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7 Must-try Street Food in Kuala Lumpur – The Flavours of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur has often been cited as one of the must-visit destinations in South East Asia. This is in no small part due to the fantastic cuisine the city has to offer. So, if you're strolling through the streets of this metropolis, here are 7 must-try street foods you need to seek out.



The simple art of skewering a piece of meat on a stick, seasoning it and grilling it over a fire produces one of the best Malaysian street foods you can find. The satay is immensely popular all across Kuala Lumpur –, particularly with the local population. You'll always find a vendor on the streets tirelessly frying away these delectable snacks. So, be sure to grab a few as you explore the sights and attractions the city has to offer.


Nasi Lemak

If you've booked yourself in one of the many hotel rooms in Kuala Lumpur – perhaps at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel – be sure to order a plate of Nasi Lemak for lunch. This fragrant rice dish is a flavourful icon of the city and is packed with a delectable combination of flavours and rich textures. It is often served alongside roasted peanuts, boiled eggs, savoury sambal and fried anchovies.



Rojak is one of the most unique and fascinating dishes you'll come across in Kuala Lumpur. It is essentially a salad that's made up of pineapple, a variety of vegetables and fresh green mango. Now, that combination might seem a little funky and strange at first, but you definitely owe yourself to give this dish a try at least. Once you get a taste of the dish, all the flavours will start to make sense and chances are you'll be itching for a second-helping soon!


Nasi Kandar

One of the staple dishes in Kula Lumpur, Nasi Kandar is a hearty plateful of steamed rice that is served alongside a variety of curries – each with its own distinctive flavour. Now, this can be quite the feast on its own, but the Malay people often add an array of different sides to this dish to give it an additional bit of depth and texture. These include various fired meats, grilled fish and flavoured squid.


Ikan Bakar

Ikan Bakar is essentially barbequed fish with a spicy twist. It's hard to argue against this being one of the best street foods you can try out here in the city. It is prepared by wrapping up the fish in a banana leaf and then slowly grilling it over a charcoal fire. This process gives Ikan Bakar its signature aroma, one which will have you salivating as soon as you catch a whiff.


Ramly Burger

Ramly burgers are a common sight all across Kuala Lumpur's streets. You'll always find street vendors roasting away the patties which make up the heart of this tantalizing dish. The secret to these burgers is that their patties – which can be either chicken or beef – is wrapped up in a fried egg!


Lok Lok

Another skewered speciality found in the city, lok lok has proven to be quite popular especially with the Malay locals. You'll find food trucks in every corner of Kuala Lumpur serving up these luscious sticks of bacon and sausages filled with cheese and veggies.