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Kuala Lumpur can offer its visitors such a diverse range of food. With influences from China and India, you can’t fail to find something you like. But this can be the tricky bit – finding the good stuff. So, here are a few of my favourite foodie places in Kuala Lumpur.
I love Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. It’s not just because it smells of permanently roasting nuts, nor because it’s a place where you can buy endless quantities of tat. It’s because opposite a man selling (definitely not fake) Rolex watches lays a haven of fantastic food. There’s a large square area full of delightfully no-frills plastic tables and chairs, and lining each side are cart after cart of food vendors selling all manner of meat and curry and noodles dishes. Now go and buy some market tat.
Sri Nirwana Maju, Bangsar
Just across the road from Bangsar Village is Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju and the first thing to tell you about this place is that whenever I saw it, it was full. A tell tale sign you know you’re onto a winner. They serves their rice in a banana leaf, and although this isn’t the only the reason it’s always busy, I think it’s a nice little perk. They do lots of awesome Indian food, with curries being a speciality. Slobber over it while sitting inside or out.
Jalan Alor is known for being a street entirely dedicated to selling food. On the street. You might even call it street food. Anyway, it’s probably my favourite street in KL because it’s such an attack on all five senses not least because it sells everything and anything. To be honest, half the fun is walking up and down the street looking at everything – I’m talking food and people now.
Changkat Bukit Bintang
I really like this street because it gives you something a bit nicer, a bit more upmarket, and somewhere where the seats aren’t made of plastic. Changkat Bukit Bintang is lined with nice restaurants of all different types of cuisine and an assortment of swanky bars. If you’ve got a hankering for a bit of posh dining or a pint of Guinness, which I am man enough to admit that I did, then you it’s decent place to come and get it.
Oh, and I can’t leave you without mentioning the national dish of Malaysia, nasi lemak. It usually consists of rice, various vegetables and a variety of curries. You might also find a few other ingredients thrown in and that’s the beauty of it, everywhere you go, it’s served slightly differently and no two are the same. Fortunately, I like my food to surprise me.