Top 5 Hot Spots for Malaysian Foodies
Malaysia is a melting pot of culture, it is home to many different backgrounds and ethnicities. Thus, resulting in a food lover’s paradise. Malaysia offers a variety of cuisines that are reflective of its colorful and cultural landscape. Here are some local hot spots, if you’re looking to embark on a mini Malaysian-foodie adventure.
Village Park Restaurant
To begin with, try the classic go-to Malaysian breakfast – nasi lemak. Village Park and nasi lemak are almost synonymous as it is insanely famous for serving this iconic, fragrant Malay rice dish. Nasi lemak is usually made up of a portion of aromatic steamed rice cooked in coconut milk and some sambal with a side of anchovies, roasted peanuts, slices of cucumber, and an egg. At Village Park, the nasi lemak is served with chicken, fried in a crispy batter that’s in a class of its own. Their sambal is sweet and spicy yet does not overpower the flavor of the rice. Crowds are a common sight at this restaurant but don’t be disheartened by the number of people you see, the table turnovers are relatively quick.
Lai Foong Lala Noodle
Located in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Tun H. S. Lee, this restaurant has been in operation since 1956 and is still standing strong. Lai Foong stands majestically just across the entrance of Petaling Street (Chinatown). It is most famous for its Beef Noodles and lala (clam) noodles. A favorite is definitely the beef noodle, it’s really worth a try. The noodles are springy and the soup is a burst of zesty flavor. The dish is topped off with beef balls, tender beef slices, tripe, intestines, and tendon.
RSMY Best Cheese Naan
This restaurant’s name is not simply called Best Cheese Naan for nothing – Restoran Selera Malaysia (RSMY) really does serve the best cheese naan in town! Their regular cheese naan is fluffy and filled with generous amounts of cheese; but if you’re a cheese lover, go for their Extra Cheese Naan. Also, recommended is their Garlic Cheese Naan, it is more fragrant and savory. The naans are served on their own and the side options are available a la carte. Complement the naan with fried dhal or tandoori chicken.
Oloiya is famously known for their rou gan (dried meat) akin to bacon in the West. You can easily find them in retail malls nationwide in Malaysia. However, the Oloiya’s flagship is located on Petaling Street, where they operate a burger stand in the storefront. Their classic burger is made up of chicken floss, dried meat, cucumber, and chili sauce wedged in between two buns – a favorite snack for Malaysians of all ages.
Forêt Blanc Cafe
Foret Blanc Café is well known for its bespoke cakes, French-inspired entremets, and adorable desserts. Expect cute unicorn sundaes decorated with sprinkles and marshmallows as well as sweet or savory waffles. Foret Blanc is highly recommended because of its exclusive Banana Leaf Waffle, which is served on a banana leaf to replicate the famous Indian cuisine. The vade-flavored waffle is served with coconut ice-cream, tomato chutney, and mango jelly. Additionally, this charming yet minimalist café features floor-to-ceiling windows perfect for Instagrammable moments.
Malaysia is a great place to visit if you’re looking to embark on a mini foodie adventure. With incredible dining scenes at almost every corner, Kuala Lumpur is definitely a foodie’s paradise and a great start for those looking to try something out of the norm. Whether it’s local delights, Japanese fare or something close to home, trust that you can find it in lively Kuala Lumpur!