Petaling Street


Kwai Chai Hong is gaining is popularity since they have started about 2 years ago. with constant different themes being organize at the area had been drawing alot of tourist from both local and international before covid period. Now withour CMCO status, Kwai ChaiHong Presents Everlasting Beauty Featuring A New Art Sculpture and Traditional Fabric Dye.

Transforming an alley into a signature cultural icon now. A hidden alley where you have to locate to take some instagramable shots. This area is a restoration project of heritage 10 shophouses and a laneway hidden in between Lorong Panggung and Jalan Petaling in Kuala Lumpur, has consistently introduced exciting art installations and activities to transform the space. Marking the year 2021 by presenting a new permanent art sculpture by Alice Chang of Lai Lai Art Studio and a traditional fabric-dye installation in an effort to celebrate Chinese culture and heritage.  classic combination of art culture to the streets.

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Drawing from a central theme of “Everlasting Beauty”, this installation pays tribute to the classic Wan Shou Wu Jiang (万寿无疆) porcelain design which is often found in the homes of Chinese families, and is also infused with inspiration from the popular Chinese floral design, Bao Xiang Hua (寳相花). Together with Alice, Kwai Chai Hong presents a masterpiece sculpture made from hundreds of porcelain pieces created as an expression of turning waste to adoration, giving it a new lease of life. The idea came about when Alice saw how a beautiful porcelain plate that has served hundreds of memorable dinners was disposed-off instantly the moment it was chipped. Chinese superstition believes that a chipped plate is an omen of misfortune.

“There is so much memory behind these plates that it breaks my heart to see them thrown away. Now I can give it a new purpose; an art-piece that people can appreciate for a long time,” Alice said. Thus, the creation of “The Lady” (小姐) sculpture now sits gracefully to greet visitors as they enter Kwai Chai Hong. This concept is further channeled through the installation of a setup mimicking a traditional fabric-dye factory with colourful textile hanging over bamboo stilts to dry. With the help of technology and in collaboration with Epson Malaysia, the traditional fabric-dye installation represents how old and dying crafts are innovated and transformed into various forms, including art.

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who would imagine this place is deck up with such a classic beauty.

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Swing by to take many pattern pattern shots like me. Still failed. What about you?

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Kwai Chai Hong will be open to the public daily from 9am to 12 midnight, with strict SOPs observed within the vicinity. The Everlasting Beauty art installation will be available from 26th March to 2nd May 2021. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the traditional fabric-dye art installation like never before.

In Chinatown or known as Petaling Street in KL, is a place that used to be famous for a lot of nice eatery. However, most of them had turn into commercialize and taste had change over the years including China Town Seng Kee. Used to be one of a famous dinner place in Petaling Street or hotspot for after clubbing.

Seng Kee had been operating in this area for easily around 20-25 years.

China Town Seng Kee

after drinking at a hidden bar nearby, we decided to drop by this place to check em out again on the food as they are famous for a few dishes.

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The original founder of the place is left with this ah ma, where she sits in the shop most of the time. She build this place together with her husband. I forgot who was the chef, is either relative or son.

Claypot Lou Shu Fan

Claypot lou shu fan is one of their signature. flood with sea of mince pork and of course must topped with an egg. (this is upon request where many of their customers prefer not to have an egg) whyyyy????

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Another great dish that you should not miss is this Stir Fried Intestine which is one of their signature dish.. Fried with wok hei and it is punch with flavor on every bite. Chewy yet a bit of heat at the end as it is stir fried with chili padi.

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Seng Kee famous pork noodle

This is one of their famous dish. The Siew Yoke Mee (Roasted Pork Noodles). It is like a must order dish. The noodle is alright and Siew Yoke is not too bad. I still remember that the noodle sauce used to be darker and their siew yuk is more caramelize which is on the stickier side.

Seng Kee Hokkien Mee

The Kl version of Hokkien noodle is not too bad. Thick noodle which is not overcook and, cook to abit thick in sauce. As above, its quite like their must order item when you come to this stall.

Indeed the quality of cooking and food had dropped. But still decent enough to pay a visit whenever you feel like it. It is still here than better its close down. Support some local businesses to make them sustain is perfect.

If you are a traveler, I think it is worth to pay a visit here if you want some local stir fried street food in KL. Just my own opinion.


