+
Markets & Stores

[Kuala Lumpur] Chow Hunt in Chow Kit

klyeoh | Dec 7, 201605:44 PM     1

Chow Kit is KL's roughest & grimiest neighbourhood, populated by some of KL's most violent characters. The place is full of drug pushers and drug addicts, street hookers (including transsexuals/transvestites), petty thieves, muggers, and the sort.

It's also home to KL's largest market - bustling in the mornings, filled with the city's denizens who're out to buy anything and everything they need: from large, fresh turmeric leaves needed for Malay "beef rendang" to whole cow's head for preparing soups.

It's got the largest selection of fresh herbs, especially those for South-east Asian cooking, that I'd seen in the city - interesting variants of ginger, galangal, turmeric root, etc.

So maybe, just maybe, a journey into the Stygian depths of Dante's Inferno is worth it for a taste of what KL's Chow Kit has to offer.

Tapai, a Malay sweet of fermented tapioca.

Malay curries, including the beef liver one on the right which is redolent with cumin and coriander.

Chow Kit was a traditionally Malay neighbourhood, but the influx of Indonesians in the past couple of decades has resulted in a changing culinary landscape, with the food reflecting more Indonesian (Sumateran/Javanese) characteristics.

Malay "kueh" (sweetmeats) stall, selling various types of popular desserts like "onde-onde", "kueh lapis", "kueh dadar", Malay curry puffs, even a local type of donut called "kueh keria" made from sweet potato dough.

Putu piring, a Malay steamed rice cake filled with jaggery (Gula Melaka) and fresh, grated coconut.

Chow Kit's large fresh produce market.

All types of salted fish.

Chillis a-plenty.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

10 Trader Joe’s Products Nutritionists Swear By (Including Snacks!)
Guides

10 Trader Joe’s Products Nutritionists Swear By (Including Snacks!)

by Anna Hecht | It’s easy to beeline right for the peanut butter cups and frozen food at Trader Joe’s (not to mention...

19 Fantastic Salts to Stock Your Pantry & Make Your Food Shine
Shop

19 Fantastic Salts to Stock Your Pantry & Make Your Food Shine

by Roxanne Webber and Jen Wheeler | Salt is a transformative ingredient (if you're in any doubt of that, see Salt Fat Acid Heat), but...

Sonoko Sakai Wants to Teach You About Real Japanese Home Cooking
Table Talk Podcast

Sonoko Sakai Wants to Teach You About Real Japanese Home Cooking

by Hana Asbrink | Welcome to Chowhound's Table Talk podcast, where Executive Editor Hana Asbrink chats with some of...

A Party-Ready Mardi Gras Menu from New Orleans Chef Donald Link
Restaurants and Bars

A Party-Ready Mardi Gras Menu from New Orleans Chef Donald Link

by Roxanne Webber | Donald Link is one of New Orleans' best chefs, known for his down-home Cajun cuisine at Cochon and...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.