Last week, Malaysians were in a rage when they found out that Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, asked Unesco to recognise the city state’s street vendors, or hawkers, as part of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage”.
Clearly offended by Singapore’s move, our foodies, chefs and social media users countered that Malaysia has the better street food compared to them. The criticisms prompted blow back from Singaporeans, who pointed out that two of their hawkers stalls have achieved Michelin stars.
So, who has the better food? Well, has anyone ever considered that maybe both of us have equally amazeballs makan options? In fact, there are many eateries in Malaysia that Singaporeans like to come and eat at, simply because the food there is good. And we’re sure Singapore has places Malaysians love to eat at too!
To prove this, we asked a few Singaporeans where they like to eat when they come to Malaysia. Here are 10 places as recommended by them. If you haven’t tried any of these, then you should STAT!
#1 Village Park Restaurant
Often touted as having the “best nasi lemak in town”, we’re not surprised Village Park made the list of Singaporeans’ favourite eating spots. Besides the basic nasi lemak, Village Park also offers various dishes as additional add-ons. One Singaporean raved over their ayam goreng rempah and sambal udang because “even the famous ones at Adam Rd and Changi Village Hawker Centre are tasteless”.
Opening times: 7am – 7.30pm (Mon – Sat); 7am – 6pm (Sun & Public Holidays)
Location: 5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 PJ, Selangor
Tel: 03-7710 7860
Facebook: Village Park Restaurant
#2 Jalan Alor
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Located in the heart of KL, Jalan Alor’s Night Market is a must-visit while in KL. The market has many brightly-lit stalls to choose from and can get a little overwhelming but will always be worth the visit. Malaysians may find the ikan bakar to be a bit of a rip-off at RM188 for two, but Singaporeans seem to really enjoy the place.
Opening times: 11am – 4.30am (Mon – Sat); 11am – 12am (Sun)
Location: 21, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 KL
Facebook: Jalan Alor 亚罗街
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We’re pretty sure Singapore has food trucks too, but maybe they don’t have an entire parking lot dedicated to them—because Singaporeans are thoroughly impressed with TAPAK. And we can see why. The impressive outdoor dining spot has what feels like an endless selection of food trucks parked around a dining area with small wooden tables and chairs where you can sit and eat.
If you haven’t been, don’t go on rainy evenings and be sure to clear your trash into one of the many bins available!
Opening times: 6pm – 12am (Daily)
Location: 2A, Persiaran Hampsire, Hampshire Park, 50450 KL
Facebook: TAPAK Urban Street Dining
#4 Wong Kee Restaurant
Ask anyone in KL which restaurant serves the best siew yoke and Restoran Wong Kee will be named. Wong Kee roasts the pork himself in an alley behind the old-style coffee shop on Jalan Nyonya, Pudu, and scrapes the skin by hand to ensure it’s crispness. The result is stunning, tender, tasty meat with perfectly crispy skin. Each slice of pork is nice and thick too.
Be sure to arrive between 12.30pm and 3pm though, cause the staff won’t entertain orders before or after that no matter who you are or what you order. According to some Singaporeans, the owner is so famous, he’s got a datuk-ship. We can’t confirm this though.
Opening times: 12.30pm – 3pm (Daily)
Location: 30, Jalan Nyonya, Off Jalan Pudu, 55100 KL
Tel: 03-2145 2512
Facebook: Wong Kee(王美記海南雞飯店)
#5 Restoran Sate Kajang Hj Samuri
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The best satay in the region is in Kajang, and Sate Kajang Hj Samuri is recommended. Their beef satay is tender and flavourful, and their chicken satay is juicy without having too much fat. They also offer fish, rabbit, and venison as well as chicken liver, gizzard and beef tripe satay, if you’re into that.
If you wanna bring kids, it’s good to know that their peanut sauce comes with sambal on the side, safe for the little ones or for those who don’t like to eat their food too spicy.
