Adventurous Family Eating in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia is a diverse, dynamic and intense city. The cultural diversity of this city will leave a lasting impression on us and so will the incredible selection of food. If you love food then you have to visit. Malay, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern and Western food is all on offer. We are half way through our stay here and have sampled at least one dish from each apart from Korean. This is on our list to try before we leave.
We all love trying different food, Max included. He will pretty much give anything a go. Since weaning Max at 4 months old we have consistently encouraged him to try at least one mouthful of his meal. If he spits it back out and refuses to eat any more then that is fine. We just try again a few weeks later. Max is now approaching 18 months old and loves food full of flavour. He can handle and enjoys quite a lot of spice in his food too.
We are staying in the outskirts of the city. In the evenings we head out to one of the local restaurants. There are about 20 all on our door step. We are on a budget for this trip but are able to afford to eat like kings. $15 / RM45 gets you plenty of food for a family of three including mineral water. If you order drinks other than water you are looking at about $19 / RM55 for a family of three. Apart from some rather bland fried fish rolls we had at lunch today all the food has been full of flavour.
Breakdown of the average cost of a meal per person:
- Main meal: $3.20 / RM10 – $5 / RM15
- Mineral water: $0.3 / RM1 – $0.5 / RM1.5
- Juices, smoothies, yogurt drinks: $2 / RM6 – $2.6 / RM8
- Soft drinks, coffees, teas: $1 / RM3 – $1.6 – RM5
We went up the Menara Tower on our second day here and had lunch in the Rainforest Cafe beforehand. The food was beautifully presented but the taste was only ok. The meal was also 50% more expensive than those had at our locals.
Malaysia is by majority a Muslim country so by default restaurants do not serve alcohol. What they do serve is a wide selection of hot and cold teas and coffees. Freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and yoghurt drinks are also in abundance. James and I tried bubble drinks for the first time. James’ was a strawberry smoothie and mine an iced cappuccino. Both included bubbles but also small chewy tapioca balls called pearls which you suck up using an extra wide straw. They were pretty good. Being mainly water, red wine and coffee drinkers I don’t think we will be getting any more. If you are into frappuccinos then I think you will enjoy these.
Then there’s the western food. Sometimes you just feel like a chocolate milkshake or a vanilla sundae. No problem in Kuala Lumpur.
If we come back to Kuala Lumpur we will stick to eating in local restaurants. The food tastes better and is cheaper. I think we will be back as this is a city for foodies.
Who’s been to Kuala Lumpur? Did you have the same food experiences? Any restaurants you would recommend?