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Best noodle dishes in KL

Curry laksa, char kuey teow, wantan mee, hokkien mee, mee goreng and more – slurp on these top noodles in the city

From the comforting soupy bowls of noodles to the fried variety usually reserved for late night cravings, we’ve got you covered. Here are KL’s top noodle dishes.

Curry noodles at Restoran 168
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1/17

Curry noodles at Restoran 168

A good curry broth is oftentimes a solo performer. Its flavours are robust, creamy and assertive, forcing the rest of the supporting ingredients – yellow noodles, long beans, tau fu pok, pig skin and cockles – to dance to its spicy tunes. And it’s exactly this sort of broth that holds 168’s curry noodles together.

RM6

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Pudu
Assam laksa at O&S Restaurant
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2/17

Assam laksa at O&S Restaurant

Situated at the front of O&S, this assam and curry laksa stall has been around for more than 25 years. Unlike the Penang-style assam laksa, the mackerel fish here is broken into chunky bits, complemented with a thick fish broth (with more fish pieces), cucumber strips and a spoonful of sweet shrimp paste.

RM6

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SEA Park
Char kuey teow at Penang Famous Fried Koay Teow @ Lot 10 Hutong
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3/17

Char kuey teow at Penang Famous Fried Koay Teow @ Lot 10 Hutong

This Penang-style char kuey teow is all the hype because of their promising char kuey teow with good wok hei. True enough, the flat noodles are well-oiled and studded with huge prawns, cockles, lap cheong, chives, bean sprouts and fried lard. Plus, you get a choice between chicken or duck egg.

RM11.50; RM12.50 (with duck egg)

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Bukit Bintang
Beef noodles at Soong Kee
4/17

Beef noodles at Soong Kee

Helmed by the second generation after 71 years in business, Soong Kee still lives up to its standards: slurp-worthy, springy noodles topped with minced meat, along with a bowl of clear soup laden with bouncy beef balls, innards and beef slices.

RM7 (small)

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Petaling Street
Chee cheong fun at Yap Hup Kee
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5/17

Chee cheong fun at Yap Hup Kee

The chee cheong fun at Yap Hup Kee is a worthwhile reason to venture to Pudu. This 86-year-old restaurant serves its chee cheong fun with dried shrimp (instead of the usual sesame seeds). Highlights: fresh yong tau fu (especially creative versions such as bacon-wrapped broccoli and tofu with salted fish), silky noodles and a smooth curry base.

From RM5

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KL City Centre
Fish head noodles at Woo Pin
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6/17

Fish head noodles at Woo Pin

The milky broth, fortified with big pieces of fried ikan kerapu, vermicelli, preserved vegetables, sliced tomatoes, ginger, evaporated milk and a dash of siu heng wine, is potent enough to see you through a rainy day. Swap fried fish for fish paste, or song yu (big head carp) whenever they’re in stock.

RM10.50

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Taman Desa
Chilli pan mee at Madam Chiam
7/17

Chilli pan mee at Madam Chiam

A chilly day calls for a bowl of pan mee with lashings of chilli flakes. This ultimate pick-me-up is homey – springy noodles are tempered with the addition of minced pork, fried anchovies and a wobbly, half-boiled egg. Buoyed by a spritz of lime, the slightly tangy chilli flakes will deliver the heat you need.

RM6.60

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Cheras
Hakka mee at Toast & Roast
8/17

Hakka mee at Toast & Roast

Recommended

Toast & Roast makes our eating decisions simpler by combining both juicy char siu slices and a simple bowl of Hakka mee. The noodles are crowned with spring onions and crispy fish skin, but that’s not all; underneath the golden noodles you’ll find minced pork.

RM7.40 (with char siu)

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SS2
Hokkien mee at Kim Lian Kee
9/17

Hokkien mee at Kim Lian Kee

The city’s best Hokkien mee can be found at Kim Lian Kee – how can any dime a dozen stall rival its birthplace? A slurp of the thick noodles – with dark soy sauce, lard, imbued with charcoal-fire wok hei – is all you need to sate that late night snack attack.

