10 best makan places in KL you must try at least once, or you’ve never lived before

Last Updated on 2016-05-19 , 1:35 pm

Kuala Lumpur is truly a foodie’s dream location to visit, where one can find mouthwatering cuisines at almost every corner. Here we bring you a list of the must-try places, in no particular order.

Yut Kee

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A famous kopitiam-like restaurant that attracts the crowds especially during the breakfast and brunch periods, you won’t regret it if you decide to start your day here. People flock here to sample their Hainanese style cuisine. Notable dishes to try are the Roti Babi, a deep-fried stuffed white bread sandwich consisting of pork, onions and crabmeat, Hainanese Pork Chops served with savoury brown gravy, and Roast Pork with applesauce which is only available on Fridays and Sundays.

They have a wide variety of items available on their menu. Because business is brisk and space is limited, expect to share tables if you come during peak hours. Most importantly, remember to register your name with the boss at the counter and wait for them to call you to get your table.

Address:1, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: +60 3-2698 8108
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday (7.30am – 4.30pm) Closed on Mondays

Soong Kee Beef Noodles

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Soong Kee has a history of over 40 years, where generations have grown up sampling the delicious beef noodles served by them. If beef noodles is not your cup of tea, there is a porridge stall right outside that has just as long of a history as Soong Kee. For the dry version, springy noodles coated in the signature minced pork and beef sauce really hit the spot while the savoury sweet soup in the wet version was just as tasty. You can choose which parts you want to include in your soup from bouncy beef balls to cooked-just-right internal organs.

Address: 86, Jalan Tun H.S.Lee, 56000, Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur, 50050, Malaysia
Contact: +60 3-2078 1484
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (11.00am – 12.00am) Closed on Sundays

Kim Lian Kee

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A well-known restaurant on Petaling Street, Kim Lian Kee is famed for introducing the black Hokkien Mee that holds a special place in many Malaysians’ hearts. You have the option of choosing the type of noodles you want but stick with Mee for the classic taste. Covered in a generous helping of crispy fried lard, this is not a dish for the health conscious but the heavenly taste is worth all the extra pounds.

Address: 49, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: +60 3-2032 4984
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (5.00pm – 5.00am) Closed on Wednesdays

Keong Kee Chinese Authentic Food

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You probably wouldn’t have chosen this restaurant if you happen to stumble across it. Humble and unassuming, this street stall is located under a big tree right at the corner between Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah and Jalan Pudu. Look for Shaw Parade as it is just opposite the stall. This little street stall is well-known for serving exotic dishes such as terrapin, squirrel, monitor lizard and pigeon for those who like a little adventure in their meals. Otherwise, go for the more conventional dishes which tastes just as tasty.

Address:  Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah,
Off Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 4.00pm onwards

Goon Wah

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I’m sure you have heard of Fish Head Noodles before. But have you ever tried Claypot XO Fish Head Noodles? Head on over to Goon Wah for some culinary delights to tickle your tastebuds. Other must-try dishes includes Claypot Lou Shu Fun and BBQ Chicken Wings which will keep you coming back for more.

Address: G13, Jalan 3/115c, Taman Kuchai Jaya, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone:+60 3-7982 0048
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (9.00am – 3.00pm) Closed on weekends
Foong Foong Yong Tau Foo

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Ask any local in Kuala Lumpur for the best Yong Tau Foo and more often than not they will direct you to Ampang. While there is no shortage of Yong Tau Foo eateries in this area, arguably one of the best would be Foong Foong. Make sure to place your order at the counter as they do not go from table to table to take your food orders. After that, get ready to pig out on some plump and juicy Yong Tau Foo cooked perfectly.

Address: 621-A, Jalan Besar Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday (9.00 am – 4.00 pm) Closed on Tuesdays. 

Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa Kampung Baru

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This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Malaysians’ favourite versatile meal for all the times of the day, the Nasi Lemak. One of the best Nasi Lemak to be found is in Kuala Lumpur, where the queues often snake through the roadside stall. On top of the basic nasi lemak, you can choose to add various other dishes to satisfy your cravings.

Address: 7, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: 6010-8818080
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (5.00pm – 12.00pm)

Wong Ah Wah

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Along Jalan Alor, one can find many stalls and eateries offering different types of cuisines to tempt the palate. If you can’t decide on which stall to patronize, we recommend going to Wong Ah Wah, even if just for its signature roasted chicken wings. You might not know it but most celebrities who visit Malaysia tend to drop by here for a little taste of authentic Malaysian flavour, which speaks volumes for the food you are going to get. Other than chicken wings, they sell a variety of zi char dishes as well.

Address: 1, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone:+60 3-2144 2463
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (5.00pm – 4.00am) Closed alternative Mondays

Sri Nirwana Maju


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Bangsar is popular for its many upscale cafes and eateries but here we would like to introduce none of those, instead one of the eateries that truly stands out is Sri Nirwana Maju which is a banana leaf rice joint. Styled as a mamak restaurant, the quality and taste of its banan leaf rice is legendary, especially among locals. Sample the heavenly taste of its banana leaf rice paired with yummy condiments and various dishes and you will understand why this place is frequently packed with hungry customers. Order one of its invigorating lassi drinks on a hot sunny afternoon and you can be sure that it will refresh you for the long day ahead.

Address: 43, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (10.00am – 1.30am)

Murni Discovery

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Another mamak-styled restaurant, you will be surprised to learn that Murnin Discovery does not just serve only mamak food. Browsing through its extensive menu, you will find that their dishes come from a range of cooking styles. Drop by this restaurant that has opened 8 branches in different locations to sample some of its diverse menu choices. Not sure what to order? Crowd favourites include Mee Raja, Roti Hawaii and Roti Beckham which are signature dishes of Murni Discovery.

Address: Wilayah Persekutuan, Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-9191 0033
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (12.00pm – 2.00am) Closed on Monday

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