Jalan Alor, literally translated to Alor Street is a famous street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a foodist mecca with a wide variety of authentic Malaysian street food in hawker-style open air dining. Food is always delicious and affordable, that's why it is always packed with people including locals and tourists.
Jalan Alor Malaysian Restaurant
I was excited to come across Jalan Alor Malaysian Restaurant in Bourke Street, Melbourne recently. It instantly reminded me of all the glorious food in Malaysia and was very keen to try their food.
Multi-lingual food menu
The menu was nothing fancy with only a few papers clipped together but it served the purpose well. It was printed in Malay, English and Chinese. Given the wide selection of food, it was a little challenging to decide what to eat.
Char Koay Teow
I decided to try their Char Koay Teow, which is a popular dish in Malaysia. It is basically fried flat rice noodle with sprouts, Chinese sausage, prawns, chives, and egg. I like it spicy but if you prefer it to be mild, it's good to indicate your request when ordering.
Nyonya Asam Prawn
My partner tried Jalan Alor's Nyonya Asam Prawn which is another Malaysian dish popularized by the Baba-Nyonya descendants also known as the Straits Chinese who are people of the British Straits Settlements of Malaya. This curry dish was very fragrant and tasty. It's a little spicy and sourish but the combination worked really well with okra and prawns.
Overall, the food is quite tasty and pricing is reasonable but might not be ideal for hanging out with friends as the place can be a little crowded if the business is brisk. Apart from the wooden tables, benches and potted plants, the decoration of the restaurant is minimal.
Wooden dining tables and benches
Jalan Alor is the place to go for good Malaysian food more than its ambience. It is recommended for a quick lunch and dinner.