10 eateries in Malaysia where you won't go broke


  • Malaysia
  • Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016

Well-loved local dishes such as nasi goreng can be found at Ewan Cafe, along with free WiFi. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

The fried squid at Andrew's Kampung is recommended by most visitors. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Satisfying and oh-so-affordable dining options are plentiful at Tg’s Nasi Kandar in Bukit Bintang, KL. Photo: TripAdvisor
Satisfying and oh-so-affordable dining options are plentiful at Tg’s Nasi Kandar in Bukit Bintang, KL. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Succulent prawns can be found at Wonderland Food Store. Photo: TripAdvisor
Succulent prawns can be found at Wonderland Food Store. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Long Beach at Batu Ferringhi is well-known for dishes such as satay. Photo: TripAdvisor
Long Beach at Batu Ferringhi is well-known for dishes such as satay. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Enjoy Western dishes like club sandwiches, and local delights such as nasi lemak at Cactus Restaurant. Photo: TripAdvisor
Enjoy Western dishes like club sandwiches, and local delights such as nasi lemak at Cactus Restaurant. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Marinated tandoori chicken is a signature dish at Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant. Photo: TripAdvisor
Marinated tandoori chicken is a signature dish at Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Sample some fresh seafood at Red Garden Food Paradise & Night Market in Penang. Photo: TripAdvisor
Sample some fresh seafood at Red Garden Food Paradise & Night Market in Penang. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Lot 10 Hutong is home to many types of iconic Malaysian street foods. Photo: TripAdvisor
Lot 10 Hutong is home to many types of iconic Malaysian street foods. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Restoran Kapitan is open 24 hours a day. Photo: TripAdvisor
Restoran Kapitan is open 24 hours a day. Photo: TripAdvisor

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)

Well-loved local dishes such as nasi goreng can be found at Ewan Cafe, along with free WiFi. Photo: TripAdvisor
Well-loved local dishes such as nasi goreng can be found at Ewan Cafe, along with free WiFi. Photo: TripAdvisor

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.

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