Apr 10, 2012

Follow The Feet At Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor

via: Ronald HN Tan

Forget all the fluff of travel guides, there are two things to do in Kuala Lumpur – eat and shop. Get the eating part done at one of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous streets, Jalan Alor.

Jalan Alor Photo

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Located just off of Bukit Bintang Street, Jalan Alor was once a red-light district, and aside from several seedy hotels interspersed throughout, there are virtually no traces of Jalan Alor’s recent past. The massage parlor signs have long since been replaced with restaurant and food stall signs.

A Foodie Haven

Jalan Alor Image

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Jalan Alor is now a world-famous foodie haven, with incredible late-night foot traffic, and active entrepreneurial vendors. If your thing is air-conditioned restaurants and mall food carts, you may miss out on the chance to enjoy some of Kuala Lumpur‘s finest dishes.

During the day the street looks like any other in the city. At night, the sidewalks become cluttered with street vendors, street traffic comes to a near-halt, and Jalan Alor becomes a high-energy marketplace. The street becomes packed with hungry locals and tourists, with street peddlers, food stall vendors, and restaurant owners vying for their business.

How Do I Know Where To Eat?

Jalan Alor Picture

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The street hosts a wide variety of Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Thai dishes. From satay skewers, grilled chicken wings, barbeque pork, stingray, crab, fried rice, fresh durian, young coconut juice, this street has it all. Our recommendation: Don’t fill up too soon.

There are an overwhelming array of food choices for the Jalan Alor novice. If you’re visiting for the first time, choosing your dishes is simple – follow the feet. Locals fill up the restaurants early, and finding tables at some of the top food stalls and restaurants can be difficult on busy nights. The versatility of the street is what drives so many locals and tourists. Many locals boast of the street’s seafood options, others love it for its Chinese dishes.

While there are many traditional sit-down restaurants along the street, you’ll arguably find equivalent food at the street cart across the street. The variety of dishes and the extensive menus the street vendors put together is impressive. Almost all of the vendors on the street have photos of their food, so pick what looks good, and move on to the next vendor.

GoodBuy Recommendations?

Jalan Alor Pictures

via: saragoldsmith

Wong Ah Wah, one of the last food stands along your stroll at Jalan Alor, is an absolute can’t miss. The grilled chicken wings are world-famous. If you’re after a more proper restaurant meal, check out Restoran Meng Kee Grill Fish, or Restoran Sun Chui Yuen. Both restaurants fill up early, but if you’re lucky enough to get a table, you’ll experience some of Jalan Alor’s best, most affordable delicacies.

You can’t go wrong here, just sit down at a plastic table, grab a colorful plastic plate of whatever strikes your fancy, and a Tiger beer to wash it all down. We’ll let the photos do the talking…

BBQ Stingray:

BBQ Stingray

via: lynac

Char Siew (BBQ Pork):

Char Siew

via: lynac

Chicken Satay:

Chicken Satay

via: Dickson@flickr


World Famous Wong Ah Wah chicken wings:

Wong Ah Wah chicken wings

via: ImipolexG

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