Vegetarian Food In Malaysia: Best 25 Malaysian Vegetarian Dishes And Vegan Food In Malaysia

Last updated on August 20th, 2021 at 04:37 am

Today we will write about vegetarian food in Malaysia with the best 25 Malaysian vegetarian dishes. You will find easy to find vegan food in Malaysia while traveling in restaurants and supermarkets.

Is it possible to survive as vegetarian in Malaysia? Can you survive as a vegan in Malaysia? When traveling sometimes it can be challenging to find vegetarian dishes in Malaysia and vegan food in Malaysia. But today we will write a list of Malaysian vegetable dishes to try in your next trip. You will find them in local restaurant and as street food for affordable prices. Read here Malaysia travel tips.

Malaysia is a food paradise for vegetarian especially with the Indian influence. You have to make sure you ask them to remove the meat in most of the Chinese and Malay cuisine. On average a meal in a local restaurant in Malaysia will cost around $2-3 USD per dish. Breakfast will usually be cheaper around $1 USD and dinner will usually be the most expensive $2-3 USD

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VEGETARIAN DISHES IN MALAYSIA AND VEGAN MALAYSIAN FOOD

Most Popular Vegetarian Food in Malaysia

1. NASI LEMAK

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Nasi Lemak is usually served for breakfast. You can find it wrapped in a banana leaf whenever vendors sell them. It’s rice cooked with coconut milk. You can add sambal (spicy sauce) and boiled or fried egg.

2. Nasi Goreng

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Nasi Goreng you will find everywhere in Malaysia for lunch and dinner. Nasi Goreng is fried rice with vegetables and can be added meat too. So delicious and prices starting from $2-3 USD.

3. Nasi Campur

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Nasi Campur is a mixed of vegetable with steam rice. Nasi Campur is served in local restaurants where you choose the vegetables that you want to combine with the rice. Prices are around $2-3 USD.

4. MEE GORENG

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Mee Goreng is spicy fried noodles with vegetables. As a Chinese influence, you can find this vegetarian food in Malaysia very often and with chicken too. It’s one of my favorite food in Malaysia. Prices are starting from $1 USD.

5. Laksa

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Laksa you shouldn’t miss when visiting Malaysia as the best vegetarian dish in Malaysia. Laksa is a spicy noodle soup which has thick wheat noodles, served in spicy soup made of either spicy curry coconut milk or sour asam. Make sure you order without fish paste!

6. Char Kuey Teow

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Char Kuey Teow is made from flat rice noodles stir-fried with vegetables and egg the vegetarian version. It’s usually served with meat or shrimps. Prices are around $2-3 USD in local restaurants in Malaysia. 

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7. Vegetarian Thali

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Vegetarian Thali is a complete one in the list of vegetarian dishes in Malaysia. It’s served in Indian restaurants and there is no meat you can even get as a vegan food in Malaysia too. Prices are starting $2-3 USD.

8. NASI KERABU

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Nasi Kerabu is a surprised dish for us since it was our first time we tried blue rice. The blue coloring comes from the petals of the flower used as an ingredient for this popular and must-try Malay dish. You can add vegetables crackers, pickles and other salad.

9. ROTI CANAI

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Roti Canai is flat bread served with different sauces like dhal and curry. Roti Canai is served in Malaysia for breakfast. The best ones that I tried was in Little India in Kuala Lumpur. Prices are less than $1 USD.

10. Dosa

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Dosa is a vegetariand food in Malaysia coming from Indian influence. Dosa is a kind of pancake Indian style. You can eat Dosa with different sauces spicy and sweet and it’s so delicious.

11. APAM BALIK (MALAYSIAN PANCAKE)

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Apam Balik (Malaysian Pancake) is also called the turnover Pancake. It is a traditional Malaysian crispy pancake with roasted peanuts and sugar inside. You can find this in street food stalls as well as restaurants for a very cheap price $1 USD.

12. Vadai

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Vadai is a fried doughnut made with lentils. Vadai is a vegetarian snack in Malaysia Indian style. You can eat as street food and prices are around $1 USD.

13. BANANA LEAF WITH CURRY

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Banana leaf with curry and rice is one of the most popular vegetarian food in Malaysia Indian style. It’s usually served for lunch. You will find it for affordable prices as low as $2-3 USD. It’s served with curry and vegetables.

14. Vegetable Rendang Curry

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Vegetable Rendang Curry can be a vegan food in Malaysia with tofu. You can cook Redang curries with coconut milk. It’s served for lunch and dinner. Prices are around $3-4 USD.

15. Popiah

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Popiah is one of the most delicious vegetarian snacks in Malaysia. Popiah are wet spring rolls made of red beans paste, beansprouts, carrots, and other vegetables, wrapped in a thin wrapper then fried. The Popiah is made with dough of rice or wheat flour. You can find them as street food in Malaysia for $1-2 USD.

16. Congee

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Congee is rice porridge served for breakfast in Malaysia. You can have the rice soup with ginger and vegetables and egg. If you prefer as a vegan dish in Malaysia you can ask to remove the egg. Prices are around $2-3 USD.

17. KAYA (COCONUT JAM)

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Kaya is one of the most popular in the list of vegetarian food in Malaysia. Kaya is served with bread and it’s spread that tastes very sweet and has a unique coconut flavor. Kaya is great having with coffee or tea and prices for this breakfast $1-2 USD.

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18. TEMPEH

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Tempeh is my favorite snack in Malaysia. Tempeh is made of soy beans. I love eating tempeh with sambal spicy sauce. Tempeh is a must to try in the list of Malaysian vegetarian dishes. Prices are around $2-3 USD.

19. CENDOL

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Cendol is the most famous dessert in Malaysia. Cendol is made of coconut milk, jelly, noodles made from rice flour, ice, creamed corn, grass jelly and palm sugar with beans. You can find in all the night markets and while walking around the city. Prices are from $1-2 USD.

20. Palm Sugar (Bubur sum-sum)

Palm Sugar (Bubur sum-sum) is a dessert in Malaysia that you can’t miss. It’s mixed rice flour with coconut milk and palm sugar. Another option for vegetarian food in Malaysia to add in this list. Prices are around $2-3 USD.

21. KUIH

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Kuih is a steamed savoury cake made from pieces of taro. Kuih is sold in Malaysian bakeries as dessert and it’s so sweet. You can also find in street markets for a very cheap price less than $1 USD you can get a few of them.

22. DURIAN

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Durian is a must when visiting Malaysia. Durian is the most famous fruit because of its smell and taste. Be careful when you eat with your hands. Your fingers will smell Durian-ish for a while. Some people don’t like the taste, but I loved it! Price for a piece of durian is around $3-4 USD.

23. Rambutan

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Rambutan is tropical fruit you can find in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. Rambutan is easy to eat, peel bite and remove the seed. It’s very sweet. Prices are from $2-3 USD per kilo.

24. JACK FRUIT

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Jack Fruit is a delicious fruit in Malaysia. It’s coming from Jack tree. Jack Fruit is chewy and sweet. Prices are from $3-4 USD per kilo.

25. PURPLE  MANGOSTEEN

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Purple Mangosteen is a sweet fruit in Malaysia that is a must to try. You can find this fruit also in Southeast Asia. Prices are around $2-3 USD per kilo.

WHERE TO STAY IN MALAYSIA

In terms of accommodation you can look for an accommodation for as low as $10-20 USD for a room or even less if you decide to sleep in a dorm. If you want to try mid-range accommodation you can find one ranging from $20-40.

The daily rate of your accommodation will depend on how you want to. You can also try AirBnb if you are going for a more authentic feels in your stay at the country. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!