Be with the locals, and eat like the locals! This one-of-a-kind food tour will bring you to some of the city’s best kept secrets.
And when we say eat like the locals, we mean it: you will find yourself in places only known by locals, and experience first hand the truly and authentic Malaysian cuisine.
What you will find on your way are hidden food stalls, local markets, authentic dishes, interaction with the shopkeepers, and dishes so delicious that you’d be begging for more!
This alternative food tour, operated by some adventurer foodies started in the south of Kuala Lumpur (where the good things are!), we then progressively made our way back to the city while stopping in several hidden food stalls.
Off the beaten track, we first found ourselves in a food court where we had – hands down – the best Nasi Lemak of our lives. Nasi Lemak is a dish made of coconut rice with chilli paste, anchovies, peanuts and vegetables, served in a banana leaf. Whoever had the idea of packaging these goodness in such manner must had been a genius, the banana leaf gives a lingering fragrant aroma for the dish which will undoubtedly trigger your appetite! This iconic Malaysian dish is suitable for any time of the day, which is why this particular place is open 24/7 and is always busy!
You’ve probably heard of the saying “looks don’t matter, it’s the inside that counts”. This saying probably best describes our next stop. Upon your arrival, you may be skeptical while seeing the humble appearance of this place, but keep your hopes high! In fact, this place is so popular that locals would cross the whole city from north to south just to eat there.
There are few stalls; some of them are of Malay influenced while Chinese people own others, we had a great mix of colors and flavors on the table.
The grilled stingray fish with chilli paste was the highlight of the place, and we had to literally fight each others with chopsticks to savor every inch of the goodness of this spicy dish. In addition, we were also treated to another 4 to 5 dishes, from curry fish head mixed with veggies and tofu to some chinese delicacies such as hor fun, and fried kway teoh ( Rice noodles).
What’s more, one of the stall had a piece of newspaper from the Edge (Australia) showcased on its window. So yes, this is an hidden gem of food stall only known by local and foodies!
Following this heavenly feast, we headed to a local night market where we were given the chance to walk around – much needed to burn off some calories to make room for round 3! It was also a good experience to witness of the night market local life, all kind of stuff are sold and bargained there, from electronic devices to clothes and even spices etc.
We started this little tour on a sweet note with a Malaysian peanut crepe, and made another stop at a Dim Sum street stall where people were queuing and gathering around those wooden brown boxes where buns and dim sums are steamed. Here’s a foodie tip: when you see a queue outside an eatery, the food there must be delicious!
Dim Sum is one of the popular Chinese delicacies; they are buns that are both savory and sweet. Even though our tummy was already feeling full, our appetite was peaked again when we saw those mouthwatering Dim Sum!
Now that we have been inspecting Malays and Chinese food stalls, and being educated on how food culture is important in every days Malaysian life. We finally went to treat our tummies to some yummy Indian dishes and believe us that after the first bite you cannot stop eating, once again!
We tasted there the most delicious mango lassi we ever had, accompanied by different kind of Rotis, Pratas, and Thosai (Indian breads) with spicy sauces or you can also opt for coconut and sweet if you had enough of the spices.
We finished the tour on this sweet Indian note, but I know that if we were not already struggling to stay up from all the delicious meals in our tummy, our guide Charles would have brought us to more places.
Since we say the way to get a man’s heart is through his stomach, we believe Charles must have seduced more than one person!
Thank you again Charles, for making us discover the hidden alleyways and fascinating culinary delicacies of KL, that opened our eyes on other side of the vibrant city!
eOasia’s verdict : This is definitely the best experience we could have done to get a bite of the Malaysian culture. We were fascinated to see how important food is in the Malay culture. These fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture makes KL one of the most unique places in Asia for food travellers and you’ll be surprised to see that in every corner of the city, Malays are passionate about eating and you’ll find them cheering around food at any time of the day!
Lastly, we found places and tasted dishes we would never have found on our own, this off the beaten track food experience will open your eyes on a different dimension of Asia. A must do while in Kuala Lumpur!
Other recommended culinary experiences in Malaysia :
Visit the world heritage site of Penang, who is also the culinary capital of the country. This colourful destination has some legendary tales awaiting you.
Explore the treats of yesteryear with the humble “Penang Lobak”, the “Appoms” and “Kuihs” found only in the Penang backstage and the Penang night hawkers.
Come with an empty stomach and get ready to taste Penang’s yummy dishes!