If you live in KL and haven’t tried out Wong Ah Wah Grilled Chicken Wings at Jalan Alor, you don’t know what you have missed out.
Located in the heart of downtown KL, Jalan Alor — once notorious as a seedy red light district – is now a food haven casually known as “Wai Sek Kai,” which literally means Glutton Road in Cantonese. When night falls, Jalan Alor turns into a giant open-air hawker center with coffee shops and food stalls serving all sorts of Malaysian street food delicacies; seafood, snacks, fruits, etc. Having so many great choices, the biggest issue of conscience you face is whether your stomach is big enough to accommodate the vast array of foods available. Jalan Alor is truly a foodie mecca!
When I think of Jalan Alor, Wong Ah Wah Grilled Chicken Wings naturally comes to mind. These chicken wings are famous; indeed, this flagship delight of Jalan Alor has now crossed the ocean and landed on the menu of Fatty Crab (not that Fatty Crab in KL), one of the hottest new restaurants in New York City. Once a resident of KL, Chef Zak Pelaccio launched this Malaysian joint to pay homage to the phenomenal food culture of Malaysia (finally, someone is doing justice to Malaysian food!)…
Reminiscing on the juicy and scrumptious taste of Wong Ah Wah’s chicken wings, I took a stab at making them a few days ago. The real Jalan Alor Chicken Wings are so fine that my version was poles apart in terms of taste and presentation, but I took it very much in stride because there is no way one can top Wong Ah Wah when it comes to grilled chicken wings.