Food For Thought specialises in Malaysian Cuisine, with a range of different types of Malaysian cultural and regional cooking. Malaysia is a melting pot of predominantly three cultures, Malay, Chinese and Indian on the main peninsular, with Borneo having its own distinct cultures including the Kadazan-Dusun of Sabah and Iban of Sarawak. All these cultures have had an intermingling which is seen in its national cuisines. Here, we list a range of Malaysian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that may pique your interest.
WHAT IS MALAYSIAN FOOD?
Malaysian Cuisine is defined as cuisine which has its origins in Malaysia, but is heavily influenced by Chinese, Indian and British cuisines. Malaysian cuisine is vast and broad and is the result of its colonial history. There is Malay Cuisine, which is heavily influenced by Indonesian Cuisine; Malaysian Chinese Cuisine, influenced by the Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka diaspora in Malaysia; Malaysian Indian Cuisine, influenced by the Tamil and Punjabi cultures; Peranakan Cuisine, an amalgamation of Malay and Chinese cooking methods; and Malaysian Colonial Cuisine, which was a melting pot of Malaysia’s British colonial history. All these has birthed some of the most interesting street food in the world.
REGIONAL MALAYSIAN CUISINE & STYLES
Malay Cuisine | Malaysian Chinese Cuisine | Malaysian Indian Cuisine | Malaysian Colonial Cuisine | Peranakan Cuisine
For those looking to make the best out of these times of austerity, Beta KL is creating one of the most affordable fine dining menus you can find in Kuala Lumpur. The menu in the test kitchen changes from week to week, using what is in season for a reason. With the set price at RM128, the dishes are still one of the better contemporary Malaysian restaurants that does not compromise on quality. Continue reading →
Previously we’ve looked at the different types of pastries from the west, but did you know that on our very Malaysian shores there’s a plethora of delectable pastries? From the humble Portuguese inspired Chinese egg tart to the roti canai, we take a look at some of our famous local pastries. Continue reading →
Mouthfeel is key ingredient to the success of many chefs, with those knowing how to play with them creating some of the best food you will have ever eaten. Today, this is made more interesting by molecular gastronomy with a scientific approach. From the crisp of a chicken skin to the warmth of a lobster bisque, you can see how the crunch of a dish or the heat of a soup can make a huge difference. Continue reading →
Darren Chin of DC Restaurant need no further introduction when it comes to the fine dining scene in Malaysia, and his latest collaboration sees six hands working together with Chef Lee Choon Boon of Jeff’s Cellar and Chef Ann Lee of Être Patisserie at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. This collaboration features a black box of local ingredients showcasing what modern Malaysian cuisine really is. From the local caviar served on crab ice cream to the local rabbit consommé, the cerebral approach to the dishes really make you think. Continue reading →
Located within Menara Hap Seng sits contemporary French fine dining restaurant Enfin by James Won. The reputed Krug Ambassador, although French and Japanese trained, has further elevated his cuisine by going back to his Malaysian roots, taking some of the best local ingredients and interpreting them in a modern setting. The latest menu takes us on a gastronomic journey exploring the Malaysian terroir from East to West Malaysia. Continue reading →
If you were to be asked how many flavours is there when it comes to cooking, well, the short answer is it depends on who you’re asking. Different cultures are accustomed to different flavour palates, so your answer may vary depending on whether the chef is classically trained in European cuisine, or if they were trained in Chinese cuisine. Continue reading →
Resort World Genting in Genting Highlands is well known as one of the best holiday destinations in Malaysia, especially for those looking to celebrate the Chinese New Year. With its cool weather and great festive atmosphere, you can see why people are rushing to this local attraction. Also here sits Genting Palace 雲華宮 which is arguably one of the best Cantonese restaurants you will find, with its use of carefully curated ingredients and techniques to ensure that every dish does not compromise on quality, from the extravagant wild honey yee sang to their luxurious poon choi. Continue reading →
When it comes to signature Chinese restaurants, Chynna at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur has become a well-known household name. With its ultra-luxurious décor and stunning performance of their kung fu tea master, you can see why Chynna is known for serving some of the best Chinese fine cuisine, especially during the Lunar New Year. This year, Chynna is bringing a taste of luxury focusing on giant imported American strawberries in its decadent yet healthy yee sang. Continue reading →
The Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in Malaysia, and there is no better times to experience the festivities. Genting Highlands is one of the best local destinations, with its cool temperature, newly opened Sky Avenue and assortment of over to 70 restaurants. Yee Sang (yusheng, 魚生), also known as the Prosperity Toss, is integral to the Chinese New Year tradition in Malaysia and Singapore and is one of the most interesting experiences you will find. Here, we will venture to bring you some of the best Yee Sang restaurants in Genting Highland, specialising in all forms and sorts, from lobster, to Norwegian salmon and abalone. Continue reading →
Located within Hilton Petaling Jaya sits one of the best Chinese restaurants you will find serving authentic Chinese cuisine and is simply named Toh Yuen 桃苑. The restaurant takes its name from the literal translation of Peach Court, and serves some of the best Chinese cuisines, lending dishes from southern China, with a predominant Cantonese, Hokkien and Teochew influence, along with a creative flair that is both traditional and modern. It is no wonder this eatery produces one of the better Chinese New Year reunion dinner menus you will find without compromise of quality. Continue reading →
Ipoh is home to one of the most picturesque towns in Malaysia, encapsulated by its infamous limestone hills. Located in the state of Perak, Ipoh is famous for its colonial past, as well as its significance in the growth of Malaya. The home to some of the best local fare from the Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken Rice to the Sar Hor Fun, Ipoh food is known to locals as some of the cleanest and freshest there is. Recently named 6th of Best in Asia by Lonely Planet, the melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European colonial cultures is apparent in the food that you hear about. From the arty revival of the Kong Heng block to the once famous Concubine Lane, we have a look at what they have to offer. Continue reading →
When it comes to a fine dining, one would not expect that one of the better fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur would be located at a culinary academy. Dewakan serves modern Malaysian cuisine, which emphasises the use of local produce, using local flavours. The idea here is simple, to use the best of what can be found, and to use it to its best. Continue reading →