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Underrated Local Food Places in KL for Dinners Less than RM50

Bills, clothes, rent—There are a lot of things to pay for when you become an adult. There’s no way around it especially when it comes to food too. We guess what we’re trying to say is that while there are some expenses that you just can’t avoid paying for.

Fear not, dear reader. In this article, I am going to share with you on places where you manage to indulge delicious meals without burning a hole in the wallet. Stick to your budget with ease by checking out these places that you can enjoy your dinner for under RM50 (not including alcohol and tax).
Keep in mind this is not a complete list but just a sampling of where you’ll find a nice mixture of ambience, good service, tasty food and you do not really have to spend a fortune to eat well.
Sometimes, we are so spoilt for choices when it comes to good food. Malaysia is a melting pot of culture, with different races living harmoniously together. Naturally, there would be a diverse ‘food culture’ – how lucky we are!

Let’s have a ‘walk’ into the restaurants, ranging from Non-Halal to Halal delicacies:


1. Guang Bar (Non-halal)

Guang Bar opened its 1st outlet at USJ19 Mall in May this year and recently at The Link2 Bukit Jalil. It bills itself as a Japanese Fusion restaurant that blends together dishes from Southeast Asia, with a Malaysian-Chinese Japanese influence. This would seem to be somewhat of a poetic license as the menu features KL fried Hokkien mee, pan-fried dumpling with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese, pizza, ramen hot pot with a Japanese twist (their special broth), variety of hot pot selections, sushi, oden and more.

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As it’s less than a year old, they might still need some more time to achieve better consistency for their service and food. On the plus side, the industrial décor works well with the neon lights adding a splash of colour for a nice interior to hang out and have dinner.
Guang Bar has just reached another milestone by launching its third outlet at 3rd Mile Square Business Centre Old Klang Road in October.

📍G28//The 19 USJ City Mall 📍C-16-G//Bukit Jalil Link2 📍17G, 3rd Miles Square//Old Klang Road


2. Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh, Jalan Ipoh (Non-halal)

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Image: vkeong

Sweaty and chilled by the night air, you are in the mood for some food to warm you up but nothing too ‘heavy’ of course. One of our favourite types of after-hours food is bak kut teh. You really cannot beat this KL stalwart as it is the perfect pick-me-up late at night, and for the best bak kut teh in town. Located right beside Dynasty Hotel, it is the ideal choice for really late diners due to the fact that they are open 24 hours. The setting is a regular Chinese coffee shop with plastic tables and chairs but you are not likely to be paying any attention to that as you will be too engrossed in slurping up every last bit of broth.
222, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact number: 012-203 6865

Opening hours: 5:30am–3:30pm, 5:30pm–3:30am


3. Hong Cha Pork Noodles (Non-halal)

Whether the sun is beaming hot or the weather is gloomy, none of us can resist the goodness of a bowl of hot and delicious pork noodles. However, most of the places which serve pork noodles only open from morning till lunch hours, until I came to know about this place. Finding this place is in itself an interesting story. No advertisements but just via the more powerful word-of-mouth recommendation. The pork noodles here come in generous portions – even a ‘small’-sized bowl of pork noodles comes packed to the brim with an egg, minced meat, pork balls, sliced pork, liver and intestines in a pork soup base that leans on the sweet side.
Address: 📍 Restaurant Hong Cha No 7, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, OUG, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012-350 6755

Opening hours: Mon – Sun from 11am – 11pm (Close on every 2nd Monday)


4. Hawker Hall – A modern Kopitiam (Halal)

All the best local food under one roof at Hawker Hall. It is common knowledge that some of the most delicious food can be found in Ipoh, Penang and etc. It is a known fact that there are people who would take the trouble to drive from other cities just to indulge in gastronomic delights. Being someone who isn’t from here, searching for the right food shop around town can be quite a hassle, especially for someone who is not so adventurous on unfamiliar roads.

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Now, with the opening of Hawker Hall at Hartamas neighbourhood, the problem of searching for some of the best street food is solved. With the revamping and rebranding kopitiam that brings a refreshing food court concept that caters to a larger cross-section of the community.
📍 No. 22, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Taman Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-5888 4030

222, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: 7:30am-1am


5. Gold Chilli SS15 (Pork-free)

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Image: @hanaeats on Instagram

This place is famous for its buttermilk chicken! This restaurant rarely ever will be half empty. While not certified halal, Gold Chili has long been a trustworthy halal-friendly go-to, thanks to its band of Muslim kitchen staff and a pork-free menu. After many successful years in their humble SS15 spot, they’ve taken their butter chicken business up a notch with a new branch in USJ19 mall as well. The smooth butter coupled with the dash of spiciness and on top of the fried chicken – sweet, creamy and lavishly laden with that luscious gravy for ladling over rice. You know that feeling when you see the food, you will first taste it in your head, drool alone while doing some imaginary tasting and then unleash your inner ravenous monster when you actually get there. At that time, I fell in love with buttermilk chicken and went back to Gold Chili whenever I am around Subang area.
📍 SS15

📍USJ19 Mall


6. Kelate Kitchen (Halal)

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Image: @kelate_kitchen on Instagram


Kelate Kitchen is a crowd favourite venue for lunch. The queue is definitely crazy based on what you see on the image as shown. But no worries, their business hours are until 10PM daily. They are famous for its nasi kukus king and nasi kerabu kambing bakar. With its vivid colours and medley of aromatic herbs, nasi kerabu is Kelantan’s most visually captivating and exciting dish while nasi kukus is popular for its simple combination of fluffy steamed rice grains paired with gulai and fried chicken. In order to indulge these two specialities from the East Coast, you might have to get ready for the queue!
📍Plaza Prima Setapak, B-G-7 & B-G-8, Jalan Prima Setapak 1, Taman Setapak, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 013-885 9988

I am a full-time Secretary and a part-time content creator. I am a food lover but have very strict control over what I eat. Writing is the best form of expression and apart from juggling my 9 to 5 life, ChingYee Writes has become a space for me to express myself creatively through this life while enriching myself in the process.

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