It is never an issue to find good food in the city of Kuala Lumpur.

Here are some places near the LRT (public trains) to start off  your search for the perfect Malaysian-styled mid-day meal. If you would like to eat and experience lunch like the locals do, this list is a good place to start.

Here, we take you through choices 5 to 8. Click here for Top 8 Lunch Venues in Kuala Lumpur, Part I

5. Dim sum at MinMax Restaurant – PNB Darby Park

MinMax Restaurant is a Chinese banquet-style restaurant that offers prepared-to-order Chinese dishes. For lunch the pork-free dim sum is freshly steamed or fried to order.

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Dim sum, pork-free

The dim sum menu consisted of 2 pages and it covers all the basics of dim sum and a little bit more. Prices are reasonable considering the portion, quality and taste. Service is attentive and the restaurant is comfortable; air-conditioned and brightly lit.

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Pork-free dim sum in the heart of Kuala Lumpur
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MinMax Restaurant in PNB Darby Park

How to get there:
Lot 2.1 Level 2, PNB Darby Park, Jalan Binjal 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

Directions:Take the train (Putra) to Ampang Park and walk. Take the exit to PNB Park/Intercontinental Hotel.


What to wear: Smart casual.

What to expect: Bright, clean and oriental- furnished restaurant with English speaking staff. We love the delicious fresh morsels of dumpling and some inventive items that are not commonly found on dim sum menus like the Panfried Meatcake, Deepfried Sweet Potato Ball with Custard and the Shishamo Fish in Salt & Pepper.

Operational hours:
Opening Hours: 11 am – 3pm, 6pm – 11.30pm weekdays
11 am – 3pm, 6pm – 11.30pm – weekends & public holidays.

6. E.A.T. Food Village, Publika Food Court

This is one of the handful of non-halal (serving pork) food courts in KL and it offers food from some of our best generations-old hawkers. Famous names with stalls here include Kin Kin Pan Mee, Yeoh’s Bak Kut Teh, Sentul Ah Yap Hokkien Mee (with lard) and Woo Pin Fish Head noodles.

A main course would cost you less than RM10 (USD4) and you can pick from variety of delicious local Malaysian food in a safe, air-conditioned environment. The ambiance is lovely too; Chinese calligraphy, poems, paintings and lingering Chinese oldies reminisces of the 1950s.

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E.A.T. Food Village, at Publika
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Yam Rice & Pork Soup
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Kin Kin Pan Mee. If you would rather be in a comfortable air-conditioned environment rather than brave the Chow Kit area in Kuala Lumpur, this is the place.
The EAT Village Foodcourt in Publika

How to get there:

E.A.T. Food Village

Address: 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

Directions: Take the train (Putra LRT) to Bangsar Station, and take a metered taxi from Bangsar Station. There are no nearby train stations to Publika


What to wear: Casual.

What to expect: A creative and artsy mall with a very hip vibe.

Operational hours: Daily 12pm – 9pm.

Tips on safety, communication, ordering and directions:

Air conditioned and bright, Publika is a shopping gallery in the Dutamas area of Kuala Lumpur with independent boutiques, bistros & diners, art galleries, an urban market with gourmet items, bookstore, convenience shops and more. The anchor tenant, Ben’s Independent Grocer, stocks both gourmet goodies and everyday essentials.

7. Peter Pork Noodles and Banana Fritters at Brickfields.

When one speaks of pork noodles in Klang Valley, Peter’s name is surely mentioned, and more often than not as one of the first choices.

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Peter’s Pork Noodles – simply delicious
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It may be hidden, but it’s worth the effort especially if you’re already in Brickfields

Peter himself mans the stall in Money Corner, an old foodcourt located inside the car park at the bend of Jalan Thambipillay before it joins Jalan Vivekananda in Brickfields, just beside Legends Claypot Biryani.

This foodcourt isn’t quite visible from the road, but is certainly worth the effort to locate.

A more straightforward location is the Restaurant One Sentral just opposite YMCA. However we strongly suggest a visit to Uncle Peter himself for your fix of this slurpworthy, murky bowl of porcine goodness.

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Peter’s Pork Noodles at the Money Corner Foodcourt, Brickfields
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Yes, it is a foodcourt. Some of the best food in KL are found in foodcourts and on the streets, where the locals eat

PS: The Char Kuey Teow is not bad too.

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Char Kuey Teow (fried flat noodles) is a Malaysian Chinese staple

How to get there:

Peter Pork Noodles and Banana Fritters at Brickfields

Money Corner aka Mayflower Food Court
144A Jalan Vivekanda, Off Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

Directions:Take the train (Monorail or KTM or Putra) to KL Sentral Station and walk or take a metered taxi.

Map: Brickfields- Money Corner Foodcourt :

What to wear: Casual.

What to expect: A hidden trove of hawker delights. Other than Peter’s pork noodles, the fried kuey teow (flat rice noodles), yong tau foo and curry noodles are noteworthy as well.

Tips on safety, communication, ordering and directions:

Be aware of the blind that can be spotted taking their walks here. Be careful of your belongings as KL Sentral is a central transportation hub heavy with human traffic; both locals and foreigners.

8. Nyonya food at Limapulo

A cuisine so steeped in tradition such as the Nyonya cuisine requires no modern re-interpretation and it is best savored strictly in its traditional form.

Uncle John, the culinary maestro of Limapulo seems to heed this belief. A no-frills outlet, the food here speaks for itself.

The curries are rich and pungent and traditional dishes such as the Chicken Pongteh (chicken, potatoes and black mushrooms flavored with taucheo (fermented soy bean sauce) plus gula Melaka (palm sugar)) and the Nyonya Laksa are well executed.

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Nyonya set lunch at Limapulo
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Good & affordable Nyonya cuisine

Daily lunch sets with a variety of 8 – 10 mains priced at a mere RM9.90 is a steal.

We recommend the Ayam Berempah, an Uncle John specialty which he assures us to be one of his best dish and we happily concurred after the first sip of the curry.

Current daily specials are Mee Siam (wonderfully tangy and spicy fried thin rice vermicelli ) on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the ubiquitous Nyonya Laksa on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Mee Siam – tangy and spicy fried thin rice vermicelli
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Set lunch at RM9.90 at Limapulo on Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur
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Ayam Pongteh set lunch at RM9.90 at Limapulo on Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur
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Limapulo,, a stylised version of “Lima Puluh”, which means fifty (50) in Malay.

How to get there:

Limapulo at Jalan Doraisamy

Address: 26 Jalan Doraisamy (Asian Heritage Row), 50100 Kuala Lumpur

Directions: Take the train (LRT Putra Line) to Dang Wangi Station or Medan Tuanku Station (Monorail) and walk from the above-mentioned stations.

From Dang Wangi Putra LRT station:
From Medan Tuanku Monorail Station:

What to wear: Casual.

What to expect: The lunch sets are truly value for money. Business is brisk, service is fast and there is a perpetual queue for tables during lunch. It is best to be early or be patient to wait for a table.

Operational hours: 8am – 5 pm daily, closed on Mondays

Tips on safety, communication, ordering and directions:
This is a pretty busy and safe location in the city area. Ordering is easy as the service staff and cashier speaks English.