Money should never be an excuse to keep you away from enjoying good food. Eating well does not have to be expensive, even when you’re in the capital of Malaysia where the cost of living is on the higher side. There are always places which serve honest delicious meal at a cheap price, if you know where to look 😉
So read on as we unveil the cheapest eats in KL for RM5 and below!😱 Let the chow-down begin!
Disclaimer: Prices shown are not inclusive of GST.
1. Medan Selera 223
For long-time residents of PJ, this place is no stranger to them. Known affectionately by many names of Nasi Lemak Panas Panas, Biru Merah, Mapley 223, and Nasi Lemak 222, this food court houses many food stalls though its most famous dish has to be, you guessed it, its cheap yet hearty nasi lemak.
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There are two popular nasi lemak stalls here – Nasi Lemak Suri and Nasi Lemak Yatie. Also known as Biru (blue) and Merah (red) respectively, what makes theirs different from another is their sambal. Yatie’s is a favourite for those who prefer sweet sambal while Suri’s has more kick in its sambal. If you’re on the fence on which one to choose from, just try both! It’s only RM1.60 per packet after all 🤗
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Suri has a bit more options when it comes to lauk ranging from fried egg, fried chicken, squid with sambal, fish with sambal, and tempe with sambal. Yatie only offers fried chicken to go with their nasi lemak but their fried chicken is scrumptiously tasty which is why people are willing to queue up for it! Whichever you choose though, both are bound to be finger-lickin’ good.
#HHWT Tip: As it’s a food court, there are many other dishes you can try there at an incredibly low price! A few recommendations would be otak-otak, half-boiled eggs, laksa at Laksa Penang Rahim stall, mutton soup and steamed rice with spiced chicken at Lot 3. It is also better to go at night as that’s when many of the stalls are open.
Address: Jalan 51a/223, Seksyen 51a, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operating hours: Daily, 24 hours
Contact: Yatie – 0122660369, 0123250916 | Suri – 0162381261, 0123854541
2. Mansion Tea Stall
Roti canai is undoubtedly a staple food for many (if not all) Malaysians. Cheap yet filling, there are many variations of this much-loved flatbread and here at Mansion Tea Stall, they are known for their indulgent Roti Banjir Special.
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Two roti canai drenched in a thick mixture of dhal, curry and sambal with two half-boiled eggs on top, their Roti Banjir Special is only RM3 per plate. Pair it up with a hot cup of teh tarik (RM1.30) and you’ve got yourself a complete meal for under RM5 😉
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Address: No. 2, Ground Floor, Selangor Mansion, Jalan Masjid India, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Operating hours: Daily, 24 hours
3. Murni Discovery
If you’re looking for a place to hang out late into the night, then look no further than Murni Discovery. With branches all over the Klang valley, Murni is a crowd’s favourite for supper for its generous portions, variety of food, and long opening hours.
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They offer lots of light bites for the price of RM5 and below. Their naan menu, particularly their crispy naan cheese is much-loved by many. Want something spicy? Try their one-of-a-kind naan bawang chilli padi 😋
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And typical of a mamak eatery, variants of roti canai are also available for you to munch on. Just take a pick from the usual variants of roti bawang, roti tampal, roti telur, roti planta and roti susu, to some unusual ones such as roti jepun (roti stuffed with eggs, margarine, cheese, and milk) and roti sweet forever (plain roti with ice cream, bits of corn and a sprig of mint on top).
Click here for a full list of their outlets.
4. Rojak SS15 Subang Jaya
Ask any foodie and they’ll tell you this – long queue often equates to good food. And that’s what you’ll be greeted with when you arrive at this humble street food stall. Serving one of the best rojak in town, this is one dish you wouldn’t want to miss!
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At an affordable price of RM4.50, you’ll get a plate full of fried beancurd, prawn and dough fritters, and sliced cucumbers and turnips drenched in the flavourful spicy nut sauce. Add another RM1 and you’ll get the option of adding one boiled egg or cuttlefish. Pair your rojak with the refreshing cendol from the next stall for only RM2 and you’ll get yourself a whole meal 😊
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And while you’re there, grab a few bites of South Indian snacks from the neighbouring booth. Known as vadai, they sell two kinds of vadai – ulunthu (a fluffy savoury doughnut) and masala (a crunchy spicier one). Sold at RM0.60 a piece, they are often eaten with bird’s eye chili (cili padi) for a tastebud explosion!
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#HHWT Tip: As there aren’t many seats available, you might want to take away the food.
Address: Along Jalan SS 15/3B, 47500, Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am – 7:30pm
5. Donut Panas Gombak
Another viral eatery, Donut Panas (which literally means hot doughnut) is a street vendor that has garnered a lot of attention by the online community as well as locals for its low-priced, out-of-this-world, freshly-made doughnuts.
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At only RM1.50 a piece, their doughnut has been praised for its ridiculously soft-as-a-cloud texture. Offering 3 types of doughnuts (original, caramel, and chocolate), each person can only purchase up to 10 pieces maximum. That’s to avoid the long waiting time for the other customers as the doughnuts are prepared on the spot.
