The Top Ten Yum List Advice for Making the Most of Malaysia

By: Kirsten Durward and Monica Tindall

Top Ten Aptitudes, Attitudes and Absolutely Fabulous Yum List Advice for Making the Most of Malaysia

To make the most of Malaysia, you will need:

1. The Curiosity of a Cat to tickle your taste buds with unusual local delicacies. To start with, try Gula Melaka and fried Chicken Feet.  Feeling adventurous? Slurp up some Pig Brain Soup, or tackle the ultimate Malaysian challenge - Fermented Durian.  Dare we say it, we’ve even seen Bull’s Penis on offer?  Nothing goes to waste in a Chinese kitchen!  A sensitive palate may help you divine what you’re tasting, but on the other hand, it could be better not to know!  There’s no boredom in the diversity of Malaysian cuisine.  To start with there’s Laksa, with a range of regional tastes and noodles. Much of the food is delicious but dangerous, saturated in coconut milk and palm sugar. No easier on the waistline are the delights of Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak and Apam Balik. But nobody should leave KL without eating a Banana Leaf Meal with their fingers. Seriously, it’s unmissable! Messy, but unmissable. Local tour company, ‘Off the Eaten Track’ will take you on a tasting tour of KL street food, while the sophisticated restaurant, Enak KL provides high quality fine dining, Malay style.

2. The Tenacity of a UN Ambassador to take in every national cuisine from Armenian to Vietnamese, through Mexican, Nepalese, Korean and more!  Japanese, Indian and classic European restaurants proliferate throughout the capital providing a profusion of perennial favourites. Fusion food is gaining popularity and tapas bars are popping up all over the city. Some cater to the halal needs of our Malay hosts, and others spoil expat pork hunters with platters of cold cuts and free-flow wine. For weekend brunch, take your choice of international buffets (Feast), French style à table (Maison Francaise), Mediterranean menu selection, (Giovino, Mediteca) or Japanese with free flow sake (Hanare).  Never has there been a more exciting time in KL’s dining development; restaurant openings are now a weekly occurrence.  Even with The Yum List to guide you, a calm head is needed for deciding on dining destinations!

3. A Head for Heights to enjoy the heavens of our sensational sky bars.  A ‘must do’ in town is Marinis on 57, with its iconic close-up of the famed Petronas Towers, so you feel you can touch them.  Fine dining, or finger food, it’s your preference, at this premier night time spot. THIRTY8 at Grand Hyatt offers sweeping views of the city, piano music at the circular bar and a fabulous open kitchen.  Enjoy a window bay in the original SkyBar at Traders Hotel, where a cool breeze accompanies your ‘Happy Hour’ thirst quencher, and lucky ladies can lap up free Margaritas all night long on Wednesdays.  Troika’s elegant Claret Bar has an unparalleled wine menu and chic sunset drinks from Monday to Friday.  Follow The Yum List SkyBar Progressive Evening and you’ll be in raptures, enjoying stunning sunsets, tantalising taste temptations and creative cocktails at these pinnacles of perfection. 

4. The Navigational Nose of Marco Polo, or possibly even ESP to find your way to some of KL's most obscure delights.   It may take a Yum Lister to guide you to the secret speakeasy of Omakase + Appreciate, where the bartender will create a cocktail specifically for your mood… now that is worth a trip in the dark. The best scones in KL hide in the humble suburb of Melawati; Miss Ellie Tearoom makes a scrumptious stop-off after a visit to the Zoo Negara or a hike on the Melawati Ridge.  A night at the Thai Fish Farm is a must for any visitor, but don’t rely on your GPS to take you there!  Arguments abound over where to find ‘the best’ Roti Canai in town, but an oft whispered secret amongst locals is Valentine Roti on Jalan Semarak, where a no-frills roadside stall serves up a satisfying supper of light and fluffy layers topped with tempting and tasty choices.  Bukit Bintang back streets conceal a favourite Chinese seafood stall - just follow your stomach onto Jalan Pedang.  And, somewhere in the chaos of Chinatown, discerning home designers search out Peter Ho for fabrics, cushions, and other decorative items to elevate their abodes above IKEA’s generic monotony.

5. The Primping Proclivities of a Princess to pamper oneself from head to toe in bodacious boutique spas, for an hour, a day, or even a week.  Feeling expansive? For an ultimate nature fantasy, treat yourself to a weekend at the Banjaran Hot Springs, award winning retreat in Ipoh.  Looking for a bargain?  Enjoy the talents of the blind masseurs in Brickfields.  Urge to travel? Laze on the beach in Penang with the weight off your feet, and someone else’s hands easing those aches away.  Can’t leave the city?  Melt into Mediterranean magic with a two hour Hammam experience in Moroccan surrounds. Follow with Boudoir’s indulgent manicure-pedicure, where Prosecco and macarons are served whilst you lounge in a blue velvet throne.  With Thai masseurs, Swiss trained therapists and Chinese reflexologists, you’re never short of relaxing options in this hands-on country.  And long term residents?  Well they have their personal masseuse come to their home.  What can I say? Malaysia is a perfect pamper paradise, and Yum Listers love to lap it up!

