The Vegan Food Guide To Kuala Lumpur

22nd August 2015

Vegan Kuala lumpur

I felt I hit the vegan jackpot when I started researching restaurant options in KL. Unfortunately I was only supposed to stay a week, so I did some elimination and curated a list of the places that I thought sounded the best among the lot to make things easier. Even then, I was only able to visit a handful of restaurants, but since a few people have asked me if I was going to make a vegan food guide of KL, I thought I would share with you the list and hire the help of a few fellow bloggers to describe the places I unfortunately couldn’t visit. Those were in my mind the restaurants the most worthy of a visit, and I am dying to try all of them! Here they are, in no particular order.

1. DE HEALTH PARADISE ORGANIC

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - De Health Paradise Organic

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - De Health Paradise Organic

Located inside a small health food store in peaceful Taman Desa, De Health Paradise is pretty much what it says on the label: wholesome organic ingredients, all locally sourced, sprouts and raw veggie galore and a dedication to providing healthy and delicious fares. The menu is almost fully vegan (no onion or garlic either), with a couple of organic fish and chicken options that are clearly labeled. No dairy anywhere (the yoghurt that’s mentioned on page 1 is soy). Vegan dishes include pumpkin tau foo with delicious mouth-puckering green mango and carrot pickles and a sesame/mushroom paste topping, a fresh and crunchy rojak, a solid contender for the best curry laksa I’ve ever had, five treasures rice (bukit red rice, red cabbage, capsicum, carrot, long beans and a special sauce), noodles, lei cha, set meals, and then some. Chef and shop owner Elaine is passionate about providing delicious yet healthy twists on local specialties and her dedication really shines through in the quality of the food. Great drink menu including mix vegs and ABC juice, apple cider vinegar drinks and detox teas.
14-0,Ground Floor, Jalan 1/109E, Taman Desa Business Park
Open: Mon – Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-3pm; Closed on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

2. ASHLEY’S BY LIVING FOOD

Ashley's By Living Food Review, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vegetarian and Vegan Food.

Ashley's By Living Food Review, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vegetarian and Vegan Food.

Ashley’s is the more laid back sister of Living Food Bistro and Café. Located in KL’s trendy Bangsar neighborhood amongst lovely shops and cafes, it has the unmistakable warmth of a passionate family-owned business. The mission of Ashley’s is to serve real, honest, clean and healthy food while bringing together the best of interesting ingredients, creative cooking and exciting eating. And let me tell you now: boy, does it deliver. The expertise of Ashley is remarkable for such a young chef. I tried some of their menu’s vegan and raw vegan highlights (they also serve meat that they cook in a separate area of the kitchen) and I was completely blown away. Read my full review of Ashley’s here.
11, Ground Floor, Jalan Telawi 3
Open: Mon – Thu 11am – 11pm; Fri 11am – 11:45pm; Sat-Sun 8am – 11:45pm
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

3. CHEF LOW ORGANIC KITCHEN

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - Chef Low

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - Chef Low

A busy popular joint and with great reason. At Chef Low, there is no mock meat, no msg and no egg (some dairy, but those dishes are clearly identified). Most ingredients are organic and you’ll be able to pick from an extensive selection of Chinese, Malay, Thai, Japanese and Western dishes. Some of the highlights include a gorgeous fruit tea, spicy and sour Nonya Assam fish (my favorite), beef rendang (made with pounded mushroom stems, genius!), Hakka claypot tofu, a surprising, creamy, crunchy and beautiful yam ring basket and a super fragrant coconut pudding. I hear that celebrities from Hong Kong go out of their way to visit Chef Low, so I wouldn’t miss it if you come to KL!
C-G-42, Block Camelia 10 Boulevard Lebuhraya Sprint, Petaling Jaya
Open: 10:30 – 9pm, closed on Monday except on New and Full Moon
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

4. THE ORIGIN

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - The Origin

“A fully vegetarian menu is the highlight with lots of organic ingredients, no genetically modified products, a focus on locally sourced produce and of course no MSG. A mishmash of Asian dishes is featured – Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Nonya flavours all make an appearance. Being a family run business, many of the recipes are traditional favourites coming from grandma herself (who has been vegetarian for more than 30 years). You cannot go wrong with any of the dishes on offer – all showcase colourful, flavourful, wonderful combinations of grains, nuts, fruits, legumes and vegetables” via the Yum List
No. 8 Jalan 1/67B, Ampang
Open: Tues- Sun 12noon – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

5. DHARMA REALM GUAN YIN SAGELY MONASTERY

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - Darma Realm.

