The New York Times recently named Kuala Lumpur one of The 31 Places to Go in 2010. It's about time, we say -- after almost four and a half years here we still love this city, for its friendly, food-obsessed residents and stupendous eats.
If you're here via the NY Times you may want to have a look at our feature story on KL (as it's known to locals) that appeared about a year ago in Budget Travel magazine with recommendations for what to do and eat and where to shop (there's also a slide show) in and around KL.
Check out the Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley category on our sidebar (be prepared to scroll -- there's 48+ worth's months of posts there, including some only tangentially related to KL) for more noshing suggestions. You might also occasionally be able to find our food reviews and feature stories at Time Out Kuala Lumpur, where Robyn was Food Editor for 18 months.
(If you're headed elsewhere in the region, you'll also find here fairly extensive coverage of Penang, Jakarta, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, southern and central Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan.)
Finally, in the interest of making things simple, our Top Ten Eats in KL -- hawker stalls, kopitiam (Chinese coffee shops), and restaurants that, after all these months, we continue to return to again and again. In no particular order:
- Sek Yuen, a fantastic old Cantonese joint where everything is still cooked over wood, which Robyn lovingly described here.
- Yut Kee
- Hong Ngek
- Imbi Market -- downtown KL's last traditional wet market. Cruise the fresh food aisles to get an idea of what's put to use in Malaysian kitchens, then head over to the busy food court for fantastic versions of all sorts of hawker foods, from noodles to kuih (sweets).
- Pak Din Ikan Bakar
- Bakti Woodlands (order the thali, and check the front counter to see if lacy pancakes filled with sweetened, cardamom-scented mashed daal are on offer)
- Hakka Mee (Pork Lovers -- Alert!)
- Homemade coconut milk and palm sugar kuih (sweets) from Ah Meng's mobile stall, Bangsar (daily from about 3pm -- if you arrive much after 4:30 you'll find nothing left).
- Bak Kut Teh in Klang (this will require a 45-minute taxi ride, but if you're a hardcore pork lover it's worth it. While you're in Klang you might also check out its Little India.)
- Madras Lane Asam Laksa, Chinatown