MALAYSIA | The KL Jalan Alor Food Trip

Monday, February 02, 2015

Mee Goreng at KL's Jalan Alor

One of the things I really miss about Kuala Lumpur is eating mee goreng (5.00 MYR) along its many side streets—cheap, freshly cooked, stir fried, and thick super spicy noodles paired with a cold, cold glass of kopi ice (2.00 MYR). Heaven.

That dish is actually the first thing we looked for during our last trip to KL. We’ve been dreaming about it through the whole four-hour flight from Manila and when we finally hit the streets of Kuala Lumpur along with our heavy backpacks, we knew exactly where our first stop would be.


Jalan Alor Food Street is a street along the Bukit Bintang District of Kuala Lumpur and it is where we had the best mee goreng during our several trips to the city.

The area is unassuming during the day—just a strip of sleepy restaurants lining a street. But as the sun sets and evening arrives, it slowly comes to life. Chairs and tables spread into the sidewalks, until eventually, it invades the whole road. Overhead, lamps light up one after another, until the whole strip is sparkling like a cabaret.


Drinking Spree at KL's Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor is usually where we spend our evenings while in KL. Well, after shooting the KL Tower and the Petronas Towers that is.

With our hotel of choice, Apple Hotel KL, literally just a few steps away from our favorite noodle vendor who allows us to buy our Tigers from the nearby convenience store, it wasn’t that hard to drink the night away. No fear of being smashed to high heavens and not finding our way back to our hotel.


Roasted Chicken Wings at KL's Jalan Alor

But yeah, Jalan Alor can also be a place to simply eat your guts out. Well, okay it’s really more that than a beer-drinker’s haven. It’s definitely not KL’s answer to Bangkok’s Khao San Road or Siem Reap’s Pub Street. It just so happened that most restaurants and stalls also serve beer and there are a few convenience store where you can score them at a cheaper price.

So there, that’s our excuse for making it our very own street bar every night.


Chicken Satay at KL's Jalan Alor

Besides mee goreng, we also (reluctantly) tried out other dishes being served at Jalan Alor. There are the usual street fares like the grilled chicken satay with its thick, slightly sweet peanut dip, but we also found some new interesting ones to go along with our kopi ice and Tiger beer (surprisingly, Malaysia’s local Jaz beer is quite hard to find).

Char Kway Teow at KL's Jalan Alor Kopi Ice at KL's Jalan Alor

Grudgingly, I tried the char kway teow (5.00 MYR) just so I can say I’ve tried another noodle dish from Kuala Lumpur besides mee goreng. This dish is actually more famous in Penang than in KL.

From what I can see, it’s made up of really heavily-sauced, wide stir-fried noodles and bean sprouts. I like bean sprouts and I like stir-fried noodles, so I’m guessing there’s really nothing not to like about it. I love its rich flavorful taste but not the consistency of its flat noodles.


Food Trip at KL's Jalan Alor

Food Trip at KL's Jalan Alor

We also sampled a couple of rice dishes at Jalan Alor; one, a mish mash of veggies which looked surprisingly like chop seuy paired with fried rice, and another, a mix of chicken and I-really-don’t-have-no-idea-what, topped with fried egg and some strips of cucumber.

We both find them to be average and forgettable if not for the fried chicken we paired them with.

Ayam Goreng Berempah at KL's Jalan Alor

Malaysia has a different twist when it comes to fried chickens. They call them ayam goreng berempah, which translates to spiced fried chicken. From its color alone, which is on the orangey side due to the numerous spices it’s infused with, you definitely know that it is pretty spicy.

Mee Goreng at KL's Jalan Alor

It works quite well paired with rice meals, but I also found it to be a good threesome partner with my all-time favorite pair of mee goreng and kopi ice.

And that my friend, just made my mouth water. There’s nothing I’d absolutely want right now than a plate of mee goreng, a pair of ayam goreng berempah, and a brain-freeze inducing glass of kopi ice.

Take me back to KL’s Jalan Alor right now, please.

Jalan Alor Food Street
Address: Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Around 6:00PM 'til Past Midnight
GPS Coordinates: 3.145806, 101.708806

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  1. I just started my travel blog and I'm so jealous about how your blog looks! It's so neat and engaging. Sigh... Wish I could improve my own soon.

    This post reminded me of my experience coming to Malaysia two years ago, such a lovely country, with a flavourful cuisine.

    Keep it up. ;-)

    1. Hi Slumdog Traveller, thank you so much for appreciating my blog. It actually took me years before I finally achieved this look. Just take it easy, work on one section at a time, and eventually you'll get the look that you want. :)

      I love Malaysian food! It's actually one of the many things why I keep coming back :)

  2. Gosssh kakagutom! I don't why we failed to visit Jalan Alor when we went to Malaysia. i'll make it a point na makapunta na dito next time. Craving for some laksa and mee goreng @_@

    1. Definitely punta ka Mariane and try the mee goreng right in front of Apple Hotel :)

  3. Dito kami nag-stay pero hindi kami dito kumain. We were craving Japanese ha ha. Busog na rin ako sa colors and smells ng street na 'to.

    1. Haha to each his own, I guess! Pero sayang, ang sarap mag food trip dyan sa gabi :)