Kuala Lumpur is rapidly developing in a sprawling metropolis. Traditional architecture is disappearing, making way for futuristic buildings and enormous shopping malls. But in KL, when the sun goes down, that all changes and the unpolished side of this part of Malaysia comes to life. Smoke and intriguing smells waft up through the air. Stalls selling all sorts of unusual delicacies pop up. KL lives and breathes street food.
Without doubt, Jalan Alor would have to be my (and the rest of KL’s) favourite Street Food Night Market. It is indicative of Kuala Lumpur’s relationship with food. There are no frills. You don’t get fancy decor or service. There is a lot of plastic: the chairs, the tables, the bowls. But what you do get is bloody delicious food for dirt cheap and an insight into an era in Kuala Lumpur before the shiny buildings arrived.
It’s a place that sums up Kuala Lumpur’s remarkable food culture: simple but delicious, and presented unpretentiously. Oh, and very cheap. Kuala Lumpur is full of gleaming skyscrapers, but its most impressive asset can be found down on the street. Come hungry.
Jalan Alor Street Food Night Market
Night markets might just be one of my favourite things to photograph. I’m obsessed with the way they show a different side to the city and its people.
As with any street food market, to find the most delicious food, locate the stall with the most locals lining up outside. Guaranteed to get an amazing meal.
Address: Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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