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Food Lover's Guide to Kuala Lumpur

Food Lover's Guide to Kuala Lumpur

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 trycurry laksa, a noodle soup made with a coconut curry broth and chicken. Roadside stalls throughout the city sellroti canai***, an Indian-style bread often dipped in dal, sambal, or mutton curry. There's alsoPeranakan food*, a fusion of Malay and Chinese flavors birthed by centuries of Chinese immigrants in Malaysia. One of the most recognizable Peranakan dishes ischili 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
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Kuala Lumpur Food Tour Through Chow Kit

Kuala Lumpur Food Tour Through Chow Kit

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Explore the atmospheric district of Chow Kit on a 4-hour foodie tour through one of Kuala Lumpur’s most exciting culinary destinations. Learn how to order and eat like a local as you follow your local guide through a vibrant wet market, and hear the secrets behind your favorite Malay dishes. Pause for a series of tastings at three stops, and sample at least ten of Kuala Lumpur’s specialties. Experience something new as you immerse yourself in the distinctive tastes of Kuala Lumpur.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.80
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$71.80

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

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

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Get a taste of Malaysia’s finest foods on this guided, 3- to 4-hour, small-group walking and riding tour around Kuala Lumpur. Stop by three or more street vendors and hidden-gem restaurants off-the-beaten path to sample the best Malaysian cuisine. Learn about Malaysian customs and culture and visit food spots like mamak stalls and round-the-clock hawker centers (open-air food courts). All food tastings, including beverages, and any necessary transportation are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.00
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KL Tower Revolving Restaurant Buffet Dinner and Central Market Night Tour

KL Tower Revolving Restaurant Buffet Dinner and Central Market Night Tour

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See the breathtaking sites of Kuala Lumpur from the top of Asia’s tallest tower and experience dinner with a view in the revolving restaurant on this 3.5-hour tour. Stroll through Kuala Lumpur’s famous Central Market, one of the city’s most popular attractions. Then head to the observation deck of the KL Tower, one of the tallest towers in the world. Enjoy a buffet dinner with a breathtaking, panoramic night view of the city in the tower’s revolving restaurant. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$116.67
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$116.67
Price varies by group size

Malaysian Cooking Class with Lunch from Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Cooking Class with Lunch from Kuala Lumpur

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Enjoy a memorable introduction to Malaysian cuisine with this private 5-hour cooking class in Kuala Lumpur, including hotel pick-up. Discover the rich flavors and unique techniques that make up Malaysia’s diverse cuisine, as you cook a range of traditional dishes under the expert eye of a professional chef. Learn tips and tricks to recreate your favourite recipes back home, then test your creations as you tuck into a delicious home-cooked lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.33
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