Are you a passionate food enthusiast in search of a culinary adventure? Look no further than Kuala Lumpur, the bustling capital city of Malaysia. With its rich cultural heritage and diverse population, this vibrant metropolis is a treasure trove of tantalizing flavours and mouthwatering delicacies. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a curious foodie, Kuala Lumpur promises to take you on an unforgettable gastronomic journey of unlimited places to eat.
During my recent two-week stay in Kuala Lumpur, I embarked on a mission to explore the city’s remarkable food scene, and boy, was I in for a treat! From the moment I stepped foot in this captivating city, I found myself immersed in a world of culinary delights that left me craving for more. Malaysia’s reputation as a food paradise is well-deserved, as it boasts an incredible variety of dishes influenced by Malay, Chinese, Indian, and indigenous cultures.
The sheer diversity of places to eat in Kuala Lumpur is mind-boggling. From bustling street food stalls to upscale fine dining restaurants, there is something to satiate every palate and budget. Whether you’re in the mood for delectable local street food or seeking a refined dining experience, Kuala Lumpur has it all.
First up, VCR Cafe is a hipster haven that will awaken your senses. Conveniently located 450 meters from Huang Tuah LRT, with its serene atmosphere, the cafe provides an ideal setting for delightful family meals or enjoyable get-togethers with friends.
Turkish Style Eggs, RM28
Indulge in the exotic flavors of Turkey with our tantalizing Turkish Style Eggs dish! The luscious poached eggs resting on a bed of rich Pomodoro sauce infused with wholesome chickpeas and chipolata sausage. Velvety Greek yoghurt drizzled over the eggs adds a creamy twist, while a sprinkle of crunchy pistachios adds a delightful crunch. Served alongside perfectly toasted, seeded sourdough bread, it’s a delightful blend of textures and tastes.
French Toast, RM25
The French Toast is a pillowy, golden-brown Fluffy Brioche French Toast adorned with luscious scoop of Espresso No Churn Ice Cream, adding a cool and velvety touch. A burst of their Raspberry Compote, perfectly complements the sweetness of the dish.The contrasting textures of Crumbles lend a delightful crunch to this dessert. I would strongly recommend this dessert to share.
We spent about 3 hours here, chatting and playing board games, before we check-in to our nearby hotel.
Oriental Kopi 华阳
Whenever I am in a mall in Kuala Lumpur, I usually spot long queues at Oriental Kopi, they have multiple outlets across KL, Mid Valley Mall, Pavillion Mall just to name a few. I usually skip the queues at the malls, but on my last day, I decided to give it a try at KL International Airport, and I must say I had no regrets.
Oriental Signature Nasi Lemak
For a heartier option, try their Oriental Signature Nasi Lemak, this fragrant rice dish is cooked in coconut milk, giving it a rich and creamy texture. The rice is accompanied by sambal (a spicy chilli paste), crispy anchovies, roasted peanuts, cucumber slices, poached egg and a huge cut of fried chicken drumstick. The combination of these elements creates a harmonious balance of sweet, spicy, and savoury tastes. Nasi lemak is a beloved breakfast staple in Malaysia, but its delectable allure has made it a sought-after dish throughout the day.
Traditional Kaya Toast
Their Kaya Butter Toast, is a delightful combination of creamy kaya jam and rich butter, perfectly toasted and super crunchy. The portion is small, you might need to order an extra serving but it is worth it.
Restoran Gerak 23
(Masakan Ala Kampung)
Located at Kampung Baru, 700m from Kampung Baru LRT, this place serves a wide variety of local Malay dishes. I visited here for super late lunch at around 3 pm, and most of the dishes are already sold out, but I still managed to get curry chicken with cabbage. I must say the food is good, will be even better if i visited at the right time when they have more dishes on display.
How to order
Firstly, you are advised to wash your hands at the provided basin.
Secondly, you walk through the whole row of food and pick your own food, portion size is up to you.
Lastly, you will be charged at the end of the line.
Odeon Walk Evening Street Stores
This is not exactly a night market, but I suppose these stores are being set up in the evenings. You get to see lots of local stores selling noodle soup, curry rice, drinks and desserts.
I ordered a bowl of hot noodle soup with very soft and tender beef. Really delicious flavourful bone broth taste too.
Almostafa Sweets – Quill City Mall
As a passionate lover of pistachio, I stumbled upon a dessert store — that specializes in traditional Turkish desserts. My senses were immediately captivated by the beautifully presented treats, and the shopkeeper graciously offered me a variety of assortments to sample. With the first bite, I fell head over heels, completely enamoured by the delectable flavours that danced on my palate.
