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Jalan Alor is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpu in which what used to be the “red light district”. Some of that still seems to be around. On one of the streets leading up to Jalan Alor there are many massage parlors which are probably legitimate, however after walking the length of Jalan Alor which is about ½ mile some of the seedier massage parlors seems to exist.
Jalan Alor is all about street food. Although there are some permanent restaurants, once darkness falls street hawkers set up chairs and tables and the entire street becomes one large food festival.
We came rather late at night, and the crowd was somewhat sparse. There were many empty tables and some of the vendors were starting to close up shop.
Of course, while in Southeast Asia durian runs rampant and Jalan Aloor is no exception. For those who have never had it, it is has a very interesting taste and texture, especially for the western palate. To me it tastes like fermented mangoes on the front of your palate, but the after taste is something that I still can’t describe. The smell is a cross between the sulfur smell coming from natural gas now and methane. Definitely not one of my favorites, and after having tried it four times have sworn not to eat it again.
There was also a place selling durian mocha, which again I took a pass on.
The place selling coconut ice cream is a place to surely stop by. The ice cream is served in half of a young coconut with the meat still inside. The ice cream is not too sweet, and there is also a toppings bar with nuts, toasted coconut and fruit. A definite winner on the warm, sweltering Malaysian nights.
As we had eaten some before coming here, nothing else looked to appealing, but the choices are endless. Prices were also very reasonable too.
I will definitely come back here hungry the next time I’m in Kuala Lumpur.