The city’s cultural diversity makes it heaven for foodies, and a great introduction to the culinary scene is to spend an evening with Food Tour Malaysia. Your guide will take you to off-the-beaten-track eateries and give you the lowdown of offerings at street stalls.
The stories can be simple ones. For instance, they may take guests to an old-school open air banana leaf place where they can eat with their fingers, as the guide explain the cuisine, culture and heritage that goes into making that meal.
The passionate foodie guides from Food Tour Malaysia will take you to their favourite street stalls and restaurants, and weave a memorable cultural experience that is as fascinating as it is tasty.
We appeared in a whole section of ‘KL in 3 Ways’ of Tiger Tales – the inflight magazine of Tiger Airlines. [Tiger Tales Asia, Nov-Dec 2013]
The guys from Qatar Airways reviewed our food walk and notably, found it interesting enough to appear in their July edition of Oryx inflight magazine.
When Michelle initially explained how Food Tour Malaysia was not only about the food, this apprehensive writer thought she was joking. “The food is just a way to explain our culture because a lot of our culture revolves around food. We try to hit all the major ethnic foods of the people around here, and with that we show them a little bit of how Malaysian life is.
The face of Food Tours Malaysia, Darren Teoh does what KL folk always think about doing but never get around to. He explores the back alleys of the city to discover hidden gastronomic oases. She also gives you expert advice on negotiating Penang’s foodie delights.
Food Tour Malaysia appeared in a local business radio station showcasing itself as one of the alternative tours – to do in Kuala Lumpur. The crew followed us on our tours, and got an insight on how we bring the best of Kuala Lumpur to visitors. Listen to our live tour interview in the link.
GREEN RIDERS are invited to join Food Tour Malaysia for a late-night feast in all the dark corners of KL. We get to peek into the deliciousness that is Malaysia’s multiculturalism, and witness the greatest pork-soup fired cover of We Are the World ever. Seriously. Ever.
PEMANDU (Economic Transformation Program) interviews some niches in the tourism industry. Follow them as they look at Bed and Breakfasts, local Food Tours and eco-Tourism! (July 2012)
“We’re given small blue bowls of aromatic lamb stew next, tasting of coriander, pepper and golden fried onions. Of course no Malaysian meal is complete without nasi lemak, rice cooked in coconut milk and served with crisp anchovies, peanuts, a boiled egg and generous dollop of spicy sambal that stains the rice red.”
Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 activity to do in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, the folks behind Food Tour Malaysia are ever-ready to give visitors a real taste of the country's vibrant food scene.
For the first-time visitor, the many food choices in Malaysia can be mind-boggling, sometimes even intimidating. Where does one begin to savour the many great eats? A good starting point would be to join Food Tour Malaysia's culinary treks around KL and Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
If there’s one thing Charles takes seriously it’s food. No shortcuts. The aim of the game is to find the best food, no matter the cost, no matter the wait, no matter the distance.
Malaysia is known for it's amazing food and Penang is possibly the heart of that! So we decided to do a Penang Street Food Tour and get some local hawker food in Georgetown with 'Food Tour Malaysia'
If you've gone on the Food Tour Malaysia eating experience around KL then you already have a solid understanding of what dishes are what in KL. If you haven't done the tour you seriously should, it will pave the way for good eats throughout your entire Malaysia trip.
Not limiting the food hunt to George Town, you might visit a local wet market as well as head further afield to suburbs like Tanjung Bungha. But a word of warning, be prepared to eat and to eat a lot.
We had satay (Chinese kebabs), noodles, fish and lip-smacking dips. Everyone enjoyed the atmosphere in the tiny restaurant and the food was absolutely delicious. Charles also gave us a local drink that would open our taste buds to the rich flavors.
I tried the weird-looking concoction during a Kuala Lumpur off-the-eaten-path tour. Seriously, if it weren’t for the encouragement and knowledge of our guide, I don’t think I would have eaten what seemed to be fried black rat tails…!
Our guide was Junie, who drove us around to try Penang’s classics like assam laksa (rice noodles with fish broth, soured with tamarind), chendul dessert, ban chan kuih (Chinese crepes), hokkien mee (shrimp broth with yellow noodles, popiah (similar to fresh spring rolls), murtabak and many more.
I asked Charles what it is like being a food tour guide. - “It’s hard work!” He faked a grimace, then brightened his face up with a broad smile. “Honestly though, I get paid to walk around one of the best cities in Asia eating delicious food all day, I can genuinely say I love my job.”
"As the street food tour can go until late night, I wouldn’t save this for your last day in KL. Besides, you’ll see some areas of the city where tourists don’t go, and that could inspire the rest of your stay."
“You’re going to need a lot of extra room. Even my normally very finicky son ate almost everything we were served, including seconds of some of it. I can’t think of a more potent recommendation!”
“This food tour was worth its price already. We had experienced a few new food items already and, although the price of the tour was more than we would usually consider, being able to talk with our tour guide Michelle about real life in Malaysia made it worthwhile.”
“The best tip for any tourist is to get to know the locals. You can’t substitute a good conversation with any tourist brochure, nor can you say you’ve fully experienced Malaysia (or any country for that matter) unless you’ve gotten to know its people.”
“Inspired by their own search for authentic food during their travels, the founders of Food Tour Malaysia decided to combine their passion for food and travel into something that visitors to Kuala Lumpur can benefit from.” – Connie
“We went to 5 or 6 places, and it was nice because we were the only “tourists” in the area..which means these are genuine hole-in-the-wall local spots. Cool! The verdict: It was a great gastronomic treat! Definitely worth it. As they say, the best way to get to know the culture of a place is through it’s people and food.”
“Darren ordered us a special Yee Sang dish that Chinese people try to eat at this time of the year as it is very auspicious for ensuring prosperity. We had to use our chopsticks to mix and toss all the components of the dish (ginger, toasted sesame seeds, horseradish, raw fish, various rice cracker things, plum sauce, grated carrot) mounding it as high as possible to ensure the highest level of prosperity for all.” – Judy
“One night we took a street food tour with Food Tour Malaysia and if you ever find yourself in KL it is a must do. Charles, our guide, was more like a local foodie friend taking us to his favorite joints. We made half a dozen stops & sampled some of KL’s finest hawker food. We ate non-stop from 7 pm to midnight.”
“Malaysia is a blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian and to ensure we didnt miss out Sam took us on a four-hour food extravaganza starting with Indian. This was probably my fave.” – Lauren
“Roast salted pork…best bite of the tour.” – Joshua Schuman