3 food recommendations in KL for weekend getaways

Recommendations for food and a bonus review of our Airbnb property.

I spent four days in Kuala Lumpur! It was a great trip for me, so here are three food recommendations for those less acquainted with the capital of Malaysia.

1. Jinxuan Dimsum

Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong
Damansara Jaya Sdn Bhd
59, 61 & 63, Jalan SS22 / 19 Damansara Jaya, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Mon – Sun 7 a.m – 11 p.m
603 – 7729 6866

Jinxuan Dimsum has many chains. We went to one near Atria Shopping Gallery:

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Note the fried brinjal in brown sauce, and the fried salted egg scallop and prawn dish on the bottom left.

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The amount we ate and more. Check out the hargau!

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If I had to recommend only one dish, it would be the egg tart. My friends and I aren’t really egg tart fans, but we polished off four straight plates – about one egg tart each. The egg tart will melt in your mouth. That said everything we ate was fantastic.

Do give the fried brinjal or eggplant a try, as well as the fried salted egg scallop and prawn dish (in the first picture above).

The menu comes in English as well.

One word of warning is that the restaurant staff mainly speak Cantonese. There’s a queue system to manage the huge crowd. I don’t speak Cantonese and I had no idea what numbers they called. Keep an ear out for your number, which they’ll repeat in English if there’s no response.

The damage for eating till our stomachs hurt? MYR199, which is MYR33 and about SGD12 per person.  

2. Steamboat buffet

We had steamboat at Fat One Steamboat Buffet near Sunway. It’s about MYR40-50 per person for this all-you-can-eat buffet with free-flow drinks.

Fat One Steamboat
22 & 23 Jalan Pjs 8/17, Petaling Jaya 46150
Phone: +60 12-234 8823

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The soup was addictive. We had the hot and spicy ma la one, and a generic hotpot broth with wolfberries. The buffet was plentiful – whatever food you imagine ought to be in a Chinese hotpot, they have it. These would be your usual fish balls, mushroom varieties, fish dumplings, etc.

They even have yong tau foo, fresh fish and seafood packed in ice, and fried foods.

Sadly, I do not have many photos. I was too hungry.

Do stay away from the luncheon meat. Being spam lovers, my friends and I took a few to fry. It was terrible. Do not recommend.

If you’re driving, don’t leave your valuables in your car! There were warning signs in the restaurant.

3. Bak ku teh you can’t miss

We had really good wet and dry bak ku teh here

Restoran Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh
No.9, Jalan Besar, 41000 KLANG
Selangor Daru Ehsan, Malaysia
Phone: 012-309 8303 / 012-385 5154

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The verdict is that you should buy a ticket – plane or bus – to eat this immediately.

I drizzled my rice with the black herbal soup and had some of the savory-sweet meat from the dry bak ku teh with it.

Mix the minced garlic and green chili with the soy sauce provided for an amazing dip for the tender pork ribs.


Bonus: Airbnb

Here’s an Airbnb near all these food attractions. My Malaysian friend also says the location is great. It cost us about MYR20 off-peak to get to the city for a usual Grab.

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We had many dinners and snacks here. Image credit: Airbnb

This is a spacious Airbnb in Subang Jaya. The space was fantastic for a large group.

There are a total of six rooms – so seven of us fit well. The beds are all not singles, but queen- to king-sized beds.

Yup, each room looks similar. Image credit: Airbnb

And to put the cherry on top, each room comes with its own shower, mirror, and sockets.  No fighting for the toilets! If I’m not wrong, each room also came with its own hairdryer.

The two master bedrooms on the upper floor had a huge bathtub.

There are blackout curtains as pictured and a variety of lighting options in each room like soft bedroom lights and brighter fluorescent lights.

Outside the house, we had a washer and dryer. No detergent was provided but that was settled with a trip to the supermarket for snacks.

The host let us have a late checkout because our flights were later in the evening.

Midway through our stay, the power kept tripping. As far as I know, the host was helpful and responsive throughout.

We discovered the cause of the trip – an errant socket in the living room – and the issue was resolved. Thanks, engineer friends!

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There was a lot of trial and error involved. We’ve also informed the host.

Hopefully, this won’t happen again, but my friends and I agreed that this was a really nice property to stay in.

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Bye! Image credit: HeyPearl

Check out the listing, more photos, and the price for yourself here – it’s really reasonable at about SGD200 a night. The cleaning and service fee may change the price.