RM9 (small)

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Petaling Street
Ipoh hor fun at Soo Kee
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10/17

Ipoh hor fun at Soo Kee

If there’s one flavour profile that Soo Kee has nailed, it’s the sweetness of the broth. This Ipoh-style chicken noodle soup comes with silky flat rice noodles, shredded chicken and a sweet-savoury broth made up of chicken stock and prawn oil. 

RM5.50

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SEA Park
Maggi goreng at Bestari
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11/17

Maggi goreng at Bestari

Malaysians’ love for food manifests itself gloriously in the form of a Maggi goreng, for which there is always a special place in our stomachs (especially when it’s 3am). Nasi Kandar Bestari whips up a springy, slurp-worthy version; ask for tambah pedas, and then top it off with a telur mata. Also try: the Indomie burger (not a burger, but Indomie noodles stir fried with a diced-up burger patty).

RM6

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Hartamas
Sarawak laksa at Aunt Christina's Sarawak Laksa
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12/17

Sarawak laksa at Aunt Christina's Sarawak Laksa

Aunt Christina’s Sarawak Laksa may have moved from Bangsar's Lucky Garden, but the noodles remain as good as ever. Most notable is the tangy broth, robust with herbs and spices, and thickened with coconut milk; it swims with thicker-than-vermicelli noodles, topped with plump king prawns, egg strips and taugeh.

RM7

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SEA Park
Mee goreng at Sri Nirwana Maju
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13/17

Mee goreng at Sri Nirwana Maju

Tables are hard to come by at this bustling mamak-style restaurant – and while its reputation for banana leaf rice reaches far and wide, the mee goreng makes us come back for more. What it is: yellow noodles stir fried with chilli, egg, tofu, tomato sauce and spices, served on a banana leaf.

From RM6

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Bangsar
Mee rebus at Rosli Mee Rebus
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14/17

Mee rebus at Rosli Mee Rebus

It's a simple and comforting dish: mee kuning in thick gravy served with taugeh, boiled egg, and garnished with both green and red chilli. It's spicier than it looks, but a squeeze of the fresh lime adds a hint of acidity to balance the flavours.

RM5

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Masjid Jamek
Prawn mee at Choon Prawn Mee House
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15/17

Prawn mee at Choon Prawn Mee House

For that authentic Penang experience, this bowl of prawn mee will satisfy your cravings. It’s a generous bowl of noodles with kangkung, taugeh, fried onions, eggs and the star of the dish, the sweet and fresh prawns. Go for add-ons of pork ribs, pork intestines, big prawns and more for a super-sized experience.

From RM7

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SEA Park
Char siu wantan mee at Hung Kee
16/17

Char siu wantan mee at Hung Kee

4 out of 5 stars

Nail the triumvirate of wantan mee – the egg noodles, dumplings and char siu – and you’ll build yourself a legion of fervent followers. Hung Kee on Jalan Loke Yew has been around for 50 years, serving great char siu that is nicely charred around the edges with the perfect ratio of fatty to lean bits. 
RM8.50 (small)

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Pudu
Pork noodles at Ooi Noodle House
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17/17

Pork noodles at Ooi Noodle House

The noodles arrive in a broth you’ll want to slurp right up, because what fine broth it is: hiding unsuspected riches – minced meat, tender liver, innards – beyond its cloudy surface, topped with an egg. Good pork noodles come to those who wait, and we’ll warn you here: the wait is 45 minutes at peak hours (read: avoid lunchtime).

RM8

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Subang

Want rice instead?

The best local rice dishes in KL

As part of our 100 best dishes and drinks in KL feature, we show you the best local rice dishes you have to try, from the contentious nasi lemak with fluffy rice and punchy sambal, to the humble chicken rice topped with succulent meat and fragrant garlic chilli dip.

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By: Time Out KL editors

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