Jalan Alor, known as Alor Road in English, is a street in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

However, it is not just another road in a bustling city. It is one part of Kuala Lumpur that is well-known for its delicious, authentic and affordable street food.

As you venture onto Jalan Alor, food stalls and restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines will start to overwhelm you with options. Many visitors have no idea where to start when they first visit this famous food street.

The colors, shouts from vendors calling for your attention, music coming from buskers, light charcoal smoke and wok-clanking sounds coming from stir-frying, barbecue and meat-grilling actions all create an eye-opening atmosphere different from other parts of the city.

Jalan Alor was once a red-light district, but it is slowly transforming into a food haven for travelers, locals, and expatriates.

During the day, the road may look uninteresting; As soon as dinner time approaches, makeshift stalls, food trucks, hundreds of plastic tables and chairs fill up the sidewalks and the street itself, turning the two lanes into one busy lane that both pedestrians and cars will have to share.

The two things you need to visit Jalan Alor are an empty stomach and cash. Depending on your appetite, one person can spend up to RM100 or even more on food. The variety here makes you want to try everything, especially if it is your first visit to Malaysia. To try more food without eating too much, consider visiting multiple times or in a group of five or six.

Some of the hawker food you should try here are:

  • Barbecued chicken wings
  • Hokkien noodles
  • Salted-egg squids
  • Chicken and beef skewers (satay)
  • Fried oyster egg

Aside from the above, you can tantalize your taste buds with the following tropical fruits too.

  • Durian
  • Rambutan
  • Mangosteen
  • Mango

For those of you who wants to take on a food expedition beyond local cuisines, you can also lay your cutleries on Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and other cuisines from around the region at Jalan Alor Kuala Lumpur itself. The street is truly a foodie’s paradise.

Attraction Type

Food

Name in Local Language

Malay: Jalan Alor

Key Attractions

Eat, drink, and chill. All these sums up the things you can do at Jalan Alor Kuala Lumpur.

Street Food

Along Jalan Alor, there are many food stalls, restaurants and food vendors selling a variety of dishes, snacks, drinks, and desserts.

You should give everything a try. Just point at anything on the menu that looks interesting to you. Don’t panic if you cannot make up your mind, though. I have some suggestions to get you started.

Barbecued Chicken Wings

If you enter Jalan Alor from Changkat Bukit Bintang, walk all the way until you reach the end of the street.

Barbecued Chicken Wings at Jalan Alor
Barbecued Chicken Wings at Jalan Alor

This is where you will find Restoran Wong Ah Wah (W. A. W.), a Chinese restaurant well-known for its barbecued chicken wings. You are at the right place if you spot a restaurant using Mickey Mouse on its signboard.

The chicken wings sold here are so famous that even artists from Hong Kong and Taiwan stop by to taste them whenever they perform in Kuala Lumpur.

After marinating them in soy sauce, pepper, salt, garlic, shallot and other ingredients, workers at the restaurants put these chicken wings onto metal barbecue racks with a base filled with burning charcoal. The workers will then fan the charcoal to keep it burning. At the same time, they will rotate the wings to make sure they are cooked to perfection.

Man Barbecuing Chicken Wings Using Charcoal at Restoran Wong Ah Wah
Man Barbecuing Chicken Wings Using Charcoal at Restoran Wong Ah Wah

The restaurant offers outdoor seats right beside the road as well as air-conditioned indoor dining areas. Come here at dinner time on a Friday or Saturday night, and you will probably need to wait to get a table.

Fried Seafood Coated with Salted Egg Yolks

The Chinese love using salted egg yolks to coat seafood like squids and prawns before deep frying them. You can find these dishes at any Chinese restaurants in Jalan Alor.

Fried Squids Coated with Salted Eggs at Jalan Alor
Fried Squids Coated with Salted Eggs at Jalan Alor

The crunchy and slightly salty surface created by salted egg yolks together with the soft texture of the fried squids or prawns make them a dish that you simply cannot stop eating after the first bite.

Dim Sum

Dim sum is a traditional Chinese snack usually made with chicken, pork or shrimps. To spot this colorful culinary delight at Jalan Alor, look for stalls with huge bamboo steamers like the ones shown in the photo below.

Dim Sums in a Steamer at Jalan Alor
Dim Sums in a Steamer at Jalan Alor

As you approach the stall, the hawker will hand you a food tong and a plastic container. Pick any of the dim sums you fancy. When you are done choosing, the vendor will tell you the total price you need to pay.

