Mali’s Corner is probably the first restaurant to come to mind when Malay-style Char Koay Teow is mentioned in KL. It recently made the news for the wrong reason too. Mali’s Corner had a humble beginning considering it started off as a hawker stall before moving into a proper shop lot. If I am not mistaken their original stall is still operating and some swear by the food quality over there.
It’s all self service here like a fast food joint. You queue, place your order, pay and collect at the next counter. I think the lady who works the register must be really hate her job because she was really grumpy and can’t wait for you to go off. In fact, customer service is pretty much non-existant here so it’s better to expect none when eating here.
Here’s another kicker. There are actually two separate counters that cater to different orders. In other words, if you want to eat Char Koay Teow then you have to order it in the building on the left. For nasi lemak, it’s on the right as shown earlier. Anyway, the queue for Char Koay Teow was (and is always) stupidly long so whoever gets the nasi lemak will definitely eat first.
Price wise there’s nothing to complain, as the Nasi Lemak Ayam costs a reasonable RM6. Taste wise, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either mainly because the sambal lacked that oomph and leaned towards sweet. Just know that this is a matter of personal preference, so what might not appeal to me may be your cup of tea.
After queuing for close to half an hour we finally got the Char Koay Teow. If you are wondering why there are so many prawns, that’s because this is the ‘special’ version which comes with extra prawns. It looked promising alright but that’s just about it.
One thing for sure is that there’s a burnt taste and the gravy was lackluster. Overall, it was only edible at best and saying that it’s average would be a compliment. And to think that we waited so long for this, it’s really kind of disappointing.
As far as Char Koay Teow in KL is concerned, Mie Cord is still the best bet – at least until I can find one that’s even better.
Mali’s Corner Char Koay Teow
9 Jalan Langkawi, Danau Kota
Business hours: Mon (5.30pm – 4am), Tue – Sun (12pm – 4am)