A bit of an unexpected find in the hubbub surrounding the Petronas Towers is this massive cafeteria-style food court inside a Buddhist temple with various counters selling over 50 varieties of vegan dishes, some mock meat, some soup, some noodles, some of everything and something for everyone. A piled-high plate of food will set you back about RM5-7. There is apparently free breakfast between 7:30am and 9:30am from Monday to Friday, but I have not checked this out for myself so I can’t confirm if it’s true or not. Free lunch on the 1st and 15th of lunar calendar.
161, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Open: Mon-Fri 11am – 2.30pm
On the 1st and 15th of the lunar month, open from 7.30am to 2.30pm.
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

6. SIMPLE LIFE

Simple Life Restaurant Review, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vegetarian and Vegan Food.

The food at Simple Life is prepared with great care using no msg, no trans fat, no coloring and no preservatives, as well as being low in sugar, high in fiber, low in salt and low in oil. Everything is vegetarian and the dishes containing eggs are clearly identified as such on the menu. The dishes containing dairy are unfortunately not, but you can ask your friendly waiter for the fully vegan options, of which there are many. A lot of the non-vegan dishes can also be made vegan upon request. Everything I sampled at Simple Life tasted extremely fresh, honest and wholesome with large portions that represent a great value for money, especially so that some dishes are large enough for sharing. The stars of the show for me were the mixed fruit tea and the fried bean curd. Read my full review of Simple Life here.
Several Outlets (the one of the map is the Sunway Putra Mall where I visited)
Open: 10am – 10pm
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7. NATURE’S VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - Nature's Vegetarian Restaurant.

Vegetarian Chinese restaurant that specializes in vegan and vegetarian dim sums (lunch only) and homemade noodles. I ordered steamed veggie dumplings and fried lotus roots in marmite, not entirely sure if it referred to the receptacle in which it was fried or the weird black goop I got acquainted with during my years living in the UK and love to spread on my toasts in the morning. The aroma of the dish that was placed in front of me revealed that it was the latter and the dish, although strangely resembling chicken wings, was absolutely delicious.
24 Jalan Telawi 3, Kuala Lumpur
Open: Mon-Fri 9am – 10pm; Sat-Sun 8am – 10pm
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

8. THE DAILY HABIT

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - The Daily Habit

“The Daily Habit is actually inside Chi Fitness Centre, behind the reception. It’s open to the public, so make sure you actually walk inside the gym and past the front counter to get to it. Made-on-the-spot sandwiches, light fare, vegetarian options, some heartier meals and superb juices and smoothies have already earned the Daily Habit a reputation for tasty, wholesome meals. Minimum processing, a shunning of anything artificial and, food assembled or cooked upon order, ensures freshness and flavor. The trick to ordering here is to check out the menu of staples, look at the Daily Special’s board and, drool over the chiller display to see what grabs your fancy. Everything they make with quinoa merits a place on your table. Starting with The Power Pack, no foreplay is needed for this mouthful of deliciousness as instant orgasms crescendo with the first spoon. Chewy granola is sweetened with fresh and dried fruit (cranberries, pears, wolfberries, and pomegranate) and crunched up with a sprinkling of granola.” Via The Yum List. More Daily Habit reviews here, here and here.
Chi Fitness Centre, BRDB Tower, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
Open: Mon – Fri 8am-8pm; Sat 9am-8pm
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

9. LIVING FOOD BISTRO

Living Food Bistro & Cafe Review, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vegetarian and Vegan Food.

Living Food Bistro & Cafe Review, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vegetarian and Vegan Food.

I was seduced by the quality of the raw vegan dishes I sampled at Living Food. They also have meat, vegetarian, vegan, lactose free and gluten free options — something for everyone! Everything at Living Food is organic and made in house from simple ingredients containing no chemicals, no additives, no coloring and no flavoring. The living enchilada is so supremely fresh and full of flavor, it’s incredible. It starts with the passion sauce, a rich blend of red pepper and passion fruit, coupled with the zingy fermented silky nut cheese, fresh vegetables, jicama, and guacamole wrapped in a dehydrated corn-flax tortilla. The little side salad might not look like much, but their daily dressing is fresh and exciting and full of different flavors that I just cannot pinpoint. Read my full review of Living Food here.
Ground Floor Menara Tan & Tan Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Open: Mon – Fri: 8am-5pm; Sun: 9am-5pm
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

10. THE WATER LILY RESTAURANT

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - The Water Lily Restaurant.

