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Hi. We are going to be visiting Singapore for a week in April '09 and hope to squeeze in a one-day visit to KL.
Please suggest not-too-expensive places to eat Chinese, Malay, Nonya, South Indian. We enjoy really spicy food. Thanks.

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  1. There have been so many discussions over the above topics about Singapore. I suggest you do some research over past threads. Below ones are a good start. Then we can perhaps help you with more specific question:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/587104
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/495562
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/579762
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570753
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544523
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/459331

    9 Replies
    1. re: FourSeasons

      A one-day trip to KL is pushing it. If you really want to do KL, at least stay overnight. Otherwise, if your only purpose is to go to Malaysia, JB or maybe even Melacca would be more do-able.

      1. re: prasantrin

        It would probably be an overnight trip to KL. We are not familiar with KL at all; have been to Singapore before and have family there (non-foodie, unfortunately!). I am particularly interested in what would be doable foodwise in KL in one day or so. And what we should focus on in KL given that we will be spending more time in Singapore. Thanks.

        1. re: medgirl

          Even one night is, in my opinion, not enough. The public transportation in KL is not nearly as convenient as Singapore's, and most of the really good food places (or at least the places I wanted to eat at) were not anywhere near any of the LRT stations. If you have a car you'll be better off, but plan on getting lost (and thereby wasting some precious eating time).

          That being said, Fatty Crab is awesome.

          In Chinatown along one of the side streets (parallel to the night market street where they have all those fake LV purses and running shoes) is some awesome satay. Go earlier than 9 pm (how much earlier, I'm not sure), because they'll run out of the beef and will only have chicken left (which was really good, anyway). Great couple running the stall, too.

          Places I didn't get to (and I was there for 5 days) included the stalls along Jalan Alor somewhere in the Bukit Bintang area. All the locals we talked to recommended it for steamboat, etc. And at night especially, there's an older area just behind the Maya Hotel. I can't remember what it's called, but locals would know it--it's the oldest area in KL that's still got the old-style houses and such. A lot of food stalls/restaurants, many of which are supposed to be quite good, and also fruit and vegetables stalls are set up at night (they have different ones during the daytime). We just drove through, but vowed we'd eat in the area the next time we're in KL.

          I used Eating Asia extensively when planning my eating. Combined with googlemaps, I was able to figure out most of the good places were not going to be visited. Like I said earlier, you'd be better off doing JB for a day trip, or Melacca for that short a period of time. Or extend your stay in KL for a couple of nights more, and you might be able to make a small ding in the city. It's more interesting than Singapore, anyway.

          1. re: prasantrin

            I agree with prasantrin. Singapore is so sanitised and its hawker food is so sterile & tasteless, I can't eat anything in the streets while I was there. Go to KL for REAL hawker food or why don't you come up to Penang - we got the best hawker food in South-East Asia.

            In KL, my favourite dish is the KL fried Hokkien noodles in black sauce. You won't find anything like it anywhere else.

            (1) Jalan Alor has that & many other great hawker foods. Try Wong Ah Wah grilled chicken wings - unbelievable.
            (1) Petaling Street in Chinatown also has great Hokkien fried noodles (near Hong Leong Bank) and also Koon Kee wantan mee stall near the main intersection - it has been there since before World War 2.

            (3) Hung Kee wantan noodles in Pudu.

            (4) Yut Kee coffeeshop at Jalan Dang Wangi for Hainanese food. Best pork chops in the world!

            1. re: penang_rojak

              Thanks for your tips, prasantrin and penang_rojak. I'm afraid this time we are bound to Singapore by family commitments, but next time around will have to take more time and spend a week or so in Malaysia!!

              1. re: medgirl

                Oh well, next time maybe. But if you want to have a taste of Penang food whilst in Singapore, you can check out Princess Terrace at Copthorne King's Hotel (Havelock Road) - popular Penang-Nyonya buffet which has been going on forever. They have Penang koay teow soup, Penang laksa, nasi kunyit with chicken curry, pig's stomach soup, nasi ulam, popiah, and a LOT of Nyonya kuehs (pulot tay-tay, kueh lapis, seri muka, kueh talam, apom berkuah). Also unlimited servings of teh tarik drink the last time I was there.

