One should never have to worry whenever hunger pangs strike at Genting Highlands — Malaysia’s iconic hill station destination — as there’s plenty to eat at the SkyAvenue lifestyle mall. From bubble tea to vibe dining, there’s something for everyone.
If it’s local Malaysian flavours you’re looking for, then you can just swing by Malaysian Food Street which gives you the chance to sample signature dishes from around Malaysia. With a wide range of flavours, it makes a great choice for those wishing to get snapshots of what Malaysian flavours are all about.
Here are some of our favourites:
1. Chicken Rice
One of Malaysia’s favorite foods is the Hainanese chicken rice, a dish that originated from Hainan Island in southern China. The tender poached chicken is paired with fragrant rice cooked with chicken stock, pandan leaves and ginger. We were not surprised when we were told that this dish has been Resorts World Genting’s best-selling food item since the resort opened.
There’s nothing like a piping hot bowl of porridge when you’re feeling cold, and we all know how cold Genting Highlands can be. If you’re in need of warmth, all you need to do is drop by Malaysian Food Street food and order yourself a bowl of porridge from Hon Kee Famous Porridge. Just like Lee Sau Mei Wantan Mee, the shop also has a woman to thank for its success. Vivian Wong inherited the recipe that her father got from his father. The porridge is made special by the use of crispy fish intestines and fresh flounder.
3. Claypot Chicken Rice
If you’re one of those people who don’t consider it a meal unless you have rice, we got you. One of our favourite rice dishes in Malaysian Food Street is the Mun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice which traces its recipe to a dish from China’s Guangdong province, where rice is simmered in a claypot over a fire before chicken pieces and aromatics are added to the mix. The crispy crust which forms at the base of the pot is considered by aficionados of the dish as the best part of the meal.
4. Char Koay Teow
Our Penang friends have been telling us about this famous Goggle Man Char Koay Teow (named so for the protective eyewear that the uncle wears when working his wok) at KTG Café in George Town, so we were very excited when we saw that they have opened a stall at Malaysian Food Street in Genting. Truly enough, it didn’t disappoint. Their signature flavours come from a recipe that is over 20 years old, passed down from father to son. Tneh Leng Guan, aka Goggle Man, also said that the soy sauce is an important part of the preparation, as it is specially made and adds an extra dimension of taste to the dish.
5. Prawn Mee
The no-frills eatery Kedai Kopi Choo Kim Choon in Penang serves all the favourite kopitiam dishes like chicken rice and Hokkien mee, but their signature dish has to be the Penang prawn mee with its thick and flavourful broth, now available in Genting. The recipe is a 40-year-old one that was passed down three generations to the current operator, Wan Ban Wah.
6. Wantan Mee
From Penang, we now move on to somewhere closer to our hearts: Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur. To be exact, it’s Koon Kee Wantan Mee which has been operating since 1941. Although popular across Malaysia, wantan mee has its roots in Guangzhou, and was brought over to Malaysia over 70 years ago. We especially like that the shop’s egg noodles are made by hand, from the recipe Lee Sau Mei learnt from her father-in-law, which she has now passed to her son. Now, anyone can have a taste of their signature wantan mee at Genting’s Malaysian Food Street.
7. Hokkien Mee
We really love our Hokkien mee, and we especially like when the noodles are fragrant and well-braised like the ones served at Loong Kee Hokkien Mee. The same dish can be found at Malaysian Food Street in Genting, courtesy of Loong Kee Hokkien mee that was founded by Tan Tuan Yong in 1974. Tan handmade his fish seasoning to add to the dark soy sauce, which is used to flavour and colour the dish.
8. Bak Kut Teh
From Kuala Lumpur, we’re moving on to Klang. If you’re familiar with the one at Taman Eng Ann, then you know how good the bak kut teh at Kee Hiong Bak Kut Teh is. Kee Hiong Bak Kut Teh founder Lee Rong Xing traces this iconic pork soup dish back to World War II when he started making a slow-boiled pork bone soup. In later years, Lee would go on to add Chinese herbs to the soup for a more nutritious, stronger-tasting dish.
9. Pork Rendang
Everyone in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Brunei love rendang. We don’t know about you, but we really love it when it’s pork rendang. Lucky for us, one of the most recent additions to Malaysian Food Street is the rendang pork ribs served with rice or noodles, and home-style pork ribs — a recipe perfected by Resorts World Genting chef Leong, who learnt the recipe from an uncle who used to work at the Selangor Turf Club.
10. Hor Fun
Moving to the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, we arrive in Ipoh for a bowl of hor fun. Hailing from Ipoh, the Ipoh Hor Fun is a signature dish made special by Ipoh’s bean sprouts and chicken with a special recipe of soy sauce. This dish found at Malaysian Food Street in Genting was a recipe founded by Ngo Kok Fei in 1984. He served hor fun (flat rice noodles) with crunchy bean sprouts and sliced chicken.
All the Malaysian Flavours in One Food Court
While we didn’t get to try everything at Malaysian Food Street, we are happy to know that we can find food items that are near and dear to the heart (and tummy) in Genting Highlands. Next time we’re in Genting, we’ll make sure to try the dim sum, claypot fish head, fish head noodles and the intriguing seafood pork noodles. Spread over 40,000 square feet, with 800-seat capacity, Malaysian Food Street is a veritable Malaysian food haven!
Malaysian Food Street @ Sky Avenue Genting
Level 4, SkyAvenue Resorts World Genting, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang
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