Prices are reasonable, assorted mixed is RM 14 for 6 pieces.
I must warn you, these desserts are super addictive.
Monday to Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
10 AM–9:30 PM
10 AM–1 PM,
BSN FOOD COURT
If you are looking for cheap food at Suria KLCC, you can head opposite to BSN Food Court, it opens on weekdays 6am – 4pm.
It mainly caters to daily office crowd. However, I must say these stretch of stores offers wide variety of food to choose from at local prices.
Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PM
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Pudu Glutton Street Night Market为食街
Located just 450 meter away from Pudu LRT Station, this small night market is worth visiting. I was introduced to this area by one of the locals working nearby, her name is Ivy. Ivy was on her day off and she decided to bring me around the nearby area for some delicious street food. How sweet of her!
Don’t miss out on my other post about ICC Pudu for further exploration of delectable local cuisine.
I was introduced to this barbecue cuttlefish with fried tofu and sweet spicy chilli sauce. It is my first time trying this snack out, I really liked the slight smoky aftertaste of the cuttlefish.
The ripe jackfruit is sliced into bite-sized pieces, coated in a flavorful batter, and then deep-fried to golden perfection. The result is a crispy exterior that gives way to tender and juicy jackfruit flesh. The natural sweetness of the fruit is enhanced by the frying process, creating a delightful contrast of textures and flavors. Whether enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or part of a larger meal, fried jackfruit offers a unique and delicious experience that leaves taste buds wanting more.
I highly recommend coming as a group to enjoy a delightful feast together, allowing everyone to savor a wider array of delectable dishes.
Yik See Ho Bak Kut Teh
Situated in the Pudu area, just 650m away from Pudu LRT, this charming eatery specializes in serving Traditional Herbal Ba Kut Teh in Claypot. The soup base boasts an irresistible flavour derived from hours of slow boiling, with a delightful hint of herbs that perfectly complements a bowl of steamed rice and a plate of stir-fried cabbage.
Total spending for 2 person is RM46.
Restoran Ah Hei Bak Kut Teh
Restoran Ah Hei Bak Kut Teh, a distinguished Michelin-Guide restaurant located at 33A, Medan Imbi, Pudu, is an absolute gem for bak kut teh aficionados. This culinary haven has earned its prestigious Michelin Guide Award for its exceptional culinary mastery and commitment to delivering an unforgettable dining experience.
Stepping into Restoran Ah Hei Bak Kut Teh, you’ll sense the dedication and passion that goes into every dish. The signature braised pork ribs, or bak kut teh, are prepared with meticulous attention to detail, resulting in tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat that is infused with a harmonious blend of aromatic herbs and spices.
Braised Pork and Bak Kut Teh
The star of the show, of course, is their Braised Pork and Bak Kut Teh. The tender and succulent meat is simmered in a flavorful broth that is a perfect blend of aromatic herbs and spices. Every spoonful of this hearty soup is a burst of umami goodness that will warm your soul. Pair it with their delectable Tau Pok (beancurd puffs) and fried Youtiao (Butterfly Bun) for an authentic and satisfying meal.
Generous local covered the cost of our food
To our astonishment, a kind-hearted local sharing the same table as us generously covered the cost of our meal. The pleasant conversation we had during the dining experience made the unexpected gesture even more delightful. It was a heartwarming and unexpected act of generosity that left us truly touched. This unexpected act of kindness not only made our meal more memorable but also reminded us of the kindness and generosity that can be found in Malaysia. The genuine connections we made and the shared enjoyment of the delicious food created a truly unforgettable dining experience at Restoran Ah Hei Bak Kut Teh.
Dough By Meg
If you’re looking for a cozy spot to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further than Dough By Meg in Bukit Ceylon. This charming bakery offers a delectable selection of artisanal pastries and desserts.
Meg’s Sandwich 1.0
The Meg’s Sandwich 1.0 features a flaky and buttery burger bun, filled with a delectable combination of smoked salmon and spinach. While I thoroughly enjoyed this dish, it’s worth noting that the size of the sandwich is on the petite side. However, don’t let that deter you from trying it. Despite its smaller portion, the flavors are bold and memorable, making it a treat for your taste buds.
Their Feuilletée Sticks are crafted with precision and expertise, ensuring that every layer of pastry is perfectly laminated to create a light and airy texture. As you take your first bite, you’ll be greeted with a satisfying crunch that gives way to the buttery goodness within.
