Supper places in KL
Whether you’re a uni student in the midst of assignment season or just a regular ol’ night owl, you’d know how it feels to be strapped for choice when it comes to getting food long past dinner time. No matter how we crack our heads trying to think of somewhere new to eat at 3AM in the morning, it always boils down to these 2: mamak stalls and McDonald’s.
Having our diet revolve around burgers and maggi goreng on a day-to-day basis can get a little too routine. That’s why we’ve dug around and found a whole bunch of supper places in KL so that you can try something new while tucking in past midnight:
1. Yan Yan A One – 24/7 dim sum parlour
Dim sum is traditionally a breakfast food, but having it in the middle of the night is arguably better. For one, the night queues are almost non-existent, and there’s no horde of cars filling up the parking lot as their owners come for their food.
Yan Yan A One is one of the few dim sum parlours in KL that’s open 24 hours, so night owl or not, there’s nothing stopping you from getting your dim sum fix any time of day.
You can expect to find all your favourites here, from xiao long bao to har gao.
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While it may seem like their opening hours are their biggest crowd-puller, it’s their below-market prices that diners come back for. Each plate, or basket if you will, goes for only RM3. Go anywhere else and a plate of siu mai will cost you anything from RM5, so it’s no surprise that most spend over RM100 for a dim sum meal anywhere else.
For a more filling meal, ask for the dai chow menu where they have single dishes such as veggies, meat, and fried rice.
Address: No. 223 & 235, 4th Mile, Taman Shanghai, Old Klang Road, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 9AM-12AM, Daily
2. Togather – order your late-night meals after viewing them live online
When we’re hungry at midnight, we usually have to settle for random hole-in-the-wall or roadside stalls after driving around town at 12 in the morning. But Togather lets you dine in a comfortable, air-conditioned space.
You’ll be able to spot the colourful nuances in their interior from just walking by the shop
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Another plus is the wide variety of food they offer, ranging from Asian to Western eats. Whether you’re in the mood for some Butter Milk Chicken Chop Rice (RM16.90) or Hong Kong Duck Rice (RM13.90), this cafe chain will have you covered.
Go for their Hong Kong Duck Rice if you’re looking for a proper meal to fill you up while hunting out supper places in KL
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If you’re looking for something light to cure your munchies, give the Hong Kong Popcorn Egg Waffles (RM11.90) a go. The crispy edges and fluffy “eggs” make it a delight to pop into your mouth, one after the other. It comes with a scoop of lusciously soft ice-cream, and a generous handful of spice-laden meat floss that pairs surprisingly well with the sweet dessert.
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See all locations here.
Opening hours: 11AM-1AM, Daily
3. Dawa Dessert – rice bowl cakes and Hakka abacus seeds
This Chinese kuih got its name for being bowl-shaped
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Gather the whole fam bam for takeaway supper from Dawa Dessert. They’re one of the few places that still serve traditional delights like Taiwanese Bowl Kuih (RM3.70) and Yam Abacus Seeds (RM9.50). These dishes may be foreign to some of us millennials, but ask your parents or even your grandparents and they’ll tell you that they grew up eating these dishes.
The bowl kuih is a steamed rice cake topped with shallots, dried shrimp, and preserved vegetables. The kuih itself, while soft from being steamed, still has that bounce you would get from a typical rice cake. The combination of the soft rice cake and the crunchy toppings make for a wonderful snack that’ll leave you wanting seconds.
These abacus seeds have to be made from scratch, so finding them on any menu is like hitting the jackpot.
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The Yam Abacus Seeds is another must-try though it has a weird name. But if you look closely enough at the individual rice cakes, you’ll start to see that they actually resemble beads from the ancient Chinese calculator. Name aside, this Hakka dish is a crowd-favourite here.
The dish is teeming with yummy ingredients such as minced pork, shiitake mushrooms, dried shrimp, and shallots. They even throw in a bunch of wood ear mushrooms into the mix, so you get a nice crunch with each bite.
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Once you’re done with the savoury side of your supper, continue your feast with some tong sui. They have everything from Bubur Chacha to White Fungus Longan (from RM3.20/bowl), so you’ll have plenty to choose from for how you’d like to bookend your meal from Dawa.
Address: 43, Jalan Kancil, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Wed-Mon, 3PM-12AM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 03-2141 9714
4. Hayaki Kopitiam – a fulfilling nasi kerabu meal
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Hayaki Kopitiam is halal-certified, so it’s a great option for Muslim friends seeking more filling alternative to the usual supper order of Maggi goreng. Its Nasi Kerabu (from RM11.20) comes with a generous cut of chicken thigh, a full scoop of rice, and some veggies on the side. Mix in all the ingredients with your rice and there you have it, Malay-style bibimbap with a little more kick from the gravy and sambal.
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They also have more than just nasi kerabu, for those looking for variety. Give their Chicken Chop Hayaki (RM12.70) a try – it comes with a big slab of breaded fried chicken and a side of thick-cut fries. If noodles are more up your alley, Mee Kari Hayaki (RM8.80) might just be the dish for you.
See all locations here.
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
5. Fatty Bak Kut Teh & Fish Head – BKT with meatballs
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Bak kut teh shops have their peak hours in the morning when everyone prefers to sip on their piping hot pot of herbal soup when it isn’t as hot out yet. But having it in the dead of night also means that we can avoid sweating buckets while slurping on our favourite comfort food.
