Malaysian Food Street
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What’s it like?
The lofty 22,000 sq ft air-conditioned space has been designed to resemble – you guessed it – the hawker-filled streets of Malaysia: 1950s-style kopitiam furniture, zebra crossings, stall signages and street lamps light up two-storey shophouse fronts with the food carts tucked underneath. Located next to the entrance of Universal Studios, this kitschy alternative theme park captures the pre- and post-rollercoaster crowd.
What to eat?
It might take up to 45 minutes, but Kuala Lumpur-originated Huen Kee Claypot Chicken Rice ($6-$7) is worth the wait: at serving, dark sauce is ladled over tender chicken parts, Chinese sausage and fluffy rice, seeping into the sizzling charcoal-heated claypots, adding a deep, umami flavour. The crisp crust at the bottom of the pot is the treasure. Give the sticky, under-flavoured Malacca Chicken Rice Balls ($4) a miss, as well as the underwhelmingly mild herbal Klang Bak Kut Teh ($8 per set) and the stale-tasting halal Kampung Nasi Lemak ($4).
Do try, however, the lor mee at Penang’s Hai Beng Hainan Lor Mee ($6-$7), a mix of bee hoon and yellow noodles in a lovely, gloopy brown sauce that comes alive with a stir of the stall’s rustic chilli sauce. Another musttry is the signature dish at Ah Mei Hokkien Prawn Mee ($5-$6), prawn noodles with pork ribs in a gorgeous lobster bisque-like broth. Celine Asril
39 Artillery Avenue
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 9am-midnight, Sun 9am-10pm|
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