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Eating plant-based and doing some traveling? We got you covered. Kuala Lumpur is home to some seriously delicious plant-based food (hello laksa, rendang and lemang!) and many veggie restaurants, but we’re here to save you time and make it easier for you to choose the best ones! Below, Green Queen’s top vegan picks in the Malaysian capital.
Established in 2017, SALA, which is an acronym for “Salvar A Los Animales” – meaning save the animals, boasts a mix of cuisines, all of which are vegan-friendly. You can choose from fusion salad and rice bowls to their take on Malaysian classics like nasi lemak. They also serve up Mexican dishes like tofu, tempeh, jackfruit and bean-filled tacos, burritos and chilli (and topped with vegan sour cream, nacho cheese and salsa!).
Address: A-03AG, Galeria Hartamas Jalan 26a/80a, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: +60 1111503606. Open Mon-Wed: 11.00am-7.00pm; Thu-Sat: 11.00am-9.00pm; Sun: 11.00am-5.00pm.
Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery
If you are in Central KL, you must give Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery a go. This hidden gem, just a 5-minute walk from the Petronas Towers, is always packed with locals during lunch hours, and for good reason! There are tons of vegan hot dishes, mixed salads, soups and drinks to choose from in their canteen-style daily buffet spread. Just be careful not to put too much on your plate to avoid food waste!
Address: 161, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: +60 321648055. Open Mon-Fri: 10.30am-2.00pm.
This vegan cafe offers a great selection of Asian and international food. From noodles to burgers, sushi and plant-based steak, they have something for everyone. Loving Café also boasts a delicious dessert menu. Highlights include a crunchy, creamy and 100% vegan Oreo Cheesecake and their Gluten-Free Organic Walnut Brownie.
Address: 23, Jalan 13/149L, Bandar Baru, Seri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: +60 123138221. Open Tue-Sun: 11.00am-9.30pm.
RGB & The Bean Hive
This cool and trendy cafe is located in an upmarket area in KL. While not fully plant-based, RGB & The Bean Hive do serve up a good range of clearly marked veggie and vegan fare such as the Hemp Burger and Vegan Pizza with Grilled Tempeh alongside a salad bar and a vegan dessert selection. The popular lunch spot is also one of the few eateries that offer a water refill station.
Address: 35, Jalan Damai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: +60 321811329. Open Mon: 9.00am-4.00pm; Tue-Fri: 8.30am-5.30pm; Sat-Sun: 9.00am-6.00pm.
Simple Life Healthy Vegetarian Restaurant
Simple Life’s menu is completely vegetarian and made with organic ingredients, with lots of fully plant-based options for vegans too. For those looking for veggie-friendly authentic Malaysian food, look no further! The restaurant has developed a popular following for their healthy signature dishes Lei Cha with Brown Rice, Ginger Extract Brown Rice Mee Sua, Veggie Nasi Lemak, Curry Laksa and Popiah.
Address: 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, S12/S31, 2/F, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: +60 321105201. Open daily: 10.00am-10.00pm.
Lead image courtesy of SALA.