                1. re: penang_rojak

                  By the way, if you're looking for good southern indian food in Singapore, try Madras Woodlands in Upper Dickson Rd, off Serangoon Rd in Little India. It's got the best paper & masala tosai, roti canai, apom in Singapore. Only thing lacking is their dhal curry - you get much better one in Penang Little India's Sri Ananda Bhawan :-D

              2. re: penang_rojak

                I can see a problem if the food is tasteless, but what's wrong with a place being sanitized?

              3. re: prasantrin

                Hey P...When you are in S'pore next. Do try The French Kitchen at Central Mall. I had dinner with my workmates there last night...it was fantastic! We went there after we read a good review about it in the papers.
                The chef formerly helmed the raffles grill...excellente! Can't wait to dine there next week!

        2. My fave not-too-expensive places (in order of my preference) are

          Chinese
          - For Cantonese food, Crystal Jade restaurant chain - outlets all over the island, but you can find 2 good ones in Holland Village: Crystal Jade seafood (Lorong Mambong) and Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Holland Rd). Also easily accesible outlet in Ngee Ann City;
          - for Hokkien cuisine, try Beng Thin Hoon Kee (OCBC Centre) or Beng Hiang (Amoy Street);
          - for Teochew cuisine, Huat Kee in Amoy Street (near Maxwell Market end);
          - for Hainanese cuisine, Moi Kong at Golden Landmark Hotel (Bugis);

          Malay
          - Hjh Maimunah, Jln Pisang (near Arab St/Sultan Mosque)
          - Sabar Menanti, 48 Kandahar Street
          - Warung M Nasir, 69 Killiney Road
          - Pariaman Warong Nasi, 738 North Bridge Road, Kampung Glam.

          Nyonya
          - Guan Hoe Soon (Joo Chiat Road)
          - Ivin's, Binjai Park, Bukit Timah
          - House of Peranakan, Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel
          - Peranakan Inn, 210 East Coast Rd, Katong
          - Baba Inn, Frankl Ave
          - True Blue (Armenian St) near the Peranakan (Baba-Nyonya Museum - go to this one only if you're visiting the museum to discover the origins of Baba & Nyonya culture, as this restaurant may not meet your definition of "not-too-expensive": I found it a bit over-priced.
          - Blue Ginger, Tanjung Pagar Rd. A bit on the high side, too, depending on what dishes you order.

          South Indian
          - Madras New Woodlands, Upper Dickson Road. Been going there again & again & again for the past 2 decades, and it just gets better!! Breakfast of paratha breads, upuma, appam, idli plus tea/coffee/drinks for 3 persons costs < US$10!
          - Komala Vilas (best-known South Indian vegetarian restaurant in Serangoon Road)
          - Murugan's Idli Shop, Syed Alwi Road ( a branch of Chennai's legendary Murugan Idli Kadai - in Singapore, you don't have to endure a 30-minute queue to get a table as in Chennai, India)
          - Sagar's of Delhi, Syed Alwi Rd (has South Indian options which are well-executed)
          - Anjappar's, Syed Alwi Rd
          - Sri Ananda Bhavan, Syed Alwi Road - fast-food like service
          - Raj of Kolkata, also Syed Alwi Road (great Raj Kachori chaat) plus nice parathas.

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          1. re: klyeoh

            This sounds silly, but are all your recs in S'pore? I am very bad at knowing which places are in S'pore vs Malaysia!
            Also, unlike my hubby who can pack away vast quantities of food at a meal, my stomach capacity is fairly limited.
            Would you be able to recommend some Malay and Nyonya 'must-eats', also any Chinese dishes that wouldn't be available in London. I am very familiar with South Indian food as I lived in India for several years.