-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10, okok la, still not too bad !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Seng Kee Chinatown
52, Jalan Sultan,
City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 12pm – 4am

Tel: 012-335 4192

Recently, a few of my followers send me msg in Insta to check this place out. After I google about this place, it turns out to be a famous Hainanese Kopitiam that had been operating for more than 60 years at Lorong Pangung. Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam at Petaling Street had just moved to their new location that is currently creating more modern classic touch of their interior. Drawing massive crowds from both local and international tourist.

It is a crazy hype at the  moment and do prepare to queue for a minimum 30 minutes. At their peak could be 60-90 minutes. Was told that the queue even started as early as before 7AM on weekend where all are ready to dig into their famous Hainanese Cham drink with soft boiled egg, kaya butter toast.

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Love their interior. A classic touch

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Their signature drink is Cham Peng @ RM 3.50 (L) is indeed a drink that you must not miss. Punch with flavour and a well balance of tea and coffee. For their Teh Ice at RM 3.50(L) is just normal. I would prefer to order 2 glass of cham instead.

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seen alot table ordering this, hence we follow suit.

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Their nasi lemak picture in the menu looks good, hence we decided to give it  a try. Turns out to be as good as it looks. Chicken fried to perfection, crispy skin and chicken meat is soft. Their Sambal is is salty, mild spice and with a a little hint of sweetness.

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Nothing much to shout out abit this as a croissant comes with meat floss, egg, ham.

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Curry Chee choong fun is abit of Ipoh style.

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Their dry curry chicken noodle is one of the famous item too. Do give it a try. Mild flavor curries served with soft chicken meat and their noodle texture is pretty good. Not the usual type of noodle that you can find in kopitiam.

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End with this classic Kaya Butter toast. A simple toast that you should not miss with a glass of Cham and half boil egg.

For tourist, to get here, stop at MRT Pasar Seni, walk for 5 minutes

Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam 何九海南茶店
1, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Same row with Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock Cafe

Opening Hours: 7.30AM – 3.30PM dialy

Operating Hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays, 7.30 am – 3.30 pm.

Constantly my oversea friends ask me what to eat in a few locations, especially Jalan Alor and Petaling Street China town. I have done up what to eat list in Jalan Alor and now coming up with top 12 street food in Petaling Street in KL as a guide. I have hunt half of it and half more to go.

The famous stalls are seperated into 2 timing, one in day time and some are in night time.

Morning/ Afternoon

1. Lala Noodle

picture credit to Vkeong

This is one of the latest famous stall in Petaling Street. Lala Noodle that live its hype that many are there just to eat this bowl. Prepare to wait at least 45 mins to 1 hour on peak timing. Was told to go before 11am or after 3pm where is less crowd.

Lai Foong Lala Noodle
138, Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL

Tel: 016-376 4928

Hours: 10am – 8.30pm

2. Lai Foong Beef Noodle

This is one of a classic place that I was expose to 10 years ago. Still standing strong as many regulars are there just to eat this stall. Passing the baton to his son now which is operating this stall.

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Lai Foong Beef Noodle
138, Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL

Tel: 016-376 4928

Hours: 10am – 5.30pm


3. Shin Kee Beef Noodle

There are a few versions of famous beef noodle in this area. This is another version which is equally good and they are famous for their dry beef noodle soup. Do give it a try


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7a, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 7.30am – 5pm

4. Song Kee Beef Noodle

Another legendary store that sell beef noodle that have long history is just a block away from those previous location. Just about 5 minutes walk away. These are eqaully good too. 3 of the beef noodle store sell nearly the same item but all have their own taste especially in soup base and uniqueness of noodle.

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86 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, 56000 KL, Malaysia.
Opening Hours : 11 am – 12 am.
Closed on Sundays.

5. Madras Lane Yong Taufu

A place which I was introduce just about 6 months ago is this famous Yong Taufoo in Madras Lane. Busy bee line waiting to ‘kiap’ their favourite pieces of yong taufu.

picture credit to KySpeaks

Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo
Lorong Bandar 20
Off Jalan Petaling
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.143600, 101.697142
Hours: breakfast and lunch, from about 10 am (Off Mondays)

6. Madras Lane Curry Laksa

Just located right opposite the yong taufoo stall is this famous Madras Lane Curry Laksa. there are 2 stores located just right in front of the store. One of the left and one on the right.

