Malaysia is undoubtedly the most Muslim-friendly country in Asia, where not only the food & travel facilities are halal, but hospitality is also excellent.
We found Kuala Lumpur to be the second-best country in the world to enjoy a variety of Halal food from foreign as well as Asian cuisine.
The most famous area for street food in KL is Bukit Bin Tang, where we ended up dining every other night. The crowd of pedestrians and street music is so captivating, it makes you want to saunter around the streets enjoying the colorful nightlife and delicious food.
I had gathered a long list of foods to try out in Kuala Lumpur as I had heard a lot about the delicious flavors of East-Asian cuisine. Gladly everything available in Malaysian restaurants is Halal. Here is a short review of the local food I loved the most:
Halal Food Guide – What to Eat in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
This one is Malaysia’s all-time favorite meal; coconut rice with gravy, spicy sambal, boiled egg, crispy anchovies and peanuts on the side. A common ingredient in their cuisine is coconut and all sorts of seafood. To me, it seemed more like a lunch meal but they eat it mostly for breakfast i.e. loaded with protein. I shall say it’s a must-try.
Mei Goreng is a stir-fried noodle dish with lots of vegetables, sweet & spicy sauces, and prawns. Surprisingly my daughter loved it too.
I was always fascinated by the procedure of bringing together several ingredients for making noodle soup until one morning I got a chance to do it myself at our restaurant buffet breakfast while the kids were at the pool. The soup broth was full of flavor and the meat and vegetables made it even more succulent. I really loved it, whereas my kids enjoyed the slurping sound only 😉
Laksa was on top of my wish list for our Muslim-friendly family vacation in Malaysia with kids.
Although several cab drivers warned me of it being too spicy, I wanted to try it anyway. Luckily we found it at a KL airport restaurant. It was way too good! Rather I should say the best dish I had in Malaysia. Frankly speaking it was a little messy to sort out the ingredients and eat, but still, I loved it. For Malaysians and Arabs, it may be a little too hot, however, for Pakistani taste buds, it was just perfect.
Tajine- as the Moroccans call it, was an interesting dish and nonetheless its platter was interesting too. It’s a juicy chicken curry with African flavors served with bread. We found it at a restaurant named Zaffran located at Bukit Bintang, where we went for papa bear’s birthday dinner. They had Lassi and hookah too, with a very traditional Moroccan ambiance.
Iranian restaurant Naab at Arab street Jalan Bukit Bin Tang serves the best halal kabobs in town. Juicy Kabob skewers are served with butter rice which adds a cherry on top to the Mediterranean flavorsome platter. I was not a fan of kabobs at all, but after having that I insisted on going there again the next night. Finger licking stuff, a must-try!
This is a very traditional Malaysian flaky bread, which we call in Pakistan Lachha Paratha. These freshly prepared crispy flat-bread swirls can be eaten with gravy or simply with their traditional sauces. We had it as an evening meal with tea on one of our road trips. You can find it almost everywhere; from local roadside KL street food stalls to casual dining restaurants.
If you enjoyed reading about these delicious foods that you must try in KL, leave us a comment and tell us which one tempts you the most.
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