Durians

Upon entering Jalan Alor from Changkat Bukit Bintang, you will see many stalls selling durians. Jalan Alor is a favorite spot for tourists to have a taste of the King of Fruits or the ‘blue cheese’ of fresh fruits.

Durians for Sale at Jalan Alor
Durians for Sale at Jalan Alor

Durian is a fruit that you will either love or hate. You can smell it from more than 10 meters away, and the smell itself is enough to turn most people off. There is a reason behind why most hotels prohibit guests from bringing durians back to their room.

Depending on the seasonality and the type of durians, the price fluctuates around RM60 to RM120 per kilogram. Also, since it is a touristy area, the price is comparatively higher than other sellers in Kuala Lumpur.

Durian Flesh
Durian Flesh

Despite the higher price, Jalan Alor is still a good place for someone who is new to durians to get his or her first bite. If you happen to like it, you can get more affordable durians that are equally, if not more delicious, at less touristy night markets and fruit stalls in Kuala Lumpur.

Local Tropical Fruits

Aside from durians, you can also find stalls selling different local tropical fruits like chempedak, jackfruit, mangosteen, rambutan, langsat, duku, langsat, ciku and many others.

A Stall Selling Local Fruits at Jalan Alor
A Stall Selling Local Fruits at Jalan Alor

If you feel like trying these fruits, just pick those you would like to try and bargain with the seller. Every fruit stall here prepares seats for their customers to have a fruit feast.

The sellers might explain the right way eat these fruits to you, especially if you look confused. If you are lucky, they might even let you try some of them for free.

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Getting There and Around

Even though it does not sit right beside a train station, going to Jalan Alor is easy, especially if you choose to stay in the Bukit Bintang area.

By Train

The nearest train station from Jalan Alor is the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station.

After exiting the train station, you need to walk for about 5 to 10 minutes to reach the street. Click on this link to get instructions on how to walk from Bukit Bintang Monorail Station to Jalan Alor.

By Ride-hailing Services

Registering an account with GRAB or Uber after clicking on the links below gives you and kuaby RM10 worth of free rides.

GRAB, and Uber are the preferred ride-hailing services in Kuala Lumpur. You can use them to travel from the city center or anywhere in the Klang Valley to Jalan Alor.

If you have never used either of these services, here are the steps to register an account:

GRAB

  1. Click on this link to register a GRAB account.
  2. Download GRAB to your mobile phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  3. Open the app and follow the steps to sign in.
  4. Select your pickup spot.
  5. Search for “JALAN ALOR” and use it as your drop-off spot.
  6. Click on “Book” and a driver will be on his or her way.

Uber

  1. Click on this link to register an Uber account.
  2. Download Uber to your mobile phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  3. Open the app and follow the steps to sign in.
  4. Tap on the ‘Where to?’ field.
  5. Set your pickup location by either searching for it or by moving the pin on the map.
  6. Tap on the ‘Where to?’ field.
  7. Search for ‘Jalan Alor’.
  8. Tap on the ‘Jalan Alor’ located in Kuala Lumpur to set it as your destination.
  9. Tap on ‘uberX’, followed by ‘REQUEST UBERX’, and a driver will be on his or her way.

Taking a ride around the city center using either of these services will cost around RM5 to RM20, depending on distance and traffic conditions. These apps will show you the approximate fare before you confirm your request.

By Taxi

Almost all taxi drivers in the city center know the directions to Jalan Alor.

They will drop you off at the street itself during the daytime; In the evening, however, taxi drivers might only stop somewhere around the area because the large crowd at Jalan Alor makes it hard for them to maneuver their vehicle.

It is a well-publicized fact that taxi drivers in Kuala Lumpur may sometimes quote exorbitant fares for travelers, citing poor traffic conditions, the long distance, rain or other excuses. Insist on paying according to the meter or at least a reasonable fixed fare.

Use a ride-hailing service if you cannot find a taxi driver who is willing to cooperate.

The following is a list of estimated taxi fares from key attractions around Kuala Lumpur to Jalan Alor:

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Jalan Alor: RM80 to RM120
  • KL Sentral to Jalan Alor: RM15 – RM20
  • PETRONAS Twin Towers to Jalan Alor: RM13 to RM17
  • Mid Valley Megamall to Jalan Alor: RM19 to RM26
  • KL Tower to Jalan Alor: RM12 to RM15
  • Batu Caves to Jalan Alor: RM25 to RM35

The estimated fares above are for budget taxis, and the final amount may vary due to traffic conditions. Also, the estimated fares above do not include the 50% midnight surcharge.

By Foot

If you happen to be in the Bukit Bintang area, you can walk to Jalan Alor in less than 15 minutes.