6. The Training of a Travel Agent for grabbing flash sales and matching Air Asia with Agoda for the bargains of a lifetime.  Spoil yourself with a private island resort such as Pangkor Laut in Perak. Chill out in a Perhentian beach hut. Enjoy the old world charm of Georgetown. There is something for every budget and with abundant public holidays in Malaysia, you’ll never be short of travel time.  Pick up great bargains at the MATTA trade fairs (November and April) and plan well in advance for fares as low as RM29.  Flights of under two hours take you to Singapore, Borneo, Vietnam, Indonesia and a whole range of Thai destinations. Four days in Phuket for 400 USD?  I’m in! Make the most of these fabulous regional travel opportunities by reading our ravishing Yum List reports. Keep your bag packed and your passport handy as you never know where you might end up next weekend.

7. The Memory of an Elephant to keep track of the social graces of each culture. Gift a Malay friend halal pastries or chocolate but never wrap them in white or yellow. A Chinese host will love anything pink, red or yellow, but steer clear of blue, white and black along with sharp objects. Avoid giving frangipanis to Indians who see them as the flower of death!  And peacock feathers indoors apparently bring bad luck. Don’t forget that single people receive money in red envelopes at Chinese New Year no matter what their age.  Oh happiness!  Malaysia is a cultural melting pot and you’ll be dazzled by the range of festivals: Thaipusam, Deepavali, 9 Emperor Gods, Moon Cake Festival, Hari Raya and more.  Shopping malls vie to outdo each other with increasingly elaborate displays, fireworks regularly fill the air at night, and food choices range from eye popping hotel buffets to sizzling street stalls on every corner.  Each festival has signature food, dress and entertainment; we are never short of colour and diversity in this country.   

8. The Calendaring Capacities of Donald Trump’s Secretary for juggling social and cultural events without offending anyone yet not collapsing with exhaustion. From St Patrick’s Day to Canadian Thanksgiving, every opportunity is grasped for a party.  Local weddings can capture up to three days of celebrations, and ‘Open House’ invitations during cultural festivals simply cannot be refused!  Take advantage of Low Yat Centre with its low price technology and arm yourself with an electronic diary for speedy updating.  As a day in Kuala Lumpur could take you from trekking in the Forest Reserve, to a bubbly masquerade brunch, and on to a Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra performance, life also involves having the wardrobe of a Maharani, and the panache of a quick change artist.

9. The Lightning Speed of Flash Gordon to match local friends in uploading photos of everything you eat and drink. The Spanish say “buen provecho”, the Italians, “buon appetito” and in Japan it is customary to hear “itadakimasu” before a meal. Here in Malaysia current custom dictates that every plate is greeted by the clicking and flashing of cameras, followed by a sacred silence, as social media sites are updated with image after image. Diners even send pictures to one another across the table.  We’re not sure if this is a side effect of the food loving culture, a fascination with technology, a competitive urge to make friends and family drool, or a little bit of each. Some take quick snaps, others play with composition, but it’s rare that a food offering is not photographed for posterity. Don’t be surprised if a friend grabs your plate to papparazzi it before you can even lift your fork! 

10. The Stamina of a Marathon Runner and the Strength of an Ox to take advantage of the plethora of purchasing pleasures Kuala Lumpur offers serious shopaholics. You don’t need deep pockets either. Take the LRT to Pasar Seni to enjoy a selection of shopping sensations. High quality local crafts abound in Central Market, designer knock-offs can be found in Petaling Street, while Little India offers beautiful bright fabrics and glamourously glitzy Indian jewelry. 

Hardened hagglers should head to a ‘Pasar Malam’ or Night Market, where small-time traders sell their goods. The largest and most famous, Bazar Larut Malam in Cheras opens daily from 8pm til 5am, but in many residential areas, weekly street stall shopping happens from 6 till 10.30pm. Here you can rummage to your heart’s content for fresh produce, hot snacks, clothing, accessories, bags, and seasonal decorations, all the while bartering for lower and lower prices. You’ll meet people of all ages, races and social strata enjoying a balmy evening of bargain browsing. If you prefer to find your deals in a daytime air-cooled department store, head to a branch of Daiso, where you can balance your budget with anything from torches to tupperware for just five ringgit an item!

If you have money to splurge, and seek a sleeker shopping experience, then slink into one of a myriad high end malls in the city. (We sometimes joke about Mall-asia!) Clothes shoppers with curvier vital stats, will be spoilt for choice with the fittings in Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and Marks and Spencer. But everyone should cruise like a celebrity through the hallowed halls of Starhill Gallery, where luxury brands surround a spacious atrium and the seven themed levels are named for the experience they create for visitors: Feast, Indulge, Adorn, Explore, Pamper, Relish, Muse. 

