Truth be told, you—and I—can never get enough of street food.
If you’ve been to Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur—or better known as Chinatown, chances are you have tried the wide variety of food there. From the flavourful Hokkien Mee to savoury Chee Cheong Fun, these gems of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown have proven to withstand the test of time.
One thing you have to know is that going on food hunting here can be a little bit tricky as some of the stalls are quietly hidden in the alley or tucked away behind a row of stalls. Some operate in fully-fledged restaurants while some open only in the morning and some others open only at night.
For the uninitiated, fret not. Here are 5 legendary street food spots in Petaling Street you die-die have to try.
1. Muah Chee Auntie
Talking about legends, this auntie is one of them. Selling muah chee for almost 15 years, she has been the talk of Petaling Street with her whopping six different colours of muah chee, each with different flavour—lychee, pandan, mango, black sesame, Ribena, and original.
The texture of the muah chee is very soft and chewy yet it won’t stick to your teeth or turn hard if left for some time. For only RM5 per box, this muah chee is definitely a perfect go-to
2. Apam Balik Uncle
Located in front of Koon Kee Wantan Mee shop is a humble 32-year-old stall of Apam Balik, manned by a friendly Chinese uncle known as Ah Loy. He sells two different versions of the apam—the crispy apam balik, and the softer and thicker Penang style apom balik filled with freshly grated coconut. The apam balik is generously filled with coarsely ground peanuts—making every bite an irresistible one!
The price for apam balik is Rm1.20 each while apom balik is RM0.80 per piece.
3. Oloiya Dried Meat (Non-Halal)
If you have a thing for dried meat, you should try Oloiya. While others may compare it to Loong Kee, my colleague Kamini said she likes Oloiya better as the meat is juicier. But if you like to have your meat crispy, you can try Loong Kee. Some also say that Loong Kee has the best bak kwa for beginners.
4. Kim Soya Bean
A landmark of KL’s Petaling Street, Kim Soya Bean is a must-have, especially when the weather is scorching hot. You can find the stall close to the Muah Chee Auntie’s. Kim Soya Bean started as a family business about 50 years ago and now is run by second generation family members.
You can quench your thirst with a cup of soya bean for RM1.70, however we strongly recommend you to try their Tau Fu Fah—the reason why we came here for. If you have tried the one from Funny Mountain in Ipoh, the Tau Fu Fah here is not as soft and the pudding tastes a little bit chunkier. Nevertheless, it is still silky smooth and it glides effortlessly down your throat. For only RM1.70 a bowl, it is definitely worth trying.
5. Air Mata Kucing Mou Tak Ding
This Air Mata Kucing has been a thirst-quencher for many years now. Usually, you will find thirsty crowd waiting in line snapping pictures. A simple drink, I would say—made up of rock sugar, dried longan, winter melon, and luo han guo (monk fruit), which adds fragrance and natural sweetness to the drink. Each drink is priced at RM2.
There you have it — 5 street food you have to try whenever you are in Petaling Street! If you liked this listicle, check out some of our other delectable compilations here!
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