Located to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Wangsa Maju has become an entertainment hub, and a spot teeming with shopping malls of every kind. It is also a foodies’ haven.
Over here, you will find lots of restaurants and stalls serving a wide range of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Korean and Taiwanese food.
Here are five favourites you can’t get enough of…
Breakfast at Hayaki @ Platinum Walk
Operating 24 hours a day, Hayaki serves authentic and traditional Kelantanese cuisine. Its signature dish is the Nasi Kerabu Ayam Percik, served with a grilled chicken drumstick, salted egg, crunchy keropok, and a variety of raw vegetables. Before you eat, remember to stir all the vegetables into the blue-coloured rice to enhance its taste and fragrance.
A plate of nasi kerabu is RM13.90 but you can opt for Set Jom Bajet which comes with free iced tea.
There are also plenty of other choices such as Nasi Ulam, Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kukus Hayaki, and Nasi Lemak Hayaki.
From 5am–11am, you can also enjoy the Breakfast Set which consists of toast prepared in a variety of ways and bihun goreng for only RM6.60 nett.
If you still have space left, you should try their Mango Ice Rock, a sweet dessert made from real, fresh mangoes.
Hayaki 24 Jam
87-G, Jalan Langkawi
53000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4142 2477
Brunch at Wahab’s Cendol
Originally operating as a stall at a pasar malam (night market), Wahab’s Cendol has now become a full-fledged restaurant, offering a wide variety of cendol, ABC, and rojak. They have been in operation for 30 years.
Patrons can enjoy delicious Cendol with different toppings including pulut, corn, red bean, tapai, cincau, ice cream, and durian.
If you’re in the mood for something savoury, try their nasi lemak, nasi ayam, laksa, and mee rebus.
43, Jalan Rampai Niaga 5
Sri Rampai Business Park
53300 Sri Rampai, KL
Lunch at Nasi Kak Wok Selera Wangsa Maju
Located two minutes from Wangsa Walk and within walking distance from the Sri Rampai LRT is the famous Nasi Kak Wok Selera Wangsa Maju, now known as Nasi Abe Iss.
According to staff inside, the restaurant still sells the same Nasi Kak Wok but are in the process of a rebranding exercise.
The origins of Nasi Kak Wok or Nasi Kak Wook goes all the way back to the late Mek Wook Hassan or “Kak Wook”, who served her own special version of nasi berlauk at Kampung Lundang, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
Nasi Kak Wok is essentially “nasi berlauk” in which fluffy rice scooped onto brown paper, is saturated with spoonfuls of a creamy dalca made with chicken, and chopped long beans and aubergine.
The rice is also topped with bite-sized pieces of deep-fried tumeric chicken. Last but not least, the serving is completed with a spoonful of spicy sambal belacan.
The food here definitely lives up to its tagline, “Simply Kelantanlicious.”
Nasi Kak Wok Selera Wangsa Maju
19-1, Jalan Wangsa Delima 2A
53300 Wangsa Maju, KL
Tel: 019-955 8777
Dinner at Stiq
If you are looking for hotel-quality meat dishes at affordable street-food prices, try Stiq. Located right beside Kaw Kaw Burger, Stiq (the colloquial Malay pronunciation for steak) began operations in October 2017 at Section 2, Wangsa Maju.
What makes their meat dishes so delicious is the cooking technology they use. Called sous vide, this method is used at their central kitchen before the meat is pan-grilled at the restaurant upon customers’ orders.
The technique of sous vide cooking relies on the superior ability of water to transfer heat to vacuum/sealed food, which is about 10 times more efficient than with air.
Prices range from as low as RM16 right up to RM120. From strip loin to wagyu, you are getting your money’s worth in every bite.
53300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-345 2844
Supper at Kaw Kaw Burger
If you are a true foodie, you’ll still have some space left for a burger or two. After all Kaw Kaw Burger is right next-door to Stiq.
Options are aplenty with mostly unique gourmet burgers. Their bestseller is Permaisuri, and equally delicious is the Lamb Cheese Burger.
The burger was sloppy, as expected of a good burger, with just the right amount of sauces. Extra sauce was served on the side too.
The homemade patties are twice as big and thick as regular patties in the market, making it a positively filling meal. Taste-wise, the burger was succulent and flavourful.
Kaw Kaw Burger
53300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-627 6547
This article first appeared in uppre.com