Where To Eat In Kuala Lumpur – Introducing Jalan Alor, The City’s Foodie Mecca

Where To Eat In Kuala Lumpur – Introducing Jalan Alor, The City’s Foodie Mecca

Jalan Alor is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous streets for food – found in the heart of the city’s bustling entertainment district Changkat Bukit Bintang, this long road is the place to go if you want to fill your stomach with any kind of tasty Asian cuisine.

Coming alive after the sun sets, Jalan Alor is made up almost entirely of restaurants, all vying for your attention with colourful, brightly lit signs listing all the dishes they offer. You’re greeted with a rainbow of plastics seats and tables as you walk along, with the occasional giant parasol to save lucky dinners from getting drenched during tropical rainstorms.

These are interspersed with many hawker stands, offering everything from freshly barbequed skewers through to colourful dim sum, meaning the street has the feel of a real hawker centre.

Vendors wave their menus at you as you walk by, declaring theirs is the best food to be found, whilst they try to steer you not so surreptitiously towards a table. It doesn’t take long to discover that there’s little difference in the majority of the menus, and your decision where to eat really comes down to the place you find most appealing!

 Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur – introducing Jalan Alor, the city’s foodie mecca

 Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur – introducing Jalan Alor, the city’s foodie mecca

Spoilt for choice

Even so, you’ll find yourself taking ages to make a decision – there’s simply too much choice! On our first visit to Jalan Alor we ended up walking all the way up and down the street to check out all our options before finally giving in to one vendor simply because we were tired and hungry!

But wherever you end up choosing you’ll find tasty, fresh food that’s unlikely to disappoint, with all kinds of Thai, Malay, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes to choose from, including lots and lots of seafood.

 Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur – introducing Jalan Alor, the city’s foodie mecca

Unsurprisingly though, as this is a tourist hub, we found the food here is more expensive than other food courts in the city. But even so it’s cheap by western standards, as you’re looking at £3-5 per dish, with specialities like king prawns being a little more expensive.

We ate here several times, choosing new spots to try out on each occasion and enjoyed all our meals – personal favourites of mine are fried rice, morning glory in garlic and basil and chilli fried beef with green beans. It’s got a kick, but man it’s good!

 Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur – introducing Jalan Alor, the city’s foodie mecca

We found the small stands offered the cheapest options and were just as good as the sit-down spots – one evening we spotted the most amazing collection of colourful dim sum that we could not pass up, which we happily discovered cost just 6myr (about £1) for five pieces, or 9myr (about £1.50) for 10. Fillings included fish, pork, prawn and vegetables and they were delicious.

 Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur – introducing Jalan Alor, the city’s foodie mecca

Jalan Alor: more than just food

Although the street is known as a dining destination, as it’s a tourist hotspot you’ll also find many vendors here selling knock off goods and souvenirs. So it’s a fun spot to explore before or after eating for little knick knacks to bring home. Expect to find knock off designer bags and clothes, techy gadgets, watches and handmade souvenirs.

 Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur – introducing Jalan Alor, the city’s foodie mecca

Jalan Alor is a fun assault on all your senses: not only are your eyes drawn to all the bright lights, it’s also a full-on cacophony as visitors packed in like sardines barter over prices, vendors shout to get your attention and buskers either set up shop to serenade you while you eat, or travel up and down the street with a microphone and speaker shaking their buckets and asking for tips.

There’s always something that catches your eye – take the vendor selling drinks called ‘dragon breath’ for example. Visitors queued to buy the smoking drink that allows them to breathe smoke out their nose like a dragon. I didn’t get a chance to try it out myself, but it looked fun!

It’s a great street for shopping, eating, and definitely people watching. A must visit for anyone staying in KL, it’s gotta be seen to be believed!

Have you visited Jalan Alor? What did you think of it? Where’s your favourite spot for food in KL? Do let us know in the comments below!

 

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30 Comments

  1. January 22, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    This looks nice. Never seen dim sum like that! #mondayescapes

    • Keri
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 5:29 pm

      So colourful, huh?! Glad they tasted as good as they looked.

