Our quest for vegan groceries in Kuala Lumpur

Now that we have a new home (with a kitchen) in Siem Reap, Cambodia we are cooking much more and although the various stores in town have most of the essentials, some items we use all the time are either very expensive, not good quality or simply unavailable (there is literally no nooch in this town!).

This called for drastic action – taking a flight to Kuala Lumpur where we hear there are lots of vegan groceries roaming the streets, waiting to be captured and transported back to our kitchen in Siem Reap.

We needed a man on a mission for this kind of task, so Paul was sent on an international shopping adventure… can you imagine what happened?

First stop was Village Grocer at Bangsar Mall – we never managed to find it when previously in the area dining at Ashley’s by Living Food but this time I was on a mission and not locating this store (which if rumours were to be believed housed a veritable bounty of vegan goodies) was never an option.

I spent an hour scouring the shelves at Village Grocer as this is the best shop we have found to stock up on essential (and not so essential) vegan groceries during 18 months in South East Asia.

I left having spent over $100 on everything from nutritional yeast to vegan cheese and somehow due to being so excited I managed to buy a couple of non vegan items which just goes to show how careful you need to be when reading labels!

Here’s my vegan haul:

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Where is Village Grocer?

Bangsar Village Mall 1
Kuala Lumpur 59100

If you’re not familiar with the area jump in a cab at Bangsar LRT as it’s tricky to find, and don’t forget that Village Grocer is in Bangsar Village Mall 1 not Bangsar Village Mall 2.

Lunch was needed so off I headed to Water Lily Vegetarian Restaurant, they also have a small selection of vegan groceries for sale so my mind was still firmly on my shopping mission and not just on getting my hands on their legendary laksa. This place is a veggie institution in KL having been around for years and serves a whole host of mock meat dishes, which although aren’t the most healthy of vegan options are pretty damn tasty and OK once in a while.

It’s also a great place to get vegan laksa, which is essential if you are visiting Malaysia (seriously, don’t leave without eating it).

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The most delicious vegan laksa

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Mushrooms, broccoli in vegan oyster sauce

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Vegan Marmite spare ribs – you’ll love them or hate them!

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Vegan chicken in lemon sauce, vegan junk food at it’s best

They stock a variety of dried mock meat products, ready made curries with mock meat and a section of vegan sauces and sambals (perfect to make your own ‘nasi lemak’).

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This range even includes vegan balacan (dried fish paste)

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‘Be Vegan, Make Peace’ – vegan rendang ready meal

Where is Water Lily?

23 Jalan Tun Hs Lee
Kuala Lumpur 50000

Hop off the LRT at Masjid Jamek and take a five minute walk with the aid of Google Maps, but beware the location is still shown as ‘Fatt Yan Vegetarian Restaurant’ which is the old name.

Time for some more shopping and this time I headed to Cold Storage at KLCC – these are all over town but the KLCC branch is great as it means you also get the chance to visit the superb Simple Life in the food court on the 3rd floor.

The main reason to visit here was to buy Weetabix, we knew they stocked them from a previous trip and fancied a change to our usual breakfast of chia porridge. For some reason in Malaysia they are called Whole Wheat Biscuits?! But we can confirm they taste just like Weetabix from home…

Whilst in the store I also found tasty soya chocolate milk shake (the only chocolate soya milk we can get in Cambodia has cow’s milk in it!) and some organic vegan pesto.

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We’ve loved having Weetabix back in our lives!

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They had soya coffee also but the chocolate was my favourite

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Mmmmm pesto!

Where is Cold Storage?

KLCC
Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur 50450

I’m presuming that you can find KLCC as it has it’s own LRT station called KLCC and is part of the Petronas Twin Towers which are very big 🙂 Village Grocer can be found on the ground floor towards the back next t the central atrium escalators. If you’re not in this part of town, don’t worry as there is probably another branch very close by.

Shopping is very exhausting so it was time to head back to the official Vegan Food Quest Kuala Lumpur HQ (the Doubletree by Hilton) to enjoy some fantastic vegan cuisine (they always feed us well there!).

But I thought I’d squeeze one last bit of food shopping in at Jaya Grocer at Intermark. This has been our ‘go to’ grocers when in KL as it’s situated in the same building as the Doubletree and is where we usually stock up on vegan travel treats before leaving town.