From Bukit Bintang Monorail Station

Once you exited Bukit Bintang Monorail Station, follow the instructions below to reach Jalan Alor:

  1. At the busy intersection beside the monorail station, look for a McDonald’s and Starbucks adjacent to each other. Walk towards them.
  2. Facing the Starbucks outlet, make a left turn and continue walking along Jalan Bukit Bintang for about 5 minutes.
  3. When you arrive at the next junction with a KFC outlet on your right, make a right turn onto Changkat Bukit Bintang.
  4. Continue walking for less than 5 minutes, and you should be able to see a street with food stalls on both its sides. You have arrived at Jalan Alor.

From Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is an iconic shopping mall in the Bukit Bintang area. Thanks to the KLCC – Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, it is often the first stop for travelers who are walking to Bukit Bintang from the KLCC area.

It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to walk from this shopping mall to Jalan Alor. Just follow the instructions below:

  1. Exit Pavilion Kuala Lumpur through its Bukit Bintang Entrance, where you will find a water fountain.
  2. Follow the direction of vehicles on Jalan Bukit Bintang, the one-way street outside the shopping mall.
  3. Continue walking straight for about 10 to 15 minutes. You will walk past Fahrenheit 88 and Public Bank.
  4. As you approach the junction beside Lot 10 and TOUS les JOURS, cross the streets to reach where McDonald’s is.
  5. You should see a Starbucks beside McDonald’s. Facing the Starbucks outlet, make a left turn and continue walking along Jalan Bukit Bintang for about 5 minutes.
  6. When you arrive at the next junction with a KFC outlet on your right, make a right turn onto Changkat Bukit Bintang.
  7. Continue walking for less than 5 minutes, and you should be able to spot a street with food stalls on both its sides. That will be Jalan Alor.

Things to Note

  • Most restaurants here have an English menu, or at least photos of food items on their menu.
  • Vehicles are allowed on the street despite the crowd. Watch out for them and give way.
  • Beware of pickpockets, especially when there are huge crowds.
  • It is not compulsory to tip buskers performing on the street. You can tip if you enjoyed their performances.
Example of a Restaurant Menu at Jalan Alor
Example of a Restaurant Menu at Jalan Alor

Opening Hours

24 hours

The busiest and most happening period is from 7:00pm to 12:00am midnight.

Admission Fees

Free

Facilities

  • Convenience stores

Toilets / Washrooms

Restaurants along the street have their own toilets or washrooms, but most of them have an unwritten policy that they are only for their customers.

If you really need to use one, walk in confidently, and head straight for them. The toilets or washrooms are at your disposal if you don’t get stopped by the waiters or waitresses on your way in.

Parking

There are no designated parking spots for Jalan Alor.

You can park either along the roadsides in spots provided by the city council or in private parking areas. Private parking areas charge an entry fee that ranges from RM10 to RM15 per entry depending on the hour of the day or the day of the week.

Contact Information

Address
Jalan Alor,
Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

GPS Coordinates

3.1455728, 101.7063352

Travel Blog Mentions

Patrons Chatting and Having Dinner at Jalan Alor
Patrons Chatting and Having Dinner at Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor Food Street in Bukit Bintang

Hannah, a travel blogger from the United Kingdom, came to Kuala Lumpur in early 2017. Of course, you had to visit Jalan Alor when you are in the Malaysian capital, and that’s what she did, twice! You can’t see her chowing down durians in her blog post, but she does have many beautiful photos of the stalls and food she spotted at Jalan Alor, so check it out.

Exploring Jalan Alor’s Street Food Market

Hundreds, if not thousands of travelers arrive at Kuala Lumpur every day to sample its street food. Edel San, a food and travel blogger from the Philippines, was in Kuala Lumpur around May 2016 for the exact same reason. She tried the barbecued chicken wings, a plate of oyster omelet, as well as satays. Read her blog post to find out her verdict on them.

Dinner at Jalan Alor Street Market, Kuala Lumpur

Charlie didn’t sit down at one of the plastic chairs at Jalan Alor and start devouring small plates of chicken wings, stir-fried vegetables, and noodles, but she did try out the dim sum and some freshly-made ice cream. She also captured the photos of frogs on sticks and deep-fried chicken gizzards sold by Chinese hawkers at Jalan Alor. Sounds like something you would try? Head on over and read her blog post.

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Wayne fell in love with traveling and every aspect of it when he traveled to Singapore in 2013. He is a newbie when it comes to traveling and he loves chatting with other travelers to learn from their experiences. Are you a traveler? Let's connect!

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