  2. January 24, 2018 / 3:13 am

    If I’m ever back in Kuala Lumpur I’d love to visit this street! That seafood looks amazing. And I want to try dragon breath! I wonder what it tastes like.

    • Keri
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I wish I’d joined the long queue to try it out, def will if I make it back there!

  3. January 24, 2018 / 9:21 am

    I’d LOVE to get back to Jalan Alor one day. We visited on a one night stopover to KL, and ate way beyond what our stomachs would allow, but couldn’t help ourselves. BUT there was still so much more I wanted to eat. Next time!! #mondayescapes

    • Keri
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      Totally know where you’re coming from Shelley – I pretty much did the same!

  4. January 24, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    My stomach literally just growled. The chili fried beef and garlic morning glory sound so good… and it’s only breakfast time here. lol. I don’t know when I’ll find myself in KL, but it sounds like there’s no shortage of good food. #citytripping

    • Keri
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Ha ha! Yeah it’s definitely good for foodies. Although I’m a bit biased as I adore asian food!

  5. January 25, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    This sounds incredible – and has also made me feel incredibly hungry. I love the fact it’s as much experience as it is somewhere to eat, I can imagine the sounds and smells as you wander along, watching the dragon drinks and struggling to decide which delicious thing to eat next. Mmmmmm Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Totally my kind of place Cathy, wish I’d tried that crazy drink though lol

  6. January 26, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Oh I’m feeling so hungry now! This street sounds like an entire sensory experience – and I’d love to be a part of it. Thanks for inspiring me on #FarawayFiles

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      That it definitely is Clare!

  7. January 27, 2018 / 3:17 am

    Looks incredible! I absolutely love Asian food and could eat it every day. So glad I read this-post dinner as I’m not sure I would have made it through otherwise! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Ha ha – it was tough writing it!

  8. January 27, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    Spoilt for choice is a good way to put it! What a delicious variety of food!

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Yup, true that!

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      I love evenings in SE Asia – noise, bright lights and the smell of tasty food. Heaven!

  9. January 28, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    OMG Keri, this is foodie heaven and at such bargain prices too! For years, I thought I wasn’t much into Malaysian food but that was because I hadn’t tried it anywhere half decent yet and then last year, we took my Mum to a Malaysian cookery class, taught and led by a Malaysian lady and when we got a taste of those utterly authentic flavours, we couldn’t believe what we’d been missing out on all this time!

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      It’s amazing isn’t it! Penang should be on your travel list then – it’s a melting pot of chinese, indian and malay dishes. I ate my body weight in tasty food every dang day lol!

  10. January 29, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Those colourful dim sums look amazing! I would visit just to try those. You really were spoilt for choice weren’t you. Love the idea of all those different infusion of foods being available at the same place. Yummy! #MondayEscapes

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      It took a long time to decide where and what to eat though Lisa, I have to say ha ha!

  11. January 30, 2018 / 11:35 am

    So we were only in KL for 24h last year, and it was definitely not long enough! I loved it there, I want to go back already and see all the things we missed (like Jalan Alor, for example…!). The variety sounds incredible, I love the kind of places where you’re sure you can find something to cater for everyone’s tastes. And a fun place to spend an evening too!

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Ah man, yup you need to go back for longer Rachel – it is a great spot for a layover I have to say…

  12. February 5, 2018 / 1:40 am

    Jalan Alor might look a tad touristy to a local like me but it’s a great place for a traveler to sample a little bit of everything Malaysia has to offer!

    • Keri
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Ah I can’t deny it’s touristy Danial but you’re spot on, a great spot for trying things out!

  13. March 21, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Looks totally delicious! I haven’t been to Kuala Lumpur except the airport en route to Langkawi but would love to have the opportunity to visit -the food looks amazing! #CityTripping

    • Keri
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Ah it’s a great place for a stopover Jo – next time your travels take you there why not stay for a couple of days and explore?

  14. March 23, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    I went to KL years ago and missed out on Japan Alor sadly! It looks like great fun, and like you I think I’d have had a hard time choosing what to eat! #citytripping

    • Keri
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 9:18 am

      Ah such a shame Emily, I’m sure you found some great eating spots of your own though. Yeah I’m awful at making decisions when the choice is so big! lol

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