Happy news for Malaysian street food lovers! Now you no longer need to drive 5 hours to Kuala Lumpur or take a plane to Penang to satisfy your craving for KL Hokkien mee or Penang char kway teow. Just hop over to Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa!
Officially opened on 12 January 2012, Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is a spacious foodcourt with 17 food stalls offering iconic Malaysian street food.
From RWS’ press release:
Standing at 22,000 square feet, the Malaysian Food Street seats up to 516 guests comfortably. Fully-air-conditioned, it is designed to evoke the look and feel of the streets in Malaysia, with facades of old shophouses, true-to-detail street stalls, and replicas of 1950s-style coffeeshop furniture and street fixtures to set the mood.
Nearly half of the 17 food stalls are among some of the best hawkers in Malaysia. They were specially selected by RWS after a stringent and time-consuming process.
At a recent media preview (before its official opening), we were given a first taste of what to look forward to when this exciting new F&B destination opens!
Note: Dishes pictured are tasting portions, hence not representative of actual portions that are sold.
Penang lor bak is similar to Singapore ngoh hiang. The main item — lor bak — is braised pork rolled in beancurd sheet, then deep-fried and served with braising sauce and chilli sauce. Other items like crispy fritters are usually offered alongside.
This was our sampling platter. It was polished off in minutes, testament to how tasty it was! A must-try when you visit Malaysian Food Street!
Another dish that we were very impressed with was Penang Hokkien prawn mee.
The best part of this dish was the intensely flavored broth. Boiled for three hours with stir-fried crushed prawn shell, pork bones and ground dried chilli, this spicy umami-rich broth was mind-blowing awesome!
And how could we leave out Penang’s iconic char koay teow?
Unlike Singapore fried kway teow which is sweeter and wetter, Penang char koay teow is saltier and lighter in color. This tasted really authentic, and would taste even better with more chilli and a stronger charred flavor.
Another famous Malaysian hawker stall is Huen Kee Claypot Rice from Kuala Lumpur. They still insist on using traditional stoves and charcoal to cook their claypot chicken rice.
See the burning charcoal on top of the pots? That’s to lock in moisture and retain the flavors of the rice and ingredients.
When the lids were lifted, our noses were greeted with a heady aroma of marinated chicken and Chinese sausage. The rice grains were moist and flavorful because they were cooked in chicken broth.
Adding even more fragrance and flavor was a drizzle of sesame oil, shallot oil, Chinese rice wine, ginger sauce, and dark soy sauce just before the rice was mixed and served.
If you still have tummy space, here are other famous stalls to try. The lor mee was quite flavorful but the gravy was a little too starchy for my liking.
The sweet-salty KL Hokkien mee features thick udon-like noodles that’s QQ bouncy to the bite. I’ve never tasted the authentic version before, so no yardstick to compare.
This congee uses three kinds of rice grains, and slowly simmered for 2 hours in chicken and pork broth. The congee has a wonderfully velvety consistency. Love the crispy deep-fried intestines that came with this pork porridge!
Raw fish porridge is also available in addition to pork porridge.
The Penang chendol is another must-try! Usually, I steer clear of chendol in Singapore food courts. Often, they use neon-colored factory-made green jelly and substandard gula melaka.
But this one is different. The soft green jelly has a lovely home-made quality to it. It’s not overpowered by coconut milk, and has a very smooth and fragrant gula melaka and palm sugar sweetness.
Don’t leave without getting some Chinese pastries from the famous Fung Wong Confectionery in Kuala Lumpur.
There’s baked goodies like walnut cookies and crispy water chestnut pastries 马蹄酥.
We sampled their signature egg tart, baked char siew bun, and kaya puff. OMG, they are really delish! Even hubby was mighty impressed. Will definitely get these again the next time I go to RWS.
Besides these famous “imported” Malaysian hawkers, there are other delicious Malaysian street food dishes like nasi lemak, Klang bak kut teh, and Malacca chicken rice ball available.
Here’s the full list of all the stalls at Malaysian Food Street:
1. Famous Jalan Alor KL Hokkien Mee
2. Fung Wong Confectionery
3. Petaling Street Famous Porridge since 1949
4. Huen Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
5. Ah Mei Hokkien Prawn Mee
6. Penang Hai Beng Hainan Lor Mee
7. Penang Ah Long Lor Bak
8. Penang Lim Brothers’ Char Koay Teow
9. Roti Canai & Nasi Biryani
10. Kampung Nasi Lemak
11. Malacca Chicken Rice Ball
12. Petaling Jaya Dim Sum and Drinks
13. Ampang Yong Tau Foo
14. Klang Bak Kut Teh
15. KL Wanton Mee
16. Penang Cuttlefish Kang Kong
*Roti Canai & Nasi Biryani and Kampung Nasi Lemak are halal-certified stalls.
Malaysian Food Street @ Resorts World Sentosa is located at The Bull Ring (next to Universal Studios) in Resorts World Sentosa.
Mon to Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri to Sat: 9am – midnight
Sun: 9am – 10pm
The images in this post were shot with Sony NEX-C3 with SEL1855 lens (on loan from Sony Singapore).