Kuala Lumpur Food
Sample the very best from the wide assortment of tantalizing tastes offered by this melting pot of culture and race.
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South East Asia is the place where East meets West, and this is definitely true when it comes to culinary affairs. All cultures unite in kitchens around this region, and Kuala Lumpur is in the center of this dining universe.
Whether you are looking for cheap and inexpensive dishes or in search of fine dining adventures, Kuala Lumpur offers you the best of all worlds. Prices are reasonable for the quality and services offered. Tipping is not practiced in Malaysia.
Malaysia is truly obsessed with food – the culture of the whole nation revolves around food, and you'll never be short on a variety of dishes to sample. Malaysians love to eat outside, either at mamak stalls, food courts or road side hawkers.
Most Malaysians love to start their day with a high-carb based breakfast, which is mostly taken between 8.00 am and 10.00 am. Favorite dishes include nasi lemak (a form of sticky rice with mild to hot sambal), roti canai (fluffy flat-bread eaten with curry), or Mee Goreng, which is a noodle dish.
Since the entire nation goes for lunch punctually at 1pm, we advise you to avoid this time for lunch, unless you love crowds and waiting in line. Nasi champur (rice with mixed dishes) is definitely a preferred meal.
High tea and a coffee break, taken at 4pm, is part of the working day routine. Most people will consume their beloved Kuih, a variety of sweet or deep fried snacks and wash it down with a Tea-O or Kopi - the local variety of milky tea or coffee.
There's no set time for dinner, so feel free to roam around to find a restaurant which offers something you've never tried before. Malaysians also love supper, a last meal of the day (separate from dinner), eaten around midnight with friends, often at a local kopi tiem (coffee shop).
When you talk about food in Kuala Lumpur, the first place that comes to most locals' minds is Jalan Alor. Jalan Alor is a bustling market side street off Jalan Bukit Bintang during the day, but a 400 meter long stretch of outdoor food festival during the night. A wide array of local and international dishes can be found here. Sitting at plastic tables and chairs may not sound very romantic but Jalan Alor is an absolute must-do experience in Malaysia. It’s an exciting street with lots of activity and sublime, mouth-watering bites.
China Town, Petaling Street
Smaller in scale than Jalan Alor but definitely worth a visit, a semi open-air food paradise with savory delights from all regions of Mainland China.
Kuala Lumpur has one of the finest selections of restaurants to be found anywhere. All countries and cooking styles from around the globe can be found in the heart of KL. A Middle Eastern influence can be felt, as Malaysia is becoming a more popular travel destination for this region. Fine dining restaurants are spread out all over the Golden Triangle, but the main concentrations can be found at:
The restaurants on the bottom floors of this luxury development offer a welcoming atmosphere. Offering upper-class dining in candle-lit ambiance with soft live jazz music in the background, Starhill Gallery is a great place to unwind in class after a long day.
Pavilion Shopping Complex
More than fifty middle to high-end restaurants can be found at The Pavilion. The upscale food court on the ground floor is a real treat. The Pavilion is a true paradise for your palate, and a fabulous venue to start your day or evening.
On all floors of this immense mall located between the Petronas towers, a wide range of restaurants, from fast food and budget eateries to seriously chic establishments can be found.
Berjaya Times Square
In this ten floor shopping arena, restaurants can be found on all floors, the main food court is at the tenth floor, and the main restaurant area at the second and third floor surrounding the entrance of the indoor theme park. Time Square for long and timeless dining.
Outside of downtown KL, fine dining can be found in areas like Ampang, Bangsar, Sri Hartamas, Damansara Utama and Bandar Sunway.