This is a impulsive shortlisting of the places I love to eat in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the best food you've ever had your entire life exists in this city for every type of cuisine! Shout out to the KL homies (Whuddup Truf!) that never steered me wrong with our food options. Dig in, rev up your Google Maps and start tasting.
1. MURNI, SS2Petaling Jaya
This is a chain restaurant in KL but I'm loyal to the SS2 location. A generally unpretentious space where you get in where you fit in (usually quite crowded at night). The menu is a hodge podge if every type of food you could imagine yet no selection can be wrong. If you're feeling adventurous you can consider one of the more mysterious selections like "Baby Dragon" or "Nasi Goreng Congo". That's what I'm saying! Murni is so confident their food will blow your mind, that they name it arbitrary things like "Baby Dragon" or Congo fried rice without telling you what's inside. They know you're still gonna love it!
2. ROTI BOMB, Various locations: is the name of a food, not a restaurant- and you should be able to find this Malay-Indian concoction in most Indian street stalls or "Mamak". This type of Roti is simply sugar and butter in pan seared dough. It has a thin caramelize sweet outer shell with a thin crunch, juxtaposed by the chewy warm dough of the Roti. You can enjoy this sweet or savoury but dipping into some curry or Dahl.
3. RESTORANT VP CURRY HOUSE, Klang: I doubt this establishment is owned by the Chins, but nothing says real home cooking Indian food then going to the curry restaurant at the back of a DVD store. Past the racks of colourful images and through the bass sound of Indian Popular music, sits a humble restaurant. VP Curry House is sheltered but outdoors, the kitchen is all around you and the seating very casual. Order the Banana leaf, wipe it down and take you pick from Vegetable, Chicken or Fish curry. We ordered Mutton, Chicken and Ikan Bilis (Small salty fish) as the meats for the meal and ate the spiced meat with a healthy portion of gravy and rice. The food was fresh, filling and cooked in a way that only a Malay-Indian aunty knows how to cook up.
4. DAILY GRIND, Bangsar Village: Hankering for some burgers? Daily Grind is my choice, although the homey insists there are better. Nestled in the Williamsburg'esque neighbourhood of Bangsar, Daily Grind is located on the ground level of the Bangsar VIlliage. The atmosphere is cozy, the staff are friendly, the menu is diverse and they even make their own Ketsup. Choose between classics like "My Big Fat Greek Burger", complete with taziki sauce , "Lambrogini Burger", a lamb classic burger or even order in advance the 12" OMG Burger. These burgers are everything you ever dreamed burgers to be, that's my word.
Save room for dessert on this one! The peanut butter banana cream pie is to die for. Perfect textures, tastes and ending to a hearty meal. *Tip: Go earlier in the evening when the cream on the pie is still fresh.
5. WONG AH WAH (W.A.W ) aka. Mickey Mouse, Jalan Alor: The homies know how much I adore this place. It's open post-clubbing or late night stints, and the quality of the food is always consistent and delicious. I call it Mickey Mouse because it can be identified on the very busy road of Jalan Alor, by a bootleg image of Mickey Mouse painted on their sign. They have been so successful they have expanded to the 4 adjacent stores on each side of the original location, with a small army of efficient and focused waiters. Real talk, I've watched the price of the meals at Mickey Mouse go up but band together 5 of your best homies, and split the meal at the end and enjoy a proper full course dinner the way Chinese Malaysians do it. It will cost you each around $12-20 SGD. each depending how many fishes you order.
The wings are famous here and are a perfect reflection of what South East Asian roasted wings should taste like. One part soya sauce, one part garlic, slow roasted. Choose fish that is either steamed in a Chinese style with garlic and light soya sauce or fried with a taste reminiscent of Jamaican "Escovitched" fish Hellshire beach. Opening dishes like Garlic Clams (order Lala bamboo clams if available, but usually sold out after 8:30pm), Sotong Goreng (Calamari SE Asia style) or a savoury and light vegetable dish like stir fried pea shoots. Mickey Mouse has been a personal favourite of mine sine first discovering the city of Kuala Lumpur. A definite check you want to add to your foodie bucket list.
6. WON TON MEE, Lucky Garden Bangsar: Breakfast for South East Asian is fruit and granola. It's a full on cooked meal to kick off the day right. A real special time is breakfast at Won Ton Mee, the corner shop kopitiam in Lucky Garden. The noodles just bouncy and chewy enough, absorbing the pungent salt + vinegar goodness of the sauce. The char sieu perfectly seared, complemented by WonTun soup served separately. The art of eating this dish is choosing just the right amount of soup to add to your dry noodles and creating the perfect spoonful of this delicious combination.
7. CHILI BAN MEE, Chow Kit: South East Asians love noodles, so we have discovered every delectable combination to consume noodles. This is a good example of great taste balance, simple ingredients, and a spicy kick to keep you on your toes.