Date of Visit: Numerous – my local KL breakfast place
This post is for my friend who will be visiting KL next month with her family. She asked me about good local eats in KL, so I am recommending Restoran Win Heng Seng at the junction of Jalan Barat and Jalan Imbi, near Bukit Bintang in KLCC. It is close to the majors hotels e.g. Westin, JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton as well as Pavilion where I stay. This is also where I go for my local breakfast when I am in KL – total spend of under RM5 for a bowl of wonton noodles and a drink! Cheap!
How do one get there from Pavilion Mall…
Liuligongfang crystal bowl fountain
Cross Jalan Bukit Bintang and walk into the street between the Sephora and Uniglo.
I am perplexed as how this funky deconstructive building received its development approval seeing that one of the sharp corners of the building pokes out into the pedestrian pavement. A wee bit dangerous, one would think, nevertheless, I am unperturbed since I like Sephora because they stock some niche make-up brands including Stella, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Kit, etc…
A Daniel Libeskind copy
Keep walking until you reach the end of the street.
Star Hill Mall on the right – where Debenhams department store is located
You will have arrived at Jalan Imbi when you see a green coloured corner lot in front of you. This is the restaurant. Take care to cross the busy road (the pedestrian lights do not work)
Restoran Win Heng Seng in green
This cafe is as local as it can get – one can mingle with the taxi drivers, office workers, families alike.
There are many stalls selling a myriad of hawker foodstuffs from fried noodles, soup noodles, tofu, rice (including nasi lemak – Malay rice delicacy) and pastries. The local tea and coffees are very nice. I always order Kopi-C Kosong Ais – Iced coffee with evaporated milk, no sugar. Take care if you order Teh-tarik – Malay pulled milk tea which is extremely sweet!
I recommend sitting alfresco if you are early, before the sun gets too hot (around 7:30am – 8:30am) because it can get a bit stuffy and smoky from the woks inside the restaurant. You will be hassled by beggars, hawkers selling lottery tickets and charitable organisations seeking for donation – please check the charity workers’ ID tags since it is compulsory that they carry it!
I always have fish-skin wonton noodles soup. The wonton skins are made from fish paste and filled with minced pork. The soup base has ikan billis (anchovies), parsleys and bean sprouts – and a LOT of MSG! Very delicious, but still, don’t drink the broth!
Fish-skin wonton noodles soup
Accompaniment to the noodles: Light soy with green chilies for extra kick!
There is also a stall selling mini pastries baked fresh on the premises – egg tarts (or princeling tarts), siew bao (pastry ball stuffed with BBQ meat), pineapple tarts, apple tarts, tuna pies, etc. This stall is apparently very popular among the locals. (Psst…they misused 1 Chinese character, since when is a tart=tower?)
Mini Egg Tarts fresh from the oven (about $0.70 each?)
Princeling tarts, apple tarts and pineapple tarts
After breakfast, it’s back to Pavilion Mall for window-shopping. The mall only opens at 10am though.
Entrance to Pavilion Mall: The LINE android app mascot saying ‘Hi’!
I reckon the Christmas decoration in Pavilion Mall is the best in KL! There are lots of activities, meaning it is very noisy which drives me KRAZY!
Christmas Bazaar in the atrium inside Pavilion Mall
More furry friends on the top floor. Let’s be naughty – let’s give ’em a good rub to turn them black! OK, because we are adults, we say it’s for Good Luck then! 😝
Larger-than-life furry friends