The food in Kuala Lumpur is quite diverse. Once you arrive there, you will have to make a very important decision. What to eat? Kuala Lumpur has more than its share of indoor and outdoor food centers and markets. The food in Kuala Lumpur consists mainly of Malaysian, Indian or Muslim food: roti breads stuffed with kaya (coconut jam), banana leaf rice served with curries, satays, noodle dishes, or a Ramly Burger (the Malaysian variation includes egg and Worcestershire sauce in addition to the usual burger fixings). For desert, you can choose between an ABC or ice kacang (shaved ice topped with nuts, jelly, syrup, and more). Being an immigrant city there’s regional variations from all over Malaysia, China and the Indian subcontinent. If you get the chance to order fresh star fruit juice – do it. You’ll never taste a star fruit better than in Malaysia.
Looking for food in Kuala Lumpur, one might try some snacks. They are almost like empanadas, filled with beans and spices, some kind of daal or qobi spice. It’s like an Indian Malaysian empanada. One of the most popular beverages in Malaysia is called tehtarik, milk, a sweet milk tea.
A very popular dish is something called nasilemak. It’s a real Malaysian classic comfort food. It consists of rice, an egg, dried fish with peanuts, and dried fish in a red sauce.
All nationalities have their specific food. As the croissant is to the French, so roti canai is to the Malaysians. It can be served with mild dhal, fiery sambal and red cardamom-fragrant curry. You can also add tehhalia (milky sweet tea spiked with fresh ginger) for a unique experience.
The most important food in Kuala Lumpur are the noodles. Basically, noodles fulfill the role of breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks. Pan meen, which means board noodles, are to be found everywhere in Malaysia, but almost nowhere else like in Kuala Lumpur. These fresh wheat noodles are named like this because of a dough that is rolled flat as a board before being torn by hand for soup or machine-cut for a dry version.
Kuih, a generic word for cakes and pastries, should be the choice for those who are looking for something sweet. Because they are mass produced, there is an abundance of these sweets, so a good idea would be to search for special vendors, in order to feel the exact taste.
The food in Kuala Lumpur may sound very fancy for the ears of the ones hearing it for the first time, but you can be sure that once it has been given a chance, it’s going to be something your remember for the rest of your life.
*Image of Mi goreng or mee goreng mamak, Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine via Shutterstock