Let’s Makan, Kuala Lumpur!

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian cuisine is predominantly a mix of various influences: Malay, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, and even Indian. All these contribute to the city’s complex, diverse, and lip-smacking dishes! We’ve listed down some of Kuala Lumpur’s best places to sample local food—whether it’s a plate of nasi lemak (Malaysian rice dish) or a few pieces of roti canai (flatbread)!

Updated 10 months ago

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Nasi Lemak Tanglin

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Head to Nasi Lemak Tanglin for a taste of Malaysia’s national dish! Enjoy fluffy, fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, served with sambal (chili pepper paste), ikan bilis (fried anchovies), peanuts, cucumber, and a boiled egg. Each plate also comes with your choice of ayam goreng (fried chicken), beef rendang (spicy meat curry), or squid. Nasi Lemak Tanglin has been around since 1948, making it one of the most authentic nasi lemak joints in the city! Drop by early to get ahead of the long queue; the place gets pretty packed, especially during lunch hour!

Tanglin Food Court, Perdana Botanical Gardens, Jalan Cendarasari, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Yut Kee Restaurant

Restoran Yut Kee

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Indulge in an authentic Hainanese breakfast at Yut Kee Restaurant! In business since 1929, the kopitiam (traditional coffee shop) is one of the oldest in town! Order their best-selling Chicken Chop and Roast Pork Roll (only available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays), then pair it with a cold glass of Kopi Peng (iced coffee) for a refreshing treat! Remember to give your name to the staff upon arrival, it will be called out once a table is ready for you.


Number 1, Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kim Lian Kee

Restoran Kim Lian Kee

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Restoran Kim Lian Kee is said to be the birthplace of Hokkien Mee (stir-fried noodles) in Kuala Lumpur. They started as a humble noodle stall in 1927 and has now flourished into a beloved local institution! Here, rice noodles are mixed with egg, pork, prawns, and squid, then doused with a thick soy-based gravy. Feel free to savor it on its own, or add dollops of sambal belacan (chili shrimp paste) to spice things up!


Number 92, Jalan Hang Lekir, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Valentine Roti

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Valentine Roti takes pride in making the best roti canai in the city—so much so that they even claim it on their tagline! Take your pick from an extensive list of roti varieties such as planta (margarine), cheese, kaya (coconut jam), and even sardines. Everything is expertly made from scratch, so expect to wait around 15 minutes for a fresh batch. Each serving also includes the usual curries and sambal, perfect to dip your roti into!

Store Number 1, Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Restoran Super Kitchen

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Take your spice-loving taste buds to Restoran Super Kitchen for a bowl of their Chilli Pan Mee (flat flour noodles)! The legendary Malaysian delicacy consists of homemade noodles topped with minced pork, crispy anchovies, fried garlic, and a poached egg. What makes it spicy, though, is the resto’s signature chili mixture. Pro tip: add it after breaking the yolk of your egg. Once you’ve settled on the amount of chili (be warned: it’s really strong!), mix them all together and dig right in!


Number 33, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Mr. Chiam Pisang Goreng

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Make a beeline towards Mr. Chiam’s for his famous pisang goreng (fried banana fritters)! Mr. Chiam and his son have been manning their roadside kiosk in Brickfields for over 30 years. They only have four items in their menu: pisang goreng, kuih bakul (sweet rice cake fritters), curry puffs, and sesame balls. The treats are deep fried then drained to remove the excess oil, keeping it crisp on the outside. Time your visit accordingly as they tend to run out of supplies quickly!


Number 19, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Restoran Soong Kee

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Established in 1945, Restoran Soong Kee is known for its iconic beef ball noodles. Minced pork and beef are flavored with fermented soybean paste, then placed on a bed of chewy egg noodles. The meal also includes a bowl of soup with beef balls, innards, tripe, and tendon. Soong Kee is extremely popular amongst locals and tourists, which means you might have to wait for a bit to get seated. Luckily, the turnover time is pretty fast!


Number 86, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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