Gantawin on Jalan Lebuh Pudu in Kuala Lumpur’s gritty old downtown district, the area behind Kotaraya shopping complex, serves perhaps the best Myanmarese/Burmese food in the city, catering to the roughly 100,000-strong Myanmar community in Kuala Lumpur.
Opened from 8am daily, the eatery’s wall murals and decorative artworks were evocative of their Burmese homeland.
Restaurant staff, their cheeks plastered with the distinctive yellow-hued thanaka cosmetic paste, plucking roselle leaves for use in soups and stir-fries.
Besides the a la carte menu, the restaurant also has a self-service food counter with a variety of dishes (which change daily, depending on what raw produce is available in the market) that customers can select from for their lunch plates.
We opted to order their noodle dishes from the menu, and service was pretty prompt:
Mohinga - practically Burma’s national dish: a sour-spicy noodle dish with an addictive fish broth. I particularly liked the boiled banana stems, and the crunchy crisp-fried split pea fritters called pè gyaw.
See Kyat Kyauk-Swe - this is a very garlicky fried/braised noodle dish, served with a small bowl of pork-rib and gourd soup. The egg noodles had a lovely texture which reminded me somewhat of Chinese “yee mein”, and the garlicky dressing tasted pretty close to Chinese ones.
Really enjoyed both options - we really must come back to explore more of their menu.
29 Jalan Lebuh Pudu, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6016-217 7782
Opening hours: 8am to 9pm daily