            1. re: medgirl

              You're right, medgirl, my recs above are all S'pore ones. Some must-eats:

              Malay
              - Beef rendang
              - Sayur lodeh
              - Tahu telor

              Nyonya
              - Bakwan kepiting soup (the one at Guan Hoe Soon is 2 notches above any other Nyonya restaurants in Singapore)
              - Ayam buah keluak
              - Ayam (chicken) or babi (pork) tempra
              - Nyonya chap chye (mixed vegetables)
              - Mee siam (noodle dish)

              Chinese - for Cantonese food, I think you'd pretty much get everything in London's Chinese restaurants, although the versions you get in Singapore will be much finer. For e.g. the Cantonese steamed fish I had in Dorchester Hotel's China Tang restaurant will never pass muster with Singaporean-Chinese diners: the soy-sauce was too salty & had no fragrance. And they'd chopped the head of the fish off before serving! But that's the best part of a Cantonese-style steamed fish!! Tastewise, I find London Chinese food to be too robust/ Also, you may want to check out Teochew (Chiuchow or Chaozhou) food at Huat Kee (Amoy St) - you don't get that type of cuisine very much in London. Try the braised goose; steamed 8-treasures vegetables; braised chicken wrapped in cabbage leaves (utterly delicious); steamed whole pomfret (the best in Singapore). Here's a link to their website:

              http://www.teochewrestaurant.com/html...

            2. re: klyeoh

              medgirl, if you want to skip those expensive hotel restaurants or want to try something besides those chain restaueants, there are 3 must-not-miss oldie/retro traditional Chinese restaurants in KL. They've been around for yonks so any KL foodie worth his/her salt will attest to these places' staying power:

              (1) Sek Yuen. 315 Jalan Pudu. Opened in 1949. Traditional Hakka specialties cooked over wood-fire cookers. See weblink for dishes to order:

              http://food.malaysiamostwanted.com/ve...

              (2) Yook Woo Hin, 100 Petaling St (Chinatown) .Opened in 1926. Very rustic dim sum in the mornings. Divine roasted char siew during lunch-time. Also must try kong-nam mein (fried noodles with dark sauce), fried ying-yeong (fried koayteow & maifun), nam yee pai kuat (marinated pork ribs
              )(3) Yut Kee, 35 Jalan Dang Wangi. Opened 1928. Hainanese food - pork chops, chicken chop, (seriously good!!!), Hainanese chicken rice, curry chicken, roti babi (fried pork-vegetable sandwiches - must-must-must-try!). All cooked in giant woks over charcoal braziers by veteran chefs.

                1. re: medgirl

                  If you're looking for South Indian food in KL, try the Indian restaurants along the stretch of Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Brickfields - KL's bustling Little India district. Loads of good roti canai, murtabak places - just look for the crowd :-)

                  1. re: medgirl

                    More detailed KL recs for you to consider, medgirl:

                    CHINESE FOOD
                    (1) Restoran Wong Ah Wah, 1-9, Jalan Alor (Bukit Bintang) for the best grilled chicken wings in KL, I kid you not!
                    (2) Meng Kee, 13 Tengkat Tong Shin (closed Sundays) for some of the best barbecued pork (char siew) in KL
                    (3) Soo Kee Restaurant, 14 Medan Imbi - famous for luscious large prawns noodles; Also paper-wrapped chicken, Cantonese-style beef noodles (with ginger/spring onions). REAL KL taste. I never miss each time I visit from Penang 6-8 times a year
                    (4) May King Lam mee, 38 Jalan Yew (near Jalan Pudu) - delicious lam mee with roast pork & rich brown gravy
                    (5) Mun Wah Hokkien Mee - KL-style dark-sauced fried Hokkien noodles with lots of delicious lard bits, prawns, pig-liver. So good, you'll want to come back again & again. Been there for nearly 50 years!!
                    (6) Bah Kut Teh - herbal pork-rib soup at Jalan Tun HS Lee near Public Bank, off Petaling St Chinatown
                    (7) Seng Kee claypot loh see fun noodles, 50 Jalan Sultan (Chinatown)
                    (8) Koon Kee wantan noodles at Jalan Hang Lekir, Chinatown. The owners (old lady still around) have been running this stall since 1950s (when they came to KL as war refugees from China civil war)
                    (9) Lai Foong restaurant, 138 Jalan Tun HS Lee for beef noodles - very robust soup, with generous chunks of beef slices, tendon, tripe, beefballs. Best in KL!!
                    (10) Sang Har Meen at 5 Lorong Yap Ah Loy. If you don't mind dark small alleyway, this legendary freshwater prawns noodle stall is absolutely a KL must-try!

