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Discovering five hidden Leboh Ampang eateries
Monday 29 May 2017
Kuala Lumpur
A collaboration between RapidKL, The Malay Mail and RebeccaSaw.com
The vegetarian spread at Sarimala Villas Chettinad Mess.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Last year, I had an assignment that required me to visit Betel Leaf at Leboh Ampang. It took about 45 minutes to secure parking in the vicinity and another 15 minutes to make my way to the restaurant under sweltering sun. 
The effort was worth it though as lunch was delicious, particularly the Mutton Sagwala (mutton cooked with spinach in thick gravy).
  
When the craving for an authentic Chettinad experience struck recently, I wisely took the LRT and alighted at Masjid Jamek, which is within 500m of many restaurants, most of which are reasonably priced and serve food prepared by local cooks or the owners themselves.

I had the good fortune to speak to some of these culinary masters including Sin Hoi How of Aunty Lee’s shop, which has been around for 70 years. In the morning, patrons would fill her shop to tuck into creamy, tasty Curry Laksa.

Weaving my way in and out of the alleys between Jalan Hang Lekiu, Jalan Tun HS Lee and Leboh Ampang, I came upon many makeshift stalls offering cheap but delicious sustenance.
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    One such place was Chong’s shop on Jalan Hang Lekiu, which possesses no identifiable name or brand but whose chicken and roasted meat rice dishes have garnered a loyal following over the 10 years Chong has been in business.
      
    One can’t be in the Masjid Jamek area and ignore Santa Chappati and Jai Hind, both of which have attained almost revered ranks for the best chappati in town.

    While Betel Leaf offers almost a fine dining experience, Sarimala Villas Chettinad Mess is simpler in ambience but serves no less delicious fare.

    Over at Hong Ngek Restaurant, a 70-year-old institution, rice is enjoyed with traditional Chinese dishes. Patrons can order one-meal sets for less than RM10 a meal or dishes to share.

    How do you like your roti canai? Mansion Tea Stall’s Roti Canai Banjir Special (RM3) consists of two pieces of roti canai, 2 half boiled eggs, dhall, fish curry and a dollop of spicy sambal.

    There are many other delicious discoveries in the vicinity of the Masjid Jamek LRT station and the above is merely scratching the surface. Take note though — the area is busy during the day as most shops cater to the working crowd.
Getting There
1. Betel Leaf Restaurant
77A, Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Masjid Jamek

Distance: 250 metres

Operating hours: 11am to 11pm. 

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take the Jalan Melaka/Jalan Ampang exit. Turn right and then turn left to walk along Jalan Tun Perak towards Pudu. Turn left on the next road (Leboh Ampang). Walk for about 50m and you will see the bright green signage of the restaurant across the road.
2. Sin Hoi How
7, Jalan Tun H S Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Masjid Jamek

Distance: 300 metres

Operating hours: 7am–2pm, daily

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take the Jalan Melaka/Jalan Ampang exit. Turn right and then turn left to walk along Jalan Tun Perak towards Pudu. Stay on the same side of the road. Make a left turn on the second left (Jalan Tun HS Lee). Walk for about 50m and you will see the restaurant on the left.
3. Santa Chapati House
11, Jalan Tun H S Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Masjid Jamek 

Distance: 300 metres

Operating hours: 8am-11pm 

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take the Jalan Melaka/Jalan Ampang exit. Turn right and then turn left to walk along Jalan Tun Perak towards Pudu. Stay on the same side of the road. Make a left turn on the second left (Jalan Tun HS Lee). Walk for about 50m and you will see the restaurant on the left.
4. Mansion Tea Stall
Lorong Bunus Satu, Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Masjid Jamek

Distance: 550 metres

Operating hours: 8am-8pm 

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take the Jalan Melayu/Jalan Masjid India exit. Turn right and walk along Jalan Melayu. You will pass Bazaar Melayu Masjid India on your right and then Jai Hind on your left. Keep left and go straight on, passing Bank Muamalat, Amanah Raya and an abandoned building. Cross the bridge directly in front of you and you will arrive at the stall.
5. Jai Hind

13, Jalan Melayu, Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Masjid Jamek

Distance: 350 metres

Operating hours: 8am-8.30pm

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take the Jalan Melayu/Jalan Masjid India exit. Turn right and walk along Jalan Melayu. You will pass Bazaar Melayu Masjid India on your right. Jai Hind is about 50m ahead on your left.  

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