Like all metropolitan capital cities in large Asian countries, Kuala Lumpur’s snacks are a colourful tapestries of all the rich and diverse regional specialties scattered all over the Peninsula. Let us run you through a quick highlight of the best snacks we gorged on in Kuala Lumpur.
BUBUR KACANG HIJAU
Found all over the capital in specialty dessert shops, coffee shops or your humble roadside stall, bubur kacang hijau(mung bean soup) is a popular treat in Malaysia. Made from green beans, gula melaka (palm sugar) and old ginger, bubur kacang hijau is typically served with a generous dollop of salted coconut cream. Equally fantastic hot or cold, bubur kacang hijau is a refreshing treat in Kuala Lumpur’s sweltering weather. Handy in the kitchen? Give our simple recipe a go and let us know what you think.
Lemang is a traditional Malay food which is commonly eaten to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims worldwide observes a month of fasting. Typically, lemang is prepared using a bamboo container which is filled with a mixture of glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt. The bamboo container is barbecued over an open fire and turned regularly to ensure the rice is cooked evenly. Lemang is usually served with a hearty meat-based curry dish and sambal.
Possibly one of the most famous snacks found everywhere in Malaysia is Ramly burger. Ramly has its origins as a humble street stall selling halal burgers in the 1970s by a husband and wife team. With the simple premise of providing good quality, halal western food for the Muslim populace of Malaysia, Ramly grew into a colossal frozen and fast food giant in a few short decades. Today, one can find 25,000 Ramly burger vendors across the peninsula.
On humid and sweltering days in Kuala Lumpur, the city’s cendol vendors make brisk business dolling out the traditional sweet treat to grateful pedestrians. An icy medley of slippery green jelly droplets, coconut milk, palm sugar syrup and shaved ice, cendol is a sweet and satisfying treat. A variety of toppings are often available, such as red beans, jackfruit and shaved coconut flesh.
Found throughout Asia in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, bandung is a cold drink made from rose syrup and condensed milk. A favourite drink across the peninsula, bandung is found everywhere from coffee shops, mamak food centres and even served during wedding receptions. Our favourite is the bandung blend, an icy fantastic rendition perfect for hot days in the capital city.