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So bring enough cash and be prepared to queue to get a taste of this addictive, warm, and fluffy fried dessert!
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday from 12pm to 6pm, closed on Sundays
Address: 5, Jalan 1, Taman Gombak Jaya, 53000 Kuala Lumpur
6. Pau Pak Ngah
Operating from just a simple stall by the side of the street, Pau Pak Ngah is coveted by many for their unconventional, one-of-a-kind, Malay style steamed bun (pau).
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A family business, their offerings aren’t just the traditional steamed bun flavours of red bean, kaya, coconut, and curry, but also include unique savoury flavours such as spicy tuna mayo, chicken carbonara, and our personal favourite, beef bolognese.
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Warm and filling, each bite bursts with flavour and is sure to leave a satisfying tingle on your tongue 🤤
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And good news, it only costs RM3 at most for one steamed bun! Chicken carbonara, beef rendang, spicy tomato chicken (ayam masak merah) and beef bolognese are priced at RM3 each while others are below RM2.50.
Address: 17g, Jalan Bukit Indah 5, Taman Bukit Indah, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Opening Hours: Daily 2pm – 10pm
Contact: 013-203 2168 | Facebook
7. The Humble Chef
Starting off as a food truck, The Humble Chef has made a name for its stellar eats – RM5 for spaghetti of all kinds!
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Choose between the classic Bolognese, creamy Carbonara, fragrant Aglio e Olio, or savoury Pesto and pick the meat of your choice of either prawn, chicken, beef, or lamb to go with your pasta. If you don’t mind spending a bit more, go for their highly raved fried laksa (RM6) and mouthwatering mac and cheese (RM10)!
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Wallet-friendly, tasty, and fulfilling, The Humble Chef is a perfect cheap eat at any time of the day.
Address: Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 11pm
Contact: 03-2011 1821
8. Little Fat Duck
Just like The Humble Chef, Little Fat Duck also has humble beginnings as a food truck by the street side. But as their popularity and the demand for their food grew, you can now find several of their branches all across the Klang Valley.
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Their aim is only one – to provide affordable Italian and French cuisine to the locals. And that’s exactly what they did. Their pasta is sold at a low price of RM6 on a daily basis but it does not just stop here. From Monday to Thursday, they have a Pasta of the Day priced at RM5! These pastas are Bolognese Monday, Bechamel Tuesday, Carbonara Wednesday, and Mornay Thursday.
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So come on over for a plateful of satisfying, and hearty pasta that is sure to make both your tummy and your wallet sing in happiness!
Click here for a list of their outlets!
9. Boat Noodle
The name Boat Noodle needs no further introduction. With branches all over Malaysia, this Thai street food eatery has grabbed the hearts of many Malaysians for its iconic small bowls of noodles. Priced at only RM1.99 per bowl, you can gorge yourself full without any worries of breaking the bank!
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There are now 3 different broths you can choose from – Pathumtani (sour and spicy soy-based broth), Ayutthaya (mildly spicy coconut-based broth), and Prosperity Yum (tom yam broth). They also offer dry noodles where the broth is substituted for flavourful seasoning mix with the noodle of your choice – rice noodle or egg noodle. Pick your meat of either chicken or beef and your order is ready to go!
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If you’re on an extremely tight budget, you can try ordering a bowl of noodle and a bowl of rice for a fulfilling meal which only cost RM 3.98 combined. Add another RM1.99 and you can get a topping of fried manton skin, fried chicken skin, or egg which total to RM5.97 – just slightly over the RM5 mark.
Click here for a list of their outlets.
10. Auntie Anne’s
Looking for a cheap quick refill after shopping at the many malls here in KL? Then head over to the world’s most popular pretzel chain brand – Auntie Anne’s!
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A favourite amongst Malaysians of all ages, their pretzels are highly sought-after for its soft and chewy texture and delightful taste. Freshly baked every single day, their selection of pretzels under RM5 includes the no-salt-no-butter original, much-loved cinnamon sugar, unique seaweed, and delicious chocolate mint.
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Their pretzel stix is also a hit with the crowd. Just pick between the original flavour or the happy-inducing cinnamon one. And if you’re willing to splurge a bit, go for their mouthwatering eclairs stix!
Find their nearest outlet here!
11. Empire Sushi
Sushi lovers, rejoice as you can now satisfy your sushi craving on a budget here at Empire Sushi!
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Dishing out hand-crafted sushi of various kinds, Empire Sushi aims to provide fast, fresh sushi for all at a fantastic value. With price as low as RM1.10 for an item, it’s literally a steal!
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#HHWT Tip: Want to get these sushi for an even cheaper price? Visit their stores around 15-20 minutes before closing time (which is 10pm at most malls) and get 20% off all their items.
Just click here to find the nearest outlet!
And that’s it, folks! 11 cheap eats in Klang Valley for RM5 and below. Surely there’s more than this list where you can find good tasty food at a stellar price so do SHARE with us if you have any tips. Happy eating!