We read this story about the Ipoh-born Chan Hon Meng who recently received a Michelin star for his hawker stall in Singapore and upon finishing the article, a quote stood out to us, and it reads, "The Michelin representative said we only judge based on food not venue."
We always associate the Michelin star with morsels of pretentious deconstructed food presented on gigantic white plates, but now we know. It's the food that counts! So here are five pretty obvious choices for the yummiest food in Malaysia that deserve that star:
#1 Village Park, Damansara Uptwon
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You have foreigners in your midst and you're wondering what to feed them. You instantly think of nasi lemakand you instantly think of only one:Village Park. This place is always packed and the wait for your plate of rice is cray, cray at times. But we wait. Week in and week out we sit there, staring at our table, waiting for the steaming hot rice and crispy fried chicken.
Find them: 5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 7am - 7.30pm | Sunday, 7am - 6pm
#2 Sri Ganapathi Mess
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Whoever thought of serving rice, curries, and vegetables on a banana leaf was a genius. It's eco-friendly and cost efficient and you have a lot of room for said rice, curry, and vegetables. Plus a lot of it is deep fried. Just thinking about that deep fried bitter gourd has got us salivating.
Find them:47, Jalan 1/10, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia (Yes, it's in a house. Just follow the throngs of people walking into the hosuse)
Opening hours: 11am - 4pm | Daily
#3 Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum, Damansara Jaya
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That deep fried scallop, egg yolk, and shrimp tho'. That's the thing (we believe) that's got this place packed till 10pm. Don't even think about getting a seat here in the morning. Families, joggers who 'deserve' a treat, and brunching couples all make their way here to Jin Xuan for the widest selection of dim sum this side of PJ.
Find them: 59, 61 & 63, Jalan SS 22/19, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia (with many other branches if you go here)
#4 myBurgerLab, all locations
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A lot have been said about these guys already, so we don't have to add to it. Their spirit of innovation and massive burgers speaks for themselves. The Beautiful Mess now in version 5, the Ultraman, the A+, they're all on the tip of your tongue by now if you're a ferocious eater. C'mon, give them a star. By the way, the burger on the right is called the 6 feet under.
Find them:14, Jalan 21/22, SeaPark, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia (branches here)
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday | 5.00pm – 10.15pm | Closed on 1st Monday of the month
#5 Toast and Roast, SS2
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Char Siew here is melt in your mouth good. With a side of Hakka Mee topped with even more pork mince and pork skin, this porkilicious (yes, we invented that) place is a pork lovers heaven. There's hardly a menu here but everyone knows what to order. Char Siew for two, for one. Plus one more to go.
No.20, Jalan SS2/72 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47300, Malaysia
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday | 8.30am - 4pm | Closed on Tuesday
There you have it, our list of the five restaurants in Klang Valley we think deserve a star. We're ready for the ire of the internet so leave the flames in the comments below. But if you agree with our list, leave it in the comments as well.