June 1, 2023

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Top 20 Chinese Food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There are plenty of food list of Malaysian food. It is evident that Malaysia is a destination for food on top of eco-tourism, shopping, sight-seeing and as a retirement country. Most of the top food list of Malaysia food is written by foreigners (or non-Chinese) and you can question the facts of such list when prominent Malaysian food like curry mee, Hokkien mee, San Kan Chong and bakuteh is not even in the list. Mind you, food like bakuteh, San Kan Chong and Hokkien mee are created in Malaysia! Recently, Lonely Planet’s the “Food Book” list Penang, Malaysia as the top of the list for #1 Destination for Food.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and it is located in the middle of Klang Valley. From a modest tin mining town, it transform to one of the top cities in Asia. Hence, one of the founding father of Kuala Lumpur is Yap Ah Loy. Back in the late 18th century, Chinese kapitan Yap Ah loy developed Kuala Lumpur to a commercial tin mining town.

“Development intensified in the 1890s, leading to the creation of a Sanitary Board. Kapitan Yap Ah Loy spent a sum of $20,000 to expand road access in the city significantly, linking up tin mines with the city, these roads include the main arterial roads of Ampang Road, Pudu Road and Petaling Street (now Chinatown).” – Wikipedia.org

The history of Chinese immigrants goes back in centuries and they were mostly involved in trading and mining businesses. Along the way, they brought in their skill, culture and food from their root in China. That’s why some of the Chinese food in KL (Kuala Lumpur) still has traces of its roots from China while some have been modified to local flavour and some are created.

Hereby, I have listed top 20 Chinese food in KL based on its origin and popularity. Most these food is available either in specialty restaurants, food stall, food courts/outlets and Chinese restaurants. The top 20 Chinese food in KL with no particular in order as below:

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1. Beef Noodle

Even though Malaysia is not a producer of beef but there is beef noodle is popular among the local Chinese. Interesting fact you should know that there is a majority of Chinese in Buddhism/Taoism do not consume beef so selling beef noodle is not an easy task.

The beef noodle usually comes in two varieties, the dry version and the soup version. The dry version usually comes with minced beef and comes with a soup of other parts of beef. Some topped with noodle with chopped spring onion or other type of vegetable.

The soup version is the wholeshebang of the beef in a bowl.

Kedai Kopi Lai Fong Address:
Jalan HS LEE Junction
(Park at Central Market / Kota Raya, walk over to there)

Story at: Beef Noodle at Kedai Kopi Lai Fong


2. Sang Har Mee

I’m not sure about the history or origins of Sang Har Mee (Freshwater prawns noodle cooked with Cantonese style). The cooking of the noodle is similar with Cantonese style but added with hints of Chinese wine.

Getting the right flavour of the paste is difficult and it needed the right balance to do so. There are many Chinese restaurants offer Sang Har Mee but only a few can cook it right!

They said one of the best is at Restaurant Keong Kee Imbi.

Greenview Address:

6 & 8, Jalan 19/3
46300 Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7958 1076

Restoran Sri Karak Address, Contact and Map:

(Corner lot)
17, Jalan 52/8, Section 52, Petaling Jaya, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 46200, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-7958 3240

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RestoranSriKarak

Story: Sang Har Mee at Sri Karak PJ State

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17 thoughts on “Top 20 Chinese Food in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

  1. i have been hurt before. with ordering hokkien mee in johor. (ok it was on the way to pulau tioman)

  2. due to raising cost most of the so called malaysian good food had drop in standard, if you have good tongue, you should know this.

  3. Hi Chun Man,

    Yes, I do agree with your statement. Some of them either losing the portion or lack the quality it used to possessed. Thanks for your comment.


  4. The LAM MEE doesn’t taste like 1997-1999. When reach 2004 it sucks, always missing that 1 particular taste. Don’t know why people still crazy for it.

  5. I have been planning for a World tour, and my wife and I purchased some attractions tickets, for the BonAppetour dinners (a dining experience with locals) and many more. If you like to know more check out the site, we have hosts for different places including Kuala Lumpur.

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