Chinese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur can be found just about everywhere, from five-star hotels and resorts, to unassuming streets and residential neighbourhoods. The unique appeal of Chinese food is that there are countless way of preparing a staple ingredient such as rice and noodles. For example, a serving of egg noodles can be served in a simple broth (pork noodle soup), stir-fried in soy sauce and prawns (char kuey teow), or drizzled in dark soya sauce and topped barbecued pork and dumplings (wanton mee).
Traditional Chinese food is mild in taste, but in Malaysia, flavours tend to be robust and spicy due to the heavy influence of Indian and Malay cooking techniques. Malaysia is also a predominantly Muslim nation, so there are restaurants that serve pork-free alternatives using chicken, beef, fish and venison. From decades-old hawker stalls and atmospheric kopitiams to award-winning restaurants and halal-friendly cafes, read on for our list of the most popular places in KL for Chinese food.
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Lot 10 Hutong is an award-winning gourmet food hall that houses more than 20 popular vendors from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Macau. Located on the lower ground floor of Lot 10 mall, it has been designed to look like an old Beijing village with narrow ‘alleyways’ linking stalls. Instead of a central seating area, tables and chairs are placed around these stands. Notable dishes here include Kim Lian Kee’s hokkien mee (stir-fried noodles with thick soy sauce gravy), Porco Macau’s pork chop bun, and Honkee’s raw fish porridge. Prices are a little expensive by food hall standards (between RM10 and RM18 for a meal) but very worthwhile for those who aren’t keen to travel all over KL to enjoy food from these iconic hawker stalls. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Lot 10 Shopping Mall
- Opening Hours: Thursday – Tuesday 07:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 05:00 (Hokkien fried noodles)
- Location: 49-51, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2032 4984
Celestial Court at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, is renowned for its array of innovative Cantonese offerings. Located in downtown Kuala Lumpur, red, black and gold accents dominate Celestial Court's interior, with large window seats overlooking The Row Kuala Lumpur, a tree-lined lane filled with quaint cafes, shops, and international restaurants. Signature dishes here include the honey-spiced roasted rack of lamb with sweet bean in Mongolian sauce, sautéed tiger prawns served with homemade chilli sauce, and deep-fried boneless chicken with fresh mango julienne served with Thai chilli sauce and sautéed vegetables. The restaurant is busiest during the weekend, when it hosts an extensive dim sum buffet from 10:00 until 14:30. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30, Sunday & Public Holidays: 10:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30
- Location: Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2717 9988
Fatty Crab Restaurant is a legendary seafood eatery in Petaling Jaya, where you can enjoy a variety of fresh fish and shellfish at affordable prices. However, the kitchen’s proudest achievements are its meaty crab dishes, best eaten with toasted mantau buns. This frills-free Chinese restaurant also offers rice and noodles, as well as soups, vegetables, and chicken. Prices start at RM12 for a small plate of fried rice, while seafood dishes such as prawns, fish, and squid are priced at RM45 upwards, depending on the season. One of the most satisfying ways to feel like a local is to order the restaurant’s signature sweet and sour crab – the gravy is thick yet not overwhelming in taste, with just the right balance of sweet and sour notes. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 17:30 – 22:45 (closed Mondays)
- Location: 2, Jalan SS24/13, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7804 5758
Thirty8 restaurant is an award-winning dining room, wine bar and lounge all rolled into one. Set on the 38th floor of Kuala Lumpur’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, this venue is clearly one of the city’s best restaurants for Chinese cuisine. Splurge and indulge in the fresh RM298 Boston lobster, with tangy ginger shavings, chopped fresh spring onions and light soya sauce, it is a dish worth writing home about. Alternatively, keep it simple and satisfying with udon noodles, with seafood in black pepper sauce (RM35++), paired with the RM55++ chicken done Szechuan-style with dry chillies and toasted peanuts, and braised tofu with Chinese mushrooms, bamboo shoots and oyster sauce (RM20++. Besides that, the straightforward baked rice in lotus leaf with roasted duck, conpoy and shrimp, and braised ee-fu noodles with crab meat and chives are all strong choices too. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 - Late
- Location: Level 38, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2182 1234
Jalan Alor is arguably one of the best places in KL to enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine. It has a traditional charm to it with atmospheric air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants, bright fluorescent restaurant signage lighting, miniature paper lanterns strung up in the trees, and plastic tables scattered on the streets. We suggest you grab a table somewhere in front of Restoran Dragon View at the top of the street and then walk along and order your dishes from the diverse range of hawkers. We recommend Restoran Wong Ah Wah’s fried oyster egg (thin and crispy omelette with oysters, coriander and chilli sauce) as well as the grilled chicken wings and roasted barbecue pork from Restoran Meng Kee. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 - Late
- Location: Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur (behind Jalan Bukit Bintang)
Restoran Koon Kee is one of the best places in the city to sample wan tan mee. A Cantonese dish popular in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore, it comprises noodles sautéed in sweetened black sauce and is traditionally served with toppings such as char siew (barbecued pork slices) or chicken slices.
The shop is over 50 years old and is located opposite Hong Leong Bank along Petaling Street. Locals are especially partial to the noodles served here as their texture is springy and flavoursome - the perfect combination for wan tan mee. Another uncommon garnishing for the noodles is braised chicken feet with mushrooms. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Jalan Hang Lekir
Way Modern Chinois is a classy restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that’s well-frequented for its extensive range of contemporary Chinese cuisine. Situated in Damansara Heights, this well-hidden establishment features a sleek elevator entrance that opens to a softly lit interior with a mix of wooden panels and mirrored walls, minimal yet modern decor, wooden furnishing, and a massive vase of orchids as its centrepiece. A crowd favourite, its snow bun (RM10++) is crisp on the outside with generous amounts of char siew chicken. For something more substantial, try Way Modern Chinois’ signature truffle roast duck (RM168++), a whole duck that’s generously marinated with truffle sauce, double-roasted with truffle oil, and truffle slices for toppings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:-00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:30
- Location: G-1, WORK@Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights
- Tel: +603 20951118
Yut Kee Restaurant started out along Jalan Dang Wangi in 1928, but after over 80 years in its original location, it sought a new home along Jalan Kamunting in 2014. The change in location has been a good move for the restaurant – it used to be packed to the gills, and now with more space, it is certainly turning over more tables than ever. The western and Chinese food served is a fantastic as ever – expect to encounter a menu of RM5.50++ char siew (barbecued pork) fried rice, roti bakar and pork buns (RM7.50++). A must try here is its Hainanese pork and chicken chops (RM10++) which comes with brown sauce boiled with carrot, peas and corn, as well as a side serving of potato wedges.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8:00 – 17:00
- Location: Jalan Kamunting, Off Jalan Dang Wangi, Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur
Ru Di Fook Noodle Bar serves innovative East Asian cuisine and cocktails in a cosy and photogenic setting, making it one of the most frequented cafes in Petaling Jaya. Its interior is a mix of Japanese and Chinese elements, natural lighting, wood and steel furnishing, and potted plants hanging from the ceilings. Priced at RM11.90++, the dry noodle dishes are the standouts here, especially the Namyu Zhayuk Mee, which combines al dente egg noodles with onsen egg, blanched kai lan, and crispy fermented pork. If you’re a fan of sake, try the Rudifook Mizuwari cocktail (sake, lemon and elderflower syrup) or Summer Hawaiian Onglai (sake and coconut water with torched pineapple garnish).
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 22:30, Sunday 12:00 – 22:00
- Location: 2, Jalan PJU 5/4, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7496 7103