ONCE the shopping malls close for the night, the other favourite pastime of city folk is to indulge in their favourite food.
From swanky restaurants to roadside stalls, good food abound along this road.
In this month’s Nightstalker, we take a trip to Kuala Lumpur’s bak kut teh paradise, Jalan Klang Lama.
Built between 1905 and 1908, Jalan Klang Lama is one of the oldest trunk roads in Kuala Lumpur.
Despite an upgrade to ease congestion, traffic remains a problem here even after peak hours due to vehicles which double and triple park.
For most people, the best bak kut teh or meat bone tea outlets are in Klang, but Jalan Klang Lama offers some decent alternatives.
There are at least 10 restaurants along the busy stretch, each with their own recipes and variations.
For the uninitiated, Restoran Nam Seng Bak Kut Teh is a good place to start.
The restaurant offers different versions of bak kut teh at very reasonable prices.
Apart from the traditional soup-based version, they also serve the dry version which is similar to a gung pao dish; with onions and dried chillies.
Unlike the original rib soup, the dry version has a tangier, sharper taste and is more like a herbal stew than the classical broth.
However, a personal favourite was the braised pork with its thick black sauce and melt-of-the-bone meat pieces.
Each dish costs about RM10 to RM15 and can be shared with three people.
The best part is the restaurant closes at 3am daily (except for one day off every fortnight), so there is plenty of time for seconds!
Close to Restoran Nam Seng is a hawker centre that sells a variety of noodle dishes from Hokkien Mee to Wantan Mee.
Don’t let its slightly rundown appearance fool you.
This place serves one of the best wantan noodles and soup that I have tried.
A plate of noodles costs about RM5.50 while a bowl of the soup is around RM6.
For some after-dinner drinks, Scott Garden has several watering holes that stay open until late.
Replay Karaoke Kitchen and Bar also offers, as its name suggests, karaoke facilities.
Before indulging, work up an appetite by playing some sports at the Sports Arena Sentosa
Located along Jalan Seri Sentosa 2A, Taman Sri Sentosa, the complex offers a variety of indoor sports facilities for rent including badminton, futsal, basketball, netball courts and even a snooker and pool centre.
It only closes at 3am, giving you ample time to savour the food after working up a sweat.