Hutong Food Court, Lot 10: The Best Of KL Converges Here

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The glory days of Lot10 on the Bukit Bintang stretch may seem like a faded memory but that may not be the case much longer. YTL, the property owner, is in the midst of revamping and repositioning the iconic green giant to put the gusto back into it. One of the many highlights of this exercise is the new food court, Hutong, on the lower ground floor. While it may be positioned as a food court, it will not be just any other food court with the same old boring fare.

Touted as the “world’s first heritage gourmet village”, it features about 20 food vendors that have served the best in local Chinese cuisine for over three generation – all apparently hand-picked and invited to operate here by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh himself. So one could expect well-known names like Petaling Street’s Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee, Ho Weng Kee Char Siu Wanton Noodles, Hon Kee porridge, Soong Kee Beef Noodles, Mo Sang Kor Bak Kut Teh and Jalan Gasing’s Ipoh Chicken Rice. Yes, you read right. There’s char siu and bak kut teh served here. With real pork, none of those faux-porcine creations here.

As I navigate through the artistically designed and confusing “alleys” of the food court for over 20-minutes or so in search of lunch. And from all the choices, I ended up with a only a plate of Popiah (Eggskin Springrolls) from the Campbell Popiah stall. Not that I minded actually. After all the meaty meals I’ve been having of late, this was a good change. This Popiah seller is no new kid on the block, they have been making these rolls right behind Yut Kee for the longest time, one can call them the Lord of Popiahs in KL. In true testament to their mastery, their popiah skin is thin enough yet concealing all the juices within. Light yet sturdy. I don’t really know how to explain it well. Take a bite and you’ll see what I mean.

While dining here isn’t exactly light on the pocket, one should not expect to ‘street-food’ prices when dining here, Hutong is still a good place to go for your lardy fix. Word of caution, do go early though as most of their good stuff are usually sold out by 4pm!

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Updated August 2010: Unfortunately, Campbell Popiah no longer operates from this food court any longer. 

Hutong
Lower Ground Floor
Lot 10 Shopping Center
Jalan Bukit Bintang.

17 Responses to Hutong Food Court, Lot 10: The Best Of KL Converges Here
  1. J
    November 25, 2009 | 3:33 am

    My goodnesss. Sounds like there's a dazzling array of yummy street food available there….
    (gotta check it out soon….)

  2. UnkaLeong
    November 25, 2009 | 3:37 am

    My Hon Kee fish porridge got served with the meat alreadt in the bowl of piping hot porridge! they must have read Sean's post :)

  3. Sean
    November 25, 2009 | 4:00 am

    sigh, 4pm is so early. wish they would stock up enough for dinner. i still haven't managed to have the popiah yet, but here's an even sadder fact: the original popiah stall is just a 5 mins walk from the office where i've been working since 1999, but i can't remember if i've ever tried it before…

  4. Nic (KHKL)
    November 25, 2009 | 4:50 am

    sounds great! and very Malaysian as well (finally!). hope to find a seat when i drop by in dec! i wonder if ppl will "chup" the place with ties and tissue paper. hehe.

  5. thule a.k.a leo
    November 25, 2009 | 4:51 am

    Yeah… planning to hit the food court soon :) some place where I can eat street food in air-conditioned environment (so that I can bring Sher Ryn along!)
    Downside? Inflated price :) anyway, they still have to pay rental too!

  6. chiselstone
    November 25, 2009 | 5:24 am

    O.M.G. HO WENG KEE!

    I can't begin to tell you how distraught I was when their shop in SS2 closed down. There was a huge hole left in my weekend brunch choices since then.

    Please tell me it's the same one!!!

  7. Life for Beginners
    November 25, 2009 | 7:25 am

    The Lord of Popiahs?? New movie by Peter Jackson, bro? :P

  8. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    November 25, 2009 | 8:41 am

    jsut the popiah only!! how can!? yeah i can imagine after meaty meals..i need to detox.

  9. thenomadGourmand
    November 25, 2009 | 9:43 am

    I only tried the Cheeky Doe so far..
    ;p
    hope to go there again this Fri

  10. 550ml jar of faith @minchow
    November 26, 2009 | 12:16 am

    Wow that's some crazy disco floor action there! Malaysian street food never inspired me to get jiggy with the Lord of Popiah before but I see now that anything's possible! :-P

  11. My Taste Heaven
    November 26, 2009 | 4:19 am

    cool place for hangouts…thanks for sharing. will surely head there asap!!!

  12. ck lam
    November 26, 2009 | 5:48 am

    Glad to know of such a nice place to have some street food in comfort around KL.

  13. CUMI & CIKI
    November 29, 2009 | 8:43 am

    next time ,if you bring me there.. sure u won't get lost:P (you'll get VERY lost )

  14. curryegg
    November 29, 2009 | 2:57 pm

    Hi there.
    This is my first visit and found out that the way you blog is interesting especially arranging photo into comic style.. creative.. :)

    And I should try Hutong someday.

  15. qwazymonkey
    November 30, 2009 | 1:59 pm

    Chiselstone: yes, it's the same one. But maybe runned by a younger man. No longer that old uncle. Maybe his son kot.

    Joe: Yealo, detox!

    TNG: did you manage to try more things?

    Sean: Aiyo, I think the aunty's still there at the old place. Maybe. I don't know. Don't feel bad, now you have Hutong to head to.

    J: Hehe, it's like being in a candy store.

    Thule: Aiya, little price to pay for the comfort of your little princess

    Nic: Errr, I'm not sure about how its done in SG, but that chup with tissue thing definitely not very KL lah.

    Unka: Hon Kee is now in PJ too!!

    LFB: No lah, it'll be a local production. Perhaps our next Puteri Gunung Ledang

    Minchow: All is possible when you think about it

    CK Lam: Yeah, sadly we're not like Penang where good street food is abundant.

    My Taste Heaven: Thanks! Hope to hear more from you

    C&C: Hopeless. U just sit and chup the table while I'll go order ok?

    Curryegg: Welcome, and yes, u should try it if you're ever in town.

  16. fatboybakes
    December 2, 2009 | 3:55 am

    to quote paranoid android, ooooh, another babi cathedral. YAY.

  17. Eric W
    December 5, 2009 | 4:56 am

    Hi,
    An episode of Chua Lam's food program was filmed at Hutong on 2nd Dec 09.
    Would like to share the photos taken:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=138594&id=162314091792&ref=mf

    Cheers

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