21 7 / 2014
I don’t usually write travel blogs, however, I found it a little difficult to find vegan eats in KL on the internet and just stumbled upon things instead. Hopefully others can use this to find some of the cool places out there.
Hot, hot, hot, humid and hot again. Not to mention the almost impenetrable haze that enveloped the city. it wasn’t until our third day we realised that this haze was not normal, but it was caused by the fires in Indonesia. This raised the air pollution level to around the 300-400 mark which triggered ‘stay inside’ warnings. Given the amount of shopping in KL and the air conditioned underground tunnels, it really wasn’t too hard. It was pretty easy to just jump in a cab and ride to another shopping centre as well or tourist attraction as well.
The cab drivers know how to spot a tourist (it’s not hard!), but they had some fascinating stories. We had some interesting conversations about daily life and families which made it worth the extra couple dollars they swindle you for.
We may have given up after the 3rd day and became regulars at the hotel pool, ordering massive cocktails and venturing out for meals at night. It was the ultimate in relaxing getaways at such a low price.
Now on to the food…
This is a major shopping centre in the heart of the city centre connected to the Petronas Twin Towers. If you make it to the level 3 food court, you’ll find Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine and Pure Vegetarian Indian food. Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine was fantastic and I went back here a few times. Their laksa with soba noodles was amazing. There’s another food court on the very top floor as well. Don’t bother.
Loco Gelato on the basement level (near iSetan food hall) has some good vegan gelato flavours including a chocolate one!
Make sure you get to AK Gallery across the road from the twin towers. It houses the H&M (and soon to open Muji) and has a large food court called ‘Taste enclave’. A lot of the food courts in KL work the same way - a lot of different vendors and the chop sticks, forks, spoons etc are all communal. They even have vendors with trolleys walking around offering drinks. It seems they’ve tried to bring some of the hawker/communal style inside. This food court has a Buddhist style vegan buffet. You plate it up yourself and then they cost it up per dish (no matter how I changed it up it always added up to 9.90 MYR ($3.30AUD).
This shopping centre is MASSIVE - we walked around for hours and I don’t think we got to it all. It has an indoor market (Little Taipei) and an indoor amusement park. There’s a roller coster and some other rides. Pretty insane.
If you get to the bottom level theres a food court called ‘Tastes of Asia’. The system is: Go to the cashier at the front. Hand over some cash and they will load it up on a card for you. Go in and go to all the different vendors. Charge your meal on the card and return to the vendor at the end to get your left over cash. It works well, no fumbling with money, just get your food and find a seat.
Theres another Buddhist style vegetarian buffet. My meal came for 11 MYR (~$4AUD). It’s towards the back on the left hand side.
There are some dessert places that do vegan here also, however I was always too full to get to them.
I found that most food courts had a vegetarian option. If they didn’t, just walk a floor or two to the next food court and you’ll find one.
22 7 / 2013
22 7 / 2013