Ultimate list of best local food in Kuala Lumpur (cheap and nice)

There's so much local food in Kuala Lumpur which is cheap and nice. From Nasi Lemak to local breakfast and everything in between, Kuala Lumpur City is packed with amazing food places. It's truly a food heaven. In case you are feeling overwhelmed with so many choices, fret not.

Here's the list of must go food places picked out by the locals.

Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea

Getting a table can be tricky if you arrive past 11am – that’s peak period for Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea so expect to wait between 15-30 minutes for a table to vacate Hainan tea, kaya toast and soft boiled eggs

Address: G85, ICC Pudu, Jalan 1/77C, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 5.30am-2pm (daily except Mon)

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Sisters Crispy Popiah

SisterS Crispy Popiah has enjoyed rapid growth since 2003, expanding into major shopping malls located in both East & West Malaysia. Now its offerings consist of even wider selections of ingredients that reflect a mèlange of traditional Malaysian flavors. These traditional Malaysian Popiahs with a tasty twist is must try!

SisterS Crispy Popiah had won many awards such as 2019 The Brand Laureatte World Halal BestBrands Award and 2014/2015 Recognising Klang Valley's BEST Street Food Star's People Awards.

There are multiple locations.

Address: Lower Ground, Mid Valley, Southkey, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (daily)

Contact: +60 3-9082 3819

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Village Park Nasi Lemak

This is a super renowned food place for nasi lemak. Apparently, it is one of the best nasi lemak in KL and not to be missed. There's even a franchise in Singapore but I am waiting to go KL to try the most authentic version.

They are plenty of choice of dishes can be choose for your nasi lemak, e.g. Fried chicken, rendang ayam, squid, etc. Do head to the restaurant early as it is usually crowded.

Address: 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama (Uptown), 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone: +60 3-7710 7860 

Hours: 6:30 am to 5:30 pm (daily)

Foong Foong Yong Tau Fu

 This is a signature place for Yong Tau Fu. It's affordable as well! There's stuffed fish paste within tofu, brinjal, chillies, ladies fingers, bitter gourd & beancurd rolls.

Address: 621-A, Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 9am-4pm (daily except Tues)

Contact: +60 12-209 5529

Facebook: Foong Foong Yong Tau Fu

Hon Kee Porridge

Locals recommend their signature Raw Fish Porridge (RM7) which is drizzled with sesame oil and served piping hot. Enjoy this dish with raw slices of carp, fresh ginger and coriander. Other favourites on the menu include Crispy Innards Porridge (RM5.50) and the Homemade Pork Ball Porridge (RM5.50).

Address: 93, Jalan Hang Lekir, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 4am-2.30pm (daily)

Contact: +60 16-666 0603

Sri Nirwana Maju Banana Leaf

This is one of the popular banana leaf rice spots in KL which still uses fresh banana leafs. Dining here is an ultimate Malaysian eating experience. A queue is expected but apparently, it is worth the wait.

Once you get in line, perhaps you can order the Vegetable Meal Set (RM9.50) that has fluffy rice, three vegetables including the popular bitter gourd fritters. Lastly, choose either fish, chicken and dhal curry to drown your rice in it. Locals suggest adding proteins like the Fried Chicken (RM7) and Fried Sotong (RM10).

Another quintessential Malaysian dish to try is the Maggi Goreng (RM6), a fried instant noodle dish with spices and vegetables. 

Address: 43, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 11am-12am (daily)

Contact: +60 3-2287 8445

Batu 11 Pan Mee

Ban Mee is a Hakka-style noodle, originating from Malaysia, which can easily be found at every hawker stall, specialty shops and restaurant. Batu 11 Pan serves a generous portion of mee hoon kueh, topped with generous portion of spinach, pork slices, fried anchovies and shallots inside its soup. 

One local mentioned that their Mee Hoon Kueh has the prefect thickness and the dish stood out with spinach instead of sweet potato leaves!

Address: 43200, Pan Mee, Balakong, 25 36, Jalan Indah 3/6, Taman Indah, 43200 Cheras, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8am-2.30pm (daily)

Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee

This is Kuala Lumpur's famous chilli pan mee. They serve al dente noodles topped with minced pork, crispy anchovies and a gorgeous runny egg. What makes the dish stands out is the spicy chilli paste

Address: 40, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 7am-6.30pm (daily)

Contact: +60 10-220 4322

May King Lam Mee


Opening Hours:


 38, Jalan Yew, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Champ’s Prawn Noodle


Opening Hours:


 285, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Angcle Peoh Asam Laksa


Opening Hours:


 27, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla Ab 31/Ab, Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor. (FAR)

Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh


Opening Hours:


Kawasan 16, 41300 Klang, Selangor. (FAR)

Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee, Hokkien MEE and Yut Kwong Hor (moonlight noodles)


Opening Hours:


 49-51, Jalan Petaling, 55100 Kuala Lumpur (there’s two, the original one is the one opposite of Hong Leong Bank)

Valentine Roti Canai

Stor No. 1, Jalan Semarak Opposite Menara Celcom, 54000 Kuala Lumpur.

