Kuala Lumpur is not just a melting pot of cultures but also of cuisines. From Malay to Chinese to Indian and Thai, you will find everything here. Local delicacies that epitomise the Kuala Lumpur dining scene will help you decide what to eat in Kuala Lumpur. Don’t miss out on the nasi lemak or roti canai which are some of the famed dishes to be enjoyed here, or the succulent satays that are a perennial favourite. While there are restaurants that meet different budgets and ambience requirements, there’s something completely different about trying out the unpretentious local restaurants. Here’s a list of some of the best places to eat in Kuala Lumpur.
Of late, Nasi Kandar Pelita’s success has led to franchises opening across the country. Serving simple but tasty and flavourful food is their motto. Their eponymous dish, Nasi Kandar is a dish made with steamed rice served with different types of curries and meats. The restaurant also serves other dishes such as roti canai, dosai and noodles.
Cheap and tasty is what you can expect at this café where a decent meal costs way less than you could ever expect it to be. Whether you’re having the nasi lemak, the coconut flavoured rice with sambal and a hardboiled egg or curry laksa, noodles in a curry flavoured broth with a delicious accompaniment of prawns, sliced omelette etc, you can be sure that you will come back here for more.
If your palate demands something Chinese, then head to Restoran Kim Lian Kee in Chinatown, where its most famous dish, hokkien mee noodles is the star. Stir fried and covered lavishly in a thick soy sauce gravy, these lip-smacking noodles are brought to the table on a banana leaf covered plate and served with prawns, squid or pork.
Tired of walking around Chinatown? Slip into Tang City Food Court at the entrance of Jalan Petaling and you will no longer worry about where to eat in Kuala Lumpur. Unpretentious, unapologetically local, there are dishes here like Hainanese Chicken rice and local favourites such as fried kway teow which are flat rice noodles fried with chilli paste, bean sprouts and shrimp. The best sort of stopover between shopping stints!
There are several more establishments in Kuala Lumpur that serve delicious local food. While other cuisines are also popular here, do try some of these dishes for a complete experience. Don’t forget to check the SOTC website for offers and deals on Kuala Lumpur tour packages and other Malaysia tour packages which will make your travel easy and convenient.