Top 6 budget eats in Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA’S capital Kuala Lumpur is one of the best places to sample some of the delicious flavours the country has to offer, with a lot of the provincial dishes available here too.  This is a city where you can enjoy a tasty munch for under a dollar, so there is little excuse not to give everything a try.

Grilled toast with kaya and butter  – This is a famous KL dish and a must-try. The kaya is perfectly fragrant, made fresh every day with a duck and chicken egg mixture. It costs about RM2.80 (US$0.90) and can be found right around the city. However we recommend Onde Onde, where the toast is particularly delicious. Onde Onde, GF-03A, Ground Floor,Waterfront @ Parkcity 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa Park City, 52200 Kuala Lumpur. Ph: 03-6280 7419.

Grilled toast

Grilled toast with kaya and butter. Pic: Pamela Yeoh.

Egg tarts – These famous Chinese Delights is also a must in Malaysia. There are also some outlets serving the King of Fruit aka durian in tarts as well. This is quintessential KL. Durian may not smell great, but it tastes delicious. Location: Food Republic, Lower Ground, Pavilion KL, 168 Jln Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Egg tarts

Egg tarts. Pic: Pamela Yeoh.

Yau Tiao – A local Chinese food which is served with porridge or even with soya milk. The Yao Tiao is a long, deep fried bread stick which is deep fried till golden brown. There is a stall in Jalan Alor serves a nice and crunchy yao tiao and it is a must-try when you visit the area. Jalan Alor Yau Tiao, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang (Opposite KFC). Ph: 012-6670394.

Yau Taio

Yau Taio. Pic: Pamela Yeoh.

Satay –  This one almost goes without saying and is a must-try while you’re in KL. This is where the meat is marinated, skewered and grilled, and it is being served with peanut sauce. Location: Klasik’ Satay Station, Restoran O’din, Jalan E3/12 Taman Ehsan, Kepong, 52100, Kuala Lumpur.


Satay. Pic: Pamela Yeoh.

Yong Tau Fu – Another famous delight in KL. This is where fishballs, bitter gourds, ladies fingers and chillies are served with a consommé soup. Some is boiled in the soup and some are deep fried. Location: Ampang Orchard View Yong Tau Foo, No. 2G, Jalan Wawasan 4/3, Bandar Baru Ampang, 6800 Ampang, Selangor.

Yong Tau Fu

Yong Tau Fu. Pic: Pamela Yeoh.

Duck Rice  An extremely popular local meal, especially among the Chinese community. Duck rice usually served in roasted style where it the duck is very juicy with crispy skin on it. Location: Uncle Duck, LG-18, Plaza Low Yat, off Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL.

Duck rice

Duck rice. Pic: Pamela Yeoh.

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Article by Pamela Yeoh