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The 15 Best Street Food Stalls in Kuala Lumpur

Chinese food yong tau foo
Chinese food yong tau foo | © aminphotoz / Shutterstock
Kuala Lumpur is packed with incredible street food stalls that even challenge some of the country’s best high-end restaurants when it comes to quality. Get a taste of Malaysia and dine like the locals do at the 15 best street food stalls.

One of the fastest ways to explore Malaysia is to eat your way through its diverse cuisine. This tropical country is filled with great street food at affordable prices. Check out these 15 best street food stalls in Kuala Lumpur to tick off during your next food hunt.

Sze Ngan Chye

Food Stall, Malaysian
Grilled duck
Grilled duck | © pedphoto36pm / Shutterstock
Takeaway is the only option at Sze Ngan Chye Roasted Duck as there are no tables or seats at this roadside stall. Smack bang in the middle of the busy Petaling Street, this little stall has been selling roast ducks since the ‘50s. Their juicy charcoal-roasted duck has legions of devoted regulars and sometimes, curious bystanders waiting in line from as early as 8am. Drop by early as the dish usually runs out right after lunch.
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Madam Tang Muah Chee Queen

Food Stall, Dessert
muah chee petaling street
Madam Tang's muah chee stall is hard to miss | © Karuna Ang
Keep your ears peeled as you make your way towards the crossroads of Petaling Street. You’ll hear repeated chants of “Yat lau yat lau, wat luet luet” (first class, slippery and smooth) playing from Madam Tang’s stall. She can be spotted standing behind the stall, kneading and shaping the flavoured glutinous rice into bite-sized morsels covered in crushed peanuts and sugar. Having developed the recipes for decades, her soft chewy muah chee remains a local favourite.
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Hon Kee Porridge

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Chinese porridge
Chinese porridge | © Kheng Guan Toh / Shutterstock
The go-to comfort food, porridge is a staple among Malaysian Chinese. At Hon Kee, this tasty and filling gruel is loved for its smooth consistency and light flavours. There are many pairings available, including raw fish, crispy innards, dried oysters with pork ribs, pork offal and even juicy frog legs. For something classic, try the traditional century egg with pork, or salted egg with pork combo.
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Air Mata Kucing Petaling Street

Food Stall, Dessert
Take a break from all the eating and cool down with a cup of iced herbal tea. You can find a variety of herbal teas, including longan, luo han guo (monk fruit) and winter melon drinks at the decades-old Air Mata Kucing stall. Cheap and tasty, this is the best way to escape from the Malaysian heat.
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Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Chinese food yong tau foo
Chinese food yong tau foo | © aminphotoz / Shutterstock
You will have to make your way through the noisy, busy and wet morning market at Madras Lane to find a specific stretch of stalls serving breakfast and lunch. Among them is Madras Lane Chee Cheong Fun, a popular venue among locals for its quality food at affordable prices. The lines can get long during peak hours, but the yong tau foo (variety of vegetables stuffed with fish paste) are quick to cook, so you don’t have to wait long.
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Shawarma Damascus

Food Stall, Middle Eastern
For a satisfying bite in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, head to Shawarma Damascus on Jalan Bukit Bintang. You will find the shawarma hitting all the right spots – juicy and well-flavoured. If you don’t feel like eating on the go, there are some seats right next to the shop, where you can munch and watch the hard-working vendors in action.
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Chew Chew Chow Tofu

Food Stall, Chinese
Stinky tofu
Stinky tofu | © glen photo / Shutterstock
It’s hard to miss this stall at the busy Taman Connaught Night Market. Just follow the strong pungent odor permeating through the street and you will find stinky tofu served at Chew Chew Chow Tofu. Love it or hate it, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it – you might find excitement in its crunchy texture and complex layers of flavours.
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Yulek Wantan Mee

Food Stall, Malaysian, Chinese
Wantan noodles
Wantan noodles | © KYTan / Shutterstock
Head to any food court in town and you’ll definitely find a wantan mee shop. However, the best in Kuala Lumpur is tucked away in Cheras. Yulek’s flavourful dumplings and springy noodles have garnered a loyal following among residents in the area, so be prepared for a line when you head there.
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Nasi Lemak Wanjo

Restaurant, Malaysian, $$$
You can’t skip nasi lemak when you’re in Malaysia. Make your way to Nasi Lemak Wanjo, one of the long-standing nasi lemak stalls in Kuala Lumpur, for this classic dish – fragrant santan rice, ikan bilis, egg, cucumber and sambal all in one plate. For a more satisfying meal, take your pick from the many side dishes including sambal sotong and fried chicken.
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Wed - Mon:
6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wed - Mon:
3:00 pm - 1:00 am

Kedai Kopi Tian Hong

Food Stall, Malaysian, Chinese
Char-siew Pork Meat
Char-siew pork meat | © SummerKhaw / Shutterstock
You will spot rows of roasted chicken and duck hanging at a stall as you walk into this old-school kopitiam. Some say they have the best char siew (barbequed pork belly) in town. The succulent meat, roasted to perfection and drenched in a rich caramel sauce, will have you salivating at first sight. The lines here do get long during lunch hour, so be sure to drop by early.
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Nasi Lemak Peel Road

Food Stall, Malaysian
Nasi Lemak
Nasi lemak | © Dolly MJ / Shutterstock
Nasi Lemak Peel Road serves up a Chinese-version of this iconic Malaysian dish. The basics – santan rice, ikan bilis, peanuts, egg and cucumber – stay the same. The difference? Side dishes. This stall offers more than 10 options, including fried chicken, chicken curry, mutton curry, stir-fry vegetables as well as the popular wild boar curry and sotong sambal. It’s hard to resist everything, so don’t be shy – eat like the locals do with food piled high on the plates.
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Brickfield’s Pisang Goreng

Food Stall, Dessert
Fried bananas on rattan tray
Fried bananas on rattan tray | © Raihana Asral / Shutterstock
Just right outside of Restoran One Sentral, you will find the aromatic smells of fried bananas. One of the oldest pisang goreng stalls in Kuala Lumpur, this stall uses whole pieces of pisang raja (instead of halved or thinly sliced bananas), dipped in a light and airy batter. This sweet, crunchy golden brown street food has managed to build a loyal following, with long lines spotted during lunch hours at the stall.
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Ah Keong’s ABC & Cendol Stall

Food Stall, Dessert, $$$
Cendol
Cool down with a bowl of cendol | © Edy Kasim / Shutterstock
One of Malaysians’ favourite ways to cool down from the hot weather is with a bowl of cendol. Ah Keong’s is just across the street from Brickfield’s Pisang Goreng stall and Restoran One Sentral. The cendol here is hand-made by Uncle Ah Keong, boasting a springy texture and mild aromatic flavour.
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