Imbi market, synonymous with Hainan tea and crispy popiahs, has been a famous breakfast haunt for street food lovers for so many years.
People will always come back for oyster and peanut congee, Yong Taufu, fish head noodle and a variety of tasty authentic local recipes. Also known as Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang, Imbi market is one of the oldest surviving markets in Kuala Lumpur. It started in Jalan Bukit Bintang before moving to Imbi 30 years ago.
The Imbi market now has a new home at the Integrated Commercial Complex (ICC), Pudu, after some 260 traders relocated here in April. Built on a 2.5 acre-piece of land on Jalan Davis, next to the Pudu Plaza, the seven-storey ICC offers better facilities to the traders. Good news for Imbi market regulars: most of their favourite stalls are now back to full operations. The new ICC complex will continue to offer the best representation of Malaysian food and fresh produce in modern facility, sectionalised into a market floor, shops for dry goods and hawker-styled food court.
From Time Out KL:
We’re happy to report that Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea is up and running, and the owners have taken up a separate shoplot on their own, away from the Medan Selera that’s just next door. The kopitiam is an institution that has inspired deep loyalties: Regular customers – even before the shop was officially launched – are seen lapping up toasts, soft-boiled eggs and Hainan tea on a riotous morning. Some of the famous food stalls from Imbi have also joined Ah Weng Koh’s little corner, including Sam Kee (Ah Joe) wantan mee, Sisters Crispy Popiah, pork noodles, curry noodles and the famous ginger chicken noodle.
The Medan Selera is spacious and brightly-lit but the place isn’t very well ventilated at the moment. However, ordering food is now much easier – you only need to tell the stall your table number and they will bring the food to you. A floor down from the food court is the wet market, now labelled and segregated orderly into sections such as fruits, vegetables, meats and dry goods. The clothes section is parked right next to the escalator, and you’ll also find vendors selling Chinese medicinal herbs and knick-knacks around the corner. Again, the wet market looks cleaner, and the aisles much wider.