Chow Kit a Suburb Every Malaysian Tahu!

Chow Kit is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur. Founded by Loke Chow Kit, a well-known miner, municipal councillor, public official, and the first local owner of a department store with the name Chow Kit. 

Chow Kit has since the 50s grown to a bustling commercial centre till today and its demographic too has gone from being mainly Chinese to a strong immigrant community from Indonesia starting from the 80s. That too is changing with the influx of people from South Asia mainly from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepalese all setting up shop and living here too making it thrive even more.

Loke Chow Kit (left) and the Chow Kit & Co. department store in the 1920s (right). Image credit: Malaysian Heritage and History Club / Facebook

Chow Kit is wide and has many interesting attractions and foodie places. It will take you days to see it all but we would like to just take a sample if you only have a few hours to see Chow Kit. The pasar or market in Chow Kit is divided into two sections: wet market and dry market. It is interesting to see the traders and customers haggle over the price which can sound loud and argumentative but people all walk away happy all round.

The wet market, also known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit, is Kuala Lumpur’s largest Pasar Pagi (Morning Market). The dry and wet markets are located in the same area. Exploring it will take time but if you are a fruitarian we suggest exploring the fruit section here and sample the many fruits here. Haggle away.

Variety of fresh exotic fruits & other local fresh fruits

In addition, the wet market sells a variety of fresh and inexpensive raw foods such as fish, chicken, seafood, and so on. You can go there if you want to see what they sell in the wet market; nevertheless, it is connected to the dry market, which makes walking easier.

After buying fruits we suggest you sample the food along the main pathway of Chow Kit. There are numerous foods to try out. We suggest the following: Restoran Mohd Yasmeen, Kudu Nasi Kandar, Thai Boat Noodle, the most authentic Thai food on this street! Nasi Kapau Indonesians and Negeri Sembilan food at Restoran Salai Salai. They’re all on the same street!

Image credit: Facebook Little Rara Thai Boat Noodle
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Little Rara Facebook page: 

Google Business page: Little Rara Chow Kit

Mohd Yaseem Nasi Kandar Pulau Pinang, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur 

Google Business page: Mohd.Yaseem Nasi Kandar Restaurant

Nasi Kapau, Masakan Minang, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur 

Google Business page: Restoran Nasi Kapau (Masakan Minang)

Restoran Nasi Kandar KUDU, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur; Variety type of nasi kandar dishes. 

KUDU Nasi Kandar Facebook Page:  

Google Business page: Restoran Kudu Abdul

Restaurant Salai-Salai, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur 

Salai-Salai Facebook Page:

Google Business page: Restoran Salai-Salai @Chow Kit

These restaurants are located on the same street. Check them out.

Chow Kit has largely retained its reputation as one of Kuala Lumpur’s most authentic districts. Travelling around Chow Kit is great fun for people of all ages. It allows visitors to gain a better understanding of the culture of the residents as well as the history of the town. Chow Kit is a Malaysia, past, present and future. 

Just to let you know, MyRehat Regalia Residences is located near the Chow Kit district, about a 15 minute walk away. Come stay with us and enjoy the sights and sounds of Chow Kit. MyRehat accommodations are on Agoda and Airbnb as well.


As Salam -… – Little Rara Thai Noodle House at Jalan TAR, 2020.

Chow Kit, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 27 July 2022.