                    MALAY FOOD
                    (1) Restoran Maju Garuda, 36B Jalan Raja Alang for Sumatran nasi padang - rice with array of dishes like fried kampung chicken, beef dendeng (spiced jerky), gulai tunjang (beef tendons curry), gulai babat (cow's stomach curry)
                    (2) Nasi Lemak Mak Wanjor, 8 Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru for nasi lemak with sambal sotong (spicy squid), beef rendang (dried coconut beef curry)
                    (3) Songkhla, near Post Office on Jalan Dewan Sultan Ismail, off Jalan TAR. Very, very good Kelantaneese (North-eastern Malaysian) Malay food - laksam, nasi dagang and nasi kerabu

                    When you are in KL, why don't you try perhaps the best-known pub-restaurant in town - Coliseum Cafe, 98-100 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Nearly 90 years old, it's the most famous eatery in KL since the British-Malaya colonial days. Sizzling steaks are good (< US$10). Also baked dressed crab. You will feel like Somerset Maugham or Rudyard Kipling in there.

                    1. re: penang_rojak

                      That's a very impressive list of good eats in KL! Lai Foong has really delicious soupy beef noodles. Tried a new place in Imbi called Tangkak beef noodles but it's no competition for Lai Foong. Another noodle place in Imbi that's good for ipoh kuey teow soup is Chan Toong Kay, almost as good as the Tien Choon coffee shop in Ipoh (that also serves a top grade caramel custard).
                      My only grouch with the likes of Soo Kee in Imbi is that i wish they'd use better quality beef, don't like the over-tenderised texture that's typical of such noodle stalls even though no hotel restaurant i know of can beat their hot wok to deliver the fabulous smokey flavour of the noodle dish.

                      1. re: KLfoodie

                        You know what we Penang people are like - willing to go thru any lengths to find good food! And KL has some of the best hawker foods in Malaysia, e.g. wanton noodles in KL beat those in Penang hands-down, and you can't find Cantonese char-siew in Penang that can come anywhere near KL's standards.

                        Also crazy over KL chee cheong fun - you know, the sort where we choose all those yong tow foo-like beancurd, fried beansheets, etc. - the sauce is just incredible. In Penang, we just use lots of hoi sin sauce & hae-koh. Simply not the same as the KL one!

                        By the way, I'm hoping someone would ask about Ipoh - that other food paradise in West Malaysia (besides Penang & KL) - I got LOTS of places to recommend also.

                        1. re: penang_rojak

                          Hi penang-rojak:

                          It would be nice if you start a "Guide to Ipoh" thread. I am thinking about visiting Penang & Ipoh perhaps in August. Where is the best Ipor Hor fun in Ipoh? What are the other signature dishes beside hor fun?

                          1. re: FourSeasons

                            Sure, 4seasons, I'll start a new thread soon. By the way, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't tell me you like that Lim Tong Kee (or something) Ipoh hor fun in Singapore Northbridge Road (near Maxwell market) - that is simply the WORSE Ipoh hor fun I ever tasted in my entire life. My friends from Ipoh who visit Singapore also said the same thing.

                            Ipoh hor fun in its place of birth is renowned for its complex, rich consomme of pork/prawn broth, served with a topping of shredded chicken, parboiled prawns, chives & beansprouts. The one in Singapore has thick brown gooey sauce - eeee, so terrible! And so oily also! My Cantonese friends from Hong Kong like Ipoh hor fun when in Ipoh also. I'll blog more on Ipoh eating spots - so many things to eat there: spicy curry mee, lor bak, pork intestines satay, Hainanese fishball noodles, creme caramel, etc.

                            1. re: penang_rojak

                              Hi penang_rojak:

                              sorry to disappoint you but Lee Tong kee (not Lim...) is the one I frequent for Ipoh hor fun. I have no choice, that is the only decent one available in Singapore. (I know, I know, the best one here is the worst one you ever tasted because you have not tasted the worst one here in Singapore. Trust me, this is the best one here...)

