[Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] The very thought of Wong Ah Wah’s signature roast chicken wings is getting me all salivating again.
The slight char on the skin, the juiciness of the meat with smoky flavours, and the oil and sauce that would stick to the fingers … that I would promptly lick away.
And that chilli sauce. Sedap!
Wong Ah Wah is a Chinese-cooked food zi char institution to visit in Kuala Lumpur. It has grown from a humble stall to the present 5 shops it occupies in a single row.
Just told the cab driver “best BBQ chicken wings in KL” and he knew the answer. No 1,3,5,7,9 at Jalan Alor Bukit Bintang.
The entire stretch is literally called ’Wai Sek Kai’ aka ‘Gluttons Road’ because it is lined with numerous supper haunts.
The signboard was a fake-looking Mickey Mouse, workers were at the side barbecuing wings in rows by the hundreds. Hundreds.
Photos of Hong Kong celebrities were spotted hanging on the walls. The familiar Singaporean accent could also be heard in every other table. (We speak English/Singlish slightly differently lah.)
The must-order is the Signature Roast Chicken Wings (RM$3.20 per piece, minimum 2 pieces), while the other dishes such as Grilled Sting Ray, Creamy Salted Egg Prawn, Malay Satay, Deep Fried Sotong, Kam Heong Lala and Yong Tow Food are recommended as well.
Compared to the local-style zi-char restaurants, Wong Ah Wah is fuss-free, brisk, and its fare oily, packed with flavours (and MSG) and full of wok-hei.
The kind of place to let your hair loose (and smell of barbecue) and fingers dirty as you tuck into the food.
The other dishes that I would recommended are the Deep Fried Dumplings (RM$1.30 per piece) and Fu Pi (RM$1.30 piece) – fish paste fillings wrapped in beancurd skin and deep fried till crisp.
Not all the dishes were ‘wow’, prices were mid-range and service was nothing much to ask for. However, the chicken wings are worth that supper trip down to Jalan Alor.
Wong Ah Wah Restaurant 黄亚华烧鸡翅
1, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2144 2463
Opening Hours: 5pm – 4am (Closed alternative Mondays)
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