Guide to Nyonya food
Peranakan food is already so woven into the fabric of Malaysian cuisine that you may have eaten its dishes or a close cousin without even suspecting their origins.
The best Nyonya restaurants in KL
Peranakan or Nyonya food is quite possibly the original fusion food of this country, if not the region. The intermarriage of Chinese traders and local Malays in the colonial days has produced a vibrant, unique culture and cuisine, where both Chinese and Malay cooking techniques, flavours and ingredients are intermixed.
KL's best cafés for desserts
If your sweet tooth is what some would call 'legendary', we've picked out the best dessert cafés in town for cake, pastries and everything else to keep you happy.
A Little Farm on the Hill
Experience farm to table gourmet meals made with fresh seasonal produce at this organic farm in Janda Baik, just 40 minutes from KL
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Brolly weekday lunch
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Kogetsu weekend brunch buffet
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New restaurants and cafés in KL
Joining the deluge of fried chicken joints in SS15 is NOMMS, a homely café with Scandinavian influences (concrete banquettes, dangling lights, a giant mural of a rooster) peddling fish n’ chips, wraps, tempura prawns, cheesy wedges and more. Fried chicken is the eatery’s signature, available in flavours such as garlic, original and spicy. For college kids rushing for a meal between classes, get the juicy fried chicken and pick a fresh juice from the extensive menu.
A specialty pizza joint has just opened up in Uptown Damansara. While the restaurant has a DIY, college hangout vibe, it’s good to note the menu is affordably priced from just RM15. The thin crust pizzas here are fired in a stone deck oven at 300C. The selection ranges from the classic crowd pleasers such as barbecue chicken and peri chicken (with roasted red pepper, peri sauce and mozzarella) to slightly more unusual creations such as kim chi beef and blueberry beef (cream sauce, crumbled meat balls, roasted garlic and blueberry jam). There are also a couple of options for vegetarians. Feeling adventurous? Order one of the two dessert pizzas: the Strawberry Swings with vanilla ice cream, or the Mud Choc pizza that uses both Belgian dark and white chocolate.
Peter Hoe Café
Peter Hoe was a stalwart in Chinatown where its much-lauded shop and café have been for the more than ten years – until its former home, the Lee Rubber Building, was closed off and put up for sale. This new café at The Row feels brighter and airier, thanks to the abundance of windows. You’ll find the usual Peter Hoe styling here: napkins made from batik prints, decorative tile motifs and more. In fact, this new location is fitting for Peter Hoe, as the restored old shophouse (the high ceiling, the exposed beams and bricks are highlighted as design details) is a nod to the brand’s old meets new philosophy. For now, the hot food menu (12noon to 4pm) is limited to pastas, soups and salads as the team works on additional items. The chicken and mango salad is very enjoyable, and rightfully one of the best sellers. Of course, Peter Hoe’s signature creamy quiches are available, along with a selection of cakes. Coffee is of the filtered variety. And while the café is only open in the daytime, dinner is also served on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm. When you’re done with your meal, hop over to the Peter Hoe shop next door. Expect a colour and sensory overload, as usual, with its kaleidoscopic collection of Malaysiana bags, accessories and home decor items. Both the café and shop are located on the first floor; to head up, look for the staircase next to skate shop Wheel Love.
Farm to Plate
For satisfying grilled ribs (not just any meat, but ibérico de Bellota ribs from the famed acorn-eating Spanish hogs) and farm-fresh produce, Farm to Plate is Damansara Kim’s latest spot to gnaw on a bone or two. The clue is in the name – owner Chris Chew runs contract farming businesses in Spain and Cameron Highlands, which directly influences the freshness and quality of the produce in the kitchen. The menu focuses on ibérico ribs (either slow-baked for tender meat or grilled on high heat for smoky flavours), but there are also pizzas, salads, pastas as well as lunch dishes such as pork stew rice, handmade noodles and all-day breakfast on weekends.
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You’ve got to admit that a trip to a good café sets you in a cheery mood – the sun-soaked space, glorious sunny side ups and that tingling dose of caffeine. The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions.
The best chai lattes in KL
Gaining precious real estate space on KL café menus is the chai latte, an updated version of the masala chai available on the streets of India and in most Indian restaurants around town. Instead of espresso, the chai latte is made with frothed milk and concentrated spiced tea. The next time you crave chai, here’s where to go.
The best teahouses in KL
Fancy a spot of tea? Whether you're looking for traditional Chinese tea over dim sum or prefer to take the English route with scones and clotted cream, head to these recommended teahouses in KL.
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The Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food 40 is our monthly, definitive guide for where to eat in the Klang Valley. Establishments will only appear in this list if they offer cuisine of a very high standard that is truly unique and worthy of your custom. No entry into the Food 40 has provided any Time Out team member with a free meal or other incentive – although plenty have tried! All have been chosen honestly, anonymously and after a great deal of deliberation by our team of expert food critics.
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