Malaysia’s cuisine is a very passionate love affair between three major ethnic groups. The Malays, Chinese and Indians. The result is a smorgasbord of strong and sensual flavors. So where can you get authentic Malaysian dishes? Below are the places I’ve been to and my honest opinion about their food.
Kuala lumpur, Malaysia
1. Betel Leaf
Betel Leaf serves authentic Indian cuisine. With their service crews trained not to dillydally, you’re sure to get your meal right away even when the place is packed. We got there just in time for lunch and was served in less than 10 minutes!
2. Cu Cha Restaurant at Jalan Alor Food Market
Jalan Alor has a variety of food stalls. The problem is, where do you eat? According to Drew Arellano’s Malaysia guide, you should get to that stall bursting with people. Cu Cha seems to fit the description so here are the dishes we’ve tasted:
3. Ah Weng Koh
Wake up early and head to Imbi Market. The place has the assembly of Chinese dishes in Kuala Lumpur. Fill your stomach with their steaming hot noodle dishes before you roam the city.
4. Devi’s Corner
So you go to an Indian restaurant and you don’t know half of what they’re offering. You sit at a table expecting to be provided with a menu that you wouldn’t understand. You start to ask the waiter what their best sellers are only to find food being placed hastily in your table. If you’re a fan of SPICY Indian food, this is the place to be.
I personally did not enjoy the meal here. But here’s what Erwan Heussaff has to say about the place. Forward the video to 7:00 if you’re weird and you do not want to play the 21-minute video.
Nando’s serves the classic Portuguese Chicken cooked in Peri-peri sauce. Peri-peri is made of crushed chillies, citrus peel, onion, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, pimiento, basil, oregano, and tarragon.
There was one waiter who thought we ordered some kind of bread, a pita wrap or something like it, when we wanted extra rice. We ended up cancelling it because they took too long to serve. The lady who took our initial orders was lovely, though.
1. Jelutong Night Market
Not to be outdone by other night markets in Malaysia, Jelutong is loaded with food stalls offering Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes. We all loved the Char Kway Teow!
2. Wholey Wonder
If you’re living the healthy lifestyle, Wholey wonder is your kind of heaven. They offer Yoga sessions and plant-based food in one roof!
3. Toh Soon Cafe
Toh Soon is always packed no matter how early you head to the place. It’s the best venue to practice your ninja skills. Try to grab a table and chair without hurting anyone. They also serve the traditional charcoal-grilled toast with home-made sweet creamy coconut spread made from coconut milk called kaya.