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Dining in Kuala Lumpur

By Viator, October 2016

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The multi-ethnic population of Malaysia is reflected in the culinary scene of Kuala Lumpur, where Malay, Chinese, and Indian techniques and ingredients combine to form delicious dishes worthy of any foodie's bucket list. Here are a few dishes and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
Like neighboring Singapore, Kuala Lumpur loves its street food and food courts, where you'll find some of the city's tastiest dishes. Nasi lemak, Malaysia's national dish, is a heaping plate of coconut-infused steamed rice topped with fried chicken, fried anchovies, peanuts, fresh cucumber, and fiery sambal. Aromatic spices like star anise, cardamom and clove complement coconut milk, ginger, and fresh herbs in many typical Malay dishes.

Lovers of spice should definitely try curry laksa, a noodle soup made with a coconut curry broth and chicken. Roadside stalls throughout the city sell roti canai, an Indian-style bread often dipped in dal, sambal, or mutton curry. There's also Peranakan food, a fusion of Malay and Chinese flavors birthed by centuries of Chinese immigrants in Malaysia. One of the most recognizable Peranakan dishes is chili crab, popular in both Malaysia and Singapore.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Sample Kuala Lumpur's breadth of flavors on a walking tour through its ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown or the Chow Kit district and its wet market
  • Tour the city's massive, open-air hawker centers to eat Malay and Peranakan dishes like a local
  • Learn all the tricks of the trade in a private Malaysian cooking class

Tours & Tickets

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Eat Like a Local: Kuala Lumpur Hawker Center and Street Food Tour by Night, Kuala Lumpur, null
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Eat Like a Local: Kuala Lumpur Hawker Center and Street Food Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

Get to know Malaysia in one of the most satisfying ways – on a food-tasting tour! With an enthusiastic guide, drop in to three or more hole-in-the-wall ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $54.00
Small-Group Food Trail Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Food Tours
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Small-Group Food Trail Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 73 Reviews

Sample a variety of Malaysian foods on a culinary walking tour of Kuala Lumpur! Eat lunch like a local as you explore hidden streets, alleyways and suburbs of ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $30.80
$44.00 Save $13.20
KL Tower Revolving Restaurant Buffet Dinner and Central Market Night Tour, Kuala Lumpur, Food Tours
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KL Tower Revolving Restaurant Buffet Dinner and Central Market Night Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Dine in style at the top of Asia's tallest tower, the KL Tower, during this tour. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner in the tower’s revolving restaurant while ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $117.50
Kuala Lumpur Food Tour Through Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Dining Experiences
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Kuala Lumpur Food Tour Through Chow Kit

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Join a small group tour and venture through one of the biggest wet market to hunt for delicious local food in the district of Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. Be hungry ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.00
Private Malaysian Cooking Class, Kuala Lumpur, Food Tours
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Private Malaysian Cooking Class

Experience the diversity of Malaysian cuisine in a hands-on cooking class. Your private 5-hour lesson with an expert chef features dishes from a rich fusion of ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.66

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