Oftentimes, Kuala Lumpur (KL) is known for its sights, sounds, and the general experience of a bustling metropolis. But, one of the best ways to experience a country’s culture first-hand is via its local culinary delights.
What’s the best way to sample this local cuisine? No, it’s not the high-end restaurants you’ll find scattered throughout the city centre. Neither is the myriad of “localised” franchises you’ll find in tourist-centric areas like Bukit Bintang.
Instead, take a closer look at the various alleyways and streets that are littered with dozens and dozens of food vendors. Yes, we’d say street food is the expression of cultural identity. And there’s no tastier way than gobbling down different types of cultural street food in Malaysia.
While KL is not typically branded as a food paradise, it definitely has what it takes to be one, especially when you know where to look. So without further ado, we’ve rounded up a list of food streets in KL (and all the delicious must-eats).
1Taman Connaught Night Market
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En Kuala Lumpur hay un sitio muy especial que se escapa del radar turístico: el Connaught Night Market. Con 700 puestos diferentes, este mercado es el más largo de la ciudad y se pueden encontrar muchísimas cosas diferentes, pero, sobre todo, comida para chuparse los dedos ?Solo está abierto los miércoles por la noche y ¡menos mal! Si llega a estar abierto todos los días, nos habríamos marchado de la ciudad con un par de kilos más ? . En la foto, solo se ve 1/3 de todo el mercado. Nosotros nos lo recorrimos entero dos veces ✌?Sitios como estos solo los encontramos gracias a la gente local. Thanks to our Couchsurfing host and now friend @junhang95 for showing us this place ? . #kualalumpur #kualalumpurfood #kualalumpurfoodstreet #connaught #connaughtnightmarket #connaughtnightmarket? #malaysia #malaysiatravel #travelmalaysia #mercadonocturno #comidamalasia #comidamalaya #couchsurfing #couchsurfingfriends
Got an hour or two to explore on a Wednesday evening? Head over to Taman Connaught’s weekly night market for a local treat!
Formerly known as the longest night market in Malaysia, this two-kilometre stretch has everything you’d expect from a Pasar Malam of this calibre. With more than 700 mobile stalls peddling inexpensive goods ranging from homeware, power banks and good food, it’s always buzzing with crowds of tourists and locals.
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Craving for something exotic? Some may love it to death, some may stay far from it… you don’t need to look for it, you could smell the tofu miles away. Yes… this is the famous street food “chow taufu” aka stinky tofu , yay or nay? Fermented tofu with an exotic strong pungent smell ( some say aroma) fried to golden brown crispy on outer layer. Tender and soft at the core of the tofu. Special sweet chilli sauce brings out more flavour to tantalize your taste bud, you can only imagine after you tasted it! #malaysianfood #asianfood #smellyfood #smellytofu #enthusiastfoodexplorer #foodporn #foodtravel #food #foodieballon #foodgram #foodhunter #foodforlife #notforeveryone #foodie #friedtofu #deepfriedtofu #streetfood #streetfoodlover #exocticfood #tofu
Perhaps you don’t have to venture far to enjoy a taste of Taipei after all. According to the locals, you can find a variety of Chinese street food here including the notorious stinky tofu!
Taman Connaught Night Market starts from 6.00 pm to 1.00 am every Wednesday.
Must-Try: Chili-drenched stinky tofu (trust us, you won’t miss the pungent odour), curry noodles, Char Kueh Teow, Laksa, Satay.
Where: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, 56000 Kuala Lumpur