Malaysia Food Exploration: Murtabak

On our first night in Kuala Lumpur, by the time we had escaped the airport and reached our hotel it was heading towards 9pm. A bit frazzled (we didn’t fly into the airport we thought we would, couldn’t track down the right bus and suspect we were misled over the taxi), we couldn’t be bothered to head off across town on a food odyssey so popped into the Zam Zam Restaurant (135 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman) next door to have a little something.

We quickly spied that they served murtabak, which is a fried flat bread cooked around a filling. Having scanned the choices available I opted for a small beef murtabak and H decided to have the same but with chicken.


The first thing to clarify is that small here meant anything but. I double-checked with the waiter when mine arrived as I couldn’t believe it was a correct. I have since seen on their website that they boast of their “large food portions”, and this is no idle claim. H was luckily very hungry so managed to get through his, but I was defeated with a few segments remaining.

It was served with a little dish of curry for dipping/as a moistener. The bread outer-layer was hot and slightly crisp, the minced beef inside subtly flavoured but plentiful.

We retired back to our room feeling comfortably full and talking of treats to come.

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