Food shopping is habitually a hobby for hungry Yum Listers. Debates rage (usually with dinner and wine) on where to find local delicacies, national brands and gourmet items. Jason’s Food Hall boasts the best range of porky meats, barbecue items, breads and cheeses. Plus you can eat while shopping, which makes for happy hunting. Pudu wet market is a favourite for fresh fish, and the choice for cheap and fresh local produce is Chow Kit. For convenience though, you can reach Bangsar Sunday market on the Rapid KL bus or by LRT and Taxi. Shopping starts at 5:30pm and Bangsar brings the benefits of brunch, coffee or even a beer before or after buying. Yum Yum!

We think Malaysia is magnificent, with colourful culture, indulgent feasting, exotic travel and plenty of pampering. Visit and judge for yourselves!

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Expat Blog ListingKirsten Durward and Monica Tindall is an Australian expat living in Malaysia. Blog description: A blog about food, accommodation and lifestyle for Malaysia and the world. The best places to eat, drink, stay and spa.
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Contest Comments » There are 168 comments

Art Eve wrote 5 years ago:

This is a great article. Its positivity and excitement makes me want to further explore Malaysia.

Gordon wrote 5 years ago:

These are invaluable tips each thought through with an appreciation of both a consumer and a local - what better advice could there be? And what a brainwave and badge of human decency to celebrate only the best - thank you Yum List!!

Katrina Carlyle wrote 5 years ago:

The yum list is the only site I will go to now for reviews as it the most descriptive of all and most accurate I recommend this site to all friends and family as it is a variety of all foods.

Elaine Manusu wrote 5 years ago:

Have used this site on all our trips to Malaysia. Makes eating out in KL very easy. Fabulous site.

Mana Tokoi wrote 5 years ago:

The tip is very useful and informative and when I try them it is as exactly as the description.

Moe Abdullah wrote 5 years ago:

CRAP!... Not in reference to the article but my shared feelings on the hardship searching some of the Yum List. A local myself, we endure all the stresses (and fun!) of each journey in locating or experiencing The List ourselves. Brilliant depictions making KL the true City of The World!

Viola Jaynes wrote 5 years ago:

Excellent information! This took some initiative and desire to share your knowledge with others. Wonderful and thank you! ~Viola Jaynes

Caning Jaramillo wrote 5 years ago:

Fascinating and informative article! It seems that Malaysia is a great place where everything can be possible! Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

Marketa Klasek Taylor wrote 5 years ago:

Excellent write up and blog. The Yum List is my reference point every time I need food review ,things to see , places to stay in Malaysia , but also SEA.

Meagan Ritchie wrote 5 years ago:

I have used this blog for countless vacation tips! It is beautifully written and always helpful. The ladies behind it truely love what they are doing! Yum list is a must-read before any trip in SEA.

Roxanne wrote 5 years ago:

#7, of all the tips above, I most appreciate the reminders of how to gift give in Malaysia.... if only I had this information when I first arrived! Thanks Yum List~

Polly Szantor wrote 5 years ago:

What a fascinating overview of living the good life in Malaysia. This article is packed with intriguing tips and tidbits, making it invaluable for Expats and visitors alike.

Ken wrote 5 years ago:

Well-written article from another perspective. I think one needs courage to explore Malaysia too, especially some exotic dishes like Durian or innards or many other unusual dishes that hardly be found in other countries. Thanks for sharing, The Yum List :)

Linda wrote 5 years ago:

The authors know what they are talking about. A must read for anyone visiting Malaysia.

Paula Conway wrote 5 years ago:

I have already copied and pasted this article onto my desktop and printed it out and stashed it safely away in my purse so that I may refer to it whenever needs be. I've been an expat for 15 years yet this article has shown I've only scratched the surface when it comes to food, travel and r&r in Malaysia. Thanks ladies - I'm looking forward to exploring more!!

Stuart Dalrymple wrote 5 years ago:

Another great entry from the Yum List! Being an expat myself it was our goto reference when arriving in Malaysia and tasting the wonders of its diverse offerings!

Kristin wrote 5 years ago:

With so much to do, see and taste, it's no wonder so many expats stay for years on end! Adventures here are limitless...

Tomjamo wrote 5 years ago:

I am sold, number 5 is the winner. Pampering massage weekend in the Banjaran Hot Springs is just what I need (desire).

Sainy Chun wrote 5 years ago:

Very nice article. Always get good and useful information from yum list.

Aileen wrote 5 years ago:

Good read! Thank you for sharing, Monica! A great introduction to first-timers visiting Malaysia.

Missyblurkit wrote 5 years ago:

Its definitely not the easiest to be in Malaysia with the different smells, customs, languages and perhaps bad traffic. But heck! You guys survived Malaysia as well and in many cases better than some Malaysians that I know. SO its YAY for the Yum List!!!

Dexter wrote 5 years ago:

A genuine guide that is packed with all the right ingredients that makes up what Malaysia is all about. Fantastic work Yum List!

