How much can one person eat for US$10 in Malaysia? More than you think! Starting with breakfast and not stopping until suppertime, this is our quest to find the cheapest and tastiest street food Kuala Lumpur has to serve – all on a total budget of USD10.
For this Asia News Network (ANN) project, the task is to eat as much as possible in towns and cities across China, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, but not spend more than the equivalent of ten dollars.
In this video, our team – food writer Abirami Durai, director Ian Lau and producer Lennard Gui – sets out to find the best value-for-money meals in the city, and discovers that cheap and good in still very much on the menu.
Our search takes us through the old neighbourhoods, historical sites, and into the heart of downtown KL to sample the diverse ethnic flavours, cultural tastes, and generations-old family recipes that Malaysians love to eat every day.
Here's what and where we ate from morning to night:
1. Roti canai and teh tarik at Sri Paandi in Brickfields (Little India).
2. Banana fritters at Mr Chiam's Brickfields Pisang Goreng stall.
3. Chee cheong fun at Madras Lane, Petaling Street (Chinatown).
4. Cendol at Petaling Street (stall at the end of the street).
5. Chicken rice at Nam Heong, Jalan Sultan (Chinatown).
6. Air mata kuching at Petaling Street (the junction in the centre).
7. Putu bambu tradisi at Kasturi Walk, Pasar Seni (Central Market).
8. Nasi kuning Sabah at Kasturi Walk (next to the putu bambu).
9. Nasi lemak w/beef rendang at CT Garden, Kampung Baru.
10. Grilled chicken wings at Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor.
11. Ramli burger at Jalan Alor (old couple at the end of the street).
12. Milo ais at Jalan Alor.
And we still had change at the end of it!
Be sure to check back next Friday for more videos from the other participating media groups.