April 16, 2019

What do vegans eat in KL

Since vegan and vegetarian food alternatives have been in demand especially for the last years, vegan street food stalls and restaurants can easily be noticed because the numbers are increasing evenly.

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Rather than eating classic food like vegan burger, pizza or salad, Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia offer different kinds of local vegan food options.

As well known, the food of Malaysia is a mixture of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cuisines.

Since vegan and vegetarian food alternatives have been in demand especially for the last years, vegan street food stalls and restaurants can easily be noticed because the numbers are increasing evenly.

There are numerous vegan food options that can be written about but we would like to share the most preferred and local tastes.

Banana leaf curries: Serving curries in banana leaves are actually originated in South India but more than welcomed in Malaysia.

The only unchanging product is definitely white rice. Other than rice, types of vegetables, pickles, and other sour, salty or spicy tastes are placed over banana leaves.

The banana leaf should actually not be consumed and used only once, like a single-serving plate. There is one thing that should not be forgotten: folding the leaf after finishing the meal. It is a typical dining etiquette.

If you liked the food or not, you are expected to show your gratitude to the host by folding the leaf inwards. It is only expected to be folded outwards at funerals as a sign of respect and condolences to the family of the deceased. So, if you do not want to be rude, don’t forget to apply this little tip.

Nasi lemak: This national dish is known as “fatty rice” and consumed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Before steaming, the rice is steeped into coconut milk (this is the key point of this dish and should not be missed). Then the rice is served with roasted peanuts, sliced cucumber, sambal (spicy and chilli tomato sauce). Sometimes vegetables or other types of curries are served on the side as well.

Nasi lemak can easily be found more in restaurants but still available at some street eateries.

Nasi campur: Is also called as “mixed rice” and could be the second most preferred local food in Malaysia. Generally, nasi campur restaurants serve food as open buffet, so you can order your rice and fulfil your plate with any kind of food items that are available at the buffet. So, enjoy what you like the most!

Laksa: This spicy noodle soup with tofu pieces on top could be your water in daily life. The taste may vary from place to place since laksa has many variations of its own but we are sure you would find your favourite one in a very short time and not want to exist without it! It is a good option that should be considered on a chilly or rainy day. __Types of laksa: __

  1. Curry laksa: Includes rich and savoury coconut milk, with noodles;
  2. Asam laksa: Fresh and sour, tamarind-based, with noodles.

Also, different types of noodles can be used in order to make laksa. However, the most used type is thick rice noodles that are also known as “laksa noodles”.

Cendol: You would probably never want to see it again or love it. It is whether white or black, there is no grey!

It is because of the green worm-shaped pandan flavoured glutinous rice noodles. They could really remind worms but actually, it becomes perfect with the combination of sweetened kidney beans, coconut milk, and palm sugar syrup which are all served over shaved ice.

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