By Adam Wei
Thinking of Chinese cuisine? We sometimes get crazy hunger for certain food, but it’s a good thing we’ve got the best Chinese restaurants in Malaysia for your random cravings!
From the usual orders like spring rolls to the specials like roasted Peking duck, you’ll get the best choices from the restaurants in this list!
1. Restoran New Kai Seng Seafood
|BEST FOR||Crab and superior lala soup|
|WEBSITE||New Kai Seng Seafood’s Facebook|
|ADDRESS||Jalan Kenanga, 50, Jalan Merlimau, Pudu, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+60 3-9223 2336|
|OPERATING HOURS||5:00 pm to 2:00 am (Monday to Sunday)|
New Kai Seng is famous for their crab dishes. If you know anyone who’s tried the food at this place, they will tell you that the claypot coconut cream crab is to die for!
The creamy coconut’s aroma will wake your senses while the crab will feed your tummy. By far, Kai Seng shows off through claypot dishes, like their claypot knuckle that’s also a crowd pleaser.
And for the finale, try the superior lala soup that does justice to its name.
- Reasonable prices
- Simple, authentic Chinese food.
Here’s a review from a New Kai Seng customer:
“Dinner at this restaurant that serve very good steam fresh fish, with whole white chicken , fresh assorted prawns and vegetables that are awesome and freshly stir fried; braised tofu is superbly homemade with crispy roasted sauce pork.”
And here’s another one:
“This is our regular family gathering place. Good chinese food with no frills. This trip we had stewed pig’s trotter, grouper, grilled sotong, sharksfin egg with lettuce cups and salted egg french beans. they also famous for crabs, prawns and lala.”
2. Hau Kee Seafood Restaurant
|BEST FOR||Seafood dishes|
|WEBSITE||Hau Kee’s Facebook|
|ADDRESS||12, Jalan Kaskas 2, Taman Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+60 3-9130 0113|
|OPERATING HOURS||4:00pm – 2:00am daily.|
If you want your food fast without having to sacrifice the quality and taste, Hau Kee is the place to be!
Locals eat here on a daily basis, despite not having enough parking spaces around the area. It just means their food is good enough for customers to endure all that hassle.
Cheap good food is hard to find these days, but this place will definitely deliver on taste by providing better food than you pay for.
- Cheap food, good taste
- Fast service
A Hau Kee customer says this about the place:
“this place has a good food and cheap price. the place was very nice. really recommended in malaysia for all peoples”
And another one says this:
“I came here because of the review of the basket chicken and it was tasty of kampung chicken. Also ordered branched, taufu, and vegetable all in one plate which is also very tasty.
The food here is quite good. Recommend to come again.”
3. Lai Po Heen
|BEST FOR||Halal Chinese food|
|WEBSITE||Lai Po Heen|
|ADDRESS||Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+60 3-2179 8885|
|OPERATING HOURS||4 p.m.-2 a.m.|
Most of the best Chinese restaurants around Malaysia aren’t in hotel settings, but Lai Po Heen is an exception.
In the Mandarin Oriental lies one of the few Halal Chinese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. The ambience in this place isn’t as streetwise as the others—it’s the perfect elegant and romantic Chinese dinner date venue!
Your meal also comes with a view! You’ll be overlooking the KLCC park while eating dinner.
- Classic Cantonese delicacies and dim sum specialties with an open kitchen.
A Lai Po Heen customer says this:
“Great to be back at The Mandarin. Consistently one of the best Chinese restaurants on the planet.
I’ve been visiting for many years but January was the first time my wife had experienced it. Great to watch the chef’s in full making their creations with multiple woks in action. Menu is excellent and all dishes are top drawer. Black cod is superb but the cubed beef tenderloin is melt in the mouth. I have it every time.
The service is superb, staff are welcoming and interested, and on this occasion a big thanks to Kai Chic Chan for making it a truly memorable evening.
It’s not very expensive at all by UK standards and wine list is excellent. I’d recommend it for lunch or dinner without question. Location of the hotel is ideal so one can follow dinner with some excellent bars nearby. The menu is extensive so well worth checking out beforehand via the Mandarin website.”
