Malaysia is a country known for its racial and cultural diversity which obviously reflects on its food variety. From Nasi Lemak, Char Koay Teow and Roti Canai – where can you get all of these different types of food under one roof?
The answer lies with the awesome hawker centres, where inexpensive street food can be easily bought and savoured at open-air complexes, which is home to several food stalls that offer their own specialities for you to choose from.
Almost every kind of traditional Malaysian cuisine and also Western meals can be found at these hawker centres, so you can’t go wrong by satisfying your hunger at your chosen spot.
Since Malaysians claim it to be a true food haven for many street food lovers, here we list out some of the famous hawker centres you can find in the Klang Valley area to satisfy your food craving no matter what it is!
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Rasta TTDI is a popular hawker centre that is also a favourite hangout spot for families. It was previously located at Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, but is now situated in a bigger location at Jalan Datuk Sulaiman nearby One Utama Shopping Centre. Rasta has various delicious delicacies, from Chinese to Malay and Western that comes with reasonable and affordable pricing. From grilled burgers, kebabs and waffles, to local food like nasi ayam and soto ayam, get them all here. A lot of people love going here for their Shisha as well.
Location: Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Ming Tien food court is a popular non-halal hawker centre with more than 60 stalls selling local favourites from various races. Ming Tien mainly sells traditional Chinese food from different roots such as Cantonese, Hakka, Fujian, Teochew and others. Most of its dishes cost less than RM10 per meal. Some of its famous food offered is the Sarawak Mee, Duck Rice and Curry Mee. What’s great about this place is that it has a Hawaiian theme and its waiters are dressed in colourful flowery shirts so you can’t miss them. Also don’t forget to try their fruit juices that come in different glass sizes like, small, medium and large, for which the latter is great for sharing!
Location: Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya, SelangorJalan SS 24/8, Taman Megah, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
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The Damansara Uptown food court is located right in the middle of the bustling Uptown commercial area and is a favourite spot for those working there or in the area. It serves some of the best local and international cuisines at affordable prices. Many claim that their Curry Mee, Dim Sum and Otak-Otak are simply the best. Some of the popular stalls here are Ah Keong Yong Tau Foo, Steven’s Western Corner and Yazid Steak House.
Location: Jalan SS 21/39 Damansara Uptown, 47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
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The Kuala Lumpur city centre also boasts its very own hawker centre, or should we say more like a roadside dining experience at Jalan Alor. The street is usually always filled with food stalls and people as many locals and tourists flock to for an amazing street food experience since it’s located just a stone’s throw away from the Pavilion Shopping Mall and the Changkat nightlife hotspot. Many often speak of Restaurant Meng Kee Grill Fish, Fat Brother Satay, Alor Corner Curry Mee and Nasi Lemak Jalan Alor. A recent addition is Sangkaya, a stall that sells authentic coconut ice-cream served in coconut shells that have some flocking the place for just a taste! Do note that some of the stalls here are non-halal.
Location: 39 Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Asia Café is a famous hang-out spot among teenagers and young adults because it is located nearby local colleges like, Taylor’s College, INTI College and Metropolitan College. The place offers food and beverages from more than 80 food outlets from all over the globe that includes Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Western, and Middle Eastern Cuisines. Since this place caters to the young, there is a cyber café located right next to it and a snooker centre located upstairs. There are 3 branches of Asia Café; the Subang Jaya outlet, the Kota Damansara outlet and the soon-to-be-opened Puchong outlet.
- 2, Jalan SS15/8, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
- 13A-1 Lakeside Wing, Sunsuria Avenue, Persiaran Mahogani, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
- 1, Jalan OP 1/3, Pusat Perdagangan One Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
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Also known as “Wai Sek Kai”, meaning “gluttony street”, SS2 Selera Malam is a hub for local and Asian cuisines that’s located right in the middle of the SS2 commercial area. Over the years, this hawker centre has been one of the favourite street food destinations due to the mix variety of food offered here. The place also serves some non-halal food and most of its simple meals do not exceed RM10. Some of its specialities are; Thai Food, Abas Nasi Lemak, Sentosa Claypot Rice, Penang Mee Yoke, Tong Shui and more.
Location: Jalan SS 2/62, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.