Michelyne Callan wrote 5 years ago:

I use the yumlist blog for virtually all outings. If you haven't been to the website you should! Food, short term stays, long term stays, interesting places, oh, and more food. The photos are phenomenal, and honest. The write ups are articulate and helpful. If you're in Malaysia, you MUST use this website's information. They spend the time going and checking out the places we want to go to so we don't get stuck with having bad experiences!

Aliya Z wrote 5 years ago:

Great article, Kirsten & Monica! You should print these stuff and make them into one of those pocket guides to exploring Malaysia :) "Gift a Malay friend halal pastries or chocolate but never wrap them in white or yellow " - even I didn't know that!

Lily Aziz wrote 5 years ago:

Good effective positve points on all your blogs. I hope more people enjoy your posts as i love reading them!

Bethanie wrote 5 years ago:

Extremely informative article. Inspires adventure even amongst the most timid of us!

Julian Lees wrote 5 years ago:

The Yum List consistently delivers! This is yet another excellent article about Malaysian food.

Shashi wrote 5 years ago:

A great tips for those who wants to explore Malaysia. A must read!

Tom wrote 5 years ago:

Great blog to catch up on latest places making the gourmet scene of KL, plenty of good advices to choose from

Stephanie Lee wrote 5 years ago:

Thank you for giving us an insight into the lovely food stops around Malaysia! :)

VICTOR LEONG wrote 5 years ago:

The write up and sharing information is not only good for the local but also invaluable tips for the expats. Penang is a Local Food Paradise, many more good food to share. Thank you Yum List!!

Manveen wrote 5 years ago:

The Yum List always has insightful advice on the best places to nosh in this region - love their work!

Anka wrote 5 years ago:

This list of making the most out of Malaysia is spot on! Great summary of helpful tips to remember to enjoy MY.

Julian Koay wrote 5 years ago:

I love "Yum List" is the best foodie blog on the Planet.

Ali Park wrote 5 years ago:

I love the Yum List - makes me want to throw in my job in the UK and come to visit this fantastic country!

Duncan wrote 5 years ago:

Yes, a great article, wonderfully explained. The Yum List is an excellent blog, one of my very favourites for the latest on the best places to dine in my adopted home country!

Jennifer wrote 5 years ago:

Thank you for all of the wonderful reviews! I now know where to go for Dim Sum!

Monika wrote 5 years ago:

hello. thank you for a great article.it kept me away from work for a bit but it was definitely worth it. keep it up :)

Rahul K wrote 5 years ago:

Excellent article. I feel like starting on another culinary journey right now.

Jim Barnard wrote 5 years ago:

When I read "... Avoid giving frangipanis to Indians who see them as the flower of death!" It reminded me when days before my wedding I gave white roses to my soon-to-be wife's grandmother visiting from Sweden.... I found out later this sweet lady, who btw did not know Englsih, was very superstitous and I was forgiven in giving her flowers mostly suitable for funerals in Sweden!

Lisa Eden wrote 5 years ago:

Quite a cleverly crafted and quintessential compilation! I can't tell you how many times I have referenced the YUM List when selecting where to eat both in Mlalaysia and while on holiday. It's such a valuable resource! Thank you for finding the gems and sharing your knowledge!

CK Wong wrote 5 years ago:

Each and every list is a golden nugget in itself, and they speak with experience! Heck they even know the country better than we locals do !

Justin Wong wrote 5 years ago:

What an exciting article! Sometimes, being too close too long can cause one to lose perspective. This piece just hit me with all the things I love (and some things I didn't know about but would love) about Malaysia in a nutshell. Thanks, Yum List, and keep it comin'!

Janet Lam wrote 5 years ago:

Monica and Kirsten have done justice summing this up. will definitely be sending this to my friends visiting for the first time! thanks ladies!

Kaz wrote 5 years ago:

Fascinating and factual. Being a long term Expat in Malaysia , your writing is very accurate thanks for sharing your valuable insights with us .

Cata wrote 5 years ago:

Well said! We always consult and go back to The Yum List over and over. It is our weekend and visitors referent , loved this article and love Malaysia!

Yilynn wrote 5 years ago:

Great writing , a real nose for seeking out that which others dare not unearth . Keep up the stellar work !

Mariana wrote 5 years ago:

Comprehensive and a joy to read as always - Yum List is the perfect guide in KL, Malaysia and SEA. Mentally rewinding through my journey here :)

Karin Martin wrote 5 years ago:

Always our go to blog to find the latest and greatest places to eat! They never disappoint!

Darrell ONeill wrote 5 years ago:

A fantastic artist who has her finger on the pulse when comes to the latest trends and places to be seen.

Suituapui wrote 5 years ago:

You would need the tummy of a cow too for you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food in Malaysia...and everything is so delicious you'd find it so hard to resist.

Simone Di Domizio wrote 5 years ago:

Better than a Wiki on how to/what to for KL and Malaysia (but with a extra-ordinary taste for food and a pleasure in reading much above a Wiki!)