                              So I will be glad to try the "real" thing in Ipoh. It will be like a pilgrimage for me, I guess. Is 1 night 2 day stay enough just to go for a "makan" trip to Ipoh? I assume there is not much sightseeing there. How long is the drive from Penang to Ipoh? I actually like the "tender chicken with oyster sauce" in Lee Tong Kee, is that a real Ipoh dish or just an invention here?

                              1. re: FourSeasons

                                Oh well, I guess you don't have a choice. It's like Tian Tian chicken rice across the road from Lee Tong Kee (sic) - so well-known in Singapore. In Penang or KL, aiyoh, we will NEVER like it - oily rice, chicken got no taste. Chicken skin all white - maybe because Singapore only use battery farm chicken. Hah hah. The best chicken rice I tried in Singapore is Mandarin Hotel Chatterbox chicken rice. So sad, isn't it - to have to eat best hawker food in hotel instead of hawker centre.

                                Best roti canai (you call prata) in Singapore is a toss-up between Swissotel Kopi Tiam or Holiday Inn Atrium. And best laksa is either Millennium Copthorne or Conrad Hotel's Oscar's. Singapore hawker food is so hopeless, don't use fresh ingredients. Even modern Tokyo still use fresh ingredients when preparing food in the alleys & small restaurants. Japanese people are like Penang people - use high quality ingredients, take great pride in food preparation, respect cooking traditions and serve small portions of tasty dishes.

                                Chicken in oyster sauce is a Singapore invention when it comes to Ipoh hor fun. But if you & other Singaporeans like it, that's okay.

                                It's enough for 2 days/1 night in Ipoh, it doesn't have much places for sightseeing except for Sam Poh Tong caves. The places to eat are also very close apart, mainly clustered around Jalan Bandar Timah. There's one eating area in Old Town, and one around New Town. As you can see, Ipoh white coffee is very famous - that's why got "Old Town" & "New Town" brands on sale in Malaysia & Singapore. Those are fake names - the real coffeeshops don't use those names. My HK friends who visit Ipoh still talk about the coffee - said they wish the "char-chan-tengs" in HK can have that kind of coffee. But they all speak Cantonese in Ipoh, so ordering food is not a problem (I from Penang, only speak Hokkien, but it's ok as Ipoh hawkers all can understand Hokkien as well).

                                It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to drive from Ipoh to Penang, but sometimes, there can be traffic jam at the Penang Bridge. Usually, we drive from Penang to Ipoh after breakfast, arrive in Ipoh for lunch, then drive back to Penang in time for dinner. Very convenient.

                                1. re: penang_rojak

                                  Yes, I agree, not a fan of Tian Tian or any of the fatty hormone-injected chicken that is so popular here. I prefer "kampung chicken" (meaning organic for those who don't understand) but it is less popular here.

                                  Sound like it is not even necessary to stay overnight then. Just go to Ipoh for lunch and dinner then return to Penang.

                                  1. re: FourSeasons

                                    Tian Tian is one of my favourite Hainanese chicken rice stalls in Singapore, as their chicken is softer. I cannot eat those chewy kampung chickens! Even the chickens I get in Hongkong is too chewy for me!

                                2. re: FourSeasons

                                  @FourSeasons, @penang_rojak: Do you have any thoughts on the rendition at Tuck Kee, in the Hong Lim Market and Food Center?

                                  1. re: DaveCook

                                    Dave, Tuck Kee's Ipoh hor fun is quite different from those you'd get in Ipoh (Malaysia) itself: the Singapore version is basically flat rice noodles slathered with a thick, gooey sauce, whilst the Ipoh version is more soupy, using a very flavorsome prawn stock.

                                    The queues at Tuck Kee is horrendous but, if you are prepared to wait, the food's not too bad really. Note that the hawkers are all operating out of the temporary premises at Hong Lim Park (corner of South Bridge Road & South Canal Road) whilst Hong Lim Food Center undergoes renovation.

                                    1. re: klyeoh

                                      Thanks for the clarification, and for the word on Hong Lim.

                                      1. re: klyeoh

                                        Thanks for the update on Hong Lim - I knew they were undergoing renovation this year but didn't know they were still operating at a temporary location. Any idea if Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa is operating temporarily as well?

