Hey guys! Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends out there! How are you spending your long weekend so far?
I’ve been cooped up in my room all Saturday. But it was worth it: I finally finished my short story with two days to spare before the deadline! It was tight coz I only started writing two weeks ago.. and yesterday, after reading the almost completed draft (it was about domestic abuse), I scrapped the entire thing coz it didn’t feel good enough. And started again from scratch. I was surprised at how the words just flowed onto the page with the new story, so much so that it was finished within two days. Anyway, fingers crossed that it’ll be picked for publication. :)
Moving on, colleagues and I went on a foodtrip to KL’s foodie haven, Jalan Alor! Located right in the heart of Bukit Bintang, the place is famous for its wide variety of street food and restaurants lining both sides of the street. Haven’t been back here for ages. Now the stalls are mostly manned by Bangladeshis, Myanmarese, Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesians.. so much so that I felt like a foreigner in my own city.
It was a challenge making it to the end of the road without having a menu shoved into your face. .__.
A must-try shop in the area is Wong Ah Wah. One of the oldest establishments in the area, what started off as a humble stall has since expanded to include several restaurant lots. They are famous for their chicken wings, which is still grilled over a charcoal fire for that unique, smokey flavour.
Since it was still early, we ordered a few (blasphemy, but since I wasn’t doing the ordering and we had a lot of sampling to do…) to snack on. They came glistening with oil and juices, with a nice and crackly golden brown skin. The meat was tender and the juice created a tiny explosion in my mouth with each bite . This was food porn, in every sense of the word.
PS: After the rest of them went back to the hotel, H & I sneaked out again and tapau-ed a buttload of these. I think we polished off 10 pieces between us.
Another one of their famous dishes is the Siew Yoke Meen, or Roast Pork Noodles.Topped with dark chunks of roast pork and ju yao ja (fried lard), the noodles were smooth and silky from the oil with a hint of bitterness from the lye. It wasn’t my favourite dish of the night, but I guess I can see why people like it.
Other than the aforementioned two dishes, WAW also has grilled seafood items like stingray, squid, etc and other Chinese stir-fried dishes.
Wong Ah Wah Restaurant
No 1 & 5& 7,
Jalan Alor (Off Jalan Bukit Bintang)
50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone : 603-2144 2463 or 603-2148 3413
Open for dinner only.
Our second stop for the night was Meng Kee Grilled Fish restaurant. Their signature is grilled seafood, so we got a Portuguese-style stingray (RM30) to share. The fish was sizable, served piping hot and covered in a spicy sauce in an aluminimum foil wrap. The fish wasn’t done very well because it still had a strong, fishy taste but the sauce helped.
These Tauhu Bakar (fried tofu) made for yummy snacks! Extremely crunchy on the outside, the inside is stuffed with sweet dark prawn paste and chopped vegetables. Very similar to rojak.
Meng Kee Grilled Fish Restaurant
39, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 6pm till late
Other stuff you can find on the street include whole roast lamb cooking on a spit..
To chicken and duck hearts, gizzards and heads for the adventurous.
How about some adidas (chicken feet) with chilli sauce?
To end the evening on a sweetnote, coconut ice cream with customised toppings. Had mine with Hershey’s chocolate sauce, nuts, chocolate chips and a side of wafer. The ice-cream is more ice-based than creamy, but was still a yummy treat as we strolled down the road in the KL Heat.
There are many more food options to explore along Jalan Alor. It’s no wonder they call it foodie heaven! The next time you’re around Bukit Bintang for dinner, hop on over and be spoilt with delicious cuisine. There’s surely something for your taste.