Slowly but surely over the years, Jalan Alor is no longer known for sleazy people and places, but instead it is turning into a wonderful food haven. Although in the past even the KL locals would avoid eating here, due to its reputation for overcharging tourists and whosoever who dare to eat at their stalls, now locals seem to be the majority of the customers.
This stall offers five different types of noodles, namely Curry Laksa, Assam Laksa, Prawn Mee, Sliced Chicken Noodle (Kai Si Ho Fun), Fish Ball/Meat Ball Noodle (soup or dry version). The cook is a young-looking guy, assisted by an older woman, presumably his mother. And as any other food stalls in Kuala Lumpur now, the waiters/waitresses are Thai/Burmese foreign workers.
Judging by how they cook the noodle non-stop, I reckon their business must be really good. Their customers usually comprised of the retail workers from the shopping complexes, and local residents there.
Once you’ve made your order, you can just sit back and watch the hectic world of Kuala Lumpur passes you by while waiting for your food to come.
My absolute favourite at this stall would be their Curry Laksa (RM4.00 for small). The version her is the less santan type. But lack of santan in no way means lack of taste, as this is one tasty and spicy laksa.
There are alot of ingredients put in, such as tofu pok, cockles, slices of chicken, crunchy long beans and brinjal (eggplants). The meatballs you can see from the picture is actually added in by request. I think it was RM0.60 per meat ball.
The lack of santan gives the noodle a more redish look instead of orange-ish. And one sip of the curry, you’ll know its red hot as well. This is how I like my curry to taste like, not just nice but spicy as well.
Besides the usual sambal chilli paste, you can also find chopped red chillies in one of the container on each table. So if you are of one those more adventurous type, you can put some into your Curry Laksa.
Although their Curry Laksa definitely scores high, the same can’t be said for their Assam Laksa (RM4.00). While there’s nothing wrong with it, the Assam Laksa here tasted very ordinary. Maybe my expectation was set pretty high because of their Curry Laksa.
The Assam Laksa, which also known as Penang Laksa, comes with the usual slices of ikan kembung, cut cucumbers, pineapples, lemongrass, onion and some other spices. The soup/broth is spicy and sour, but in my humble opinion, not spicy enough, and not sour enough as well.
The texture of the thick noodle is alright, so no complain here. I won’t say it’s something to be avoided, but order this only if you’ve bored with Curry Laksa, or you can’t eat food that are too spicy.
And of course, they provide you with shrimp paste (heiko/har gou) as well. You can either dip the paste to your each spoonful of noodle, or just mixed it together first before eating them.
When you are eating spicy and “heaty” food like Curry Laksa or Assam Laksa, it is recommended that you drink something cooling, like the Iced Herbal Tea (RM1.20) you can get here. One herbal tea a day, keeps the fever far away!
Noodle Stall on Jalan Alor
Address: One of the corner at the junction of Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang. (right opposite KL Baptist