And another one says this:
“We love the food here. We were served by KC and Clayton. They were very friendly. You must try the Peking Duck. It’s a-two-course meal. You can choose how the duck is done for the second course. Either chopped, or with egg noodles, or fried with rice.”
4. Restoran Oversea
|BEST FOR||Roast pork, signature herbal chicken, char siew.|
|ADDRESS||84-88, Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+60 3-2144 9911|
|OPERATING HOURS||11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily.|
Air-conditioned and comfy Chinese restaurants with good food don’t just pop out in Malaysia. These are hard to come by, but since we did, we’re giving you the heads up!
Restoran Oversea isn’t your usual source for Chinese food cravings: it’s for the more special occasions if you’re dining in.
Also, if you’re getting char siew at this place, you have to make a reservation in advance so you don’t visit only to find that it’s not available.
- Air conditioning
- Chinese classics
A customer at Restoran Oversea says this:
“Was recommended a visit here and I’m so glad we did. Nice atmosphere, lovely food and pleasant staff.
Can’t believe we have never been here before. What a lovely restaurant. Food was amazing and portions were huge. We ordered crispy duck and were convinced we’d been given half rather than a quarter as there was so much! The chow mein was so tasty and chicken in spring onion and ginger gorgeous! We will definitely return. Thank you.”
5. Restoran Sek Yuen
|BEST FOR||Pei pa duck, beef noodles and cold plate.|
|WEBSITE||Sek yuen’s Facebook|
|ADDRESS||315, Jalan Pudu, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+60 3-9222 0903|
|OPERATING HOURS||11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)|
70 years since Sek Yuen opened up in KL, they’re still standing strong and worthy of being one of the best Chinese restaurants in Malaysia.
Beef noodles and cold plates are their signature dishes but the Pei Pa duck is the crowd favorite that everyone seems to enjoy.
Make reservations for weekends, because there are always lots of people!
- Vibrant environment
- Classic Chinese restaurant feel
Here’s a review from a Sek Yuen patron:
“One of the oldest Chinese restaurants in KL, 3 generations, and still have some famous signature dishes, like the 8 treasure duck, needing 3 days to book in advance, and many old style Cantonese cooking. Wonderful.”
And another one:
“Really great Chinese food, and super friendly and helpful staff. I don’t know if I’ve ever had my cup of tea refilled so quickly and so many times. The prices are quite good as well. Would wholeheartedly recommend.”
6. Restaurant Siu Siu
|BEST FOR||Char siew pork|
|WEBSITE||Siu Siu’s Facebook|
|ADDRESS||Lorong Syed Putra Kiri, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+60 16-309 8038|
|OPERATING HOURS||11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)|
Go to Siu Siu for char siew!
Their Guinness pork, claypot crab rice, and curry are among the best dishes served in Chinese restaurants in Malaysia.
The servings may not be as big as the others, but the food quality is worth much more than you pay for. Parking is also no issue in this place since it’s below Thean Hou temple.
- Known to serve the best char siew (honey-glazed barbecue pork) in town
A Siu Siu customer says this:
“I have heard so much about the famous char siu, and YES! Absolutely delicious!
Ample of parkings and location is easy to find.
We only ordered some char siu, sweet and sour pork, butter prawn, salted egg squid, claypot kangkung, and a steam tofu. Everything was delicious! While waiting for our food, my family (especially my 80+ years old parents) were having a blast chatting with the friendly staff.
Excellent service! Fast and smooth! Will definitely revisit the restaurant again.”
And another one says this:
“Food totally yummy, but the pricing quite expensive. parking lots available. Is a non-halal Chinese restaurant..it serves more to Hokkien cuisine”
That concludes our list of the best Chinese restaurants in Malaysia! These are the best places to indulge in your cravings if you keep thinking of dim sum, Chinese crab dishes, or char siew!
But remember that you can also learn to cook Chinese food for yourself if you want to eat it more regularly. If that’s the case, we’d suggest getting a pressure cooker, because it’s great for most Chinese recipes.
If you don’t have one of those yet, check out our list of the best pressure cookers in Malaysia! These are excellent cookers for anyone doing Chinese cuisine.
*Image sourced from restaurant websites.