Margaret Cheng wrote 5 years ago:

One hand on my wallet the other on the car keys as I rush out to satisfy the passionate desire to eat prompted by a Yum List post. Thank you Yum List!

Kirsty D wrote 5 years ago:

Such a fun read, showing that there's so much to do in Malaysia, you really have to live here, or have a friend that you can visit, time and time and time again. Hungering to try some of those skybars I've not yet been to!

Conti Giuseppe wrote 5 years ago:

Fascinating and informative article, is packed with tips and tidbits, making it invaluable for visitors. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

Helmut Lamberger wrote 5 years ago:

I have experienced food reviews by the Yum List at few occasions and must say that the reviews was always very professional and also very good quality of food pictures! Thumbs up!

Ida Faiz wrote 5 years ago:

Sometimes we Malaysians need to be reminded just what we have here. Thank you. Try fermented durian with some cili padi.

Araceli wrote 5 years ago:

Yum List is my preferred expat website! So many awesome places and photos! Life is grand in Southeast Asia!

Anthony Edwin wrote 5 years ago:

Great and worthwhile reading article. Simply amazing and other food blogs should use The Yum List as their bench mark in articulating the real experience and satisfaction.

Ashish Verma wrote 5 years ago:

Really Good one.. i just loved the details given here and it was worth the time i invested on it. :)

Maria Barrera wrote 5 years ago:

I have enjoyed reading all articles concerning the great restaurants from the Yum list. Who would not want to visit Malaysia and taste their delicious food.

Jamie Ward wrote 5 years ago:

Can't wait to try these places out when we visit Malaysia next summer!

Tina Casey wrote 5 years ago:

This is a great article that sheds light on the more interesting aspects of Malaysian life. Not just the where to go and what to do, but also the why and the how. Loved it.

Drew Davis wrote 5 years ago:

This blog has been a saviour! The organization has helped up check out new restaurants and given us some ideas of new dishes to try. Keep up the great work!

Rajesh Khanna wrote 5 years ago:

These beautiful people of the truly yum list never fails to amaze, capture our imaginations and leave us curious wanting to know and explore more. They are the new age map and navigators to unlock hidden senses and pleasure in this hectic life.YUM LIST ROCKS!!!

Ivy Qian wrote 5 years ago:

Love The Yum List. I check up this blog very often. Our Mainland Chinese families here are always impressed by how well I could choose a good place to eat.

Lara wrote 5 years ago:

What a great article! I only spent a brief time in Malaysia, but this article makes me want to come back and spend more time. Of course, this time I'll plan to "pack" all of the items listed above. :)

Mhari Girl wrote 5 years ago:

what a fun read. So much packed into this post, and I can just imagine what the expansion of some of it would be. As I'm new in country this blog is a great discovery and I look forward to reading more from this source! Go Malaysia on Expat Blog

Krystal wrote 5 years ago:

WOW! If I can eat all that food, and drink all those drinks, I'll also need my own personal gym to work it all off! I'm amazed at the scope of the article encompassing local sneakrets to expansive luxurioments. Fabulous suggestions, but I think I'll take the pampering first, followed by the skybar progression. And try not to fall over!

Gayle wrote 5 years ago:

I love the Yum list. I've used it when friends or family come to visit and want to take them to an "old favorite". Also we love to try their suggestions for restaurants. We have never been disappointed!

Renee Ryan wrote 5 years ago:

I never thought about visiting Malaysia.....until NOW!! This Yum List has tickled my taste buds and toes and made my mouth water in anticipation of exploring all that Malaysia has to offer. A truly remarkable and informative snippet of what Malaysia has on offer.

Anand wrote 5 years ago:

Seriously I love it... top 10 must do for anyone who was, is and will be in Malaysia

Danielle Coyle wrote 5 years ago:

A fabulous blog with so much insightful information on where to eat and places to go. I love the Yum List and have used their recommendations often!

Toni Paggiola wrote 5 years ago:

I found very interesting, some kind of manual for training the taste. In my next travel to Malaysia I will enjoy!!

Sudan Boy wrote 5 years ago:

As always, Yum List comes up with an intelligently written fun post that makes me want to come back to Malaysia! Nice job ladies!

Nancy wrote 5 years ago:

What a marvelous source of information for newcomers to Malaysia. We've tried a few of the recommended restaurants and we've always left as happy customers. Looking forward to exploring more of The Yum List!

Cindytong wrote 5 years ago:

wow amazing findings...never know so many of unique food...im jus not as adventurous as you!

Yan wrote 5 years ago:

The Yum List ..the directory to great food, to where and how to be spoiled, pampered, adventure and fun in Malaysia. Great job ! Thank you Yum List for sharing.

Lionel Lau wrote 5 years ago:

Very good and practical advice as usual from a great blog!

