Fans of Malaysian hawker street fare do not have to travel north anymore for a taste of mouth-watering dishes, but south instead over to Resorts World Sentosa.
As Resorts World is under Genting, it ‘feels right’ for them to bring in these authentic Malaysian dishes over.
Critics may say that street food in another country will not feel the same. And it is in a man-made air-conditioned area which steals away the authenticity.
True enough, everything is organized, clean, proper, and overly wholesome but it is as good as it can get. The team did spend over a year planning for these celebrated stalls to come down.
Here are 3 dishes that left an impression:
Famous Jalan Alor KL Hokkien Mee
Unlike Singapore’s version of Hokkien Mee, the Kuala Lumpura version is oily, dark and salty – yes, yes yes. I have tried many so-called KL noodles at other foodcourts, but they are always a mess to begin with, tasting like char kway tiao fried with fat noodles. This is one of the better ones I taste HERE, and its winning formula has to be the aromatic dark sauce.
Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
This stall took the longest persuasion by the RWS team for them to come over, because the owner ( a granny) was very sceptical. I am glad she changed her mind. Be prepared to wait, especially during peak hours. You may think that claypot rice cooked on charcoal is typical. But every pot is cooked with charcoal covering from top to bottom, ensuring the heat is evenly spread out. Three different kinds of rice are used (!), soaked in fragrant sesame oil with a hint of Chinese wine. I really loved this.
Penang Lim Brother’s Char Koay Teow
I was surprised this noodles looked healthy, almost oil-less – lessening the ‘Malaysian’ factor. But the prawns and lup cheong came in generous portions.
Other stalls include Fung Wong Confectionery, Petaling Street Famous Porridge, Ah Mei Hokkien Prawn Mee, Hai Beng Hainan Lor Mee, Penang Ah Long Lor Bak, Roti Canai & Nasi Biryani, Kampung Nasi Lemak, Malacca Chicken Rice Ball, Petaling Jaya Dim Sum and Drinks, Ampang Yong Tau Foo, Klang Bak Kut The, KL Wanton Mee and Penang Cuttlefish Kang Kong. 17 all together.
I was most surprised that the prices are kept affordable, say between $4-$6, considering this is RWS (it’s a different story at MBS’s Rasapura). The famous stalls are not opened every day. If in doubt which stalls to try, go for the ones with longest queues.
Malaysian Food Street
Resorts World Sentosa, The Bull Ring, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 Tel: +65 6577 8899
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 9am – 12am (Fri – Sat), 9am – 10pm (Sun)