*Some dishes mentioned here are non-halal
Looking for the best foods at Bukit Bintang area? Apart from the famous food street of Jalan Alor, many hidden gems can be found at Jalan Imbi, which is just a stone’s throw away from Berjaya Time Square Shopping Centre. Quite a number of good restaurants are located along the street, and a few famous restaurants are hidden at Medan Imbi
. Also must-visit is the Imbi Pasar
, or Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang
, where you can sample lots of traditional hawker foods at affordable prices!
Here are 10 highly recommended delicacies that you must try at Jalan Imbi area:
Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea (Imbi Pasar)
Don’t be surprised if you see big bosses driving their BMWs to the wet market just to indulge themselves with Ah Weng Koh’s famous Hainan Tea, which is often rated as the best Hainan Tea in KL! Hainan Tea is essentially a combination of coffee and tea. Ah Weng Koh’s Hainan Tea is so skillfully done that the ratio of coffee and tea is just right, creating a heavenly fragrance that will leave your craving for more! Don’t forget to pair the Hainan Tea with the kopitiam’s delicious toasted bun with butter and kaya.
One of the best places in KL to get your breakfast fix!
Ah Fook Chee Cheong Fun (Imbi Pasar)
Aside from Hainan Tea, another must-have hawker food at Imbi Pasar is Ah Fook’s Chee Cheong Fun. The main attraction here is the freshly made and deep-fried Yong Tau Foo with more than 15 varieties. Tantalize your taste-buds with rare and traditional stuffed vegetables, including lotus root, long bean, and winged bean! Crispy and juicy Penang Lobak is also available here. Enjoy your favourite Yong Tau Foo with slippery chee cheong fun that comes with a choice of curry and sweet sauce.
You can surely find your favourite stuffed vegetables here.
Imbi Road Pork Ball Noodles (Win Heng Seng)
Located at a corner lot at Jalan Imbi, Win Heng Seng is a popular kopitiam where you can find lots of delicious and traditional hawker foods. One of the most famous foods here is the pork ball noodles. Their signature pork balls are freshly handmade daily without adding any preservative to ensure the balls are always fresh and bouncy. In fact, the pork balls here are so popular that they can sell several hundreds of them in one day! Also special is the pork sausage, which is roasted with dark sauce until the sausage is fragrant, succulent, and rich in taste.
You don’t want to miss arguably the best pork balls in town!
Pau Kee’s Ipoh Sar Hor Fun
The restaurant’s owner used to work for Lee Tong Kee, one of the oldest Ipoh Sar Hor Fun restaurants in Singapore, many years ago. After picking up the skills, he moved back to KL and opened his own Ipoh Sar Hor Fun stall at Tengkat Tong Shin. In 2009, Pau Kee moved to its current location opposite Win Heng Seng Kopitiam. Their signature Ipoh Sar Hor Fun wins the hearts of patrons with its slippery rice noodles, bouncy shrimp wanton, and seafood soup rich in prawn oil.
If you are a shrimp lover, make sure you don’t miss out on their mouth-watering prawn dumpling soup!
Sun Fong Bak Kut Teh (Medan Imbi)
Extremely popular among foreign tourists, Sun Fong has become a must-visit Bak Kut Teh restaurant in KL. On the wall you can see the photos of many celebrities, like Jay Chow, who had visited the restaurant before. Sun Fong’s signature Bak Kut Teh is served in a claypot with a variety of ingredients, including pork, fried beancurd, mushroom and vegetables. The soup is not as thick as Klang’s Bak Kut Teh, but very rich in herbal flavours. Now you can enjoy a delicious bowl of Bak Kut Teh without the hassle of going to Klang!
Sun Fong’s Special Bak Kut Teh is cooked on the spot. Customers need to pre-order, as it takes 45 minutes to prepare.
Soo Kee’s Sang Har Mee (Medan Imbi)
When it comes to Sang Har Mee (Stir-fried noodles with fresh water prawns), Soo Kee is arguably one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in town. The restaurant is also known as Dai Xu Tao (Big Tree), because the old shop used to be located under a big tree at Kota Raya before moving to its current location. The signature Sang Har Mee is crispy thin noodles stir-fried with fresh water prawns with creamy prawn paste in their big heads. However, the dish can be quite pricey (approximately RM50 for one prawn!) due to the scarcity of fresh water prawns.
If you don’t have pockets deep enough for Sang Har Mee, try their fried beef noodles in Cantonese style, which is equally good and full of “wok hei”!
Imbi Fried Gold Cake (Mei Sin Restaurant)
Craving for traditional fried niao gao? Head to Mei Sin Eating Shop where you can find a humble stall selling all kinds of fried goodies, including fried nian gao (kuih bakul), fried sweet potato, fried yam, fried banana and fried sesame ball. All items are freshly made and deep-fried on the spot to ensure that they are hot and crispy. Sink your teeth into the best-selling fried nian gao, which is meltingly soft niao gao sandwiched between a slice of sweet potato and a slice of yam, adding a rich flavour to the taste.
The nian gao is homemade by the owner herself using her family secret recipe.
Sakura’s Nasi Lemak
Do you know that the former owner of Sakura is also the founder of Madam Kwan’s? That explains why the menus of both restaurants share so many similarities, especially the signature Nasi Lemak and Nasi Bojari. Established in 1977, Sakura is famed for their classy dining environment and delicious Nasi Lemak. The Nasi Lemak here is served with steamed rice rich in coconut milk aroma, curry chicken, boiled egg, sambal ikan bilis, achar and chicken floss.
The curry chicken is juicy and flavourful!
Fong Lye’s Taiwanese Cuisine
Fong Lye is one of the pioneers of Taiwanese cuisine in Malaysia, and their first outlet is located at Jalan Imbi. I still remember when I first visited this restaurant two years ago, the business was so good that all tables were fully booked, and they didn’t accept any walk-in customer! Now, you can find the restaurant conveniently at many major shopping malls in the city, offering set menu of similar dishes. Their specialty “Three Variety of Supreme Diced Chicken” is a must try. The thick and delicious sauce is well infused into the chicken meat that is tender and succulent.
You’ll be spoiled for choice with over 100 items on the menu!
Imbi Ampang Yong Tau Foo
This Yong Tau Foo stall is only open at night at a car park area opposite Win Heng Seng Kopitiam. It has operated for nearly thirty years at the same location. Business is brisk as the stall is always surrounded by lots of customers who can’t wait to satisfy their cravings for Yong Tau Foo. Their Yong Tau Foo is stuffed with fresh and authentic fish paste made of a mixture of herring fish and mackerel fish. Drenched in seafood soup in brown colour, the Yong Tau Foo is simply delicious and tantalizing!
Choose from more than 10 different stuffed vegetables!
If you happen to drop by Bukit Bintang area, don’t forget to pay a visit to the famous eateries at Jalan Imbi area to satisfy your taste-buds!