To say I was excited to find vegan pies is an understatement, and perhaps in all the excitement i lost my ability to forage correctly and managed to buy veggie chicken satay which was not vegan! I redeemed myself though with some tasty strawberry soya yoghurt, making my vegan haul complete.

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We’re English, we love pies, even if they’re Aussie pies 🙂

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Why oh why oh why could these not be vegan!

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We’ve never found vegan yoghurt in Siem Reap so this was a bonus to take home..

Where is Jaya?

The Intermark
348 Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur 50400

Head to Ampang Park LRT station and The Intermark is only 5 minutes walk away and Jaya is in the basement (there are also other branches all over town and at KLIA2).

After a good night sleep it was time to head back to Siem Reap and what better way than in Business Class with Malaysian Airlines? The extra baggage allowance was handy for the haul of vegan delights…  The business lounge at KLIA does a mean vegan noodle soup and for once, they even managed to remember by vegan meal on the flight – happy days!

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Luxury vegan travel

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This bag is certainly a priority piece of luggage due to it’s contents and also very fragile – handle with care and don’t lose please!

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Delicious, made to order vegan noodle soup with extra chillies and fried garlic in the business lounge at KLIA

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Decent vegan in flight meal of curried tofu, rice and a spiced cabbage dish – well done Malaysian Airlines!

The haul was impressive and the other half of Vegan Food Quest was very happy indeed when I returned from my shopping mission; not to see me I might add, but with the vegan groceries that I captured!

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My haul of (mostly) vegan groceries and a very happy vegan wife

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2018-11-16T04:29:56+00:00

8 Comments

  1. Amelie July 7, 2015 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Lol, I can’t believe that’s what you went to KL for! haha! That’s awesome!

    • Vegan Food Quest July 7, 2015 at 11:58 am - Reply

      haha – we’ve been in SR too long and missing out on the finer (vegan) things in life:) I also had some airmiles and hotel points which made it a very cheap shopping trip….

      PAul

  2. eileen July 8, 2015 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Your account of your shopping trip to KL is hilarious. Pam is here with me and I’ve been reading bits out to her and laughing out loud. Great pictures, particularly the one of Caryl with proceeds from her ‘hunter-gatherer’ husband’s trip to the great wilderness of the KL vegan food outlets. To be honest, it doesn’t sound like it was hard work, more like a fun trip. Sounds like you had a great time. (I’m wondering what the flights added to the overall cost of the yummy vegan treats)

    xxxx

    • Vegan Food Quest July 9, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

      I think he had a lot of fun too! Luckily though we’re enjoying eating and cooking with all the great things he brought back… you wouldn’t believe the difference good sundered tomatoes and Weetabix make in our life 😉 Needless to say the chocolate rations have dwindled with one of us retaining their share (I’ll leave it to you to guess who!). Can’t wait for our next shopping trip – we’ll need a bigger bag for sure! Caryl xxx

  3. Serena August 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Hey guys, thank you thank you thank you for this post!! Will come in handy when I head to KL next month – never bought my own groceries there as opposed to just buying whole meals out. Good to see you found nutritional yeast; was wondering if I could pick your memories a bit. Did you find any of the below in KL?

    – Yeast extract (the pure stuff, not Marmite)
    – Pure protein powders: pea, brown rice, hemp, etc.
    – Soya flour (defatted if I’m being picky)
    – Liquid iron supplement
    – Algae oil/something for DHA
    – Good quality fruit!

    Any of these would be lifesavers 🙂 happy & safe travels, and thanks again!

    Serena xo

    • Vegan Food Quest August 25, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Hey Serena, glad our post was helpful – KL is brilliant for shopping as a vegan (and eating in general!) I’d try looking in the Jaya supermarket in Ampang park – lots of imported food there and you may find some of the ingredients. Also check out our friend Amėlie’s post about being vegan in KL because she mentions a health food place that looks like you might find some of the more specific ingredients (plus she includes loads of our favourite places too!!) We’ll be back in KL next year so would love to hear how you get on and any tips you have 🙂 Caryl

  4. Len July 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this post! I feel for you when you had to make a trip to KL just for these. I almost feel like, guys just give me the list, send me the money and address I will do the shopping for you. At least I can simply buy the same exact copy of list to eat since I am new to vegan.

    Thank you for this post! This really helps.

    • Vegan Food Quest July 8, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      Ah that’s very kind of you!There is a great vegan scene in KL – feel free to drop us an email and I’ll put you in touch with some vegans there if you like! Welcome to the vegan community 🙂

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