Walking through Mid Valley can no doubt work up an appetite. It’s simply an attack on the senses— the sweet smell of popcorn wafting from the cinema, the addictive smell of freshly baked pretzels, to simply pick a place is a challenge all by itself. And with so many restaurants and food kiosks, where does one simply begin?
We feel you and that’s why we’re here to the rescue! So the next time you’re in Mid Valley, here is a guide to the 10 must try foods no matter what type of cuisine you’re in the mood for. After all, don’t just shop till you drop (eat too)!
1. Hotpot Kitchen
If you’re craving spicy SiChuan food, the Hotpot Kitchen is the answer. All you need to do is select our choice of vegetables and meat. They have over 60 selections where you can grab fresh vegetables and smoked meat, shoulder loin, and more.
Choose your level of desired spiciness— Unique Platter (non-spicy), Spicy Fragrant, Spicy Dynamic or Spicy X’treme (if you think you beat the Mala heat).
2. Palsaik Korean BBQ
At Palsaik Korean BBQ, you can enjoy original thick-cut pork belly or the signature pork belly marinated in eight different kinds of healthy ingredients. They have panels with numbers one to eight to represent what kind of marination is used: one for Ginseng, two for Red Wine, three for Pine leaves, four for Garlic, five for Herb, six for Curry, seven for Miso Paste, and finally eight stands for Korean Hot Pepper.
You need not worry about cooking the meat, for someone will attend to the grilling of the meat. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious pork belly!
3. Coliseum Cafe
Established in 1921, Coliseum Cafe & Grill Room is one of the oldest in the country and is a walk down memory lane for KL in the early 1920s. Unfortunately, the original outlet which was 99 years old closed down in 2021 after being unable to survive the onslaught of the pandemic.
However, the Mid Valley outlet still stands strong. Its signature dishes, then and now, include the ever popular Oxtail Soup, Baked Crab, Sizzling steaks served with a choice of 4 different sauces, and Hainanese Chicken Chop.
On the prowl for brunch? Start your day right at Antipodean Café. Serving good coffee and a delicious breakfast spread, this little premise is packed almost every morning. Their extensive menu is meticulously scrawled across its walls with a range of all-day breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads and much more.
The recommended dishes are Pumpkin and sweetcorn fritter with bacon, Salad of chickpeas and feta with fresh coriander and the Kiwi lamb burger, with mint and feta mayo.
5. Beauty in the Pot
Imagine becoming pretty just by consuming hotpot broth. Welcome to Beauty in the Pot. They are renowned for their Signature Beauty Collagen Broth, a dried scallop-and-pork-bone soup, painstakingly prepared over at least six hours every day. The broth is rich with collagen and popularly consumed for skin health, especially for ladies.
Aside from their collagen soup, you can choose from their Signature Spicy Nourishing Soup, Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth, Cooling Coconut Broth, Longevity Wild Mushroom Broth, and Vitamin C Tomato Sweet Corn Broth.
Ippudo is one of my personal favourites when it comes to ramen. And its signature Ramen needs no further introduction— the Shiromaru Special, served with ultra-thin noodles, Salted Soft-boiled Egg, Pork Loin, Pork Belly, Bean Sprouts, Kikurage, Spring Onions and Seaweed.
Another must try is their Pork Belly Bun. This is juicy braised pork belly served with Ippudo’s special sauce, tucked cosily in a soft, white bun. For those who are unaware, this ramen haven started back in 1985 in Fukuoka, and now they have more than over 300 outlets around the world.
7. Kim Gary
Founded in 1992 in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant serves authentic and fusion Hong Kong style food and drinks. Customers’ favourites include the Fried Pork Chop with Shanghai Style Vegetable Rice, Roasted Honey Spare Ribs with Shanghai Style Vegetable Rice, and the Cheese Baked Rice.
If there’s something all Malaysians love, it’s fried chicken. And in Mid Valley, it’s no other than the South Korean fried chicken chain, KyoChon. So spread your wings and head over for a feast of fowl.
You can opt for the Honey-coated chicken, Original recipe, Soy Garlic, or if you enjoy the heat— the Red Pepper flavour. These freshly fried, crispy chicken will have you licking your fingers for more!
9. Auntie Anne’s
Who doesn’t adore Auntie Anne’s pretzels? They smell heavenly and are the perfect snack to munch on while walking around. They also come in an assortment of flavours. It’s hard to resist their crunchy, chewy, buttery goodness.
Plus they offer a pretzel for every appetite, including full-size soft pretzels, pretzel nuggets, and pretzel dogs. And to make your snack a little more sinful, why not dip your pretzel in their Signature Caramel dip?
We saved the best for last… dessert! And what better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than with llaollao? Don’t forget to top off your frozen yoghurt with an assortment of crunchy toppings such as cereals, crispies, caramelised seeds, granola, biscuits, and dried fruits.
Or you can always opt to add llao llao’s array of sauces like mango, chocolate, honey, wild strawberries, dulce de leche, and fruits of the forest.
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