Great local restaurants in KL are plentiful, especially considering the fondness of non-Muslims for Chinese hawker coffee shops, and all locals (particularly the younger generations) love 24-hour mamaks (Indian-Muslim restaurants). Expect to find a lot of outdoor seating with oscillating fans providing a gentle breeze, if you are lucky. Everything works here. The food is fantastic – there is no way to downplay that – and RM15 will buy you a meal, complete with a main, side dish and drink.

Traveling in Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from redbus.my.

Bakeri Joy

Bakeri Joy is a charming café that serves up some of pretty famous dishes, including packed RM5 nasi lemak (coconut-flavoured rice, with fried anchovies, sliced cucumbers, chicken rendang or sambal sotong, and hardboiled egg), and RM8.50 curry laksa (yellow noodles in a curry-flavoured broth flavoured with fishcake, bean sprouts, prawns, sliced omelette, chicken and tofu puffs). What makes the food taste so good is the fact that it’s thoroughly-homemade taste, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a more reasonable price point in the centre of the city. This pork free Kelana Jaya restaurant is easily accessible to tourists from the KL city centre. Simply hop on the KLCC LRT Station and alight at the Kelana Jaya stop: from there, it is less than a ten minute taxi ride. Service that’s all-smiles also adds to the pleasure of dining in here.

Dharma Realm Guan Yin Monastery

Being a monastery canteen, tourists will be able to combine two activities into one during a visit here – sightseeing AND eating. Located along Jalan Ampang, it functions as a food court and you’re likely to see hawker stalls selling local favourites like wan tan mee (noodles in black soy sauce with barbecued meat) and curry mee (noodles with spicy curry), but it is the chap fan (economy rice) stall that we love. The menu is mainly vegetarian but there’s so much variety, plus, they even have mock meat such as fried beancurd.