Kuala Lumpur is a futuristic city with high buildings and modern designs. However, the food that you find will remain traditional. While getting lost in the streets I found some of the best places to enjoy a vegan meal. From eating with my hands and using a banana leaf as a plate, to having lunch with monks!
At Nirwana Maju, Bangsar you will find the most amazing banana leaf rice. This dish is vegetarian but can also be made vegan! Your meal is served on a banana leaf, which is a traditional method of serving rice dishes in South Indian Cuisine. It creates a beautiful image and it actually makes you eat very differently. Your so called ‘plate’ is bigger and the dish consists of different assortments which makes you pick a little from all the different flavours. The best thing is, you can get stuck in using your hands! No need for cutlery! – Finally a place where I can eat with my hands and not be the only one!
Taman connaught night market
We all get that little sugar craving after dinner right? So we decided to go and explore in the famous Taman connaught night market to see if we can find some Malaysian treats! This market is extremely buzzing at night! If you are looking for a traditional dinner while being surrounded by a great atmosphere this is definitely a great place to go to!
However, the vegan highlight of this market is definitely the coconut ice-cream! We found the stand at the end of the market (or the beginning depending what side you enter from). Here they will cut open a fresh coconut, scrape the inside of the coconut and then add coconut ice-cream into the coconut half. Then you will be able to sprinkle any add ons on top if you would like to! And whats a better topping to a coconut ice-cream in a fresh coconut with fresh bits of coconut then.. rasped coconut! – Yep I got myself a little dessert from coconut heaven!
Dharma realm guan yin sagely monastery
Now this is a real experience. For a really special meal you should visit the Dharma realm guan yin sagely monastery where you will dine together with monks in a temple. This was definitely my favourite experience and the food was amazing! Everything is vegetarian and there are many vegan options. You will even find a sign outside saying “no meat, eggs, liquor, union, garlic”.
As soon as I entered I felt overwhelmed by the atmosphere, the amount of colourful food and the delicious smell. You get yourself a plate and fill it up with all kind of deliciousness. I do recommend you to try as many different options as you can, because each and one of them is more surprising and delicious than the other!
You will find so much variety! A women will cutting fresh fruit, and the other will be making fresh tea! But a MUST try are the peanut sesame seed balls! I even took a few home for a later snack! They will blow your mind! My boyfriend and I (as you know) are real food lovers and if you are too you can definitely spend ages in this amazing place!
For the amazing food you get it is also extremely cheap. For two full plates and a peanut sesame seed ball you will pay around 12.50 Malaysian ringgit, which is about 2.30 pounds – so lets fill up those plates!
When eating in Malaysia and especially in a temple you should definitely remember the following:
-Eat with your right hand.
It is disrespectful to be eating with your left hand as the left is traditionally ‘dirty’ because of its washroom connections.
-Do not talk when your mouth is full.
-Do not raise your head or rest both elbows on the table.
-For women, when seated at the dining table, the handbag should be hanged using a handbag holder and not placed on the table even if it is a small handbag.
-Finish your plate.
Don’t leave any food to waste.
-If your are a tourist do not enter part of the temple where they will be praying.
Remember that you are in a temple, so be respectful to others. You are there to enjoy their delicious food, just like everyone else!
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