Do note that there are dispute within both stalls. Do ask do they serve it to the place where you are seated. If you are seated on another side zone of the other stall, you wont get your noodle as I was keen to try both. So I could not try both at the same time.

Madras Lane Curry Laksa Stall

Madras Lane Curry Laksa
Lorong Bandar 20
Off Jalan Petaling
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.143600, 101.697142
Hours: breakfast and lunch

7. Kims Soya Bean

Been here thousand times, never knew this soya bean stall is one of a signature stall to hunt for both Soya Bean and taufufa. Do get both if you are here.

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Opposite Hong Leong Bank
Petaling Street, Chinatown, KL
Business hours: 9am – 11pm

8. Air Mata Kucing

One of the legendary store that had been operating more than 20 years and still standing strong. Just by selling Air Mata Kucing, they are like the landmark in Chinatown. This famous Air Mata Kucing is the main pit stop in Petaling Street for thirst quencher.

Infront Hong Leong Bank
Petaling Street, Chinatown, KL
Business hours: 9am – 11pm

9. Bun Choon Egg Tart 品泉

Another place that I was expose to just last year is this famous Bun Choon Egg Tart that located a street away from China Town. Made fresh daily and famous among locals and tourist.

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pic credit to passportchop.com

153, Jalan Petaling, City Centre,
50000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

10. Hoon Kee Porridge 漢記靚粥

I have yet to try this yet but many recommendations n this place. Smooth silky porridge with fresh slices of fish. You just need to dip into the porridge and will cook within a minute.


pic credit to KY

Hoon Kee Porridge
93, Jalan Hang Lekir,
City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 4.30am – 2.30pm


For dinner or late supper, these 2 place are recommended.

11. Seng Kee

Seng Kee in Petaling Street is one of my supper stop when I was back in college after my clubbing time. It was either this or Wong Ah Wah in Jalan Alor.

This place is famous for their Claypot lou shu fan and Siew Yuk Noodle. Just went back last year and they used to be much better.

52, Jalan Sultan, City Centre,
50000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-3 a.m. (Daily)

12. Lian Bee Hokkien Mee 联美福建面

This is one of a hidden store that I had heard many moons back but still have yet to visit. Will come by to check it out soon. Famous for their stir fried Hokkien Noodle.

Lian Bee Hokkien Mee Stall Petaling Street

Pic credit to vkeong.com

Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lok
(diagonally opposite the arch entrance to Petaling Street)
Business hours: 4.30pm – 10.30pm, closed on Tuesdays

If you guys do have more good food in this area, please do let me know. Will check it out. 

One of the very early starters of Speakeasy bar in KL, is this famous place PS150 is also known as one of a  Hidden bar in Petaling Street. Making a huge wave since its opening till now that it is a must visit bar whenever you are in KL.

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PS15o speakeasy bar is not easy to find as I always thought it is a back door at the side alley or behind and I was wrong. The shop concept is a misleading yet love it as it feels like a sundry shop with huge collection of toys. The entrance is just right next to Merchant Lane.

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there will be a guy right at the counter as he is not selling toys but the main entrance into PS 150 hidden bar.

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You will be walking thru a few sections and I love the first seating area. Give you the private space and transport you like old Shanghai feel, that is dim with red lights. Sitting here too long I might get headache but only can accommodate 2 pax. Will be a great dating area.

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After that, this is the natural place, that you can see the tree roots and it is open area. Great for smokers (oh no, you no longer can smoke here) It could be warm here too.

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very interesting cocktail  menu that they have. Not a big fan of cocktail bar, but good to visit once in a blue moon as we had a gathering here.

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this is the signature place that you often get to see in Instagram. Tons of people have came here and shoot this signature old Shanghainese concept. It indeed gels with China Town.

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ambiance here is nice and sitting place is quite limited.

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It was a coincidence that they have a guest mixologist from Philippines.

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Order one of the bar snacks to go after as I havent had my dinner. Crispy Duck Popiah – Roasted Duck, pickled cucumber and hoi sin @ RM 30. Fried to perfection that the popiah is crispy and roasted duck pair with pickled cucumber and their cocktail is indeed interesting. Personally fell that it will goes well with gin or sake mix selection cocktail. Enjoy well as per roll is RM 10.

