awesome!
Address: 86, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
2. Merchant’s Lane
Considered a hidden cafe in Chinatown, Merchant’s Lane is one of the prettiest places to eat in Petaling Street KL. We’ve put them first in our 20 Instagrammable Cafes in KL, check out why. Escape from the bustling street, the bargains and of course, weather. Step into Merchant’s Lane and you’ll find serenity. Get your caffeine fixed and fill up your tummy with their good food.
*Yes it’s HALAL*
Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat&Sun) 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)
3. China Town Seng Kee
Seng Kee is yet another Cantonese restaurant nestled in Chinatown. Serving Cantonese fares, their claypot lou shu fan (rat-tail noodle) is extremely popular. The rich meat sauce goes well with the noodle. Not to mention the generous amount of pork topped. Bear in mind that service is a little unwelcoming and the place can get stuffy at times. Other than that, you’re good to go, at least give Seng Kee a try.
Address: 52, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-3 a.m. (Daily)
4. Old China Cafe
Walk down the memory lane with Old China Cafe. Set in a pre-war shophouse, Old China remains its charm, with an added touch of modernism. If you’re looking for some places to eat in Petaling Street KL and want an escape from Chinese food, Old China might be the perfect choice. Serving Peranakan food, dining can be pretty fun here as Peranakan food is always about the flavors. Try out their beef rendang or Nyonya Pai Tee as an introduction.
Address: 11, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Daily)
5. Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo
This is one of the another popular places to eat in Petaling Street KL. If you happened to pass by Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo, don’t be surprised by the crowd, it’s normal. There are a variety of ingredients to choose from. Bitterground stuffed with fish paste, fish balls, lady fingers, meatballs and more. You pick what you want, they’ll cook it with the boiling soup and serve hot. Pair with their soup and don’t forget to dip into their sauces, perfect.
Address: City Center (old) Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur, 50000.
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
6. Bunn Choon
Bunn Choon is a humble pastry stall set in Petaling Street. Not just any pastry, but local Chinese pastries. Their bestseller has to be their egg tarts, they’re the talk of the town. Unlike regular egg tarts, Bunn Choon offers three types of egg tarts. Regular, charcoal and green tea crust. Besides egg tarts, other savoury pastries such as century egg, pork floss with lotus paste pastry, chicken pie and more are available too. Pss: Egg tarts are only available after 10 a.m. This is by far one of the most exciting places to eat in Petaling Street KL, we mean snacks.
Address: 153, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
7. Cho Cha
Cho Cha is a term in Cantonese which literally translates to “morning tea.” Meaning you start your day by having breakfast and tea, the Cantonese way. While Cho Cha is a cafe tucked in Chinatown serving local fares, you could still see traits of Western touches in their menu. Of course, they have a variety of teas to select, and local-flavored sodas. As for mains, rice bowls are the perfect pick to start your day.
Address: 156, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
8. Koon Kee Wantan Mee
Wantan Mee is a staple to every Chinese, you can find Wantan Mee stall in almost every Chinese coffee shop. Koon Kee is one of the other famous places to eat in Petaling Street. They sell solely wantan mee, good wantan mee. While their wantan mee only comes with two wantan, you get mushrooms, chicken feet and generous portion of char siew (roasted pork). Springy noodle coated evenly with dark soy sauce, it’s smooth and fragrant.
Address: Jalan Hang Lekir, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Daily)
9. Hon Kee Porridge
Weather’s a bit gloomy and you’re tired of bargaining and walking. You’re looking for comfort places to eat in Petaling Street KL, so stop by Hon Kee. Locals do visit this place regularly as well to start their day. Serving you a bowl of warm, flavorful Cantonese style porridge. Hon Kee offers a variety of porridges. From the typical chicken and fried pork innards to frog porridge, get your quick meal fixed at Hon Kee. It’s a bit nostalgic and you get a taste of local, plus Chee Cheong Fun.
Address: 93, Jalan Hang Lekir, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 4 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Daily)
10. Kim Lian Kee Restaurant
Many are no stranger to this Chinese restaurant. It was once crowned the best Hokkien Mee in KL, but over the years we found the standard has dropped. Don’t get us wrong, taste wise it’s still pretty good. If you happened to linger around that area and have sudden craving of Hokkien Mee, Kim Lian Kee it is. Dark, fragrant dark sauce noodle fried with generous amount of pork lard, no complaints except for the service. After all, it’s a Chinese restaurant.
Address: 56, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
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Have you guys tried any of these? Share with us as we want to know whether they’re worth on the list. Sorry most of the delicacies above aren’t HALAL, but we have a lot more awesome recommendations that are, so check us out okay? Buh Byeee.