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The modern hub of Kuala Lumpur - Golden Triangle - is the city's prime tourist attraction, formed by the three major streets - Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan.
The sprawling space in-between encompasses everything from wildly diverse (and affordable) cuisines and shopping malls to an aquarium and, of course, the much-famed Petronas Towers.
But for now, let's focus on the most important part of any trip - FOOD! Here's a complete food guide for when you're out and about the bustling streets of Golden Triangle - from upscale fine-dining to local, flavoursome street food.
What to eat in Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle
Kim Lian Kee
It's the store in Lot 10 at Bukit Bintang that usually has the longest queue. Their signature dish? Hokkien Mee dish made from bamboo cane.
Tossed in with generous portions of pork, prawns, squids and Chinese leaf, their smoky dark and spicy 'mee' or Chinese noodles come in three serving sizes, for S$2.25, S$4.80 and S$6.40.
This classic (street) food joint, dating back to almost 100 years, is your go-to place for some mind-blowing local dishes.
Address: Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Food Court, Lower Ground Floor, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3-2782 3500
Opening hours (daily): 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Dining in the Dark
A unique and intriguing concept, the experience is exactly what the name implies. Their vision that lack of light only enhances all other senses, is slightly debatable but worth the experience.
Step into this experimental space for a well-crafted multi-course menu that includes over 100 tapas items for as cheap as S$3.20++ each.
Some of the must-try items are banana, chocolate & honey pizza, linguine with smoked duck, chicken roulade with spinach, chicken cannelloni and lamb satay.
Useful tip: Check their dress code before venturing in
Address: 50A Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +603 2110 0431 / +603 2110 3099
Opening hours (daily): 06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
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Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, this no-frills Cantonese establishment is known to belt out some mouth-watering local dishes, but make sure you order their all-time favourite BBQ Chicken Wings (S$1.10/piece) and Salted Egg Squids (S$5.10) - loved by locals and tourists alike.
Some other dishes worth ordering would be: stir fried bamboo clams, roast pork dark noodle, and stir-fried brinjals with prawns.
Useful tip: Best time to get a seat - around 6.30 PM
Address: 9, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3-2144 2463
Opening hours (daily): 5.00 PM - 4:00 AM
Nasi Kandar Pelita
A Malaysian success story, this family-run business lays out "nasi campur" - a Malaysian buffet spread at its best. Start with their veggies mixed in sambal sauce and then work your way towards classic dishes like beef rendang, grilled and fried fish, and cuttlefish curry, among others.
And while you're there, you also get to taste their authentic Indian Muslim cooking.
With each dish priced at around S$2.90, you'll definitely be tucking into a delicious, high-value meal.
Address: No. 149, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +603-2162 5532
Opening hours (daily): 24 hours
Restoran Han Kee
Located bang in the middle of the food paradise - Jalan Sultan - this seafood and Chinese restaurant has a huge menu but people mostly line up for their famous 'bak kut teh'.
This amazingly delicious herbal broth comes with small servings of pork ribs, crispy tofu and a hot pot of tea - all for SGD3.5! Other house specialties like the fish head and Kung Pao chicken are also definitely worth ordering.
Address: Jalan Sultan (Jalan Petaling), 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours (daily): 5:30 PM - 12:30 AM
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Feel like digging into a hearty steak meal while roaming the streets of the Golden Triangle? Walk right into The Steakhouse, Malaysia's finest 40-seater steak joint that's also the 2014 winner of the Tripadvisor Honour Award. With an extensive whiskey collection, this top-notch dining space regularly churns out juicy, delectable steaks that are imported from Australia and cooked to perfection.
With prices ranging from S$22 (300 grams of striploin) to S$34.50 (750 gram of T-Bone), the generous portions are all served with mashed or sauteed potatoes along with veggies like asparagus, spinach and sweet corn.
Address: 48, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3-2143 2268
Opening hours (daily): 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sao Nam Fine Vietnamese Cuisine
An award winner, Sao Nam offers a delectable menu of authentic Vietnamese dishes that come with a simple, cosy ambiance and impeccable service.
The house signatures include Fish in Dill - a turmeric-based grilled boneless salmon, Banh Xeo - Vietnamese pancakes stuffed with fried prawns or chicken breast, Coconut Beef - exactly what the name implies, and their Mix Starter Platter - its highlight being the Hue spring roll.
An average meal for 2 costs around S$38, complete with top-notch dishes and drinks.
Address: 25, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3-2144 1225
Opening hours (daily): 12:30 - 2:30 PM, 7:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Precious Old China
Get your Nyonya food fix at Precious tucked away in KL's Central Market Building. For those who don't know, Nyonya food is a unique method that stemmed centuries ago when Chinese cooking met Malaysian skills.
Amid a unique dining environment, comes a vast menu of unique dishes, of which you simply must not miss out on the Asam Laksa soup, Otak Otak - fish cake and chili steamed in banana leaf, Udang Lemak - prawns tossed in rich coconut sauce, and Acar Awak - pickled veggies mixed with crushed peanuts.
With a wholesome meal for 2 for as much as S$20, this place is evidently not as expensive as it looks.
Address: Lot 2, Mezzanine Floor, Central Market, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3-2273 7372
Opening hours (daily): 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Make the most of your time in and around the Golden Triangle the best way possible - by gorging on all that delicious food! And we hope this guide helps you quickly zero in on your favourite food without too much of effort!
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