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Little India at your doorstep
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Kuala Lumpur
A collaboration between RapidKL, The Malay Mail and RebeccaSaw.com
Patiala Punjab’s sweets stall in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 — A stop away from the bustling hub of KL Sentral, the Tun Sambanthan Monorail station is quiet and generally overlooked. I walked out of the station one afternoon and did my usual 500m walk; ready to devour anything in sight.
When it comes to food, Restoran Yarl’s humble beginnings from a roadside shack to the current bricks and mortar outlet are testament to its food. Cooked with no MSG, the curries and vegetables are delicious but it is its sweet apam that got me hooked.
For simple, authentic Indian food, I recommend Lawanya Food Corner. The small stall is clean and the food served is so authentic that one can easily imagine oneself at a friend’s house.

Lawanya’s food is served on a plate so if you really must have your Indian rice and curries on a banana leaf, head to Vishal Food & Catering or any of the Chettinad restaurants listed below. Vishal, however, remains a firm favourite for many.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, consider Gandhi’s Vegetarian Restaurant. The diverse menu here extends to tom yam, a large array of vegetarian mock meats cooked in many ways plus yong tau foo, chicken chop and even assam claypot fish. Regular Indian breads like chappati and paratha are prepared to order.

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    Colourful Indian sweets have always fascinated me. Raju has been manning his stall for the past 12 years and if you need a lesson in Indian desserts, you will find a chat with him enlightening.

    A vegetarian meal at Gandhi’s.
    A vegetarian outlet in the Brickfields area.
    One of my best discoveries here was also Zul’s nasi kerabu and nasi kukus. Each rice portion for the nasi kukus is steamed individually, as it should be.
Getting There
1. Yung Kee Beef Noodles (non-halal)
9, Jalan Kancil, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur 

LRT/MRT: Pudu Distance: 450 metres 

Operating hours: 8.30am to 3pm. 

From the station: There are two exits. Turn left for Exit 1. Pudu which leads to the back lane behind Sek Yuen Restaurant or head for Exit 2. for Jalan Pudu/Jalan San Peng. Take the alley beside Hotel Pudu Bintang and Sek Yuen is on your left. 

 Enter the lane on the opposite side of the road between Kedai Kopi 168 and Maybank; take the first left turn and Yung Kee is on your left.
2. Soong Kee Beef Noodles (non-halal)
138, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Masjid Jamek

Distance: 400 metres

Operating hours: 6.30am–9.30pm, daily

From the station: Take the Jalan Tun Perak/Masjid Jamek exit. Head for the one that goes underground to cross the road. Once you’re on ground level, turn right and walk 50 metres towards Jalan Tun HS Lee. Turn right into this road and continue straight until you see Soong Kee just opposite you.
3. Shin Kee Beef Noodles and Lai Foong Beef Noodles (non-halal)
7A, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Pasar Seni

Distance: 400 metres

Operating hours: Shin Kee: 10am-7pm, closed on Wednesdays; Lai Foong: 6am-4.30pm, daily.

From the station: There are two stations one can take to get here. From Pasar Seni MRT: Take Exit A, cross the road and turn left. Walk on before turning right into Jalan Tun HS Lee. At the junction of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, turn left for Shin Kee or cross the road to the Lai Foong outlet. 

From Pasar Seni LRT: After the fare gates, take the Jalan Petaling/Jalan Sultan exit. Go down to the street level, turn left and cross the bus platforms to the opposite side of the road. To find Lai Foong, take the road beside Restoran Zhing Kong which is Jalan Sultan and turn left into Jalan Tun HS Lee. Go straight until you come to the junction of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock. Turn left for Shin Kee or cross the road to get to Lai Foong.
4. Ah Cheng Noodles (non-halal)
54, Jalan SS2/4A, Petaling Jaya

LRT/MRT: Taman Bahagia

Distance: 250 metres

Operating hours: 9.30am-4pm, closed on Wednesdays.

From the station: Exit the station and turn left to Jalan SS2/3. Turn right at the traffic lights and walk straight until you see a row of shophouses on your left. Then turn left again into Jalan SS2/4A. Restoran Ah Cheng is the middle shoplot on your right. The fare from Yung Kee with its herbal-based soup and premium beef cuts. Lai Foong's offering is tasty and comforting. Ah Cheng's noodles can be enjoyed dry or soupy.
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