Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jalan Alor: A Street Food Paradise

Jalan Alor* was very near the hotel where we stayed at during the Kuala Lumpur leg of our trip, so we decided to explore the street to see what the buzz is all about. 

What was previously known as a notorious red light district, this hawker paradise comes alive during the night as endless rows of food stalls, chairs, and tables are set up along the more than 300-meter long street.  The enticing aroma of food, the brights lights, the clanking noise of pots, the sizzling sound of meat and seafood being cooked, the numerous fruit stalls, give the festive, cheerful vibe of Jalan Alor.  

Locals, expats, and tourists alike go to this part of the town to feast on great tasting food that is easy on the pocket. Take your pick from a wide array of gastronomic delights.  You can find every local imaginable dishes here.  Char siew, kam heong lala, grilled stringray, kebabs, etc.  How about a frog porridge? 

Since our group just had a heavy dinner, we just decided to feast on king of all fruits, durian. (Well, my friends did, as I am really not a fan of the fruit.)  We then headed to the Old Town Coffee Shop to buy coffee.

the durian carnage

I intend to explore the gastronomic delights offered by this food paradise when I go back to Malaysia.  The barbeque chicken wings of Wong Ah Wah, among others, I must definitely try! 

*The street was renamed as Jalan Kejora a few years back, much to the dismay of locals and tourists. 

Sending you happy thoughts...

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