Kajang is known as the satay capital of Malaysia, but there is so much more to eat in this town other than just satay. Easily accessible by MRT, this town in Selangor is filled with many hidden gems to keep you licking your lips. Here are 10 you should try on your next visit.
1. Itik Salai Masthar Sg Merab
Best For: Itik Salai Masak Lemak
From the moment you enter this shop, you are greeted by the smoky fragrance emanating from a gigantic grill. This is the specialty of Itik Salai Masthar Sg Merab. An assortment of meats – duck, chicken, beef and fish are slowly cooked on this grill, infused with a sweet aroma that comes from building the fire with coconut husks. After grilling for 90 minutes, the meat is chopped into bite-sized pieces and cooked in a flavourful gravy made from santan and chilli.
Itik Salai Masak Lemak (RM7) is the star of the show, a traditional Negeri Sembilan village dish that can now be enjoyed by hungry folks in Kajang. The duck meat is smoky and succulent, while the spiciness can be quite a kick! We definitely recommend getting a drink or two.
Apart from the duck, you can also try the Siput Sedut Masak Lemak (it’s satisfying to suck the sea snails out of the shells), Ayam Goreng Berempah (tasty fried chicken cooked with spices) and Ulam Salad (a mixture of local Malay vegetables).
There is usually a lunch crowd in the afternoon, and occasionally there is a live band to keep you entertained while you eat.
Itik Salai Sungai Merab
Address: Jalan Haji Yusoff, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
2. Sup Power Ali
Best For: Mutton Soup
Sup Power Ali serves the heartiest, thickest soups you have ever seen. With their doors only opened from evening till the wee hours of the morning, their mutton soup makes the perfect late night snack.
The broth is simmered with aromatic spices for 5 hours before it is poured onto your choice of meat cuts. Among the choices you can have are the lamb meat, tendons, ribs, gearbox and more. That’s what we call mutton soup for the soul!
Sup Power Ali
Address: 7, Jalan Maju 1, Taman Kajang Utama, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 6:00 PM – 2:30 AM, closed on Sun
Website: Sup Power Ali
3. Restoran Roti Canai 17
Best For: Roti Canai Milo, Roti Canai Cheese
Restoran Roti Canai 17 is a family business that has been around for 32 years, known for their array of creative roti canais. According to the owner, 17 is their family’s lucky name – hence its curious name!
Their Roti Canai Milo (RM3) comes with layers of malty nostalgia, and you can even dip it in savoury sauces. If you are a fan of cheese, you may like that the Roti Canai Cheese come in a simple version with 1 slice of cheese (RM3) or all out with 4 slices of cheese (RM5)!
Of course, if you are looking for other dishes, there is their popular Roti Jagung made using fresh corn, Roti Jack which is made with Jackfruit, and Roti Bean with red bean. Basically, anything you can think of (or probably haven’t yet). They also make a decent Nasi Lemak (RM6.50).
Restoran Roti Canai 17
Address: 6, Lorong Kajang Raya 2, Taman Kajang Raya, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Website: Restoran Roticanai 17
4. Warung Bunian
Best For: Nasi Lemak Telur Bungkus
Located in Kampung Sungai Merab in Kajang, Warung Bunian has one of the most unique nasi lemak dish in town. Their Nasi Lemak Telur Bungkus (RM3.50) is a combination of our national dish and nasi pattaya, in which the rice is wrapped in omelette.
Here, the omelette is made by mixing homemade sambal with eggs, then fried on a flat pan. Rice is placed on top before being wrapped in spicy omelette. The dish is served with cucumbers, anchovies and sambal sauce. The egg gives it a lovely texture, while giving it that spicy edge from the sambal. It’s definitely a burn, but you’ll love it!
They have a number of special Indian flat breads too. Roti Jiwa Kacau (RM3) is a popular choice, cooked with roti canai, sambal, eggs and onions. Other favourites include the Roti Tampal (RM1.90) and Roti Satin (RM3).
Address: Jalan Jamaludin, Kampung Sungai Merab, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Mon – Thu, Sat), 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Fri & Sun)
Website: Warung Bunian
5. Kedai ABC & Air Batu Chong Kee
Best For: Ice Kacang
Tucked in a pre-war shoplot, Kedai ABC & Air Batu Cham Kee is a local dessert parlour with over 60 years of history. The owner himself is the third generation to run it!