Skippy wrote 5 years ago:

we love the blog. and the effort that goes in to finding the unusual, must be so time consuming, congratulations

Chuah Teong Yau wrote 5 years ago:

Just when you start to focus on weary grinding of daily chores, Yum List shows you the bigger picture of a life worth living

Elizabeth Kendle wrote 5 years ago:

Wonderful blog! a great resource for inspiration on places to eat and visit in Malaysia.

Aneesa Benjamin wrote 5 years ago:

Excellent post!!! I have never heard of this website and this is my first time on it. It was very informative. Makes me want to hop on a plane and head over to Malaysia. Keep up the good work!!

Cindy Webber wrote 5 years ago:

Even though I left Malaysia 6 years ago I still have fond memories of everything it has to offer. Thank you, Yum List, for reminding me of some of my old favorites and discussing some new places I hope to try again one day when I return!

Lorraine Kimber wrote 5 years ago:

The Yum List. always informative and lets you know great places to visit and eat in KL .... Keep up the good work !!!

Audra wrote 5 years ago:

This is really awesome! Thanks for sharing, really great tip for those who want to experience true Malaysia!

Laura Benson wrote 5 years ago:

When in Rome...or, in this case Malaysia...Enjoying food adventures drench one in culture and Kirsten and Monica are the best culture tour guides! You can almost taste each dish with their brilliant descriptions and recommendations. Bravo and bon apetit! :)

Yvonne wrote 5 years ago:

So true! Even as a local, I often use the Yum List as my guide

Else Kirk wrote 5 years ago:

I had the great pleasure of trying out some of the eating experiences recommended by the Yum List. My only regret is that I was not in Malaysia long enough to try them all!!

London Caller wrote 5 years ago:

Thank you so much for sharing this great post with us, K&M! I really enjoy food shopping and sampling with you. But hey I want to complain something, is that okay?! You guys really know how to me feel jealous and hungry with all the yummy food, spa treatments, etc! He he :D All the best!

Bob Busk wrote 5 years ago:

The Yum List is the GO TO page when I want to eat or stay somewhere.

Lucy wrote 5 years ago:

I am fairly new to KL and am starting to realize some of these things... Can't wait to continue exploring!

Benjamin Zahn wrote 5 years ago:

Great job from Monica and her Yum List Blog! Always very informative, great recommendations and very useful! Keep up the fantastic work!

Melany Zwartjes wrote 5 years ago:

Thank you for writing such an informative article! As a newbie in KL I thoroughly enjoyed reading this insightful post. Good luck!

Lindsey wrote 5 years ago:

Interesting and insightful write up as always from The Yum List. As a Malaysian, it's made me realise what we take for granted

K.Subra wrote 5 years ago:

Great job Yum List Blog! Always very informative, great recommendations and very useful! Keep up the fantastic work!

Khaila Khalid wrote 5 years ago:

Very informative article, great tips and well explained. Just like a one stop centre!

Peter Kimball wrote 5 years ago:

Having lived in Malaysia for five years myself, I can honestly tell you that the Yum list is the best blog out there when it comes to enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of this wonderful country.

Michele wrote 5 years ago:

That was funny. I always love reading the tips and advice from the Yum List.

Bawani wrote 5 years ago:

Great job.. I'm a local and this blog brings me to places I've not been before.. Keep it going!

Ellie wrote 5 years ago:

As usual, insightful, honest, passionate and just plain well written! Love your work, Yum List, and all the best!

Hui Chun wrote 5 years ago:

The information shared is so tempting as always and we can't wait to explore it eveytimes after reading the blog!!

Diane Farley wrote 5 years ago:

This is an exceptionally good read for anyone already having the pleasure of living in Malaysia/KL or planning to visit. It brings to life the complexity and excitement of the country and places mentioned. Very well written and truly Malaysia - from the heart! Bravo.

Chew wrote 5 years ago:

Yum List is consistently informational, while filled with plenty of great photos. This is an important insider blog for not only the expats but the locals as well! Great job, Monica!

Nandang Abdul Rahman wrote 5 years ago:

Great top 10 list! Exactly what locals would do and bring their friends visiting from other countries to experience in Malaysia

Richard wrote 5 years ago:

So to sum up get drunk a lot (2 items), have a spa, eat lots of local food, go travelling and shopping in high end malls and overpriced expat supermarkets! A bit high end expat thing really. What about make local friends? See the wonders of Malaysia like Taman Negara? Just learn to chat about food and how bad crime is now (!) with locals over a Teh Tarik? Much more valuable experiences in my mind for an expat to learn about Malaysia and to enjoy living here! And of course get a local partner if single. Those that do that usually adapt very quickly

Richard wrote 5 years ago:

So to sum up get drunk a lot (2 items), have a spa, eat lots of local food, go travelling and shopping in high end malls and overpriced expat supermarkets! A bit high end expat thing really. What about make local friends? See the wonders of Malaysia like Taman Negara? Just learn to chat about food and how bad crime is now (!) with locals over a Teh Tarik? Much more valuable experiences in my mind for an expat to learn about Malaysia and to enjoy living here! And of course get a local partner if single. Those that do that usually adapt very quickly

John Ashworth wrote 5 years ago:

This was a great report, especially the part on the food. It reminds me of some of the 'culinary booby traps' that Vietnam has, like the fermented fish sauce and duckling in vinegar :-P Good to know where to go to haggle too :-)

Wendy wrote 5 years ago:

If you want to find a good place for food, definitely check this place out - you won't be disappointed

Albert Quay wrote 5 years ago:

Monica, as always the yumlist has always put in great effort in introducing great restaurant. I must say you know what's best... Keep it up....

