Having late-night hunger pangs? Can’t decide what to eat or where to go? Let us help you fix those cravings! Of course, there are always mamak eateries for a quick supper, but we won’t state the obvious. We’re here to spare you the time and effort to look for the best midnight snack.
Now, before your tummy grumbles further, let’s get into it!
1. Mee Tarik Restoran
Jalan Sultan, open till 6am
Yes, you read that right! It opens till 6am. If you’re ever in Downtown Kuala Lumpur past midnight, Mee Tarik Restoran is the place to go. This Chinese-Muslim restaurant went viral on TikTok sometime last year, so do expect to queue for a seat here. If you’re a public transport user, MRT Pasar Seni is only a three-minute walk from the restaurant!
Their signature Beef Ramen is the main highlight for most who visit, but if you love spice, a tip is to add their fried chilli oil. Adding the chilli will really elevate the flavour of the soup noodles. Other items on the menu to try are the lamb skewers and fried dumplings.
If you find yourself too hungry to wait in line, fret not. There are other spots along Jalan Sultan that open late into the night too, like LOK LOK Fat Boy (open till 2am) and Sate Jamrut (open till 1am).
Address: 36 Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6017 666 6989
Operation hours: Daily, 10:30am to 6am
Bukit Bintang, open till 4am
Is your stomach grumbling after a long day of shopping in Bukit Bintang, but unfortunately, it’s 10pm, and all the malls are closing? Well, nothing beats the taste of warm toasty shawarma under the city’s night sky. Damascus closes at 4am, giving you ample time to sit down and delight in the sight of juicy meat being trimmed off the large rotisserie.
Address: 111 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 3717 2122
Operation hours: Daily, 8am to 4am
3. OHO Mookata & Bar
Chan Sow Lin, open till 4am
If your idea of a good supper time meal is steamboat or BBQ, you’ll get the best of both worlds at mookata restaurants. OHO Mookata opens till the early morning, so if your stomach starts grumbling at 1am, you know where to go!
Most mookata spots tend to open till midnight, so definitely check the operating hours of the ones near you. If you’re looking for Muslim-friendly mookata, check out The Khan Mongolian Muslim Restaurant!
Address: G1, Ground Floor, Wisma Trax, Jalan Chan Sow Lin, 1, Jalan Lima, Chan Sow Lin, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6018 668 0850
Operation hours: Daily, 4pm to 4am
4. Hing Kee Bakuteh
Jalan Kepong, open till 2am
Michelin Bib Gourmand at midnight, anyone? Hing Kee Bakuteh was awarded the Bib Gourmand last year for great food at a reasonable price. If you’re ever in the Metro Prima area, after a late-night movie at AEON Mall, perhaps, head over to Hing Kee for a hearty and warm supper!
Address: 121 Jalan Kepong, Metro Prima, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 523 3599
Operation hours: Friday to Monday, 4pm to 2am
5. Ye Xiao Canteen
Multiple outlets, open till 1am, except Setapak branch
Ye Xiao Canteen (夜宵食堂) in Mandarin translates to ‘supper canteen’. And to that we say, it’s a perfectly apt name because who doesn’t love indulging in instant noodles as a late-night snack? Their famous Thai Tom Yum Mama Mee is paired with meatballs, seafood, and large freshwater prawns. Do note that if you’re heading here, the last order time before the kitchen closes is 12:30am.
Outlet locations and operation hours:
Setapak: Friday to Wednesday, 5:30pm to 11:30pm (Closed on Thursdays)
PJ SS2: Daily, 6:15pm to 1am
Cheras Taman Yulek: Daily, 6pm to 1am
Kepong Baru: Daily, 5:30pm to 1am
Puchong: Wednesday to Monday, 6pm to 1am (Closed on Tuesdays)
6. TAPAK Urban Street Dining
Multiple locations, open till 1am
Feeling indecisive? Then TAPAK is the place to go. Choose from various stalls or food trucks and dine under the night sky. At times, you’ll find buskers performing on-ground as well, so you’ll have live music serenading you while you makan!
Locations: Click here for full list
Operation hours: Weekdays, 5pm to 12am; Weekends, 5pm to 1am
Wangsa Maju, open till 1am
Looking for steak past 10pm? Stiq is a one-of-a-kind curbside joint serving quality sous vide-cooked meats at an affordable price. Their meats are slow-cooked for hours till tender, and the prices are so low you can barely believe your eyes. For example, a lamb shank at Stiq that’s been cooked a la sous vide for 16 hours sells for only RM40!
Address: Jalan 4/27a, Wangsa Maju, 53300 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 345 2240
Operation hours: Daily, 5:30pm to 1am
8. Gu Xiang Nong BKT Restaurant
Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, open till 6am
Okay, we know this is the second bak kut teh (BKT) restaurant on the list, but hear us out. It’s a rare sight to see restaurants serving you BKT till six in the morning, and Gu Xiang Nong does exactly that. Besides having BKT here, try their other signature dishes like the Flaming Yellow Wine Chicken and Fried BKT Vermicelli with Braised Pork.
Address: 26 Jalan Kuchai Maju 1, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6016 868 2249
Operation hours: Daily, 11am to 6am
9. Friend Fries
Bukit Bintang, open till 4am
I don’t know about you, but I can have fries any time of the day. In my opinion, they’re the best and most versatile snack ever. They’ve recently gone viral, so there might be a queue if you’re stopping by in the late evening. The best part about Friend Fries is the fresh potatoes used for the fries and the variety of sauces available to top them with!
Address: Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 3755 8226
Operation hours: Daily, 8am to 4am
These dessert spots don’t open past midnight, but they’re worth a shot if your sweet tooth starts aching for something at 10pm. Take your pick from soy desserts, fluffy soufflé pancakes, shaved ice desserts, or ice cream!
Soufflé Dessert Cafe, Puchong and Damansara Uptown
Fluffy and jiggly soufflé pancakes for supper, anyone? They’re open till 12am on Fridays and Saturdays, and on other days till 11pm. Follow them on Instagram for updates.
Dao Desserts, multiple locations
Choose from hot or cold soy desserts here at Dao. Their daofufah with black sesame paste is a dream, and prices are super affordable too! Outlets are open till 11pm; find their locations here. Closed on Wednesdays.
Miru Dessert Cafe, Damansara Uptown
Get your dessert fork and teaspoons ready to dig into kakigori, honey toasts, mille crepe, and Japanese burnt cheesecakes. Open daily till 12am on Fridays and Saturdays, other days till 11pm. More info here.
Aftermeal Desserts, Damansara Uptown and PJ SS2
As it says on the walls of their SS2 outlet, “Reward yourself with happiness.” That’s exactly what you’ll be doing as you dig into their delectable kakigoris. Open daily till 11pm. Follow them on Instagram for updates!
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 30 March 2023 and has been updated to include more locations.