Brader John Burger Ramly

Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Mr Chiam’s Pisang Goreng, Fried Sesame Balls and Karipap (Curry puff)

21, 19, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (This is a roadside stall, Opposite YMCA, in front of One Sentral Restaurant)

Sulaiman Cendol

 In front of Restoran M.S.S. Maju, Jalan Pasar Baharu, Off Jalan Pudu, 55100, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.

Imbi Fried Nian Gao (Gold Cake)

Outside Mei Sin Eating Shop. No.16, Jalan Melati off Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.

Tong Kee Egg Tart

 8-10, Lorong Brunai 3, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur (Main Branch).

Restoran Foo Hing Dim Sum House

1st Flr, No. 31, 33, 35-G, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor (FAR)

Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh

222, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Ah Sang Bak Kut Teh

Seri Setia, Sungai Way, 531, Jalan SS 9a/12, Ss 9a, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Wong Ah Wah Restaurant

Chicken Wings, 9 Off, 7, Jalan Alor, Cheras Batu 2 1/2, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

Tze Char Chinese food


best BBQ chicken wings in KL

 9 Off, 7, Jalan Alor, Cheras Batu 2 1/2, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

Address: 9 Off, 7, Jalan Alor, Cheras Batu 2 1/2, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: +60 3-2144 2463

CLosed on Monday

Tuesday- Sunday (5.30 - 4am)

Nasi Kandar Pelita Ampang KL

Remakrs:  Cleanliest Mamak Ever

 Monday - Sunday Open 24 hours

Address: 149, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: +60 3-2162 5532

Order: foodpanda.my




Nasi Kandar Pelita was born out of passion, dream and leap of faith in June 1995 by three good friends.  The late Mr Kirudu Mohamed Bin Kuppaikanni, Mr Kaliq Jamal and Mr Ramesh embarked their journey in nasi kandar business with a clear common vision – to serve authentic nasi kandar food for the locals.  Their first stall concept nasi kandar was at a corner shop at Chai Leng Park, Seberang Jaya, Penang.

The mastermind and founders of the most popular Nasi Kandar Pelita, Mr Kirudu Mohamed and Mr Kaliq Jamal – a borne spice lover, just knew the right blend of the spices to make a dish literally finger-licking good!

A humble start for Mr Kirudu Mohamed from a typical nasi kandar stall way back in 1972 at Chowrasta Market and later moved to Kinta Lane, Penang has flourished to be a renowned household brand name in Malaysia today. 

Murtabak Kambing

Another signature item. 

Thin crispy crust, filled savoury meat with full spices and sliced onion. 

Nasi kandar. One the must visit destination here in KL


Whatsapp: 0174884300‬ | 0102458056

Hours: 12PM - 10PM




 Reservations: jibrilss15.com

Order: jibrilss15.com, foodpanda.my

Phone: +60 10-245 8056

 Salted Egg Cream Chicken

The ideal introduction to Jibril is the salted egg butter chicken rice platter, a creation for which Jibril has become renowned, bringing together the lush savouriness of salted egg chicken thigh meat with the creamy sweetness of butter chicken.

Feast on it in the newly updated and upgraded Salted Egg Butter Combo platter, which adds tiger prawns and squid to the mix, all coated in genuine salted egg yolk sauce (RM26.90 per plate or RM49.90 for two plates) - diners can then double the decadence by dunking the chicken, prawns and squid in a rich buttermilk sauce on the side.

25, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Hokkaido Seafood Restaurant

Remarks: no pork

☑️ Dine In & Delivery: 4 PM - 12 AM

☑️ Monday - Sunday

Kindly contact us for reservation/ more details.

+6012-3758039 Kelvin

+6012-2237700 CK

+6018-3653912 Moon

68, Jalan Lumut, Titiwangsa Sentral, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +60 3-4041 1316

Order: foodpanda.my


Restaurant Sri Karak

 Best curry fish head

 17, Jalan 52/8, Bandar Baru Petaling Jaya, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Phone: +60 12-929 3240

Order: foodpanda.my


We offer authentic local Chinese food and committed to serving with passion, bringing customers delicious and healthy food with extensive mouth-watering menu selections that will fill your tummy with the yummy at affordable prices

Monday - Saturday: 11-10pm

Sunday: 11-3pm, 6-10pm

Lai Foong Lala Noodles


Remarks: Best soft shell crab burger!

Address: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Menu: vcr.my

Order: beepit.co


Phone: +60 3-2110 2330

• Galloway: vcr.beepit.com | 03 21102330 | 8.30am - 9pm

• Bangsar: vcr2.beepit.com | 03 22010011 | 7.30am - 9pm 


Merchant's Lane


 food very pretty and decor very beautiful

Chill, funkily designed cafe offering a range of light meals from Malaysia & beyond.

Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Menu: facebook.com

Phone: +60 3-2022 1736

Chill, funkily designed cafe offering a range of light meals from Malaysia & beyond.

Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: +60 3-2022 1736 


Mon - Friday 11.30am to 10pm

Sat - Sun & Public Holidays 11.30am to 10pm

*Daily last call at 9pm*




**petaling street in chinatown

Petaling Street is a Chinatown located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Haggling is a common sight here and the place is usually crowded with locals as well as tourists. The area has dozens of restaurants and food stalls, serving local favourites such as Hokkien mee, Ikan Bakar, asam laksa and curry noodles.

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