I dont travel to Kuala Lumpur often but when I do, I will definitely plan one dinner at Petaling Street, which is the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur.
It is about a 15mins walk from Bukit Bintang, the Orchard Road of KL. If you do not need to work up an appetite before dinner you can also take a Monorail and alight at Maharajalela. Chinatown is about a 5mins walk from the station.
Back to dinner.
My usual dinner at Petaling Street would be the Hokkien Noodles fried in dark sauce, affectionately known as KL Black Noodles.
Located diagonally opposite the Hong Leong Bank in Petaling Street, it is not difficult to locate the shop. When you at the cross junction of Hong Leong Bank, you will be able to see tables lining the exterior of the bank and every table has a huge plate of the KL Black Noodles! If you prefer to watch the bustle of the night market in the comforts of an air conditioned area, you can walk to the restaurant’s second floor sitting to enjoy this dish. This restaurant’s red sign board with its name KIM LIAN KEE, 金莲记， is just too hard to miss.
credits to google image.
I sat at the bar stools facing the street to enjoy my noodles with the sights of the busy street below.
The Hokkien Noodles may look really simple and bland with hardly any other ingredients except for some cabbage and a couple of shriveled prawn but it seriously doesn’t matter! The noodles are huge on flavour on its own and there is no yellow noodles taste which a lot of people worry about when eating this yellow noodles. This dish is definitely small on presentation and BIG on taste.
Kim Lian Kee
Address: 49-51 Jalan Petaling
Tel: (603) 2032 4984
Opening Hours: 17:00 – 05:00. Closed on Wednesdays.
After slurping down the plate of the black noodles, I went off in search for Part 2 of my dinner. I have been reading about the delicious and fragrant claypot Lou She Fun, 老鼠粉, and decided that I have to try it this trip to KL. Situated at Jalan Sultan, the row parallel to Petaling Street, it was not difficult to locate as the restaurant was filled with customers and there was even some cooking on the street outside the stall.
Cooked in a claypot and sprinkled with a generous amount of marinated minced meat, it comes with a raw egg cracked upon the Lou She Fun.
You would have to break the egg and mix it thoroghly.
The heat from the claypot would cook the egg to a perfect consistency, not too cooked not too raw. This dish is so delicious on its own that I did not want to reach out for any chilli in fear of destroying the original taste, which is something extremely rare for me! I love chilli. : )
When you reach the bottom of the claypot, it does have the crispy pieces stuck to the pot very much like that of claypot rice. Yummy too.
Chinatown Seng Kee
Address: #52 Jalan Sultan, 50000 kuala lumpur
tel: 03 -2072 5950
Opening hours: noon – 3am
What to wear when you head to Chinatown?
As the lanes have stalls lined up very closely and there is a huge overhead shelter which does trap quite a bit of heat, do dress comfortably and also you might want to avoid wearing heels as there are quite a bit of mini pot holes on the whole street and you will feel like you have to be on your guards for every step that you take.
Here is what i wore to Chinatown. A sleeveless cotton dress with birkis.
Dress: Bugis Street, Footwear: Birkenstocks, Bag: Longchamp
And my guest star again. Looking really lerthagic here as he felt hot and uncomfy in his t-shirt and stiff khaki berms.
He wished he had opted for his Singha Singlet and Billabong Boardshorts.