Feasting in Asia’s alleys

Feasting in Asia's alleys: Explore Malaysia's streets for good eats

Owner Andy Lye of duck stall De' Champion Ducks (left) roasts between 20 and 25 birds every day to cater to his customers in Petaling Jaya. Mr Yap Seng Eng preparing his signature dish, claypot salted pork porridge, in Petaling Jaya.
Owner Andy Lye of duck stall De' Champion Ducks (above) roasts between 20 and 25 birds every day to cater to his customers in Petaling Jaya.ST PHOTO: NADIRAH H. RODZI
Owner Andy Lye of duck stall De' Champion Ducks (left) roasts between 20 and 25 birds every day to cater to his customers in Petaling Jaya. Mr Yap Seng Eng preparing his signature dish, claypot salted pork porridge, in Petaling Jaya.
Mr Yap Seng Eng preparing his signature dish, claypot salted pork porridge, in Petaling Jaya.ST PHOTO: NADIRAH H. RODZI

Singapore may place more emphasis on hawker centres than anywhere else, but hawker food is a passion throughout the region. The Straits Times correspondents take a look at the hawker scene in three food-mad cities in the region: Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Hong Kong

The best of Malaysian food is more likely to be found at zinc sheet-roofed roadside stalls than in a swanky restaurant festooned with chandeliers.

Whether it is nasi lemak, char kway teow or sup kambing, foodies are willing to travel miles and sweat it out at a plastic table by an open drain for their favourite local grub. Even late-night revellers dressed to their nines have no qualms about slumming it in pursuit of the fiery "wok-hei" aroma or the crisp-yet-fluffy roti canai.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 02, 2018, with the headline 'Explore Malaysia's streets for good eats'. Print Edition | Subscribe