Maria wrote 5 years ago:

Lots of useful information as always. I keep recommend your blog to any visit from overseas we have!

Ross Bennett wrote 5 years ago:

The ten commands of enjoying malaysia to the max. The more you do, the more you find to do.

Natalie wrote 5 years ago:

I really like the Yum list, I am always stuck when I am put on the spot for somewhere to go or something to do, Yum list sure has its fingers on the pulse!

Mary Ann Van De Weerd wrote 5 years ago:

This is a fantastic blog by people who really seem in the know. Though I have not ever been to Malaysia other than a day's stopover, I would definitely see this blog as a wonderful culinary and cultural guide!

Tisa wrote 5 years ago:

Love the variety of choices available in Malaysia that is portrayed on this blog. The writing style, play-on-words, and use of metaphors encourage the reader to read further. Thanks for the advice!

Tisa wrote 5 years ago:

Love the variety of choices available in Malaysia that is portrayed on this blog. The writing style, play-on-words, and use of metaphors encourage the reader to read further. Thanks for the advice!

Toni wrote 5 years ago:

Is always a pleasure speak with Monica about food! I really enjoy reading The Yum list!

Norely Abd Rahman wrote 5 years ago:

I'm embarrass to admit that the Yum List knows more about Malaysia than I do. Way to go Yum List!

Stephen wrote 5 years ago:

Im exhausted just reading it! You guys must be super humans just to have got round all those places. Really fun to read, keep it up and have a great 2014!

Rosemary Chin wrote 5 years ago:

Its just not Monica's exquisite taste for food but her writing style grabs you as well. Her wonderful team of writers are just as super and the different voices makes for interesting reading as well. Their knowledge, love and description of the best food and restaurants, places to visit and stay, interviews with Chef's makes the Yumlist unique.

Delphine Bondu wrote 5 years ago:

Great tips even for someone who has moved 3 years ago to kl. Many things to try. Thanks for the usefull information.

Marcus Chan wrote 5 years ago:

Great write up about how to survive Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia (and actually, these tips are generally good for any sort of travel/local/expat living!)

Gordon wrote 5 years ago:

Fantastic review Kirsten. Can't wait to get out there and sample the food. But where's the haggis?

Jake wrote 5 years ago:

I never leave the house unless I have checked the Yum List first. Without it I would probably just crawl up into a ball and die... of starvation and boredom.

Emily wrote 5 years ago:

What a great list of ways to explore Malaysia! Thanks for the great tips

Alice Jom Makan wrote 5 years ago:

Great and timely guide for international travellers. Just in time to herald Visit Malaysia Year 2014. Thumbs up!

Amy wrote 5 years ago:

A wonderful resource when choosing where to go with family, friends, or out of town guests!

Christine Ooi wrote 5 years ago:

It's an aweseome write up by Monica from The Yum List about living in Malaysia! Always love reading your blog, especially those about food! Thank you for your great effort in visiting and sharing tips about restaurant in Malaysia! Keep it up, Monica! Looking forward to see more from your blog!

Amy wrote 5 years ago:

The Yum List ROCKS! Monica and her team of writers have discerning palettes. This blog is a great resource for expats and locals alike.

Chris wrote 5 years ago:

It is hard to believe that all of these wonderful things are at our doorstep! Where would we be without the yum list?

Samantha Wright wrote 5 years ago:

Since we are still "new" to Malaysia, looks like we have a lot of work to do! Hope our 2014 visitors are up to the challenge!

Juliana wrote 5 years ago:

I actually stayed with Kirsten when passing thru Malaysia. A local could not not have been more helpful and informative and of course, this is reflected in her articles. I love the detailed info in this post. Lonely Planet could not have done better...

Lynn Erickson wrote 5 years ago:

I wish I had read the blog by Durward and Tindall before my recent visit to KL and Malyasia! Thanks for the thorough review highlighting the diversity and delights of food and fun!

Mark Thomas wrote 5 years ago:

great article... enticing!... makes my mouth water - and gets my feet moving towards beautiful Malaysia...

Joan wrote 5 years ago:

I have come to rely on the Yum List as a great reference for new and delicious experiences in Malaysia.

Global Nomad wrote 5 years ago:

A lot of information charmingly written. A most entertaining read.

Heather Phillips wrote 5 years ago:

Kirsten knows what she is doing and if she appreciates food or drink it is well worth trying!

Rami wrote 5 years ago:

Great blog! The yumlist is the site I go for, when choosing where to go. Very informative and current.

