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The Tastiest Local Food in KL

When short trips are concerned, most people would think of Malaysia. An hour plane ride could take us to the capital of our neighbouring country, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian food is known to share some similarities with our local food.  The good news is that these delicious food in KL can be cheaper than what we have in Singapore!

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Similar to most Southeast Asian cuisine, KL food is usually made with spices, coconut milk, pandan leaves, ginger, rice and noodles. Some of these dishes such as Hokkien Mee and Nasi Lemak are very familiar to us. However there’s different nuances such as the look and taste that differs from Singapore’s versions.

Malaysian Hokkien Mee

Most people would know that although Hokkien Mee is widely available in Malaysia, it is different from the Singaporean’s version. The main difference between the two Hokkien Mee would be the type of noodles used. The Hokkien Mee that we are familiar with is generally white and yellow in colour, using the thin yellow noodles and what we call the ‘thick beehoon’ noodles. The Hokkien Mee in Malaysia is usually black, as the thick yellow noodles are fried with dark soya sauce. Ingredients for both types of Hokkien mee are generally the same, which include prawns, bean sprouts, eggs, garlic and sometimes, squid or cockles.

To get a taste of the Malaysian style Hokkien Mee while you are in KL, you can go to Lot 10 Hutong. It is located at the city centre near the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station. This place looks like a food court with many local food available in one place.

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Penang Fried Kway Teow

The Penang Fried Kway Teow can also be found at Lot 10 Hutong food. As the name suggest, this dish originates from Penang. The Fried Kway Teow in Malaysia is different from Singapore’s version. In KL, the dish is made up of mainly flat rice noodles instead of mixing the Kway Teow with some yellow noodles.

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Pork Ball Noodle Soup

If you are tired of fried noodles and prefer something soupy, try the Pork Ball Noodle Soup at Lot 10 Hutong. The soup is light and slightly creamy. The smooth and tender pork balls tastes sweeter than the usual meatball soup that we have in Singapore.

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Nonya Laksa

Laksa is a famous dish in Singapore and is available in Malaysia as well, though the Penang Laksa is more local to Malaysia. Laksa is noodles cooked in spicy coconut gravy whereas the Penang Laksa is closer to Assam that is spicy and sour. As the Nonya cuisine originates from the descendants of Chinese immigrants and native Malays, it is not difficult to find Nonya Laksa in KL. For a place that gives a slightly vintage and authentic decor, visit Precious Old China Cafe at Central Market, near the Chinatown of KL.

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Nasi Lemak

If rice, coconut and pandan come together, we get Nasi Lemak. This rice dish is one of the iconic national dishes of Singapore. It is not difficult to find Nasi Lemak in Malaysia. But if you prefer a twist to the traditional dish, and a healthier choice, try Organica Lifestyle Cafe at Bangsar. The Quinoa Nasi Lemak replaces the fried ingredients in the usual Nasi Lemak such as peanuts and ikan bilis.

Healthier options such as Quinoa, pine nuts, avocado, tofu, broccoli and carrots are used in the dish instead. The Organica Lifestyle Cafe serves healthy and delicious pancakes. It caters too those who want to try non-local food in KL.

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Ayam Percik Kelantan

Another fragrant rice dish, the Ayam Percik Kelantan is a Kelantan style grilled chicken served with spiced coconut sauce and Telang flower rice. The Telang flower, also known as Blue Pea flower, is a common ingredient used as a natural food dye in most traditional nonya kuehs. Don’t be surprised by the blue-coloured rice! Try this dish at Kafe Oasia located at the Oasia Suites KL.

Have a fun-filled eating trip at KL! Read more about our reviews on the places to visit in KL here.

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