Chinese ‘Tai Chows’ are a common sight in KL. From fancy 5-star settings to humble stalls beneath trees, these ala carte ‘order as you wish’ style Chinese eateries have been a part of the Malaysian culinary landscape for the longest time. Their menu usually consists of meats, seafood, and vegetable dishes cooked in a typical Chinese style and eaten with either rice or noodles.

Most ‘Tai Chow’ restaurants are not Halal, but there are also many  Chinese Muslims in the country that have opened up Halal establishments. These restaurants serve authentic Malaysian Chinese cuisine that’s suitable for everyone. Here are some of these places:

1.Amber Chinese Restaurant

Amber is a restaurant that serves Xinjiang style dishes from China, rather than local Cantonese style fry ups. You’ll be able to find some common favorites like Spicy Tofu (RM16), Black Fungus with Walnuts ( RM 16.90) , Steamed Fish (RM38.90) and Shanghai Style Marinated Duck (RM 22). Other things on the menu are specialties from the Xinjiang region including Xinjiang style noodles ( RM12), Roasted Lamb Leg (RM18) and Clear Noodles with Mined beef ( RM18.90).

AddressUnit – 1-14, Level 1, Nexus No. 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 11am-10pm

Muslim chinese food
Image credit: Amber Chinese Restaurant FB

2. Haji Sharin Low Grand

Classic Cantonese fare is the highlight at Haji Sharin Low’s restaurant. Many of the favorite dishes are now cooked with chicken or beef instead. It’s also a good place to dine as a big group or family as they have a set menu. One example is a set including Hong Kong Style steamed fish, Kong Po Chicken, Sizzling Tofu, Kamheong Beef, Mushroom and Kailan and Prawn Omelet (RM148). This set also comes with rice and Chinese tea.

Address: Ground Floor, Wisma Chinese Chamber, 258, Jalan Ampang, Off Jalan Ampang, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur 50450
Opening hours: Daily 10am-3pm, 5pm-10.30pm

Haji Sharin Low restaurant
Image credit: Haji Sharin Low FB

3. Haslinda Sim Abdullah

Haslinda Sim’s is where you’ll find comforting home-style Chinese cooking. They serve Chinese food that a mother or grandmother would be able to whip up in the kitchen. Currently, their best selling product is their Salted Egg Squid ( RM17). There are plenty of familiar items on the menu, like Portuguese Chicken (RM13),  QingZheng Steamed Fish ( by weight and market price), Western-style Oat Prawns (RM40), Claypot Beancurd (RM10) and Kong Po Chicken Yam Basket ( RM16)

AddressNo.46, Jalan Medan 2C,Section 9, Pusat Bandar Baru Bangi, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor ,Bangi, Malaysia
Opening hours: Wednesdays to Mondays, 12.30pm-11.30pm. Closed on Tuesdays

Salted egg squid
Image credit: Haslinda Sim Restaurant FB

4. Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant

While not all the menu items at Muhibbah are Chinese, you’ll find many classic Chinese style seafood dishes here. True to its name, this restaurant features seafood cooked in Malay, Chinese and Thai styles. Some of the Chinese dishes you can find here include Teochew-style Steamed Fish (market price), Prawns in Dry Har Lok Sauce (RM24), Prawns in Salted Egg Yolk (RM24), Sweet and Sour Chicken ( RM17) and Siew Pak Choy with Garlic and Oyster sauce ( RM11).

prawn dishes
Image credit: Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant FB

5. Mohd Chan Restaurant

Mohd Chan serves Southeast Asian style Cantonese dishes like you’ll find in many other outlets. However, they have some highlights that are in-house specialties. If you’re here, try the Soft Shell Crab with Salted Egg Sauce and the Mohd Chan Combo Chicken Rice. Apart from seafood, meat and veggies served with rice, the restaurant also serves Dim Sum.

Address: Fourteen branches. See here for the full list.
Opening hours: Daily, 11am-11pm

broccolu chinese dish
Image credit: Mohd Chan FB

6. Homst Restaurant

Homst started out in TTDI, but has now branched out to multiple locations. In addition to the traditional Chinese style of cooking, Homst has also incorporated some localized Peranakan dishes, like Sambal Petai Squid and Otak-Otak. Their in-house specialty is the Smoked Duck with Mantou and Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab. Homst also serves about 30 different Dim Sum dishes, making it a good place to come for breakfast and supper.

Address: Multiple branches, see here for list.

Homst restaurant
Image credit: Homst FB

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