Archive for the 'Food' Category

Feb 28 2012

The best fresh food markets in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food,Shopping

Close to where Kuala Lumpur began in 1857 is a traffic-clogged square called Pasar Medan — literally, “market field” in Malay. It was here that the city’s pioneering tin miners bought their fresh supplies, and around which the early settlement too shape. In the late 19th century, the market was moved to a new site … read the full post

Jan 12 2012

Eating for a (charitable) cause in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

Although a well-established practice in many other southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, eateries run on charitable principles are rather thin on the ground in Kuala Lumpur. This is partly because the city has less desperately poor people than say Phnom Penh or Bangkok. It is also down to cultural attitudes towards charity. … read the full post

Dec 23 2011

Halal and haram (haraam) in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Culture,Food

Every year, Kuala Lumpur plays host to a global halal conference, an indication of how important the Malaysian government views the international market for products that comply with Islamic rules. The event covers everything from food to financial services, which probably comes as a bit of a surprise to anyone who thinks the term only refers … read the full post

Oct 04 2011

Yut Kee Restaurant: A Kuala Lumpur icon under threat

Published by under Food

Yut Kee is a Kuala Lumpur culinary institution, although sadly not one many visitors will have heard of. It’s been serving up tasty food and drink for 83 years, making it one of the city’s very oldest eateries. In that time, this traditional Chinese coffee shop has survived a world war, several recessions, umpteen floods, the … read the full post

Aug 10 2011

Ramadan food markets in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Festivals,Food

As I may have mentioned before, Malaysians like their food. It’s one of the few things which cuts across all the main ethnic groups in the country. One big difference between the races though, is that while fantastic Chinese and Indian food is easily accessible to tourists, good Malay cooking is far more difficult to … read the full post

Aug 04 2011

Drinking and buying tea in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food,Shopping

Tea drinking has been part of Malaysian life for hundreds of years, although exactly when the habit started is unclear. The most likely explanation is that it was brought to the country by traders from China. The word for tea in Malay is teh, derived from Hokkien, the dialect spoken in the Chinese province of … read the full post

Jul 13 2011

South Indian food in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

One of the undoubted culinary highlights of Kuala Lumpur is south Indian food, done with a distinctive Malaysian twist. The eateries can be divided into two main categories: those run by Hindus, and those run by Indians who have converted to Islam, known as Mamaks. Although many dishes turn up at both types of establishment, … read the full post

Jul 07 2011

Where to get a good cup of coffee in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

Malaysia is one of the few places I can think of that has a deeply ingrained culture of both tea and coffee drinking. For the most part, coffee (like tea come to think of it) is served up strong, milky and sweet; an anti-skinny decaff latte if you like. The quality is higher at traditional … read the full post

Jun 08 2011

An introduction to Chinese coffee shops in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Food

When I first came to Kuala Lumpur, a workmate of mine offered to take me to their favourite Chinese eatery. I readily accepted the offer, but as we entered the place, I began to have second thoughts. Our “restaurant” was a collection of plastic tables and stools, located inside a car park. Once the food … read the full post

Apr 29 2011

Where’s Kuala Lumpur’s best banana leaf curry?

Published by under Food

Banana leaf curry is an Indian thali, done with a distinctive Malaysian twist, and it’s something visitors really should try at some stage during a trip to Kuala Lumpur. I decided to check out a few places in order to find the best spot to indulge in the delicious meal. Popularity may not be everything … read the full post

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