Malaysia’s reputation as an affordable food destination is common knowledge. Amazing good food at low prices are an attraction all their own.
Travel search site TripAdvisor has sealed the country’s reputation with its list of the top low-price food establishments in its Travellers’ Choice awards.
Award-winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period. Here are the top 10 cheap eateries in Malaysia:
1. Andrew’s Kampung (Batu Ferringhi, Penang)
Amidst the tourist hotspots in the area is this gem that is known for its warm hospitality and great offerings of Malay delicacies. The crispy duck and fried squid are deemed by many as “must-try” dishes.
2. Tg’s Nasi Kandar (Kuala Lumpur)
In contrast to the overpriced vendors and frenzied streets of Bukit Bintang, this joint is loved for its great value and extensive menu of Indian dishes.
3. Wonderland Food Store (Langkawi)
Travellers can expect to feast on large grilled tiger prawns, crispy fried soft-shelled crabs and scrumptious seafood fried rice at this eatery that offers an extensive seafood menu.
4. Long Beach (Batu Ferringhi)
From satay (seasoned and skewered grilled meat) to spring rolls to pizza, this locally renowned food centre comes alive in the evenings with hungry customers looking for a great variety of cheap food under one roof.
5. Cactus Restaurant (Langkawi)
This casual restaurant – with football jerseys hanging from the ceiling – is a great place to meet and mingle with other travellers. Enjoy Western dishes like club sandwiches, and local delights such as nasi lemak (rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf).
6. Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant (Malacca)
Always bustling with local and foreign customers, this roadside eating place is famous for its freshly prepared naan breads and well-marinated tandoori chicken.
7. Red Garden Food Paradise & Night Market (George Town, Penang)
Featuring a line-up of stalls of not only Penang food but also international fare, this bustling food centre is ideal for gatherings among friends and family members.
8. Lot 10 Hutong (Kuala Lumpur)
An air-conditioned food court located in the heart of Bukit Bintang, this rabbit warren of food stalls is home to iconic Malaysian street food such as Kim Lian hokkien mee and Soong Kee beef noodles.
9. Restoran Kapitan (George Town)
Open 24 hours, this restaurant located in George Town’s Little India is packed with patrons who come for their classics such as tandoori chicken and naan and specialty offerings like the claypot briyani.
10. Ewan Cafe (Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Terengganu)
Highly rated and lauded as the best restaurant by visitors to Pulau Perhentian Kecil, this eatery which is located between Coral Bay and Long Beach serves local delights such as curry noodles. It also provides free WIFI to its customers.
For the complete list of winners from the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Restaurants, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Restaurants.