Shopping & Food

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping in KL is sheer fun and awfully exciting. There is bargain hunting for high-end fashion in the cool comfort of modern shopping malls or the thrill of shopping for antiques and curio items in the local shopping strips. For the more adventurous, there is the opportunity of going 'local' and mingle with the crowd in the 'night markets'.

The main shopping in KL city is found in the vicinity of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Petaling, Jalan Bandar, and Jalan Bukit Bintang.

Bazaar Shopping
Central Market - Located just across the Klang river from Daya Bumi Complex is "Pasar Seni" (Art Market). It was formerly the wet Central Market of Kuala Lumpur - hence the name today.

There are several specialty shops selling handicrafts, antiques, curios, and works of local artists.

Petaling Street and Jalan Bandar area is in Kuala Lumpur's thriving Chinatown. Shops here offer a huge variety of textiles, clothes, shoes, and handbags at bargain basement prices. There are Nepalese vendors selling ethnic jewelry, curios, and home decorations from India and Myanmar. The bright lights from the shops and food stalls combined with their loud music give this area a carnival mood.

Fashion & Luxury Goods
KLCC Complex is an ultra modern shoppers' paradise. Most up-market merchandise and fashion products can be found here. International boutiques showcase their latest merchandise here to the upper-class shoppers or window shoppers.

The Petronas Towers are located next to KLCC.

Other shopping complexes in KL for designers and branded merchandise are located in the Golden Triangle (Lot 10, Berjaya Times Squares, KL Plaza, Sungai Wang Plaza). Computer and electronic goods are found nearby at IMBI Plaza and Low Yat Plaza.

Suburban shopping complexes that are popular include: Mid-Valley Megamall, One Utama, Sunway Pyramid and IOI Mall Puchong.

Local Cuisine

The unique cooking styles and flavors of the Malays, Chinese and Indians cuisine are to be experienced and enjoyed while in Malaysia. Dining out is inexpensive, and the choice of food is unbelievably large, from 5-star hotels to the local restaurants and hawker centres. The fusion of races, cultures and religion has provided this interesting and rich legacy of Malaysian cuisine and the creative styles of food preparation.


  • Satays
    These are delightful skewers of marinated beef or chicken grilled over a slow charcoal fire. The dipping sauce is made from a spicy mix and crushed peanuts.

  • Nasi Lemak
    This local cuisine is rice steamed with coconut milk and served with curry chicken or beef, fried anchovies and sambal. Sometimes pandan leaves are added when steaming rice to give it the fragrant aroma.

  • Mee Jawa
    This is a traditional noodle dish with thick spicy sauce served with prawn fritters, taufo and potato slices.

  • Soto Ayam
    This is a family favourite of the Malays. It is a spicy chicken soup served with rice cubes and cooked vegetables.


  • Hainan Chicken Rice
    This is a very popular lunch dish, made up of steamed fragrant rice and served with roasted or steam-cooked chicken. A special ginger-chili sauce complements this dish.
  • Assam Laksa
    With some Thai influence, this noodle dish is made with tamarind fish soup served with fresh cucumber and pineapple salad. It is then flavored with a black thick paste made from fermented prawns.
  • Wantan Mee
    This is a lunch delight made with egg noodles. The noodles are served with barbeque pork, prawns and dumplings
  • Claypot Rice
    This is a hearty dish of rice cooked in claypots with a combination of thick soya sauce, roast pork, Chinese sausages and mushrooms.


  • Roti Canai
    This is a very special layered pan cake made with flour and water. The fresh dough is kneaded and tossed in the air then folded into layers and cooked on a very hot iron plate. It can be eaten plain or dipped into curries.
  • Mee Goreng
    This is a spicy fried noodles cooked with a mix of chilli and tomato sauce. Ingredients such as taufo, sliced potato, prawns and eggs are added.
  • Rojak
    This is a very refreshing snack of the locals. It is a salad of fresh fruits and cucumber mixed with a thick spicy and sweet sauce. Often, thick fermented prawn paste is added for flavour.
  • Nasi Briyani
    This is a very traditional Indian rice cooked in goat butter and spices. The cooked rice is served with meat or vegetable curries.


  • Otak otak
    This is a delicious spicy steamed fish-paste cooked in banana leaves. The fish fillet is grounded, mixed with spices, coconut milk and egg white, then steamed or grilled over charcoal.
  • Mee Siam
    This is made from fine rice noodle tossed with fresh tamarind juice and soya sauce. Sliced chicken, prawns and fried eggs are normally served with the noodles.
  • Enche kabin
    This is a delicious Nyonya chicken recipe. The chicken pieces are marinated in soy and oyster sauces and flavoured with a mix of spices. It is then battered and deep fried.
  • Achar
    This is a condiment made from blanched vegetables mixed with several spices and crushed peanuts. It is normally served as a cold dish.

Local Fruits

Malaysia has a huge variety of tropical fruits. Some are seasonal but most are available through the year. Popular local fruits are papaya, water melon and pineapple.

  • Durians
    The locals call this the king of fruits. The creamy yellowish flesh which tastes bitter-sweet is covered by a hard thorny pod. Most foreigners are put off by the strong pungent smell of the fruit. Some hotels prohibit the fruit on their premises.
  • Rambutan
    This is a red coloured fruit with a 'hairy' soft shell. The flesh is white and sweet. A local favourite and available twice a year.
  • Langsat
    This is a large berry-like fruit with a thick golden skin. The flesh has a sweet-sour taste and is white in colour.
  • Ciku
    This fruit resembles the kiwi fruit. The flesh has a grainy texture and is very sweet.

  • Mangosteen
    The fruit is like a cricket ball with a yellow stalk. The thick pulp conceals the white flesh which is sweet and juicy.

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