1. Chong Yen Steamed Fish Head Restaurant, Chan Sow Lin
Over the years, many have claimed to be the original restaurant that came up with the famous "Chan Sow Lin steamed fish head" but those who have stayed in Kuala Lumpur long enough would always vouch for Chong Yen Steamed Fish Head Restaurant as the founder of the famous dish.
It was infamously known as the "The place under the big tree" until it shifted into a spacious shoplot.
TRY: Steam fish head with ginger or fermented bean paste
ADDRESS: No. 22-24, Jalan 2/89C, Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin 4, 55200 Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +6012-2318 129
2. Hup Kee Seafood Restaurant, Jalan Ipoh
Hup Kee Seafood Restaurant has been around for ages to the point that locals say the restaurant's name is synonymous with Jalan Ipoh. Families and friends in the vicinity would come over here for a taste of their favourite tai chow selections from this humble restaurant.
TRY: Asam red snapper, deep fried fish in soy sauce
ADDRESS: 4A, Batu 4 1/2, Jalan Ipoh, 51200 Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +603-6258 5309 / +6012-3062 628
3. Kedai Kopi Tiga Dua Lapan, Taman Midah
Kedai Kopi Tiga Dua Lapan boasts of getting their fresh seafood supply all the way from Pulau Ketam. Customers can pick their own seafood at the counter at the entrance of the restaurant..
TRY: Butter sotong, crabs
ADDRESS: No. 43 Medan Midah, Taman Midah, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +6012-6963 261
4. Restoran 9888, Jalan Cheras
The authentic Chinese food at Restoran 9888 is enough to keep people coming despite the limited parking space, which could end up to be quite nightmarish at times. It is often regarded as a "hidden gem", almost literally, as it is located at an obscure road near Menara PGRM in Cheras. It recently opened another branch in Taman Midah, also in Cheras.
TRY: Pork tendon stew, pork neck, lala fried meehon
ADDRESS: Jalan Cerapu Satu, Taman Pertama, 55300 Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +603-9283 7889
5. Restoran Fatt Hei Len, Taman Taynton
First timers would often visit Restoran Fatt Hei Len to try the signature claypot fish with wine and find themselves returning after that to try their many other dishes. Food is absolutely appetising and simply affordable.
TRY: Claypot fish with wine, claypot porridge with prawn
ADDRESS: 8, Jalan 30a/119, Taman Taynton View, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +603-9133 8985
6. Restoran Fu Wah, Taman Len Seng
Many do not need to think twice about heading to Restoran Fu Wah for tai chow as they serve inexpensive, savoury Chinese cuisine. As most people would say, "It's nice and cheap!"
TRY: Guinness pork ribs, butter fried chicken
ADDRESS: No. 60, Jalan 1, Taman Len Seng, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +603-9105 5993
7. Restoran Sek Yuen, Jalan Pudu
Restoran Sek Yuen has not just become a local's go-to restaurant for delicious Chinese cuisines, and but it has also become an iconic landmark in the city. Started in 1948, it is one of the oldest Chinese establishments in the city that maintains a rustic feel that brings back all those good memories.
TRY: Pei pa roast duck, crab meat balls
ADDRESS: 313-1, 315, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +603-9222 9457 / +603-9222 0903
8. Restoran Siu Siu, Seputeh
Restoran Siu Siu is nestled nearby a quaint forest in Seputeh, where patrons enjoy having seafood and the signature char siew (BBQ pork) away in a chilling environment shaded with trees. They also have another branch at Sungai Besi.
TRY: Claypot curry prawn, char siew (BBQ pork)
ADDRESS: 15-11, Lorong Syed Putra Kiri, Robson Heights, Seputeh 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +6016 3708 555 / +6016-3098 038
9. Restoran Sun Chui Yuen, Jalan Alor
All the fun and liveliness at Jalan Alor does not overshadow Restoran Sun Chui Yuen's bright tablecloths and red chairs. While the colours of the restaurant are indeed attractive, it is the fresh seafood that keeps both locals and tourists coming.
TRY: Garlic crab, salted egg tiger prawns, grilled fish
ADDRESS: 43, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200.
CONTACT: +603-2144 4290
10. Restoran Teak Kee, Happy Garden
Customers have branded Restoran Teak Kee as a great "neighbourhood restaurant" that provides excellent service for the owners and staff who are known to be very friendly people. Patrons, especially those who stay nearby, would often visit this restaurant for its tasty Chinese dishes that come at affordable prices.
TRY: Grilled sotong (squid), steamed chicken
ADDRESS: Meadow Park 3, 0 16 block 6, Jalan 13, Happy Garden, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +603-7982 2319
11. Restoran Ye Look, Sri Petaling
A Chinese coffee shop by day and a seafood restaurant by night, Restoran Ye Look is a favourite for many residents nearby as it offers good Chinese food at a reasonable price. A lot of people have also sung praises about the speedy service here.
TRY: Herbal chicken in claypot, long beans with salted egg yolk
ADDRESS: No. 8, Jalan Radin Tengah, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur.
CONTACT: +603-9057 7692