Snack your way through the top night markets in town where the best street food is born and perfected.
These days, apam balik filling might include banana and desiccated coconut. But we still prefer the original – the turnover pancake is sprinkled with chopped peanuts and cooked to a crisp on the griddle. When the sugar starts to caramelise, the apam balik releases an irresistible nutty and sweet aroma.
RM1.20 per piece
Durian purists, don’t turn your nose up at this snack just yet. Ordinarily the king of fruits should be enjoyed on its own, but you can’t go wrong with a little innovation now and then – like, for instance, fried durian in a crispy, delicious batter. The flour coating is just thin enough to produce a golden skin while the fruit stays beautifully creamy inside.
RM 1.20 per piece
The Malaysian version of fruit salad, consisting of raw mangoes, sengkuang, pineapple, cucumber and papaya, tossed in sweet and salty hae ko (shrimp paste). The owner jazzes up the bite-sized ingredients with chopped peanuts and a prawn cracker. Trust us, one cracker is never enough.
This streetside steamboat’s secret weapon is the chilli and peanut sauce. There’s something about dipping our food in a communal hotpot that we love – the joy of parking our butts on the roadside and gorging on a variety of meat skewers. The experience is even better on a rainy day.
RM1.50 per skewer
A street snack that’s commonly associated with Taman Connaught pasar malam, the stinky tofu assaults the nose but pleases the palate. You’ll smell it from afar but once you bite into the deep-fried tofu with pickled vegetables, the soft white curd melts on the tongue. Watch out for the sauce that gushes out with every bite.
RM3 for four pieces
You haven’t been to a pasar malam until you’ve sunk your teeth into a crispy Uncle Bob fried chicken cutlet. Tell the stall owner your heat tolerance and she’ll tweak the amount of chilli powder to suit your taste. Juicy meat encased in a salty and greasy crust – this is pretty addictive stuff.
RM4.50 per piece
KL's best night markets
One of the highlights of this pasar malam is the vegetable stall that stocks tomatoes and leafy greens from Cameron Highlands. But what you’re after here is the homemade mini apams with red bean or peanut filling. Did we also mention that the night market’s location (also a hot spot for fireworks-viewing) offers a clear view of the Twin Towers?
The humming Taman Connaught night market best illustrates our obsession with street food. Perched behind their stalls, vendors offer slap-up versions of fried chicken, curry noodles, char kuey teow, laksa, satay and ABC that will keep you going until midnight. Stay for the stinky tofu – you’ll spot (or smell) it easily by the queue that snakes around the block.