A culinary journey into the realm of Imbi.
Right now if someone were to say Jalan Imbi, the first landmark that would immediately come to mind is Berjaya Times Square. However, unbeknownst to many, especially out-of-towners who’ve moved to Kuala Lumpur for economic reasons, Jalan Imbi is also well-known for its authentic Chinese cuisine trapped in time but never waning in celebrity.
Let us walk you through 7 must makan items when you drive by Jalan Imbi—keep in mind that this list is not definitive in any way, so feel free to let us know if we’ve missed your favourite spot.
1. Imbi Pork Ball Noodles
Available in both the dry and soup versions, this pork ball noodle stall is so famous that it’s the only entry that comes up when you google “Imbi pork noodle”. It’s easy to see why; the soup doesn’t only contain the meat balls but also Chinese pork sausages for that extra oomph.
2. Mini Egg Tarts
These famous egg tarts never cease in customers—from the moment the uncle opens shop there is always a customer waiting for their tarts to be boxed. The small size of the tarts keeps their egg-y flavour well-balanced and also makes them easy to eat.
3. Char Kway Teow @ Mei Sin Kopitiam
Run by a pair of elderly siblings, this char kway teow stall is hidden at the back of Mei Sin Kopitiam but fret not as you will be drawn to it by the smell wafting through the air. The uncle here is generous with the seafood; our CKT was abundant with juicy prawns and cockles.
4. Dry Chicken Kway Teow @ Mei Sin Kopitiam
Also located in Mei Sin Kopitiam, the Dry Chicken Kway Teow here is different from the other famous sar hor fun in Pau Kee Restaurant, leaving out the question of competition in Imbi. This version is quite simple in make, comprising noodle, soy sauce and strips of chicken as main ingredients, but complex in taste.
5. Loong Kee Dried Meat
Although a variety of dried meat shops line this street, Loong Kee emerges the clear winner by consensus. The dried meat is cooked right outside the store, both to show you how it’s made and to lure you over.
6. Soo Kee’s Son’s Beef Noodles
Situated right next to Soo Kee senior, the son’s version of the Beef Noodles prove to be the better-received of the two varieties. It also serves as a more economic option, should the more famous lobster noodle is out of your reach financially.
7. Ipoh Sar Hor Fun @ Pau Kee Restaurant
Said to originate all the way from Ipoh, the Dry Chicken Kway Teow here comes in two versions (dry and soup) that are quite different from the variety in Mei Sin. Best enjoyed with more prawn wantans and iced coffee!