If there’s one thing Malaysia does well (not saying this is the only thing), it’s their yummy yummy food! This was not supposed to be a separate blog post tbh. Was planning to write up a blog for Kuala Lumpur, but got stuck writing about food because THE FOOD HERE IS JUST SO DAMN GOOD and therefore deserved a whole separate post!
So, here’s my top picks of my absolute favorite restaurants in Kuala Lumpur (there’s more I’m sure, but they’ve skipped my mind for the time being…). Click on the restaurant names, and it’ll link you to the website or a food review site 😉 Bon appetit!
Otherwise, if you’re less interested about the food and more interested on getting a lowdown of what to do in Kuala Lumpur, as well as potential day trips… then click this link for my detailed blog on Kuala Lumpur, sans the food 😉
A bit pricey, but worth every single cent you spend. Food here is spectacular (think fusion) and the view stunning (you’ll get an unobstructed view of the Petronas Twin Towers twinkling at night). Beware though, it can be quite difficult to get a seat so try to have reservations ready
This Peranakan (Chinese-Malay) restaurant is famous for their Pai Tee and Sambal Udang Petai, and Cendol (for their dessert). Great food, coupled with antique décor that effortlessly captures the best of Peranakan lifestyle and cooking traditions make this a must-try on my list
This place is the BOMB!!! It’s SO UNBELIEVABLY GOOD. Dishes you MUST order: Roasted Peking Duck with Pancakes (the pancakes are delicious!), Double Meat Platter – crispy pork and char siu (to be honest, I haven’t had the chance to try the crispy pork because it’s always always sold out! So if you’re headed there, make sure to call them up and reserve the crispy pork!!), steamed cod fish with garlic (expensive, but worth it). Based on my all caps and exclamation points, I hope I’ve managed to convey how freakin’ good this place is, so gogogo!
Bak Kut Teh literally translates to ‘meat bone tea.’ The meat here is amazingly tender, the broth richly packed with flavor – just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes and makes me wish I could go back to KL stat
Serving up traditional fare since 1928, this close to a hundred years old kopitiam is an institution in KL (as evidenced by the looong queue – expect ~15-30mins wait when you arrive). What you must try while here is their chicken chop (so much better than their pork chop, trust me!), the roasted pork (only available on weekends, from 10:45am onwards – but if you arrive around noontime, it’ll be sold out…), and the steamed bread with kaya (RM 5.1 if you want to buy a kaya jar home!)
Check our Sarawak style noodles here (what’s the difference? No idea…) But the chili pan mee and Sarawak style noodles were both really good. Plus it’s all super affordable
One of the oldest Chinese restaurants in KL, locals flock to this restaurant for their signature ‘char siew.’ The caramelization on the outside of the pork is just SHEER BLISS – especially in a country where most restaurants don’t serve pork. Tip: Make sure to call up the restaurant and ask if they have char siew left. If yes, tell them to reserve it for you! Else, by the time you get to the restaurant, they may have already run out…
No pictures, sorry. I practically inhaled the char siew when it was set down on the table
Craving for Malaysian food? Madam Kwan is the way to go! I always bring all my foreigner friends here. Signature dishes include the Nasi Lemak and the Hokkien Mee
Go here for the chili pan mee!!, Chili Pan Mee is a Hokkien-style egg noodle dish which contains blanched noodles, minced pork, dried anchovies, topped with a perfectly poached egg. You can then adjust the head with their hot fried chili paste (be careful, these things are HOT!) Still not convinced? Just go… you won’t regret it
This, my friends, is the go-to banana leaf rice haunt! There’s usually a pretty long queue so go here during off-peak hours (before 12nn). Dry mutton is a must-try!
Lot 10 Hutong
No time to check out signature food stalls scattered all over the country? You’re in luck! These Malaysians have got us covered with the ‘Gourmet Heritage Village,’ a collection of hand-picked eateries from the “best of the best” street stalls, each with their own signature dishes that have been passed down for at least two generations. Some dishes to try:
- Kim Lian Kee: Fried Hokkien Mee
- Ho Weng Kee: Wanton Mee
- Penang Famous Fried Kway Teow: Fried Kway Teow
- Soong Kee Beef Noodles: Hakka-style Beef Noodles
This a lively night market packed with street restaurants. It’s ridiculously touristy but gives you an all-in-one place to just pick and choose what you want to have for dinner. My go-to restaurant here is Meng Kee Grilled Fish, and they grill the stingray fish to perfection! Just show them this picture and tell them that’s what you want – that’s what I do anyway
This is where you can get the best traditional charcoal fried Hokkien Mee in Kuala Lumpur!! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the restaurant – dangers of being situated in crowded Petaling Street… But supposedly it’s located opposite Hong Leong Bank, and is only open at night – so remember that when you go off in search for the best Hokkien Mee ever!
CAKES CAKES CAKES. The Alexis Chocolate Strawberry Meringue and Tiramisu Cake are to die for. ‘Nuff said.
Other Malaysia blog posts
Can’t get enough of good Malaysian food? Definitely check out Penang then – which is said to have the BEST Peranakan cuisine evaaaar
Interested in more than just eating? Check out my lowdown on what to do in KL, which includes a list of day trips as well
OR, you’re all about eating good food (whether it’s in Malaysia or not). Then, lucky for you – I do have a series of food posts that you’ll enjoy, do check out my GoldieGoesGlobal food-related blogs!!