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Craving crispy suckling pig or bites of juicy pork belly while in town? We have hunted down the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, serving both Western and Eastern dishes, that are guaranteed to curb your cravings in a porky–licious way!
First on our list is El Cerdo’s famous Spanish roasted suckling pig, also known as cochinillo al estilo Segoviano. Served either as a half portion (RM199) or whole piglet (RM375), this dish also comes with complimentary roasted potatoes and salad. Besides the suckling pig, you must order their signature appetiser—boquerones (RM36), which are fried bacon rolls stuffed with anchovies marinated in white wine, a traditional starter from Spain.
Don’t forget the grilled pork shoulder steak (RM64) that is bathed for 48 hours in paprika, herbs, onions, and garlic. Served with a special blend of paprika and jalapeño sauce, this dish will surely elicit a return visit.
El Cerdo, 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200, Kuala Lumpur | (+60) 13 309 4197
On the corner of a street in Cheras lies a little deli-restaurant owned by a neighbourhood couple with a passion for cooking meat. Anne Elizabeth serves a broad variety of meats for patrons to select from, including fresh cuts of lamb, beef, salmon, and, of course, pork, at an affordable price. Must-tries include the signature portobello mushroom (RM22.90), a huge portobello mushroom stuffed with bacon and oozing cheese. When it comes to the entrée, the Sakura pork belly (RM24.90) is a definite winner. Low in price yet generous in portion, this pork belly has a hint of sweetness and spiciness thanks to its glaze of honey and white pepper. You can also bring your own wine, as the corkage fee is less than RM30 (which is lower than the average fee in most places).
Anne Elizabeth, 1, Jalan Manis 4 Taman Segar Cheras, 56100, Kuala Lumpur | (+60) 16 376 6180
If you are a fan of Indian cuisine and pork, this place will give you the best of both worlds! Meat the Porkers has an extensive menu covering small canapés, appetisers, different kinds of mains, desserts, and drinks of all kinds. Serving Indian cuisine with a twist, this restaurant will surely elevate your senses.
Not sure what to order? For appetisers, try the Porkers Goan pork vindaloo mantou (RM25). Savoury pork chunks are marinated and cooked in spices and vinegar, and then stuffed in between fluffy white Chinese buns called mantou (饅頭). For mains, you cannot go wrong with the signature that made this restaurant Internet famous—siew yoke biryani (RM28). It’s a traditional Indian dish where rice is infused with spices and cooked in a sealed pot. Meat the Porkers gave this traditional dish a twist by adding crispy Chinese roast pork belly (燒肉). For drinks, their Malibu mango lassi (RM35) cocktail will wash down the food with its sweet and tangy flavour.
Meat The Porkers, 9M, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490, Kuala Lumpur | (+60) 19 987 1945
Featured in the Washington Post as a must-visit destination, Nasi Lemak Wild Boar first gained popularity through its unique dish of wild boar curry. Besides that, their nasi lemak coconut rice is also a star dish, a wonderfully fragrant concoction that imparts a hint of ginger with every bite, while the homemade sambal (sweet chilli paste) adds a spicy kick to the dish. It only costs RM11.50 per portion, which is quite cheap considering the ingredients.
Nasi Lemak Wild Boar, Kuchai Lama Food Court, Lot 31202, Jalan Awan Makmur, Taman OUG Square, 58200, Kuala Lumpur
Yut Kee is a symbol of Chinese heritage in Kuala Lumpur, where multiple generations of the same family have been serving traditional Hainanese food since 1928. It’s one of the most popular non-halal eateries, serving novel dishes such as the roast pork special (RM25.50) and roti babi (RM11) that are hard to find elsewhere.
Yut Kee’s roast pork special is served with apple sauce and brown gravy, so you will experience sweet and savoury flavours at the same time. Although it’s Yuk Kee’s signature dish, the roast pork special is only served on Fridays and weekends. Come early, as the roast pork sells quickly. Meanwhile, the roti babi is flatbread filled with shredded pork, Chinese sausage, onions, and crabmeat. Add a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce to elevate the taste!
Yut Kee, 1, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300, Kuala Lumpur | (+60) 3 2698 8108
Wong Mei Kee (王美記)—also known as Wong Kee by some patrons—gained internet fame thanks to its roasted pork (seems that Yuk Kee has competition). Hailed as the “best roast pork” in KL, Wong Mei Kee’s preparation imparts the skin of the pork with a satisfying crunch, while the tender, juicy meat melts on the tongue. It’s a little pricier than most roast pork places, at a price point of RM18 per strip. However, the cost (and subsequent adjustment) does not seem to deter the fans, who queue up and crowd the place even before it opens. If you plan to visit Wong Mei Kee, avoid visiting on the weekends, as it is usually fully packed and you might need to wait for over an hour for your food.
Wong Mei Kee 王美記, 30, Jalan Nyonya, Pudu, 55100, Kuala Lumpur | (+60) 3 2145 2512