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Takeshi Cooler – dry sake, pisco E1 Gobernador, Umeboshi plum, special jaggary shrub, Lime, Soda, Toasted Rice Cracker. @ RM 45

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I am a fan of Negroni and Love the balance taste they have it here. Something simple yet great!

Not a bad place to hang out, especially for those who love Speakeasy bar hopping. There are a few in the area. Great for tourist to come by here too. They have nice cocktail as I think they are balance out well.

You can try out the spooky Speakeasy bar – The Deceased (which has very interesting concept).


-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, nice place to hang out with friends !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre,
50000 Kuala Lumpur
(next to Merchant Lane)

Operating Hours:
Tuesdays to Saturdays : 6pm to 2am
Sundays : 4pm to 11pm

Merchant’s Lane 美真林 is one of a jewel cafe in Petaling Street. With hype and raves about them that had sail this business very consistent over the years. Tuck in level one in these prewar houses that makes them kinda a speakeasy kind concept of cafe that constantly drawing crowd over. Run down interior, with a modern touch up that transform this place into a instagramble heaven. Also known as the Top Brunch place to visit in KL according to many.

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As I have seen Astro interview the owner, the building was chosen because of the tree that grew on the wall that gives him the instant connection. Mix reviews were portray into this cafe as is either good or bad. My verdict? Well, read throughout till the end.

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It was a random Sunday last weekend that decided to explore on Brunch place again and with a few places have in mind and decided why not try out Merchant’s Lane since they got such ratings and also some readers also ask me to try it out.

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Parking around the area had become very limited as one of the open air carpark (infront of Ali Muthu and Ah Hock) nearby had close down for future construction. As I reach, it is full house and the queue was not that bad as I am third in the queue. Do go to the counter and place your name in the name list and waiting to be called upon next available table.

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What a busy cafe as it is bustling with conversations all around and people are taking pictures at the back of the cafe with a swing and some props.

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Menu is pretty straight forward as it is quite the same over the years. It is a western cooking with local twist infusion. What a great way to run a cafe without changing much and guess those are the best seller items.

Read up some blogs while waiting and it seems food here weren’t that high up in expectation therefore I had lower down my thoughts on it.

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Ordered Latte and Cappucino @ RM 11 each. Turns out to be not too bad. Mild acidic and slightly strong on coffee flavour. It does give me the taste like local beans. (I might be wrong)

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We ordered, Italian Chow Mien (Fried pasta). Food were quick as it came less than 5-10 minutes after ordering. Serve in a classic plate that my grandma used to use for our rice plate. Food presentation is kinda turn off. The pasta looks like mee goreng that cook across the street that sold by some makcik below the LRT station at RM 3 per packet or infront of Petaling Street market. Taste werent that fantastic as mention it is fried, therefore slightly dry and overall it is only alright. Rendang chicken is not too bad but for  RM 24. no further comment needed.

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Order South China Sea as it seems crowds favorite @ RM 32. Serve with 63 degree poached egg, housemade hash and salsa.  Quite a huge chunk of salmon that is serve, looks great in the picture. It is under season, quite pale in flavour and overcook too. Mix of salsa is a bit confusing, filled with apple, capsicum and the fried hash that looks like being fried in a long serving oil that gives such colour and quite at the base plate. I try to finish my salmon, and I guess I gave up along the way. Turns out to be quite disappointing.

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The group of people sat next to me also been bashing on the quality of food that being serve and price they are charging. I have to agree with them on these 2 points and overheard their conversation, that they are going for Bak Kut Teh to fix their palates.

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To sum it out, I can only say one thing. In business, you need to have business luck in running a business. The owner certainly has it as the food is mehhhh, coffee is alright and price is pretty high for such food quality. Curious what makes Merchant Lane as one of the top BRUNCH PLACE to be in KL? I can only advise, eat at your own risk as it is not worth to drop by unless for picture purpose or you are a traveler that you would want some local twist profile flavour. Could this be your best cafe in Petaling Street?

Find that Choca food store food is much more interesting if to compare on this.  the cafe is not that fantastic but better than here .

Brunch in KL is quite limited. Share with me on your favourite brunch place then I can go check it out.

I ended up went to get famous taufufa at Petaling Street to fix on my palate too.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 5/10, coffee is not too bad and nice ambiance -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Merchant’s Lane 美真林
150, Jalan Petaling,
50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2022 1736
Business hours: 11.30am till 11pm
Closed Wednesdays

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