7 new restaurants added to MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur & Penang

7 new restaurants have been added in the upcoming MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang section as announced on their website. Each of these restaurants was carefully selected by MICHELIN Guide inspectors to not only offer outstanding dishes but also an unparalleled dining experience that offers a variety of cuisines and styles.

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BM Cathay Pancake (Penang)

Starting off strong we have BM Cathay Pancake located in Penang. This pushcart eatery has been operating just outside of Cathay Food Court since 1962. Selling only Apam Balik, this freshly made pancake is a beloved local snack. With a crispy exterior and a soft chewy interior filled with peanuts, it’s a delightful combination of textures and flavours.

Jwala (Kuala Lumpur)

Next, we have Jwala, an Indian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. Taking inspiration from the Sanskrit word, Jwala means flame, as this restaurant is famous for its chargrilled dishes cooked in its custom-made tandoori oven. Featuring 3 different menus: an à la carte lunch menu, a business lunch menu, and a dinner menu, you can enjoy the taste of the finest Indian cuisine. 

Marini’s on 57 (Kuala Lumpur)

Moving on, we have an Italian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Marini’s on 57. This iconic rooftop restaurant showcases an amazing view of the Petronas Twin Towers and the city skyline as you dine. You can choose from their à la carte menu or request a personalised tasting menu where the chefs will prepare the restaurant’s signature dishes. From artisan pasta to imported beef, you can pair your meal with a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.

Kedai Makanan Sin Kimdo – JB late-night BBQ & seafood till 4am

Penang Road Famous Jin Kor Char Kuey Teow (Penang)

Another street food that has made it to the MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang is the Penang Road Famous Jin Kor Char Kuey Teow located in Joo Hooi Cafe. Operating for nearly 4 decades, this small coffee shop has been a must-visit destination for authentic Penang food. Each plate of wok hei-filled kuey teow is made to order and is topped with juicy prawns, blood clams, pork sausage and bean sprouts.

Sambal (Penang)

Number 5 on the list is Sambal, which is also located in Penang. This fusion restaurant combines the flavours of Asian and European cuisine in the bustling streets of Lebuh Pantai. Among the restaurant’s signature dishes is the Lap Mei Fun, a traditional Chinese claypot rice with char siew, Chinese sausage and crispy pork lard. Don’t forget to sample the Udang Entangled, a chowder-like soup base infused with Chinese wine and served with vermicelli noodles and prawns.

Sek Yuen Restaurant (Kuala Lumpur)

Next is Sek Yuen Restaurant in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. Serving traditional Cantonese dishes, this old-school eatery has been operating since 1948. Choose from the selection of seafood like Pan-Fried Brine Shrimp in Spicy Sauce, Pan-Fried Shrimp with Butter Egg Floss, or Braised Sea Cucumber with Mushroom and Abalone. Or opt for other menu items like the Braised Shark’s Fin in Boneless Duck, Braised Pork Leg with Sea Cucumber, or the Roast Crispy Suckling Pig.

Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak (Penang)

Lastly is Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak in Penang. This roadside stall is inherited by 3 sisters who inherited their father’s business which began in 1963. Char koay kak, more commonly known as fried radish cake, is a snack originating from Teochew. The rice cakes are cooked with soya sauce, bean sprouts, radishes, and eggs, and served with chilli sauce, this wok hei street food is not to be missed.

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