When it comes to food, Kuala Lumpur’s welterweight mixed martial arts superstar Agilan “Alligator” Thani is quick to point out his favorite destinations.
“Follow me, and I’ll show you around my usual spots,” says the 23-year-old proudly.
The ONE Championship athlete’s love for food saw him gain weight as a teenager, but through martial arts, Thani proved that everyone can live a healthier life with a disciplined training routine and a strict diet program.
However, he admits it’s hard to part with some of Malaysia’s best food, especially if you give his food stops listed below a try.
Thani said his go-to spot is located along Leboh Ampang in Kuala Lumpur.
“I can’t remember the name of the shop, but it’s my dad’s favorite. It’s located next to the Lotus Family Restaurant,” he says.
“The rice along with the vegetables and different curries taste a bit better than most places. Everyone must give it a try, but that’s not what makes it special,” he said before speaking on the restaurant’s must-have fried chicken.
“Do not forget to order the fried chicken, they cook it only when you request for it. It’s just out of this world [amazing], the marination is just wow!”
According to Thani, the wantan mee at Kedai Kopi Ming Sing, beside the HSBC Bank along Jalan Ipoh, is simply irresistible.
The athlete has been going to this restaurant for quite a long time now, and he does not plan to stop any time soon.
“I’m not a fan of noodles, but this guy has been doing it for years and it tastes the same every time,” he explains. “The noodles and the sauce they use are very nice.”
One of Thani’s favorite foods is nasi lemak and according to him, “there’s only one place to eat nasi lemak, and it is in Kampung Baru.”
The nasi lemak haven, located only two kilometers away from the Petronas Twin Towers, is his favorite breakfast place during the off-season.
It is packed in the morning and evening, and Thani’s advice is simple – just go to the shop with the least amount of people.
“It’s the pinnacle of nasi lemak,” he says.
“There are about 15 stalls there, and they serve a variety of nasi lemak. If you like it spicy or not, there are various alternatives. I’ve eaten at all the stalls there, and they are all excellent.”