Kuala Lumpur - Food and Drink
For many, Malaysian cuisine is the pick of Southeast Asia's many regional cuisines. Certainly it manages to incorporate the best influences from its produce-rich neighbours.
Best described as a cross between Indian and Thai, Malay food is served fast, fresh and without heavy, cloying sauces. Fried rice dishes, such as the moreish Nasi Goreng, or the Chinese-influenced satay dishes (peanut paste) with fried noodles, chilli sauce or crunchy vegetables are both mainstays of Malay dinners.
Eating out - apart from in the swish hotels and premium malls - is remarkably inexpensive and you can always rely on excellent food at the city's myriad of street vendors, roadside stalls and coffee shops (Kedai Kopi).
For the best street food and kiosks, head to Chinatown (especially Jalan Sultan, Jalan Hang Lekir and Jalan Petaling) and Jalan Alor in the Golden Triangle district. Or look for the 'Mamak Shacks' on most street corners, selling spicy kebabs, rice and noodle dishes. Look for them around Jalan Doraisamy near the Heritage Row.
Food courts in shopping malls can also provide you with a good opportunity to sample Malaysian food in more hygienic conditions. Lot 10 shopping mall in the Golden Triangle takes the street-vendor experience and adds a roof (and a touch more comfort).
Upscale restaurants around the Golden Triangle, Bangsar and Heritage Row offer world-class dining in a range of restaurants-with-a-view, although expect the wine to be pricey. Bangsar, in particular, is strong on international cuisine.