“The Water Lily Vegetarian Restaurant is a great place to go and sample vegan versions of Chinese-Malay food but also a few things that might take you by surprise. The staff were friendly, answering all our questions to double check everything was vegan (it was) and coming to check on how we liked the food as we were eating (we liked it a lot). Our two favourite dishes were the marmite flavoured mock meat spare ribs and the laksa which had a spicy coconut milk laden broth and was full of veggies, noodles and fresh herbs. Water Lily is a great place to try plant-based versions of typical Malay cuisine and they also have a few sauces, condiments and other food stuffs for sale too.” Via Vegan Food Quest
23, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur
Open: Please call +60 3-7803 6603
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

11. WTF RESTAURANT

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - WTF  Restaurant.

Once you get passed the godawful name and the umatchingly unquirky interior, WTF (Standing for What Tasty Food, most obviously) has got some good authentic zingy Indian food to sample. The vada pau (a little fried potato kind of burger with a whole fried chili and some mint chutney) was spicy and full of flavors and the samosa chule chaat was also excellent. My Indian friend said everything felt very authentic. That said, everything but the price. As per many other places in KL, this was a tad overpriced for the quantity of food we got. Nice neighborhood though, Bangsar has been a great discovery.
98, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar
Open: Please call +60 19-2617070
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

12. ECOGREEN ORGANIC

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - Ecogreen Organic.

“EcoGreen’s menu comprises of dishes from East and West, with a large focus on Vegetarian and Vegan dishes. Salads here are obviously well thought out with many delicious choices. The Lemongrass Salad is a firm favourite for many. It’s a mixture of onion and lemongrass topped with crispy seaweed, seeds and peanuts. The aromatic, sweet and tangy dressing makes this salad an explosion of flavours. Wrap the salad in lettuce leaves for extra crunch. If you feel like a little sweet treat after the meal, there is also a small selection of desserts including a Vegan Banana Bread” via Kelly Siew Cooks
125 Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Open: 10am – 10pm
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

13. YIN FUTT KUOK

Vegan and vegetarian food guide Kuala Lumpur - Yin Futt Kuok

Google map gives two results for this restaurant, both of them wrong. Follow the directions link below for the actual coordinates. I showed up too late for the lunch buffet and found the mains a little pricey at 20RM a pop for such a place, however much the Mongolian bean curd spoke to me. I settled on a giant bowl of curry mee for 7RM and was pleasantly surprised by the rich, creamy and spicy bowl of goodness that was placed before me, which I enjoyed with a nice cup if Chinese tea. Not especially worth the detour, but great if you are in the Masjid Jamek area.
60, Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur
Open: 10am-9pm
Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

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Unfortunately this is all I had time to try! The red pins mark the places I really wanted to visit but didn’t find the time. Have you visited any of these? Please let me know!


Disclaimer: some meals were complimentary in exchange for being part of this guide. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

13 thoughts on “The Vegan Food Guide To Kuala Lumpur

  1. Lindsay

    This is so awesome! Thank you for putting this together Amelie. I’ve never really known where to get a good salad in KL, I will definitely be checking some of these places out next time I’m there.

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  4. Sam McNally

    Brilliant guide, thank you Amelie……
    I was married to a KL girl for some years and she used to take me to many many buddhist veg places, 1997 – 2008. Each one was better than the last one. It looks like most of the ones I’ve saved from your list, are DIFFERENT to anything my memory jumps at. No doubt in my mind, as a Vegetarian (almost Vegan) for a very long time, these KL eateries are the best. The hard part is finding them, and navigating KL’s impossible to remember roads. Thanks for your work, Sam McNally.

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    1. Amélie Post author

      Sure thing! I’ve actually omitted these Buddhist veg places because they started being a little boring and very heavy on the MSG and salt to me after a while. I thought it would be nice to concentrate on the healthier options in town. I’m sure some of the places you used to visit are still alive and well though!

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