Take a culinary excursion to the Malaysian capital, where you’ll find all sorts of delectable dishes at incredibly wallet-friendly prices
What it is: A sloppy, finger-lickin’-good burger stacked with either a beef or chicken patty that’s wrapped in egg, cabbage, onions, and copious amounts of mayonnaise and chilli sauce.
Where to find it: Brother John Burger (56-84 Jln SS21/39 Damansara Utama), a food truck located in front of Restoran Kopitiam Bintang, serves up beef, chicken and lamb burgers with indulgent add-ons like extra cheese and double patties.
Price: US$0.60 (RM2.50) upwards.
What it is: Fish- and tamarind-based soup noodles that are tangy, spicy, sweet, sour and savory all at once. In short, delicious!
Where to find it: AIK Asam Laksa (Cor Jln 21/17 and Jln 21/11A, Sea Park, +60 19 233 2962) is an unassuming food truck that serves up authentic, belly-warming asam laksa with thick and fragrant shrimp paste.
Price: US$1.40 (RM5.50).
What it is: Curried potatoes, chicken, onions and the occasional boiled egg, all stuffed into a deep-fried pastry shell with a braided border. It’s Malaysia’s version of the calzone!
Where to find it: Homi Chicken Curry Puff (Restoran Hock Seng Two, 66 Jln SS2/66, Petaling Jaya, +60 12 386 6291) sells sizable puffs that are crispy and flaky, with a fragrant chicken and vegetable curry filling.
Price: US$0.60 (RM2.30) each.
What it is: In its most basic form, this iconic Malaysian dish consists of deep-fried anchovies, peanuts, a boiled egg and occasionally, acar (pickled vegetables), served alongside a bed of fragrant coconut rice.
Where to find it: One of the most popular nasi lemak stalls in the city is Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa (4 Jln Taja Muda Musa, +60 19 881 8080; nasilemakantarbangsa.com). Here, you can add protein options to your basic rice dish, such as chicken rendang (chicken stewed in coconut milk and spices), squid and beef.
Price: US$0.40 (RM1.50) upwards.
What it is: A combination of cooked dishes of the consumer’s choice — such as meat, vegetables, seafood or eggs — served with white rice or porridge.
Where to find it: The Old Restoran Jia Xiang (56 Jln Landak, off Jln Pudu; +6016 225 9239) offers an astounding array of dishes (more than 50!), cooked fresh daily.
Price: US$1 (RM4) upwards.
Char kway teow
What it is: Stir-fried rice noodles with prawns, beansprouts, cockles and Chinese chives.
Where to find it: Housed in a neighborhood coffee shop, Robert’s Char Kuih Teow (Restoran Say Huat, Jln 17/27, Section 17, Petaling Jaya) dishes out a delicious, Penang-style rendition, complete with lap cheong (Chinese sausages).
Price: US$1.50 (RM6).
What it is: Pan-fried bread stuffed with ingredients like meat, onions, eggs, potatoes and vegetables.
Where to find it: Head to Murni (53, Jln SS2/75, Petaling Jaya, +60 3 7733 4419; murnidiscovery.com), one of the most popular mamak (Indian Muslim) restaurants in town. Try the Roti Hawaii, a pizza-inspired murtabak that’s filled with minced chicken or beef, eggs, cheese, sausages, and pineapples, and slathered with mayonnaise.
Price: US$1.50 (RM6).
What it is: Skewered grilled meats like beef, chicken, lamb, fish and even rabbit; often eaten with rice cakes.
Where to find it: Sate Kajang Haji Samuri (various locations; satekajang.com.my/cawangan), which started out as a humble stall two decades ago, now has more than 20 outlets across the country. With its distinctive offerings like rabbit meat and chicken liver, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the go-to places in the city for satay.
Price: From US$0.20 (RM0.70) per skewer.