There is an extensive menu here with different old-school combinations that would send anyone with a sweet tooth on cloud nine. We tried the ABC Special (RM4.20). The shaved ice is topped with ice cream, fruits and colourful syrups, along with the usual red beans, cincau and sweet corn on the inside – a refreshing touch on a warm day!
We also tried the ABC Sarsi (RM2.20). Although it is plainer with mainly sarsi syrup, this is the kind of dessert 80s kids would remember having from bygone times. It’s nice to know that you can still taste this piece of tradition here.
Kedai ABC & Air Batu Chong Kee
Address: Jalan Changkat, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, closed on alternate Wed
Website: Kedai Abc & Air Batu Chong Kee
6. Ten Hup Cheong Fun
Best For: Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun
Ten Hup Chee Cheong Fun is no stranger in Kajang. They have been preparing their signature steamed rice rolls for over 35 years, and is now run by the second generation. The family learnt the Hong Kong style Chee Cheong Fun, where the rice rolls are much thinner, has a lot of fillings and comes with savoury sauce.
Every dish is made upon order piece by piece for maximum freshness. Their Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun (RM6.50/ RM9.00) comes with large, juicy prawns and minced meat.
It tastes utterly divine – silky smooth and so satisfying. It also doesn’t fill you up as much as other dishes, so you can easily save your stomach for more.
Ten Hup Cheong Fun
Address: 824, Jalan Changkat, Bandar Kajang, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, closed on Thu
Website: Ten Hup Cheong Fun
7. Chi Family Porridge
Best For: Porridge
This humble stall is only open early in the morning, but don’t judge it by its size! Chi Family Porridge is well-received by locals in the area. Their Guang Dong style porridge (RM5 – RM8) is thick and smooth. They are filled with your choice of classic congee toppings like century egg, pork meat, chicken floss, peanuts, salted egg and fish fillet.
Some people would also add a side of Yau Char Kuey (RM0.60) for an extra crunch, or have an Egg (RM0.80) beat into the porridge for a smoother texture. We decided to have both at once, and it really gives you that hometown feel.
Chi Family Porridge
Address: Jalan Changkat, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM, closed on Mon
8. Kedai Makanan Cham Kee
Best For: Pork Trotter Char Siew Rice
If flavourful and filling is your thing, head over to Kedai Makanan Cham Kee for their Port Trotter Char Siew Rice (RM7.50). Open in 1954, the 60-year-old stall has both rice and noodle dishes, each generously topped with delicious Char Siew and lip-smacking sauces.
The portions are quite huge, so unless you are a big eater, you can easily share this with a friend. Their Wan Tan Mee and Curry Mee are some of their other bestsellers.
Kedai Makanan Cham Kee
Address: 3, 1, Bandar Kajang, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, closed on Mon
9. Nasi Lemak Hakka
Best For: Nasi Lemak
Kajang has its very own famous Nasi Lemak Hakka, not to be mistaken for the one in KL’s Chow Kit Market. With over 40 years in the business, Madam Xiao has perfected the technique after inheriting it from her mum. The cooking is all done in the kitchen at home and served in front of her house.
Every morning, she prepares the fried chicken by cooking the pieces using charcoal to control the fire. Even the handmade sambal takes 4 hours to prepare.
We didn’t have to wait long for our dish to arrive. The fragrant rice came with a fried egg, cucumbers and a dollop of sambal. Customers usually order the Nasi Lemak (RM3.50) and pair it with a huge slice of fried golden brown chicken (RM10). It’s no wonder why the shop has a following of its own.
Nasi Lemak Hakka
Address: 409A, Jalan 11, Kampung Sungai Chua, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Daily
Website: Nasi Lemak Hakka
10. Da Fei Handmade Pan Mee
Best For: Pan Mee
Da Fei Handmade Pan Mee was a little hard to find, as it is located in a residential district and has been serving good old pan mee to locals in the area for over 20 years.
Their classic pan mee noodles come in a clear, light and tasty broth. Much of the subtle aroma comes from the fresh vegetables that are cooked with the soup when you order.
Kampung Sungai Chua Pan Mee
Address: 402, Jalan 11, Kampung Sungai Chua, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening Times: 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM, closed on Mon
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