                                        1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                                          Don't know about the "trishaw," but I had a bowl with extra cockles yesterday at Sungei Road Laksa, Block 27 Jalan Bersah, in the Jin Shui Kopitiam. Makansutra 2011 gives their hours as 9-6, closed only on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

                            1. re: penang_rojak

                              (2) Meng Kee (char siu) is no longer at 13 Tengkat Tong Shin.
                              A small convenience store opened at that location about 3 weeks ago.
                              One of the men behind the counter says Meng Kee may have moved to the Novotel Hotel, and is only open mornings and afternoons until 3pm now.

                              1. re: racer x

                                Meng Kee (or Ming Kee) has moved to Jalan Alor, just one street away from its former location:
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/810973

                              2. re: penang_rojak

                                Bak Kut Teh: I think the one at Yoke Yat @ Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur is one of the best. Strong herbal taste.

                                If you prefer cleaner Bak Kut Teh restaurants, I've just tried Pavilion KL ( One of KL new malls )'s Klang Bak Kut Teh @ Level 6. Restaurant's name called Pao Xiang Klang Bak Kut Teh. The Bak Kut Teh experience here is a bit authentic and the price is reasonable.

                                And if you want to have experience how KL wet markets are like, head down to Imbi Market. :D There are some food stalls in the wet markets. :)

                                Speaking of wonton noodles, I think Fun Kee's wonton noodles are not bad. Fun Kee is located at Jalan Sungai Besi. Famous for their "bamboo wonton noodles". Noodles are handmade. :D

                                1. re: penang_rojak

                                  @penang_rojak (and klyeoh):
                                  Does Coliseum Cafe still serve that particular enormous T-bone steak they used to? Oh, also mulligatawny soup. I have fond memories of pigging out on those two items and other stuff there as well, with their servers clad in the de rigeur starched white colonial-era uniforms padding about silently. Their egg foo yong was pretty good too, especially the one with crab (real crab, of course), IIRC.

                                  1. re: huiray

                                    It obviously still does, as evidenced by this food-blog dated 30th March 2011 - which even had close-up photos of the T-bone steak which the blogger had at the Coliseum!

                                    http://ryanslices.wordpress.com/tag/t...

                                    I was last at the Coliseum Cafe during the Moslem Ramadhan month in August, the streets were overflowing with Hari Raya shoppers, especially since Kamdar dept store was right across the road from the Coliseum. The old waiters were all still there, although they now have younger Mainland-Chinese wait-staff being trained to takeover eventually. The restaurant is 90 years old this year - amazing :-)

                                    1. re: klyeoh

                                      HEH. So it still does! Thanks for the link to that blog.

                                      It would seem from what you say, then, that you have visited the place more than once. :-) I was also wondering about the surrounding stores and Batu Rd - I mean the current Jln T.A.R. There also used to be various Indian food shops mixed in with some Muslim/Malay shops, but I mostly remember the Indian shops.

                                      1. re: huiray

                                        Oh yes, 3 times to the Coliseum already this year. I did notice a lot of Indian-Muslim shops in the vicinity. In fact, Haniffa Dept Store (the largest retailer in the area) is a sort of mini version of Singapore's Mustafa Dept Store. I was there a fortnight ago to buy the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR) range of Indian vegetarian vacuum-packed meals from Bangalore, India - I'd acquired a taste for those during my work stint in Bangalore years ago.

                                        I used to buy boxfuls of MTR products back to KL from Mustafa's in Singapore on my monthly trips home, until I found out that Haniffa stocks them as well - the only store in KL to do so :-)

                          2. If you're in KL, check out Zang Toi's cafes for the most incredible chocolate banana cake on the planet. Whenever I visited KL, I would bring back a 1 kg cake on the 6 hour coach ride home for friends and family. I can't recall the price, but think it was pretty cheap... maybe 60 ringgit for the cake? If you Google Zang Toi and the cake, I think you can find the addresses, not to mention some truly glorious photos.

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                            1. re: raistlyn

                              The cake sounds tempting. Do you think the packaging would allow us to bring one back to London, or would it go bad/stale?

