Underrated Local Food In KL (Wallet-Friendly)

Bills, clothes, rent – There are a lot of things to pay for when you become an adult. There’s no way around it . We guess what we’re trying to say is that while there are some expenses that you just can’t avoid paying for.

Fear not, dear reader. In this write up, I am going to share with you on places where you manage to indulge delicious meals almost every day without burning a hole in the wallet. Stick to your budget with ease by checking out these places that you can enjoy your dinner for under RM50 (not including alcohol).

Keep in mind this is not a complete list but just a sampling of where you’ll find a nice mixture of ambiance, wait service and, most important, good food.

1. GUANG BAR (Japanese Fusion Bar) – Non Halal

Guang Bar, The USJ19 Mall (Picture source : From Google)

Guang Bar has just opened its 1st outlet at The USJ19 Mall Subang Jaya (few kilometres away from DaMen Mall) in May this year. Recently with its 2nd achievement at The Link2 Bukit Jalil. It bills itself as a Japanese Fusion restaurant that blends together dishes from Southeast Asia, with a Malaysian-Chinese Japanese influence. This would seem to be somewhat of a poetic license as the menu features KL fried hokkien mee, pan fried dumpling with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese, pizza, ramen hot pot with a Japanese twist (their special broth) and more.

It may be finding it’s feet (although it is an established restaurant bar in KL so any teething problems should be pretty minor) but overall I’m pretty sure underwhelmed by the experience.

On the plus side the industrial decor works well with the neon lights adding a splash of colour. Even though the bar looks inviting, you are here for the food.

*Guang Bar will be hitting their third spot which may be closer to you soon!*

2. HAWKER HALL (A Modern Kopitiam)

Hawker Hall, Sri Hartamas KL (Picture source : From Google)

All the best local food under one roof at Hawker Hall. It is common knowledge that some of the most delicious food can be found in Ipoh, Penang and etc. It is a known fact that there are people who would take the trouble to drive from other cities just to indulge in gastronomic delights. However, being out-of-towners, searching for the right food shop around town can be quite a hassle, especially for someone who is not so adventurous on unfamiliar roads.

Now, with the opening of Hawker Hall at Hartamas neighbourhood, the problem of searching for some of the best street food is solved. With the revamping and rebranding kopitiam that brings a refreshing food court concept that caters to a larger cross-section of the community.



This place is listed as one of the Top 10 Nasi Lemak in KL and if you happen to be in Bangsar, do give this place a try. The rice was fragrant and lovely. They have quite a variety of side dishes and everything looks superb good! Once you are up there at the food court level, it is not difficult to miss this place as they are located right at the end closest to Puclic Bank and this is the most crowded stall. Well regarded as comfort food, fine dining it isn’t, but when you order the juicy fried turmeric-and-lemongrass-seasoned chicken (prepared on the spot) along with your nasi lemak, you’ll be sure to join the throng of regulars who swear that the place is magic. You do not have to spend a fortune to eat well. What’s more, its location mere steps away from the bar and clubbing area of Bangsar contributes to its dramatic popularity and its raucous atmosphere is best experienced late at night, when it’s filled with tourists and expatriates huddled next to local customers.

4. BAN LEE BAK KUT TEH – Non Halal


Sweaty and chilled by the midnight air, you are in the mood for some food to warm you up but nothing too ‘heavy’ of course. One of our favourite types of after-hours food is bak kut teh. You really cannot beat this KL stalwart as it is the perfect pick-me-up late at night, and for the best bak kut teh in town I suggest you head to Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh. Set right beside Dynasty Hotel, it is the ideal choice for really late diners due to the fact that they are open 24 hours.The setting is a regular Chinese coffee shop with plastic tables and chairs but you are not likely to be paying any attention to that as you will be too engrossed in slurping up every last bit of broth.



One of the top 10 Banana Leaf in Kuala Lumpur located near Bangsar Village . Pack with people and tourist at all time. Set opposite Bangsar Village shopping centre, this banana leaf restaurant is one of KL’s brightest gems. Serving Indian food in a simple, semi-communal setting, the highlights of Devi’s Corner are threefold. You will see a seemingly never-ending procession of diners coming through its doors no matter the time of day you visit. This lively place is that popular. Grab a table inside the main restaurant, or sit down in the outdoor space beside the restaurant and dine under the stars.

Enjoy your meals !

Ching Yee

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