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Places to eat in Malaysia

With Muslims making up 61.3% of the Malay population there is an abundance of halal restaurants catering for a variety of tastes. Malay cuisine is strongly influenced by Indian and Chinese flavors. Malaysian chefs and home cooks usually have a pantry stocked with chilli pepper, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice and coconuts which are all base ingredients for traditional meal. Visitors to Malaysia can expect a variety of flavoursome meals at over 1000 halal restaurant scattered across the country.

Mohammad Chow

With the strong influence of Chinese culture in Malaysia, Chinese cuisine and restaurants have an overwhelming presence in the country. One of the most popular Chinese halal eateries is Mohammad Chow. Serving a range of tai chow dishes and one-plate meals like Hokkien noodles or fried rice, this cozy restaurant is nestled in the Damansara Perdana businesss center. A must-try dish is the delicious chicken buttermilk which is made in rich, thick and creamy sauces, or the Marmite prawns.

Melur Thyme Restauran

Located in the beautiful Suria KLCC shopping mall is this award-winning eatery. With a beautifully furnished setting of traditional marble-top tables, hand-drawn installations, low-hanging bulbs and intricate wired art, this restaurant indulges all the senses. Diners at this extraordinary restaurant will be treated to a variety of local dishes including crispy Peking duck, ayam masak cili hijau and Nyonya chicken rendang. The restaurant also serves a variety of familiar western dishes including beef stew and salmon croquets (RM15). Wash your meal down with a smoothie, freshly squeezed juice or one of the restaurants signature cocktail.

Arabesque

If you’re looking for a restaurant with an amazing atmosphere that serves delicious meals, then head to Arabesque. This Middle Eastern restaurant is perfectly located on the bustling Petaling Street, and offers its diners a variety of hearty, great-tasting, pork-free dishes. With an expansive menu that spans traditional Turkish, Egyptian and Syrian delicacie, the restaurant serves dishes such as fattoush, falafel roll, grilled half chicken with saffron rice, and shawerma platters. It is the perfect lunch or dinner stop, before heading back to your hotel or continuing your day of shopping.

Straits Food Company

Just minutes away from the towering condominiums and office buildings in BangsarUtam, you’ll find this authentic yet halal Nyonya eatery. Set in a tradition styled coffeehouse, this restaurant has an al fresco dining section with large windows overlooking the quiet neighborhood outside. Serving Nyonya delicacies such as pongteh chicken, nyonya laksa, and ikan Gerang asam (sour and spicy fish curry), and appetisers such as popiah (spring rolls) and otak-otak (fish steamed in pandan leaves), it is the perfect location for a lazy lunch. Straits Food Company also serves cendol – a Malaccan dessert of shaved ice, coconut milk, pandan-flavoured starch jelly, and palm sugar – that is definitely a must-try.

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