Written by Batrisya
Co-written by Beverley Lennon, Veyroniqa and Candice Neo
Most of us have been perfecting our cooking skills while staying at home, but sometimes don’t you wish that you can recreate the legendary Char Kuey Teow, Penang Prawn Noodles or even Laksa? Yet, unless you’re a masterchef, most of us are unable to recreate that same taste at home – of course, our own creations over weeks cannot rival the famous cuisines our local hawkers have been mastering for decades.
I’ve tried perfecting even my mom’s famous chicken rendang recipe, and though it looks simple, it was sure hard to get the taste right. Or sometimes for food like Char Kuey Teow, the wok fragrance (or ‘wok hei’ as we like to say in Cantonese) is just not quite there. And after a few tries, well let’s just say there’s a reason why I’m writing this article for you.
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1. Get a rich taste of the historical Seang Lim Hokkien Mee & Kuey Teow King from home – Prawn Noodle King 蝦面王 (OUG) (Non-Halal)
Penang natives, you may recognise a famous hawker stall known as Seang Lim Hokkien Mee back in the 80s that gave Prawn Mee its household name. People from far out and wide would travel all the way to this hawker stall just for a taste of this local cuisine, but in 2017, the owner retired.
Yet, luckily for us, Prawn Noodle King has continued their legacy by opening a branch for this iconic dish right in Kuala Lumpur and honour the rich history of his famous Hokkien Mee using the same authentic recipe. They also serve Koay Teow King’s famous Char Kuey Teow, but only available for takeaway from their Uptown Damansara branch! Now, you can get a taste of this Penang treat from home!2. Authentic Laksa Sarawak cooked by a true Sarawakian – Aunty Christina (Non-Halal)
Every Peninsular Malaysia foodie folk I’ve come across has told me that when it comes to Laksa Sarawak, nothing beats a Laksa Sarawak made by a true Sarawakian.
Not to undermine non-Sarawakians who attempt to try it of course, but I have to agree with them. Having lived in Sarawak for about 4 years, I truly miss the taste of authentic Laksa Sarawak.
And one day, I came across Aunty Christina, who’s famous for her Laksa Sarawak and other Sarawak cuisines. She’s been in the business for more than 19 years and is also a Sarawakian herself, which probably explains why her foods are so good!
3. Discover the hidden gem of Ampang – Nasi Lemak Saleha (Halal)
Don’t you miss the sweet sensational aroma of steamed coconut rice with that zesty punch of sambal ikan bilis? Just describing that on its own makes my stomach grumble!
Nasi Lemak Saleha is considered a hidden gem in Ampang, and for a good reason. It’s been in business for over 30 years and people are addicted to their famous chicken rendang as well as their sambal.
4. Have you heard of Laksam? – Restoran Nasi Kerabu Keramat (RNKK)
Being a true Kelantanese, I will always be proud of my state’s delicious Laksam, which surprisingly, I didn’t know that most people haven’t heard of this amazing Northern dish!
Laksam, or Laksei in Kelantanese, is a white-thick fish-coconut gravy laksa with sambal. At Restoran Nasi Kerabu Keramat, they serve all kinds of popular northern delicacies like Nasi Kerabu, Laksam, Nasi Dagang and more! Order up if you want to give it a try!
5. Biryani served with a twist – Legend’s Claypot Briani (Halal)
I recall tasting this specific claypot Briani some years ago, introduced by my boyfriend who’s always on the lookout for rice. Fast forward to today, Legend’s Claypot Briani is the only one I’ll ever eat when in KL.
In fact, my first meal after coming back to the city after a year of crossing borders was this delectable sizzling goodness which comes served in a claypot with huge chunks of chicken, long-grain basmati rice, a hard-boiled egg and a side of papadom (on request).
I personally love my briyani moist and the one at Legend’s is just right, full of flavours from South India. Of course, they have other traditional dishes so going in a group is a great way to order more of those to share!
6. Baking charcoal egg tarts for 120 years – Bunn Choon (品泉)
When a flourishing food stall has been baking and selling nothing but egg tarts for 120 years, you know they must have done a jolly good job. And they definitely did not disappoint – the soft egg filling is flavourful, while the crispy layers of charcoal bamboo crust has a lingering smoky aroma.
A must for all egg tart fans! They have another outlet at Petaling Street too!
7. Nasi Dagang Terbaek in KL – Mok Teh Nasi Dagang Terengganu (Halal)
Nasi Dagang will always be one of my top favourite local dishes here in Malaysia. I’ve tasted it in quite a few places, but none of them truly captures that authentic East-coast cuisine that we KL folks are missing out on.
Wrapped in a banana leaf that’s shaped into a perfect triangle, this steamed rice plated with black tuna, sauced in thick coconut milk with blends of herbs and spice, has people crazy for their fresh ingredients and authentic Terengganu flavours that come through their dishes. People also rave about their nasi lemak and nasi minyak ayam merah!
8. Foodie heaven on a stick – Satay Capitol 1951 – Warisan (Halal)
Ooh, I can’t remember the last time I had a very tasty Chicken Satay dipped in fresh warm peanut sauce to curb my late night cravings, but this place has just what you and I need!
Famous for their satay and one of the best satay joints in KL, this joint has had foodies ordering up since they first started 60 years ago in 1951! The meat is chewy, buttery, has less fat and their peanut sauce is sweet and packed in flavours. It will probably remind you of young kampung days too. They serve amazing soto as well!
9. Legendary Halal Kuey Teow Basah – Mamu Penang Char Kuey Teow (Halal)
Looking for Char Kuey Teow may be easy, but finding halal ones that are flavoured with fresh ingredients and hot wok fragrance (what we like to call ‘wok hei’ in Cantonese) isn’t.
Mamu Penang’s Char Kuey Teow does not disappoint – it’s so tasty that it even won the category for ‘Kuey Teow Basah Popular’ JJCM Makan Award 2017! You can have your kuey teow any way you want it – served with crab, squid, or even a regular one topped with egg.
Any of one of them will have your mind (and taste buds) blown!
10. Serving up traditional Hainanese fare since 1928 – Yut Kee Restaurant
We know this place is more popular among the breakfast crowd but we’ve dropped by a couple of times for lunch and it did not disappoint either. Yut Kee is where you go for your pork chop fix.
Now, I know I’ve mentioned the hype over their pork chop but I personally find comfort in their juicy chicken chop that’s slathered with brown gravy, served with a side of potatoes and other veggies.
Their roast pork roll, which is also among the best sellers, has the crispy skin on top, the tender meat and the pistachio stuffing which brings a crunchy twist to the dish!
However, the main reason why I drop by Yut Kee is to take-away some of their homemade Kaya Roll which some of us really love; so perfectly moist, these simply melt in the mouth and are perfect for tea time!
Now you know where to look if you are craving for local food with that legendary taste and don’t want to step out of your home! Do share with us if you have any other awesome Malaysian local food to recommend which deliver in and around KL! We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences too!