Classic Pistachio 2.0
Prepare yourself for a burst of pistachio indulgence as you sink your teeth into the Classic Pistachio 2.0 Bombolonis. The filling is a symphony of premium pistachios, ground to a smooth and creamy consistency. Every spoonful delights the palate with the natural nuttiness of the pistachios, while a touch of sweetness elevates the flavours. The fluffy dough provides a tender embrace for the luscious pistachio filling, creating a harmonious dance of lightness and creaminess.
Matcha with French Vanilla Cold Foam
The Matcha with French Vanilla Cold Foam is a perfect blend of earthy matcha and vanilla creamy sweetness. The matcha is perfectly combined with the smooth French vanilla cold foam, creating a pleasant contrast of flavours and temperatures. It’s a treat for both your taste buds and your eyes. Don’t miss the chance to try this Instagram-worthy and refreshing beverage on your next visit.
Mansion Tea Stall
Situated just 550m away from Masjid Jamek LRT, my friends and I couldn’t resist visiting this prata place for breakfast. We were drawn in by the irresistible aroma of freshly made roti canai, paired with soft-boiled eggs and a flavorful curry. This dish is a protein-packed delight that locals often enjoy before starting their workday.
Iced Lime Tea and Teh Tarik
To complement our meal, I highly recommend pairing it with an Iced Lime Tea or a perfectly pulled cup of hot Teh Tarik. The tangy and zesty Iced Lime Tea will awaken your senses, while the smooth and frothy Teh Tarik will provide a comforting warmth.
Brickfields Pisang Goreng
| Fried Banana Stall 炸香蕉 |
Nestled approximately 800m away from KL Sentral, you’ll find the cherished Brickfields Pisang Goreng | Fried Banana Stall 炸香蕉. This local favourite is a treasure trove of classic snacks that evoke nostalgia. With its signature offerings of fried bananas, fried rice cakes, and curry puffs, this stall has become a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.
What to order
The fried bananas are a crowd favourite, boasting a golden exterior that reveals a soft and sweet centre. The fried rice cakes offer a satisfying combination of chewiness and crunch, while the curry puffs entice with their fragrant filling and flaky pastry.
These popular items not only satisfy your cravings but also deliver on taste. The meticulous preparation and high-quality ingredients shine through in every bite. The flavours are rich, the textures are satisfying, and the overall experience is simply enjoyable.
Restoran Char Siew Yoong
Char Siu – BBQ Pork
One of the standout dishes at Restoran Char Siew Yoong is their roasted char siu. The succulent and perfectly caramelized char siu is a true indulgence for the senses. Each bite reveals tender, melt-in-your-mouth slices of pork, coated in a tantalizing glaze that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savoury. The depth of flavour in every piece is simply sensational.
Siew Yoke -Roasted Pork Belly
For those craving crispy and flavorful delights, the Siew Yoke – roasted pork belly at Restoran Char Siew Yoong is an absolute must-try. The crackling skin gives way to layers of tender, juicy meat, with each bite delivering a delightful explosion of flavours and textures.
Old Cucumber Soup
To complete your dining experience, don’t miss out on the old cucumber soup. This comforting and nourishing soup is a perfect complement to the rich and robust flavours of the roasted meats. Sip on the delicate broth, infused with the natural sweetness of the melon, and savour the harmonious combination of flavours.
@ The LINC KL
When it comes to authentic and flavoursome South Indian cuisine in Kuala Lumpur, SERENDIB STREET @ The LINC KL is a must-visit destination. Nestled within this vibrant food hub, one dish that truly stands out is their Banana Leaf Curry Chicken Rice.
Banana Leaf Rice and Curry Chicken, RM24
Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with this aromatic and satisfying dish. Served on a fresh banana leaf, the fragrant rice forms the perfect base for the star of the show – the curry chicken. The tender chicken pieces are bathed in a rich and flavorful curry sauce that is a harmonious blend of spices and herbs. Each bite is a burst of delightful flavours that will leave you craving for more.
The banana leaf adds a unique touch to the overall experience, infusing the dish with a subtle earthy flavour. It also serves as a traditional and eco-friendly way of enjoying a meal. The vibrant colours and enticing aromas further enhance the dining experience, making it a feast for both the senses and the soul.
Pair your Banana Leaf Curry Chicken Rice with a side of crispy papadum and tangy pickles to complete the ensemble. The combination of textures and flavours creates a well-rounded and satisfying meal that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
@ The LINC KL
During my trip in KL, I had the opportunity to explore various places to eat both alone and with friends. The most convenient modes of transportation within the city are Grab app’s taxis and trains. However, I highly recommend utilizing Grab as walking under the scorching sun can be quite exhausting. Additionally, travelling in a group is advisable as it allows for cost-sharing of transportation and food expenses.
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