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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without tasting the traditional Kuala Lumpur food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Kuala Lumpur to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Chapatti: unleavened flatbread made of atta flour and water.
  • Char Siew: Chinese styled barbecued meat, usually pork.
  • Murtabak: stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread including minced mutton, along with garlic, egg and onion.
  • Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread.
  • Prawns with Glass Noodles: prawns and glass noodles cooked in a clay pot.
  • Roti canai: a type of flatbread found in Malaysia, often sold in Mamak stalls.
  • Roti Jala: crepes made of coconut or low fat milk, flour and eggs.


  • Bak Kut Teh: meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices.
  • Wantan Mee: hot broth, garnished with leafy vegetables and wonton dumplings.


  • Fruit rojak: traditional salad including cucumber, pineapple, benkoang, bean sprouts, taupok and youtiao.
  • Sambal Jantung: grated coconuts, banana flowers, lime juice, tamarind water, sugar, salt and oil.

Main courses

  • Bubur Pedas: spicy traditional porridge.
  • Char kway teow: stir-fried ricecake strips.
  • Chinese Roast Pork: roasted pork belly with skin.
  • Ginger Duck Mee: duck stewed with ginger in black sauce and garnished with egg noodles.
  • Hokkien mee: thick yellow noodles braised in thick dark soy sauce with pork, squid, fish cake and cabbage.
  • Ikan Bakar: marinated and grilled fish or other forms of seafood.
  • Keropok lekor: fish meat, Sago flour, Pandan leaves, water, ice cubes and salt.
  • Ketupat: rice that has been wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch and boiled.
  • Laksam: thick rice noodles covered with a thick gravy made of fish and coconut milk
  • Nasi Dagang: rice steamed in coconut milk, fish curry with ingredients such as fried shaved coconut, hard-boiled eggs and vegetable pickles.
  • Nasi goreng pattaya: rice, chicken meat, fried carrots, garlic, shallots, capiscum wrapped in an omelet.
  • Nasi Kandar: steamed rice served with a variety of curries and side dishes.
  • Nasi lemak: steamed rice served with cucumber slices, small dried anchovies, roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg, and hot spicy sauce.
  • Otak-otak: is a cake made of fish meat.
  • Palak Paneer: spinach and paneer cheese in a curry sauce.
  • Rendang: beef simmered in coconut milk.
  • Sin Chow (Singapore) Fried Meehoon: rice noodles combined with fish cake, barbecued pork or ham chicken, as well as carrots and broccoli.


  • Ais kacang: brightly coloured shaved ice and attap chee, red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly and cubes of agar agar.
  • Cendol: coconut milk, a worm-like jelly made from rice flour with green food coloring, shaved ice and palm sugar.
  • Chocolate hazelnut cake: cocoa powder, chopped dark chocolate, water, melted butter, brown sugar, hazelnut meal and eggs.
  • Kuih seri muka: two-layered dessert with steamed glutinous rice and pandan juice.
  • Molten Chocolate Cake: cake made of butter, eggs, sugar, and chocolate.
  • Onde onde: kuih made of glutinous rice, grated coconut and brown sugar.
  • Red Velvet Cupcake: red coloured cupcakes frosted with cream cheese.
  • Sago gula melaka: sago pearl pudding with coconut milk and palm sugar syrup.
  • Tiramisu: biscuits dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks and mascarpone, and flavored with liquor and cocoa.

Fast food

  • Nasi daun pisang (Banana leaf rice): rice accompanied by different fresh vegetables, pickled vegetables, dried anchovies, sausages and bread.
  • Ramly Burger: burger containing beef or chicken patty, margarine, onions, an egg, cabbage, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and Maggi Seasoning.
  • Satay: marinated, skewered and grilled meats, served with a sauce.

Street food

  • Bakkwa: salty-sweet dried meat product made in the form of flat thin sheets.
  • Curry puff: small pie consisting of specialized curry with chicken and potatoes in a deep-fried or baked pastry shell.
  • Deep fried sweet potato balls: mashed boiled sweet potatoes, flour and sugar.
  • Kuih bakul: festive cake containing glutinous rice flour, water and sugar.
  • Pisang Goreng (fried banana fritters): battered and deep fried bananas.
  • Roasted Chestnuts: chestnuts roasted in a special machine or wok using coal or coffee beans.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Air Mata Kucing: dried longan drink boiled along with rock sugar.
  • Bandung: pink coloured milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup.
  • Coconut juice: clear liquid extracted from young coconuts.
  • Milo: chocolate and malt powder which is mixed with hot or cold milk.
  • Starfruit juice: juice extracted from starfruits.
  • Teh tarik: black tea and condensed milk.
  • Watermelon juice: juice extracted from watermelons and served with ice cubes.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

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