Fatty BKT does things a little differently here by adding in some juicy meatballs into the pot
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Fatty Bak Kut Teh & Fish Head is open till 4AM, which makes it a great supper source for university students who’ve sacrificed sleep in the name of their assignments. You can fuel up on Bak Kut Teh (RM17), cooked in a traditional claypot that’s chock-full of porky goodness – tender pork belly, pork balls, and innards.
Just like the name suggests, you ought to give the Steamed Fish (about RM43) a try as well. The flesh completely falls off the bones and is packed with omega-3, giving it that nice fatty mouthfeel.
Address: 5, Batu 4, 1/2, Jalan Klang Lama, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 6PM-4AM, Daily
Telephone: 012-366 0035
6. La Bodega – Spanish tapas for supper
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Spanish eateries aren’t what our Malaysian stomachs usually crave after hours, but La Bodega’s tapas selection offers dishes such as Crispy Squid Rings served with Lemon Aioli (RM29) and Mushroom and Chicken Croquettes (RM28). Located in malls across Klang Valley – Pavilion, Empire Shopping Gallery, and Bangsar Shopping Centre, they have a huge selection of tapas that you can either have for yourself or share amongst your movie buddies.
A sharing platter that’s served with a selection of bread and biscuit to go along with 3 different types of pate
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The Trio De Pates (RM33) makes for a light but fulfilling snack, and you’ll be able to sample through 3 kinds of pate – olive, tomato, and chicken liver.
If pates are a little on the wild side for you, there’s also Lamb Quesadilla (RM29) and Calamari Relleno (from RM23), a squid steak that’s been stuffed with a minced meat blend. Whichever tapa you end up ordering, they’re all great for those who feel peckish after a 2-hour long movie.
La Bodega @ Empire Shopping Gallery
Address: LG25, Lower Ground, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1 SS 16, 47500 Subang Jaya
Opening hours: 8AM-2AM, Daily
Telephone: 03-5634 8388
La Bodega @ Pavilion
Address: Lot C3.06.00 Level 3, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 8AM-2AM, Daily
Telephone: 03-2148 8018
La Bodega @ Bangsar
Address: 16-2, Jalan Telawi Dua, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM (Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
Telephone: 03-2287 7691
7. Thailicious – eat as much boat noodles as you can
Boat noodles are the Thai equivalent for sushi on conveyor belts. They come in a single serving portion in small bowls, and you can eat as many of them as you want. At Thailicious, noodles go from RM1.90 a bowl. These boat noodles are petite in size, so having 1 or 2 won’t fill you up.
If you do the math, eating your fill of Pork or Tom Yum Noodles (RM1.90 each) here is still more worth it than getting a regular-sized bowl of the dish elsewhere.
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Have your noodles with some sides – Thai Grill Pork (RM9.90), Fried Chicken Skin (RM4.90), and Thai Grill Squid (RM10.90). Family members with smaller appetites won’t mind joining in for supper either, as they can just have a bowl or two before calling it a night.
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Address: 10-1 (1st Floor), Jalan Solaris 3, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 12PM-5.30AM, Daily
Telephone: 012-487 7214
8. Saigon Station – beefy pho noodles
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Saigon Station is open 24 hours, so you can get your Pho (RM15) fix at any time of the day. They also have an extensive menu, so it’d be a shame to only try the standard Vietnamese fare – even if they do serve a mean bowl of pho.
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They bake fresh banh mi everyday, so it’d be a shame to miss out on this homely dish. You can choose to have your bread stuffed with delicious fillings, or even get a plain loaf to go when you want to whip up the next day’s breakfast at home.
Address: 38, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 011-2222 1331
9. Moo-Ka-Ta Krua Thai – BBQ and steamboat in one night
Mookata is a popular choice for any meal, and it makes for an especially indulgent supper at Moo-Ka-Ta Krua Thai as you get to have the best of both worlds – BBQ and steamboat.
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The restaurant has various sets for you to choose from, ranging from everything-pork to seafood and chicken. Each one is priced at RM39, and can feed 2 to 3 people. Pork slices are the most popular ingredient among diners for the mouth-watering meat-to-fat ratio. The best part about mookata is that the juices from the grilled meat flow down into the broth below, making for one good broth.
You can also find Moo-Ka-Ta Krua Thai outlets in Kepong, Kota Damansara, and Subang Jaya.
Address: Lot A1-A6, CMC Centre, Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, 56000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 12PM-5AM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 03-9107 2018
Supper food places in KL
While roti canai and Maggi goreng will always be supper staples, the rest of us who don’t have regular sleeping hours will take any non-fast food options we can get for our 2AM “dinner”.
The next time you’re looking for a change from your usual supper for your midnight lepak session, pick up some food from any of these supper places in KL for a much-needed change of scenery.
Or if you get hungry in the daytime, check out these articles for some recommendations:
- Book cafes in Klang Valley
- Mean Mince – deep-fried burgers
- Cafes with old school aesthetics
- Restaurants with weird food combos
- Multi-course meals from RM55
- Shaun Teo Creations – self-toast Hokkaido milk bread