Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang is for all those true foodies out there. They say Kuala Lumpur is all about food. And if you don’t visit Jalan Alor, while in KL, then you aint seen nothing yet.
As per my research before our Malaysia trip, this street was just 10 minutes away from KLCC convention centre. Most of the blogs seemed to suggest the same so we decided to So after our visit to Sunway Lagoon (our review is here), we decided to check if we could cover Petronas Towers too on the same day. But as luck would have it, tickets for the day were sold out. So we ended up buying tickets for the next day and since we had ample time before dinner, we decided to check out Jalan Alor. Before starting, we checked with couple of locals and security staff at the convention centre whether it would be prudent to take a taxi or just walk. And all of them suggested walking saying its just 10 minutes only.
And we decided to walk! And we walked and walked and walked! It took us a good half an hour to reach our destination. As the kids were already tired from their whole day outing at the theme park, they literally got exhausted! We did check with them whether they want to go back to the hotel but then they were determined to just finish it off rather than leave it for the next day! Poor things! And as luck would have it, towards our last leg, none of the people near an intersection knew which side we had to head to. We were standing around perplexed, tired and almost resigned to our fate when our little girl (all of 8 years) found a signboard right next to where we were standing mentioning “Jalan Alor”. She just kept pointing to it! And we all burst out laughing, such a stress buster that was!
Within minutes, we were at the entrance of this street and we were literally in shock. The entire street was lined with hawker stalls and was bustling with activity! And you are immediately stuck by how different this world is! The maximum city fades from your memory and you are transported to an era where there are no billboards or fine dining areas, just small sign boards in Chinese with plastic chairs and tables laid out, literally on the street. And you even have street musicians at intervals to entertain you with English classics.
We found a table after some time and tried barbeque chicken wings, chicken satay, oyster omelette, seafood noodles and then some more from different stalls. Being street food, prices are dirt cheap and the entire evening saw us spend less than 100MYR only. However, our children had only the satays as they are not used to such intense flavours and smells.
Though the walk to Jalan Alor was painful to say the least, the amazing street food more than made up for it. The whole street gives you a glimpse of how life would have been some decades ago. Jalan Alor is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and a must visit place in Kuala Lumpur if you are a true foodie.