Hey, guys! It’s been a month of long weekends and holidays here in Malaysia. I finally took a well-needed break and headed down to Kuala Lumpur to catch up with friends. And guess what we filled our time with? Yup, here’s even more food for your reading pleasure.
First, A Quick Brunch at Jalan Alor
I arrived, as I usually do in places, hungry and ready for food. My friend Sarah joined me for a quick lunch with a twist - she’d brought some tuhau from Sabah.
Tuhau is a Kadazan Dusun appetizer made from wild ginger. It’s often prepared with sambals or sometimes fermented and used as a garnish, and its very hard to find on the Peninsula! It pays to have friends who also love food :)
We settled in for some simple local favourites, and the tuhau really brought an exciting flavour to the table (pun!). Crunchy, with a strong herb taste, fragrant and pungent, it elevated a simple and very common selection of lunch dishes into something special.
The next day, we came back to this stretch of Jalan Alor to visit a shop called Uncle Lim. If you’ve been following our blog posts, you’ll know I have a special place in my heart for good duck rice. And this one was pretty good! We also got a helping of pork ear that was delicious.
The next time I’m in the area, I’m definitely coming back for this. The duck rice stall is called Pin Chen and you’ll see signs out on the street advertising Uncle Lim’s various stir fry dishes and Pin Chen Duck Rice.
Nyonya Dishes and Chicken Wings for Dinner
Nyonya food is enjoying something of a resurgence in recent years, which I’m very happy about. It used to be very difficult to find Nyonya food, as most of the dishes were cooked at home and not usually sold at shops or by street vendors.
I’d heard about Sarang Cookery from a friend. Their rustic approach to the ambience and reputation for good food made them a top priority on my visit. We ordered the mango kerabu (mango salad), telur cincalok (omelette with sweet fermented shrimp sauce), assam laksa (because of course) and ayam sioh (chicken cooked in tamarind and bean paste sauce).
I’m already looking forward to visiting again to try the other things on their menu. They have very limited seating space, so if you’re planning to go on a busy weekend, call ahead to check for availability.
Guys, I did it. I’ve found the best chicken wings.
Sweet, sticky, spicy and mouth-scalding hot, the chicken wings from Ticklish has unexpectedly made its way to the top of my Chicken Wings List (yes, I have a Chicken Wings List.)
This was one of those happy suprises that happen when you’re wandering about after dinner. I wasn’t really expecting to get anything else. Gotta stick to that diet, I told myself. Then I smelled the aroma- fat and skin crackling on a hot grill, sticky sauce bubbling luxuriously in the heat, the sweetness of butter softly being brushed onto moist, tender flesh.
Following that gorgeous aroma brought me to this pop-up stand by Ticklish. I somehow restrained myself from getting the pork ribs as well as the chicken wings. The concept of this place really tickled me (pun!) - barbecue and nyonya desserts. Oh, and the chicken was everything I thought I’ve ever dreamed of. Succulent, spicy, satisfying. Absolutely relished every bite and I’m coming back for the pork ribs!
Evening Drinks at a Rustic Gin Bar
I’d been looking forward to visiting Pahit for a while, and oh boy was I excited to get the chance. If you’ve spent any time in Penang, visiting the local food places or the upsurge in local-themed bars, this place will feel familiar.
I’m by no means a gin connoisseur, but I really enjoyed the Gin Pahit I ordered. It had an original approach, very interesting flavours and it was really a departure from a lot of cocktails I’ve had here. Slightly bitter but fragrant, it might feel challenging if you’re used to very sweet drinks. But I really relished the opportunity to explore everything this creation had to offer.
Yeah, you guessed it, I’m going back!
I hope this post has been helpful if you’re planning a night out around the Jalan Alor/Bukit Bintang area. I might link up a few of these as a series down the road. What do you think? Did you find this post helpful and do you want more? Let me know in the comments.