                              1. re: raistlyn

                                You're right, raistlyn, Zang Toi's chocolate banana cake is good - mind-blowingly good! It's dark, luscious, moist & incredibly addictive - I was there for afternoon tea this today (am visiting KL on an eating safari!). But Zang Toi has one other cake that I actually liked even more than the choc-banana cake - the lime-green coloured pandan creamcheese cake: which is essentially lovely layers of pandan spongecake sandwiching generous chunks of bananas & cream-cheese filling - manna from heaven!

                                 
                                 
                                1. re: klyeoh

                                  Note that Zang Toi's Cafe has moved from its old Lot 10 location across the street to the posh new Pavillion mall - it's supposedly bigger & fancier now.

                                  -----
                                  Zang Toi's West 57th St Cafe
                                  Jalan Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

                                  1. re: klyeoh

                                    Back at the Zang Toi Cafe, now located at Parkson Pavilion, Lot 4-42, Level 4, the Pavilion mall, Kuala Lumpur.

                                    Tried the Hainanese rock bun, served with cream cheese and chocolate sauce. It went very well with a cup of good strong coffee.

                                    Zang Toi's citrusy Tea Punch was also very good indeed.

                                     
                                     
                              2. Lots of great reccomendations below but I would also add the following:

                                1. Mum's Place - may be hard to find - its in Damansara Perdana but it has some of the very best Nyonya Peranakan food I've ever had. Suggestions: the devil chicken, the specialty deep fried tofu dish, the fiery eye wateringly hot fried stuffed chilli local fish dish and the sambal prawns.
                                2. Overseas Chinese Restaurant - either Jalan Imbi or Asiajaya branch is terrific. Their specialty must eat dish is the molasses shrimp and I love the fried rice with deep fried anchovies.

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                                1. re: ywwan

                                  Great recs!!

                                  I heard so much about Mum's Place - and also how looking for the restaurant itself can be quite an adventure! Must visit on my next trip to KL!

                                  Overseas Restaurant - I simply LOVED the Imbi branch, some of the best-tasting Cantonese food I've ever had anywhere in the world!

                                  But didn't quite have such a good impression of its Asiajaya branch ever since my visit there last year when I encountered their char-siew which had perhaps 3 times sugar-caramel coating than it should!

                                  1. re: klyeoh

                                    This may help with the directions to Mum's Place: http://www.mumsplace.com.my/Mums_Plac...

                                    Agree on Overseas Restaurant that the Jln Imbi branch is better for the true connoisseurs but Asiajaya is quite consistently good as well and much less angst in trying to get there...

                                    1. re: ywwan

                                      Yes, Overseas Imbi if you can brave the CNY crowds. The preorder dishes are also very good.

                                      Not been to Mum's Place - it's too far out for me..

                                      Kl, the char siew in Malaysia tends to be more caramelised than most. Overseas' version is generally quite good although more costly than other old school stalwarts like Soo Kee in Ampang or the stall in Tengkat Tong Shin which I prefer to Fu Sing - but that's just my taste.

                                      1. re: mikey8811

                                        Actually if there is one place I must eat every time I go home to KL, it is Mum's Place, but I love super spicy food. Its actually not that hard to get to Damansara Perdana as its pretty much highway all the way from KL but once you get into Damansara Perdana itself, its a bit trickier. The map the restaurant recently put on its website makes it much, much easier to get to. Takes less time going there than braving Jalan Imbi for Overseas Chinese Restaurant...

                                      2. re: ywwan

                                        Thanks, ywwan - the map to Mum's Place is very useful indeed!

                                  2. My Husband who is there right now said he tried Coriander Leaf . Here is what he says"Coriander leaf was very good. Had lentil dumpling with yoghurt/tamarind sauce for entree, then a butter-prawn with coriander rice and tomato/coriander salad. All very tasty - not particularly spicy, but plenty of flavour. Tried a muslim milk pudding with fruit which was too rich and a bit cheesy for my taste. All well made, though, and unusual combinations of flavours."
                                    PS: I am in New Zealand and providing him with recs.. so if anyone has anything they suggest would be appreceiated.