The mention of Malaysian cuisine immediately conjures up images of laksa, spicy pepper crab, sticky sweet mee goreng or stir-fried noodles featuring bold, spicy flavours. While there are a couple of solid Malaysian restaurants in Hong Kong with a smattering of wallet-friendly options, no other eatery has ever attempted to take this cuisine to the next level of contemporary dining. Most Southeast Asian cuisine in Hong Kong is served in a trendy environment accompanied by good music and some creative cocktails. Establishments such as Chom Chom, Aaharn, Samsen and Sip Song, for instance, all serve up delicious food and pair them with good vibes and a fantastic drinks lists, and this formula has proven popular. Where to eat vegan food from around the world in Hong Kong Situated at the top part of Peel Street where 121BC used to be, Jalan is set to take on the challenge of being one of the first trendy Malaysian restaurants in town. With a large communal table, high stools that faced the streets, bar seats that encouraged plenty of interaction and a cool 1970s playlist, the atmosphere alone was a winner. Its extensive drinks list included a wide range of classic cocktails, wines and spirits. The cocktail menu offered many fun and Asian-inspired drinks such as the Masala Mule and the Heart of Pisco. The latter is a mix of the Peruvian brandy, Melonade with kumquat and lime, creating an Asian twist to the pisco sour. Where to have a zero waste night out in Hong Kong For starters, we were excited to try the beef rendang samosa. Crunchy on the outside, the meaty parcel was the perfect consistency of what a samosa should be. The flavour of the beef could be stronger, but dipping it in the tamarind sauce helped. Next up we opted for the charred hamachi accompanied with luscious green sambal. The slices of fish had the exact aroma of a chargrilled fish or ikan bakar (spicy barbecue fish) but with the smooth texture of a superior fish. This was the perfect example of what an elevated experience Jalan can provide – street food flavours without having to endure the sweltering heat of Kuala Lumpur. Vinyl records and cold war cocktails: 6 cool themed bars in Kuala Lumpur The laksa fried chicken came highly recommended and for good reason. The batter on the meat was thin and crisp, and we loved the choice of chicken thigh for this dish as the cut is closer to the bone and more tender. The meat came with a side of laksa dipping sauce, and while this was one of the best versions of the soup we've had, the texture of the sauce was too thin and did not hang onto the chicken well, which was the only thing we could fault. Otherwise, it was a creative and fun dish. For mains, we ordered the black pepper roasted aubergine. The vegetable is fashioned after the famous pepper crab of the Malacca-Singapore Straits, and it packed quite a spicy punch. The problem with spicy vegetable dishes is there needs to be some sort of fat or protein to round off the fiery kick. Otherwise, it's just an ongoing onslaught of heat and spice. Next we paired coconut roasted prawn curry with coconut rice and this combination proved to be a winner. The curry was served in a whole coconut, and delicious fresh shrimps were interspersed with ribbons of coconut flesh, making this a refreshing and light version of a classic yellow curry. Nothing completes a meal better than a good dessert, especially after munching on spicy food, and we loved the pandan custard doughnuts. These were more like custard-filled doughnut holes with a lovely aroma of pandan; a great way to end our Malaysian meal. 5 Instagram-worthy cafes in Kuala Lumpur It seems Jalan has all the hallmarks of success in creating a contemporary Malaysian eatery. The drinks are great and the vibe is perfect. A few tweaks on the menu is all it will need to make this the next destination for lovers of modern Malaysian cuisine. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .