Kuala Lumpur: Shin Kee Beef Noodles

If there’s one thing you can’t miss in Kuala Lumpur, it’s the food. There are so many restaurants that it’s hard to know where the best places to eat are. Some places are extravagant, flashy, and luxurious. Others might be an unassuming hole-in-the-wall whose only form of ambiance is the hordes of people that storm in.

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Shin Kee Beef Noodles

A must have when in Kuala Lumpur

Shin Kee Beef Noodles is about as minimalistic as it gets. The plastic chairs and tables get thrown around as everyone fights for seating space. The walls are decorated with nothing. Giant bricks of noodles stacked up on the shelves are the only thing that you can look at if you wish to avoid eye contact with the stranger seated across from you.

The fast-paced, hectic environment blends in perfectly with the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. Situated near KL’s popular Chinatown (but just far enough that it doesn’t charge exorbitant prices), Shin Kee Beef Noodles is a go-to spot for locals and travelers alike.

The first time I tried going, it was closed. My friend who recommended it to me must have been mistaken, I thought. When the metal door was pulled down over the shop, I couldn’t have imagined anyone would voluntarily want to eat there. Instead, hundreds and hundreds of people try to squeeze in to the limited seating space every lunch and dinner time, eager to scarf down 8 ringgit ($2USD) bowls of beef noodle soup.

What it lacks in everything, it makes up for in the only thing that actually matters: great food at a cheap price. Ignore Chinatown’s touristy restaurants and fight your way to this unassuming hole-in-the-wall noodle specialist.

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Find it here!


7A, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock

50000 Kuala Lumpur, KL



From Chinatown’s main street (Petaling Street), head towards Sentral Market and turn left on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock. You might miss it because it hardly even has its name on it, but it’s only about about two blocks away from Petaling Street.

Post by:  Eli Solidum

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