Pudu is a busy district located in Kuala Lumpur. This neighbourhood is filled with historical architecture, sandwiched between other more popular sections such as Bukit Bintang, Maluri and Cheras. Pudu is home to historical buildings such as Pudu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur’s oldest bus station; the traditional Pudu Wet Market, and the imposing gate and ruined wall of a colonial-era Pudu Prison.
Besides that, Pudu is also well-known for its abundance of delicious street eats. The food here will truly give locals and visitors a delectable dining experience. With that said, here’s a list of amazing foods you should cover whenever you’re in Pudu!
Pudu Street Food
How else to eat like a local than hunting for their delicious street food? With that, anyone can dine like a local here because Pudu offers an iconic street-food hub at Pudu Glutton Street Night Market. There are tons of hawker stalls serving a variety of food here.
This market specializes in Malaysian-Chinese street food. One of the must-try foods here is fried carrot cake or radish cakes by the Lin Brothers Fried Carrot Cake. You would see loads of customers lining up for this tasty dish! If this is your first time tasting this dish, we’ll give you a heads up and say that there is no actual carrot in it. The main ingredients for this dish is the radish cake fried with egg, garlic, spring onion and bean sprouts.
Another must-try food is the fried chicken by 4-Eyed-Boy Fried Chicken stall. Locals love the hot golden fried chicken that is crispy on the outside, but moist and tender on the inside.
Hence, visitors must give the street-food here a try. Don’t miss out on other dishes they offer such as the Chee Cheong Fun, Grilled Cuttlefish, Char Kuey Teow, Pork Innards Porridge and more!
Charcoal Toasted Sandwiches
Here’s a spot where you can savour some legendary Charcoal Toasted Sandwiches. A local favourite spot to enjoy this dish is at Winson Berger. An 80-year-old uncle operates this stall for about 40 years! Even so, he still charges RM3 only for a standard sandwich. What an affordable treat!
The sandwich is spread with a generous amount of butter and then cooked over charcoal. When it is done, the sandwich will then be filled with a generous portion of toppings as well such as Chicken Floss, Cucumber and Bakwa (Chinese dried meat).
With a price of only RM3 for each generous-stuffed sandwich, this nostalgic food is worth anyone’s try!
Fish Head Curry
Diners can also have a taste of flavourful Fish Head Curry here at Pudu. The thought of this dish would make anyone’s mouth water! A great place to have this dish is at a seemingly unassuming kopitiam named Restoran Sin Hiap Kee. This eatery is operated by a Chinese couple, serving delectable Indian-style cuisines!
The Fish Head Curry here is a signature dish here and a local favourite. Although the price is slightly higher than other Nasi Kandar chains, customers deemed it to be worth it. Upon every order of the Fish Head Curry, diners will get a burst of flavour from the aromatic spices of the curry; paired with soft and tender fish meat that will make you want to come back!
This dish goes great with a side of rice for a more filling and satisfying meal. Remember to avoid peak hours when you’re visiting this eatery; it can get pretty crowded!
Wan Tan Mee
What can go wrong with a classic, simple comfort dish like the Wan Tan Mee? Although this food can be found almost everywhere, not every place serves up a delectable Wan Tan Mee like Restoran 168. Hence, diners must not miss this dish out too!
Diners can give the staple Char Siew Wan Tan Mee a try here. This dish consists of springy egg noodles tossed in dark soy sauce, served with sweet-glazed Char Siew pieces, vegetables and a side of Wonton soup. It is truly a filling comfort dish like no other!
Besides that, Restoran 168 also serves another signature dish, and that is the Curry Mee. If you’ve had enough of Wan Tan Mee and would like to switch it up a notch, then go for this dish! The Curry Mee is served with yellow noodles, a generous amount of cockles, pork skin, fried beancurd, and flavourful curry soup.
Claypot Chicken Rice
Another popular dish that diners can try here is the Claypot Chicken Rice. One of the famous eateries to have this unique dish is at the Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice Restaurant. Located near the Pudu Wet Market, this eatery has been operating for more than 30 years now.
The Claypot Chicken Rice dish served here is cooked over charcoal stoves. It is said that cooking this dish over charcoal gives the rice a significant taste and an overall better flavour. Upon every order, diners will get to taste a plate (or claypot) of soft and fluffy rice, well-marinated pieces of chicken, salted fish, lap cheong (Chinese sausage), and garnished with spring onion. Diners can also add-on an egg to the dish with an additional charge.
Overall, this Claypot Chicken Rice is a must-try. Another good news is that this dish remains hot throughout your meal; as the heat remains longer when cooked over charcoal. With that said, you don’t have to rush and take your time enjoying this delectable dish!
Salted Egg Fried Pumpkin
Here’s for those of you who are looking to dine with a big crowd! You can get fresh and mouth-watering Chinese dishes here at Pudu that will impress your friends and family! One of the best and popular eateries to dine in is at ZK Restaurant.
There is a wide variety of food that this place has to offer such as chicken dishes, duck, fish, pork, vegetables, egg dishes, tofu, fried rice, noodles and more. However, a particular food not to be missed out on here is the pumpkin dishes. As unusual as it may sound, locals love the pumpkin dishes here! One of the must-tries is the Salted Egg Fried Pumpkin. Bet you’ve never tasted this combination before!
Other popular dishes here would include the pork ribs, salted egg squid, curry dishes and more! We recommend you to come earlier before the peak hours as this eatery sure does invite a crowd!
Hainanese Coffee and Toast
Pudu also offers a place for diners to have a tasty breakfast or afternoon snack! With that said, a popular tea-time go-to dish includes some classic Hainanese coffee and a side of fluffy toast. One of the iconic places to get your hands on this dish is at Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea. This eatery has been operating for about 40 years. However, that doesn’t stop diners from flooding the place for its fantastic food!
Here, diners can try an array of local delights. But no one should miss out on the Hainanese coffee. If you’re unsure of what to order here, then try the classic Hainanese breakfast set that includes the Hainanese coffee, signature Kaya and Butter toast and a soft boiled egg.
Although it looks simple, we assure you that this will make for a perfect and filling breakfast. Diners can also try other items from this eatery such as the yong tau foo, crispy Popiah, noodles soup and more!
Black Sesame Paste and Sweet Peanut Soup Desserts
With a long list of food, it’s always better to end it with a dessert or some sweet treats. Hence, we recommend a few of Pudu’s favourite Chinese desserts in a famous local Chinese dessert shop called Restoran Ruby.
This eatery specializes in traditional Chinese desserts such as the Black Sesame Paste, Sweet Peanut Soup and Creamy Steamed Egg Custard. Restoran Ruby is a legendary eatery that uses a secret recipe that is passed down through four generations.
The sesame and peanut desserts are ground daily for a fresh paste every day. Diners can choose to have the Black Sesame Paste and Peanut Soup separately; or have the best of both worlds by mixing them. Not only that, but there are cute and unique drawings drawn on each bowl; perfect for an Instagram picture!
What are you waiting for? Get these bowls of flavourful and sweet local desserts today!
That’s about it! We hope this list will give you a good head start on your food adventures in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. After you’re done with the list, go ahead and explore the other attractions and dishes Pudu has to offer.
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