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. Click here to book online Malaysia activities and day trips
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 restaurants and as street food for affordable prices. Read here Malaysia travel tips.
Malaysia is a food paradise for vegetarians 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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WHERE TO STAY IN KUALA LUMPUR
You can look for 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.
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BUYING A SIM CARD AT KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT
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VEGETARIAN DISHES IN MALAYSIA AND VEGAN MALAYSIAN FOOD
Most Popular Vegetarian Food in Malaysia
1. NASI LEMAK
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
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
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
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 and perfect for vegetarian in Malaysia.
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
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.
More Vegetarian Food Indian Influence
7. Vegetarian Thali
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
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 in Malaysia you can ask to remove the egg. Prices are around $2-3 USD.
17. KAYA (COCONUT JAM)
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.
More Vegan Food in Malaysia And Malaysian Vegetarian Dishes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
How did you find being vegetarian in Malaysia and vegan in Malaysia? What’s your favorite vegetarian food in Malaysia? Are we missing any of your favorite vegetarian dishes in Malaysia? Let us know in the comments below!
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