Chow Kit is home to some unassuming restaurants that are often overlooked, from award winning dim sum institutions to affordable hawker centres with specialty dishes. With lots of character, stores specialising in wholesale goods and a laidback atmosphere, it is a pretty interesting area to explore and finding the right restaurant to satisfy your appetite can be a little difficult.
In an effort to help you out, we have come up with a list of our Top 5 Restaurants in Chow Kit, making it easy to grab a bite to eat at almost anytime. We cover the best the area has to offer, and best of all we have included budget hotspots where you can get your fill for less than RM10.
Mungo Jerry is a longstanding stalwart in Malaysia’s Chinese food scene, specialising in bah kut teh. Literally translated bah kut teh means pork bone tea, and this local dish is a Malaysian favourite, especially around dinnertime. The lean and tender pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices is done really well in this air-conditioned restaurant set along Jalan Raja Laut.
There are two reasons the bah kut teh here stands out – regular bah kut teh restaurants serve white rice with their soup, but Mungo Jerry has a choice of onion fried rice to accompany it. A little oily and sticky, it provides the perfect counterpoint to the sweet, fragrant soup. The second reason to visit is for the broth itself – done in traditional Teochew-style it has a strong and fiery kick due to the right balance of pepper, garlic and herbs.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:30
- Address: 294, Jalan Raja Laut, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
Maju Palace Cantonese Cuisine
A Cantonese restaurant set in Maju Junction Mall, it is only a five-minute walk from Jalan Raja Laut to Maju Palace Cantonese Cuisine. Flying under the popular The Oriental Group of Restaurants, this award winning restaurant impresses for a few reasons. Beyond the windows, diners are treated to views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline and the restaurant is decorated in 1920s old Hong Kong style. As a result, it has an exquisite atmosphere, with gold star service and gourmet food in an intimate yet unpretentious dim sum dining experience.
The kitchen deserves rave reviews for its refined cooking, with a winning formula of authentic fare that uses local cooking methods and ingredients such as market-fresh ginger, premium soy sauce and locally raised pork. Besides the dim sum, our favourite dishes include crispy tiger prawns with light wasabi sauce, and the flavourful pan fried Australian beef chunks with enoki mushrooms.
- Opening Hours: 11: 00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Monday – Saturday; 10:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Sunday & public holidays
- Address: Level 5, Maju Junction Mall 1001, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2691 8822
Samudera Exotic Riverfish Restaurant
Samudra Exotic Riverfish Restaurant is a seafood eatery with a menu that stays true to its namesake – sure, there are non-fish items on the menu, but you will be missing out if you do not partake. The most rave worthy dish is ikan patin buah masak asam tempoyak (silver catfish in creamy, fermented durian gravy). It is truly delicious and goes just great with plain, fluffy white rice. However, for those looking for something not too spicy, we suggest the fleshy and juicy ikan tapah (native Southeast Asian fish wallago attu) fried in turmeric powder – as wonderfully unique as it is flavourful.
The interior design of the restaurant is modern and minimalist with white tiles, plastic tables and chairs and widows that wash the space with lots of natural light. Take note that prices vary according to how big your fish is.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 -22:00
- Address: 61, Jalan Raja Abdullah
- Tel: +603 2693 4526
Ong Lai (Goh Kee) Restaurant
A hub of good Chinese food, Ong Lai (Goh Kee) Restaurant is another great find along spritely Jalan Raja Laut. An atmospheric, traditional seafood restaurant it has its operation down pat, with no-nonsense service that is very efficient.
Patrons are invited to dine amongst typical rounded tables, which results in a fun dining atmosphere at its best. Soft shell chilli crab and buttered tiger prawns take pride of place on the menu, but we think the pineapple sweet sour ribs are its best calling card. Dine in or takeaway, Ong Lai (Goh Kee) Restaurant is a classic location for a faultless, mid-week meal.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00 Tuesday to Sunday
- Address: 60A, Jalan Raja Laut
- Tel: +6019 210 4182 or +6012 222 2980
Kin Kin Restaurant
The chilli pan mee at Restoran Kin Kin is so good it has been nominated for numerous food awards. While the coffee house is great for cheap hawker favourites, we recommend that you do not miss out on this one dish. Located along Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman Satu, its interior design is simple and atmospheric with white walls and plastic tables and chairs.
What makes the chilli pan mee great is the fact that you can customize the spiciness levels of each serving – each bowl is filled with silky flour noodles, mixed with black sauce, anchovies and egg. The chilli is served separately and diners can mix it in to suit their tolerance levels; all in all, each bowl is the perfect balance of velvety noodles with sweet sauce, savoury egg and salty anchovies.
- Opening Hours: 07:30 – 21:00 Monday to Friday; 07:30 – 16:00 Saturday & Sunday
- Address: 40 Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman Satu, Kampung Baru
- Tel: +6016 372 8069