A city district in the Eastern part of Kuala Lumpur, Ampang is a bustling city filled to the brim with various cultures and entertainment. Having both high-rise office buildings, and pre-war architectures, Ampang is a unique city where you can enjoy the remnants of history in a new ground. Ampang also houses several embassies as well as the famous landmark—Petronas Twin Tower, which makes it a popular spot for tourists too. The attraction of Ampang doesn’t stop there, though, the food culture in Ampang is not to be forgotten either. Offering a wide selection of eateries ranging from high-end rooftop dining to casual hawker experience, Ampang has them all.
So let us introduce you to some of Ampang’s must-eats!
1. Foong Foong Yong Tau Foo
Known as the pioneer of Yong Tau Fu in Malaysia, this cuisine has become synonymous to what the Char Kuey Teow is to Penang. If you’re looking for the most authentic Yong Tau Fu, Ampang is where you want to be. Being a popular dish in Ampang, it is a given that Yong Tau Fu is available in various stores.
Even then, most locals would probably agree that the Yong Tau Fu served in Foong Foong at Jalan Merdeka still holds the crown for the best and most authentic Yong Tau Fu. Having served Yong Tau Fu for three decades, it wouldn’t be an understatement to say that this store marked the beginning of this cuisine in Malaysia. Pan-fried in a hot wok then cooked with stock until it is veiled in a beautiful golden sheen, it is almost impossible not to be a fan of their Yong Tau Fu.
Address: 621-A, 621, Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor
Monday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Friday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Contact Information: 012-209 5529
2. Tandoori Hut
Sure you may be able to order Tandoori in your neighbourhood Mamak, but there is a Tandoori place in Ampang that’s just on another level. With tell-tale queues that represent the store’s popularity, Uncle Aru’s Tandoori & Naan (now renamed Tandoori Hut), is a place you don’t want to miss if you’re a fan of Tandoori and Naan.
Priding themselves in serving perfectly marinated, juicy Tandoori Chicken and freshly made Naan, it is no wonder that they have an extensive fan base. Pair their signature Cheese Naan with Tandoori Chicken, and you’ll have the perfect meal fitting for any time of the day.
Address: Jalan 5, One Ampang Avenue, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Monday – 6:00pm to 12:00am
Tuesday – 6:00pm to 12:00am
Wednesday – 6:00pm to 12:00am
Thursday – 6:00pm to 12:00am
Friday – 6:00pm to 12:00am
Saturday – 6:00pm to 12:00am
Sunday – 6:00pm to 12:00am
Contact Information: 019-282 3320
3. Nasi Kak Wok Cikgu Sue
Being a well-known dish in Kelantan, it might come off as a surprise that you can find this dish in Ampang as well. Characterised by fluffy white rice with a side of creamy chicken dalca, long beans and aubergine, the colourful sight of Nasi Kak Wok is sure to arouse your appetite.
If you ask a local for the best place to get Nasi Kak Wok in Ampang, chances are, they are going to direct you to Nasi Cikgu Sue at Jalan Kolam Ayer. Known for serving Nasi Kak Wok topped with turmeric fried chicken and a side of spicy sambal, Nasi Cikgu Sue prides itself in serving Nasi Kak Wok with a well-balanced mix of flavours which will leave you craving for more.
Address: Jalan Kolam Air Lama, Taman Dato Ahmad Razali, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Monday – 8:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday – 8:00am to 8:00pm
Wednesday – 8:00am to 8:00pm
Thursday – 8:00am to 8:00pm
Friday – 8:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday – 8:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am to 8:00pm
Contact Information: 019-323 6042
Everyone enjoys a simple warm meal of rice and kimchi or something hearty like beef broth soup! Korean food is a big trend in Malaysia due to the K-pop and K-drama boom that has dominated youths and adults alike. It has led to an increasing bias as more Korean food restaurants and culture finds themselves spreading in Malaysia successfully.
You can find Korean food at Ampang’s Sweetree, which is also halal, so that anyone can enjoy their Korean delights. They have Korean staples such as rice cakes, bulgogi, kimbap, and even Korean BBQ for familiar comfort foods! You’re also allowed to adjust the spiciness level of your meal if you don’t have a good spice tolerance but can appreciate an authentic Korean meal!
Address: L1, 12 L1 & 13, L2, Jalan Ampang Putra, Taman Putra Sulaiman, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Monday – 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday – 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday – 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Thursday – 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday – 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday – 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday – 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Contact Information: 017-282 1550
5. Restaurant Loke Yun
Although Hainanese Chicken rice has become a popular Malaysian staple that is available throughout the country, the Hainanese Chicken Rice in Ampang is not to be missed. A popular stop for Hainanese Chicken Rice in Ampang would be Loke Yun Hainanese Chicken Rice at Jalan Besar Ampang which boasts a long history as they have been around since the 1970s.
A unique characteristic of this Chicken Rice shop is in their selection of chicken. Serving both the regular chicken and the kampung chicken, this allows you the luxury of choosing between the usual chicken with its tender texture and the kampung chicken with a firm and lean texture. Although the Chicken Rice here is a tad more expensive, its intense flavours and generous servings of chicken is sure to make you satisfied.
Address: 158, Jalan Besar Ampang, Pekan Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Monday – 10:30am to 3:00pm & 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday – 10:30am to 3:00pm & 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Wednesday – 10:30am to 3:00pm & 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Friday – 10:30am to 3:00pm & 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Saturday – 10:30am to 3:00pm & 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Sunday – 10:30am to 3:00pm & 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Contact Information: 03-4291 9884
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