Hatim Abusineina wrote 5 years ago:

Outstanding article I felt as if I didn't visit Malaysia before although I enjoyed much my trip. Looking forward to plan a trip in the near future and follow all the tips.

Pagula Majorda wrote 5 years ago:

The words Roti and Appam definitely remind me of both: North and South India. Very well written article, it teases me to visit this place at least once.

Christine Weber wrote 5 years ago:

Have thoroughly enjoyed posts and great photos from the Yum List for the past couple of years. Planning a trip to Malaysia in 2014, and appreciate all the detailed information to be found through this blog. Can't wait to experience in person as much of Malaysia as possible!

Ann Krembs wrote 5 years ago:

What a great article! I love, just love how clever the first line is of each item. What a thoughtful and well written piece here. You make me wish I lived in KL--just to experience all this. Nice job Monica--as usual. Love The Yum List;D Ann of Kremb de la Kremb in Hong Kong

Leanne Lucas wrote 5 years ago:

The Yum List consistently have wonderful descriptions of the food they try and places to eat. So informative. What a perfect guide for visitors to Malaysia :)

Abdulla H wrote 5 years ago:

thanks Yum list for your advice on food and tips to choose from while visiting malaysia !

Ler wrote 5 years ago:

When I am hungry, I visit this blog to cure my desire. A good guide on food around KL.

Laetitia Romon wrote 5 years ago:

Such an informative article! I will recommend it to anyone who cares about quality time while traveling through Malaysia. Good job!

Tracy wrote 5 years ago:

Yum List is a great source for all delicious eating in KL! It's one-stop shopping!

Antonio Orlando wrote 5 years ago:

It makes me want to head to Malaysia straight away. Loved it.

Clare Orlando wrote 5 years ago:

Brilliant blog; really informative and well-written. Makes me want to go back to KL right now!

Peter Webber wrote 5 years ago:

Having lived in Malaysia, this makes me want to go back and do it all again! Being from my favourite blog also makes it even better. Great piece Monica..

Diane wrote 5 years ago:

Thanks for the reminder of what a wonderful country we live in! The Yum List is always spot on with its recommendations.

Patricia Parker wrote 5 years ago:

What a great article, great insight into a fabulous country.

Sarah wrote 5 years ago:

It's always worth the effort though! Kuala Lumpur is quite an extraordinary place. This is a fun way of letting people know what joys can be gleaned from putting a bit of effort into time spent in Malaysia.

Shawn Chong wrote 5 years ago:

Monica and the Yum List had a part to play in "exposing" a not-so-secret-anymore bar somewhere along Jalan Ampang. ;) We'll always be grateful! Thank you! O+A

Lisa wrote 5 years ago:

Monica - you always put so much into every post! Thanks for your dedication, creativity and passion! Well done! Lisa

Kim Jackson wrote 5 years ago:

I am an avid "Yum List" follower. The more I read, the more I want to travel to all the places talked about. Its always informative & makes the destinations & food very enticing.

Padma wrote 5 years ago:

Thank you! I enjoyed reading the article. Even though I am a Malaysian, I found this article to be very useful. Thank you again.

Leandro wrote 5 years ago:

Very interesting info - I will be sure to check back again whenever we are wondering what to do! Thanks!

Radhika wrote 5 years ago:

I love the Yum list! It's a blog which can be navigated simply ( no complicated pop-ups), it's got a variety of information appealing to different cuisines and different budgets. Always a well maintained website, updated and current. Thank you.

Cindy Renkas wrote 5 years ago:

Mouth-watering, mind-tickling, soul-stirring entries - fun to read for armchair travelers, useful to read for those actually out there in the field!

Elisa Larkin wrote 5 years ago:

All the great writes and pictures that these ladies had produced overtime! With very useful and handy informations not only to expats but to the locals as well. Great job Monica!!

Doug wrote 5 years ago:

Thanks for providing such helpful information for those in the area. What an amazing resource you've made available!

Eryk De La Montaña wrote 5 years ago:

I check the Yum List whenever I go out to eat; they always have good advice.

Diana wrote 5 years ago:

I discovered the Yum List last year, before I moved to KL. It has led me to so many discoveries both here in KL, and now Penang. Next on the list: their recommended tapas at the Intermark!

Claudia Kennedy wrote 5 years ago:

Wonderful to read, and dream of a visit to all these places! Especially loved number 7 - who knew?! Thank you!

Karl Too wrote 5 years ago:

I would recommend my overseas friends to use this blog as a guide! Always recommended the good stuff! Keep it up Monica! Cheers! Karl

Lisa Fedeli wrote 5 years ago:

I love your blog. Absolutely clear, fun and very helpful. It's incredible how you simply express your point of views with heart and soul and we, who read, would like to be just there and then to live the same experience.

Ersatz Expat wrote 5 years ago:

What a wonderfully complete, good humoured and interesting list. You make me want to visit Malaysia right now. I will be visiting the blog for more tips.

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