Did you know that this iconic street was once called Jalan Kejora?
Open up any list with suggestions of places to visit for delicious Malaysian food and Jalan Alor would surely have made the cut, if not kicking off the entire listicle. Boasting more than 50 years of history, Jalan Alor takes the appearance of an unassuming typical alley in Malaysia during the day – dingy with some open restaurants lining the edges.
At night, however, the entire perimeter lights up with a great surge of activities to become a place where vendors, locals, and tourists alike come together in the name of food (and durian). Stretching close to a kilometre, the once-famous red light district (you can still find hourly-rate hotels in the last leg of their lives in the area) is now a family-friendly foodie paradise.
Nonetheless, in an effort to wipe away Jalan Alor’s dodgy past entirely, lawmakers changed the name of the street to Jalan Kejora in 2008. Thankfully, this short-sighted decision only lasted for a few weeks and the street quickly regained its original following immense public outcry.
Although most of the food sold in the street by restaurants and stalls are traditionally Malaysian, in recent years some novelty snacks have found their home along the street too, enticing both tourists and locals.
UPPRE paid a visit to Jalan Alor to discover these must-try interesting items for you to try during your next time there! Don’t just go there for there durian lah.
Kicking of the list is the basic lollipop chicken, which is just chicken meat attached to its bone. Part of Indian Chinese cuisine – which according to Wikipedia is “the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes” – the lollipop chicken sold in Jalan Alor is seasoned to perfection and best eaten piping hot.
No matter how much we love durian, how many of us could actually attest to having eaten fried durian? Invented in Thailand as a preservation method in the late 80s, fried durian has yet to gain the momentum it enjoys in our neighbouring country.
Passion Fruit Sugarcane Juice
Although this may sound like one of the curated juices served in fancy restaurants, the sugarcane juice stall at Jalan Alor makes this fusion drink right in front of your eyes from freshly squeezed sugarcane and passionfruit.
Well, that escalated quickly didn’t it? Sold among other skewered meat and vegetables, the frog is presented skinned, its white flesh and muscle oddly appetising. When ordered, the frog is first deep friend till it turns golden before being grilled over charcoal with a special sauce coating. Have you heard that it tastes like chicken before? Now I know that it really does.
Mochi stuffed with Ice Cream
Not your ordinary mochi, this ice-cream mochi is the perfect dessert to end this interesting food trail. Unlike the traditional forms of mochi stuffed with peanut or red bean, this ice cream variety was actually invented in the United Stated by a Japanese American in 1993. The stall sells the mochis in a variety of flavours, from staples like chocolate and vanilla to blueberry and melon. My personal favourite is the Thai tea mochi!
Do you love to go on food trails? One to check out is the Petaling Street food trail right here!
*Featured image: Flo Sarah Weltreise
*All images by UPPRE unless stated otherwise.