How to Eat Vegetarian & Vegan in Malaysia
If you have ever traveled to Southeast Asia, you'll understand how difficult it can be to eat vegetarian or vegan, especially in smaller towns and villages.
Generally, a good rule of thumb is to stick to Indian food. This is going to be the easiest way to guarantee a meal is vegetarian. So, if you are in Kuala Lumpur, stick with Indian restaurants and you will be easily a-okay.
However, once you leave Kuala Lumpur, Indian food may be harder to come by and you'll more likely find yourself in a Malay warung (small, local, family-owned eatery) where explaining vegetarianism or veganism may be a challenge.
Luckily, after 6 months of navigating menus all over Malaysia, I have compiled a list of delicious local cuisines which are totally vegetarian (and don't require much explanation about what you can or can not eat)!
Quick side note: be wary of veggie soups, the broth may not be vegetarian :)
Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice)
Nasi Lemak (steamed coconut rice)
Laksa (spicy noodle soup with tofu puffs)
Tahu Sumbat (stuffed tofu)
Popiah (indian spring rolls)
Nasi Goreng (fried rice)
Oseng-Oseng Wortel (stir fried carrots)
Terong Balado (eggplant)
Asinan (cucumber salad)
Keredok (salad with peanut sauce)
Gudeg Putih (white curry jackfruit)
Pepes Jamur Kuping (steamed mushroom wraps)
Semur Terong (sweet eggplant stew)
Some Helpful Translations You May Need:
Nasi - Rice
Sayuran - Vegetables
Buah - Fruit
Mi - Noodles
Tauhu - Tofu
Enjoy and Good Luck!