Kuala Lumpur: A feasting guide

May 01,2015

Besides the joy of finding an affordable luxury hotel, one of the most treasured travel experiences is eating well. Blessed by a multicultural influence, it is no surprise that travellers find the city of Kuala Lumpur so enticing and it remains as one of the most culinary diverse destinations in Asia.

Food is often the centre of all social and business activities in Malaysia. Book a hotel that allows you to be in the heart of the city so you can easily sample the local flavours.

As one might expect in Southeast Asia, some of the best eating is done on the streets. For inexpensive street fare, head over to Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang, where noodles and rice are fried up in big woks on the side of the street and the air is filled with the fragrance of spices and curries. Its vibrant atmosphere attracts diners from all over the city who gather together in this food paradise.

To sample Chinese dining options in a more comfortable setting, try Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur’s Lai Ching Yuen restaurant, which offers Cantonese-style cuisine, such as roast suckling pig and dim sum. You can also find the famous Din Tai Fung Taiwanese restaurant at the Pavilion mall just behind the hotel.

A notable speciality of this Malaysian metropolis is banana leaf rice, which came about from years of blending the cuisine of Indian migrants with Malay tastes. Delicious hot curry is poured over a generous pile of rice and served with fragrant side dishes of pickles and greens and crispy pappadam on a sheet of banana leaf, all washed down with a cup of chai. The best banana leaf meals can be found all around Bangsar and Brickfields ­– try Sri Nirwana Maju, which is a favourite to many.

As with any multicultural society, different cuisines can emerge and in Malaysia you have the Mamaks (Indian Malay) and Nyonyas (Chinese Malay) both bringing their own distinct flavours. Brickfields is great forto hunting down Mamak food, while for Nyonya, visit the well-regarded Old China Cafe in Chinatown or the award-winning museum-like restaurant, Lima Blas, which is found in Bukit Bintang.

Nyonya kueh pie tee

Being a cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur also has plenty of quality dining venues serving international cuisine. For exceptional Indochinese, try Tamarind Springs in the Ampang district, which is just a 15-minute drive from town.

To further explore the vibrant dining scene of Kuala Lumpur, head to Millennium Hotels and Resorts to check out accommodation deals.


Destination Farmers Markets

Get wild in Nashville’s rowdiest honky-tonks