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If you enjoy queuing up for lunch at KLCC during the 12:30-2pm rush-lunch hour, there are two places you can absolutely count on – Little Penang Cafe and Madam Kwan. Both serves pretty decent local dishes at a clean and comfortable environment, with Little Penang Cafe being the slightly cheaper option.

Little Penang Cafe at KLCC
Little Penang Cafe at KLCC

Having based at KLCC for the better part of my working life, it is no surprise that I have been to Little Penang Cafe on numerous occasions. While the purists might argue that there is no substitute for actual Penang hawker foods, I often am willing to compromise and pay a little bit more to have something not far from the original, and as a bonus, it’s located just right downstairs from where I work.

The menu at this place is quite small, but essentially covers all the bases when it comes to Penang foods. There’s char kueh teow, curry mee, prawn mee, loh bak, nasi lemak, mee goreng, chendol, otak-otak, fish ball soup, and so on.

curry mee, Penang otak otak
curry mee and Penang style steamed otak-otak

I almost always order the curry mee and otak-otak whenever I pay a visit. The curry mee is almost as Penang as one can get (sans the coagulated pork’s blood though), with traditional ingredients like prawns, cuttle fish, tau pok (deep fried tofu), cockles, and mint leaves. The coconut milk based soup with unlimited sambal on the side is pretty fragrant too, I actually enjoy it quite a bit.

The otak-otak served at Little Penang Cafe is of the Penang style, steamed, and slightly bigger in portion. I find that the steamed otak-otak here is better than those from Otak-otak Place.

nasi lemak and curry mee at Little Penang Cafe
nasi lemak with fish, and chicken; curry mee

My colleagues ordered the nasi lemak, one asked for fish, and the other chicken, or was it a curry fish rice? Anyway, both were happy with their food and they certainly looked pretty appetizing. The sambal with the fish packs a kick too, and the drumstick from nasi lemak was reported to be very flavorful.

KY, Was, and Chew at little penang cafe, KLCC
KY, Was, and Chew at Little Penang Cafe, KLCC

Main dishes are priced from RM 8.90 onwards, with drinks a few ringgit each, just slightly above the asking price for similar items at the food court. Not a bad place to get my Penang fix.

Oh, I wouldn’t order their loh bak if I were you though.

map of KLCC

Little Penang Cafe
4th Floor, KLCC
50088, Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.157581, 101.712102

Discuss : Little Penang Cafe at KLCC

  1. Their rojak very nice!!! 😀

  2. Chingy,
    oOO I haven’t tried. Thanks for the tips

  3. Hmm…I never did like this place. I prefer authentic Penang food anytime…but I guess if I’m working in KLCC I’ll eat here too. 🙂

  4. sotong in curry mee!

  5. my fav there is the prawn mee! shit. will kill for one now. haha

  6. Huai Bin,
    hahaha oh well I can’t be going back to Penang that often.

    Yess! sotong!

    oOo, hahah cos you’re in melbourne!

  7. yarrr, i also don’t like the lorbak. i LOVE the curry laksa!

  8. cumidanciki,
    oOo i never tried their laksa, then again I’m not a big fan of curry laksa hehe

  9. I think the Lam Mee is quite good also, but not as good as the one in Penang. CKT also not bad lar.

  10. their CKT also not bad.. of course, don’t compare to Penang’s standard la..

  11. JD,
    Yah the CKT got crab meat too

    True, cannot compare lor.

  12. i think the quality has deteriorate…doesnt seem so tasty anymore 🙁

  13. Crystal,
    maybe an off day? last i went it was still good 🙂

  14. u from penang? i think nothing can beat the ori one from Penang 😀

  15. some of the dishes are actually quite nice.

  16. timothy_mmx

    yes, yes! Penang Lor Bak still the best, KY, your taste buds are still very sharp, good for you! Perhaps you can try (and review) the Laksa at the Sri Petaling night market…it’s not bad!

  17. JOey,
    Yes i’m from penang, of course it’s no comparison with actual penang food, but not bad nonetheless 😀

    yah, not bad actually.

    thanks! oOo sri petaling night market, i need to know how to actually get there though. lol

  18. and i always go madam kwan’s but of course i will always make a reservation first especially at KLCC. don’t play play..

  19. timothy_mmx

    you need to go in from the road in front of the Endah Parade(Carrefour)which is just next to the KESAS highway(E5), head straight into the rows of shophouses behind it, the night market (every Tuesday night in front of The Store supermarket) is too big to miss 😉

  20. I’ve been trying very hard to guess what is that really black thing on the rice?

  21. eiling,
    Hahaha smart gal.

    oOOo thanks!

    Chef Mel,
    Haha I think it is mushroom!

  22. Testing…1….little 2…little 3… little indian

  23. Jerine,
    10 little indian boy!

  24. […] the bright side, this is only about as pricey as Little Penang or Madam Kwan for a completely different cuisine. The more choices the […]

  25. Yoko Ono

    Hi all Penangites in KL,

    You can get the best of penang assam laksa, hae mee, nyonya lam mee at this new eatery in Kuchai lama called Asian Flavours Cafe. Also serving the best lorbak & roti babi I have ever eaten in KL.

  26. Hi…just checking if u have any vegetarian food served? Thank you!

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