Held every Wednesday evening and stretching a whopping two kilometres (1.25 miles) with 700 stalls, the famous night market in Cheras attracts thousands. But the biggest appeal is the selection of food. Here’s a round-up of the best street food at Taman Connaught Market for first-time tourists.
Sharing similarities to satay but boiled in a flavoured soup rather than barbequed, steamboat comes in a variety of shapes and forms. From tofu and fish balls to pieces of meat and fish, the steamboat sticks get submerged into the boiling broth before being eaten with sauce.
Adventurous tourists and those looking to try something new at Taman Connaught Market can try the stinky tofu. Originally from Taiwan, the small serving of fermented tofu exhibits a strong vinegary flavour that many find disagreeable. When walking through the stalls, the distinct and pungent odour will lead straight to the vendor selling this stinky food.
Deep Fried Squid
The battered squid or squid rings are deep-fried for a few minutes and served in a paper bag or cup. Most people cover their snack with a sweet chilli sauce and poke a stick through the middle as a way to eat them.
A Chinese favourite sold everywhere in Malaysia, from high-end restaurants to street food snacks, dim sum is a treat for any occasion. The small bite-sized portions of steamed buns or dumplings are presented in baskets where customers point and select which ones they want.
A favourite Malaysian snack common at night markets around Malaysia, coconut jelly is a sweet snack made from its water and served in a coconut. Originally from Penang, the sweet dessert makes a delicious late-night treat. Buy the ones with shaved coconut flesh on the top.
Egg tarts are available as street food at Taman Connaught Market in a variety of types. Some stalls sell traditional plain tarts while others offer cheese, apple, blueberry and pineapple flavours.
The best street food at Taman Connaught Market is often what visitors least expect. Travelling to Malaysia with its varied and exquisite selection of Asian culinary treats, few expect to find cakes. But Malaysians love their cakes, and several types are on sale here. Expect everything from pastries and cheesecakes to coconut and tiramisu flavoured bites.
The barbequed fish will satisfy the palate of any seafood lover. A freshly caught fish gets barbequed over hot charcoal to infuse a hint of a smoky flavour and gets served either whole or as a side with rice.
The thinly sliced meat gets thrown into the wok and stir-fried for a few minutes along with various spices. Hungry customers can have a plate of meat or eat it as a side with a portion of rice.
Satay, another favourite Malaysian street food, is in abundance at this night market. Chunks of meat, including chicken, beef and mutton, are skewered onto a stick in the same way as kebabs and then barbequed. The Malaysian-style kebabs have approximately four or five pieces of juicy meat and are often served with chilli sauce.
Corn on the Cob
A famous and ubiquitous treat found around Southeast Asia: corn on the cob. A freshly picked ear of corn is barbequed for a few minutes and eaten on a stick. Expect a slightly smoky taste and a dry texture. Vendors sell these for a few ringgits at Taman Connaught Market.
The thinly sliced potatoes stacked onto a stick before being grilled over an open fire. A popular street food and snack around the world, the ones available at Taman Connaught Market are Malaysia’s version.
Sausage on a Stick
Sausages are sold as individual sticks coming in a range of flavours, including spicy and sweet and sour. The grilled sausage is quickly becoming a favourite street food in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia.
Food Truck Sushi
Most people associate sushi with restaurant dining. But the street food at Taman Connaught Market offers something different from the back of a food truck. A favourite with locals and a different sushi experience for tourists.
Noodles come in all shapes and varieties as street food at Taman Connaught Market. Expect to find the regular fried noodles such as Char Kuey Teow served in a polystyrene tray with wooden chopsticks. Others include soupy based noodles like Laksa but tend to be more challenging to eat.
Pao is a type of steamed-bread with either a savoury or sweet filling. Savoury pao use either beef or chicken while the sweeter varieties often contain a creamy red bean interior. Some vendors sell them cooked and ready to eat while others come pre-packed to prepare at home.