Opening times: 10.30am – 12.30am (Mon – Thurs); 4pm – 1am (Fri); 10.30am – 1am (Sat & Sun)
Location: Jalan Hishamuddin, Bandar Kajang, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Tel: 03-8926 5624
#6 Selera Senibong Seafood
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Seafood is one of Johor Bahru’s major attractions, and Selera Senibong Seafood is a huge seafood restaurant complex with several operators to choose from. Many recommend having siakap tiga rasa and grilled kerapu because the fish is really fresh here.
The restaurant has a great view of the sea too, and on a clear night, you can even see the city lights of Singapore while you enjoy your meal.
Opening times: 4pm – 2am (Mon – Sat); 4pm – 12am (Sun)
Location: Persiaran Pantai Senibong, Permas Jaya Johor (299.31 km), 81750 Kampong Senibong, Johor
Tel: 012-755 7327
Facebook: Selera Senibong Seafood
#7 Kedai Makan Lidiana
Penang has one of the most diverse food selection in Malaysia. So, if you’re tired of the usual Penang char kuey teow, oyster mee and asam laksa, then maybe it’s time to try out the Malay cuisine in the state. Lidiana has a huge array of cheap and authentic Malay food. According to one Singaporean, you can’t find this much variety in any of the nasi padang stalls in Singapore.
The ikan bakar, especially the ikan cincaru stuffed with sambal and onions, is a favourite and the ulam variety here is impressive.
Opening times: 7am – 4pm (Mon – Wed); 7am – 9pm (Fri & Sat); Closed on Sundays
Location: Medan Selera Tanjung Bunga (opposite Masjid Terapung), Tanjung Bunga, 10460 Georgetown, Penang
Tel: 016-415 8686
Facebook: Kedai Makan Lidiana
#8 Asam Pedas Claypot Laksamana
There’s no better way to end a day in Malacca than to have some of this delicious, fiery and sour local dish for dinner. Served in claypots to retain its freshness and heat, Asam Pedas Claypot Laksamana is a popular asam pedas destination for Malaysians, locals, and apparently, it’s a favourite among Singaporeans too!
The most popular dishes here are the asam pedas ikan pari and asam pedas daging tetel.
Opening times: 6pm – 4am (Tue – Sun); Closed on Mondays
Location: 86, Jalan Laksamana 5, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka
Tel: 012-680 0790
#9 Castella Café
You’re gonna want to bring a change of clothes and a towel to this place. Forget enjoying your meal with a view of the sea, eat your meal while you sit in a river instead!
Castella Café has come up with a really unique dining experience, where customers sit on plywood or bamboo tables set up in the Sungai Air Beruk river while feasting on an array of Malay-Pattani noblemen dishes. If you don’t know what that means, it’s different types of freshwater fish, chicken, ulam and sambal (no such thing as a meal without sambal in Malaysia!).
You can’t find anything like this in Singapore and it’s really worth making your way to Perak for.
Opening times: 9am – 8pm (Daily)
Location: 35, Kampung Padang Stang, Mukim Kerunai, 33320 Gerik, Perak
Tel: 011-2050 3454
Facebook: Castella cafe
#10 Warung Ikan Celup Tepung Pok Nong
If you’re travelling to Terengganu, one of the things you need to eat here is ICT, aka Ikan Celup Tepung. Even Singaporeans who visit Terengganu make sure they sample this famous local dish!
If you’re in Kuala Terengganu, then Warung Pok Nong is one of the more famous warungs that serve ICT. Located on Pantai Mengabang Telipot beach, it’s a 30 to 40-minute drive from Kuala Terengganu town. Besides the fish, make sure you try the sotong gunting, large juicy fried battered squid. The sotong is cut into smaller pieces while they’re still hot for easy consumption.
Opening times: 3.30pm – 8pm (Wed – Mon); Closed on Tuesdays
Location: A1693, Jalan Pantai, T145, Kampung Teliput, 21030 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Tel: 09-612 7655
Facebook: Warung Pok Nong
Is your stomach growling yet? We’ll be exploring the best makan places Malaysians like to visit in Singapore next! Got some recommendations? Hit us up on Facebook!
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