February 1st kicked off the start of an epic one year travel journey in which I will work remotely as a health coach and nurse practitioner and travel as part of a program called Remote Year (RY).  The program makes the life of a digital nomad accessible and encourages networking and collaborations among professionals in the RY community as well as service in the communities we travel to.

I spent the month of February in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where there was no shortage of veggie dishes. I also took a side trip to George Town, Penang where the vegan fare was just as impressive.  If only I could have spent more time there!  Here were some of my Malaysian highlights:

Kuala Lumpur

RGB Coffee at the Bean Hive

I spent many days here eating and working, but mostly eating!  They have the best coffee I’ve had so far in Malaysia, a delectable dessert case and lots of vegan menu options.  Plus the staff is beyond friendly, wi-fi is strong and there are outlets a plenty.

Iced Salted Latte


Potato Rosti topped with tempeh bacon and wilted spinach

Mocha Almond Fudge Cake

Sunfresh Detox Kitchen

The Weld Shopping Plaza in the Bukit Ceylon neighborhood (near KL Tower) has a few veggie friendly places, but SunFresh Detox Cafe is by far the best option (arguably in Malaysia!) with their fresh and healthy fare. They even have a vegan version of Nasi Lemak, THE traditional Malay dish, and Laska, a Malay noodle dish.  This is nearby my accommodations for the month, so I have spent ample time here and can vouch for ALL of their vegan dishes.  Sinde Lo, the owner, is so passionate and enthusiastic about improving the meat heavy Malaysian diet one plant-based meal at a time. Plus she has the only Vegan Carbonara (made using tahini) in all of Malaysia! She will healthfully cure your hangriness. If you visit, tell her I sent you!

Pumpkin Cashew Laska (my personal favorite). It’s spicy!

Vegan Nasi Lemak

Ashley’s By LivingFood

This is in a beautiful neighborhood in KL with lots of cute boutiques and coffee shops.  I stumbled upon it while shopping and stopped in for an afternoon snack of a raw chocolate tart and green juice.

La Juiceria

There are locations all over KL.  Most of them only offer juices and smoothies, but a few have full menus with lots of healthy vegan fare.

Pavillon Shopping Center

This mall in city center has lots of vegan options and since it’s directly across from my work space, I had plenty of opportunity to explore.

Ola Bowls

Ola Bowls offers great breakfast options in the Malaysian heat.  It doesn’t open until 10am (like a lot of the restaurants and coffee shops in Malaysia) though.  Both bowls I tried there were delicious and filling.

VDelight Vegetarian Restaurant

As advocates for healthy, sustainable living, the people behind VDelight make it easy to make good choices.  The restaurant is casual, comfortable and well decorated and the food is on point.  You can’t go wrong with the Vegan Curry Ramen.

The Simple Life

Delicious food with no MSG, transfats, coloring, or preservatives.  I had watermelon juice and one of the set meals, which came with so much food that it provided me a great light meal later in the day.

Set Meal

Did I mention there are coconut ice cream stalls all over the city?!?  Just double check with the vendor to make sure it doesn’t include dairy, because a few of them do.

For those of you who are staying somewhere with a kitchen and are interested in doing your own cooking, The Cold Storage Market in Suria KLCC (the shopping center next to the Petronas Towers) is great.


Kopikita Espresso

This is an adorable space that doubles as a coffee shop and postcard shop. No vegan food (or any food at all for that matter), but they have a few different non-dairy milk options.  Limited seating available.

The ChinaHouse

This building is absolutely beautiful.  Though there aren’t a lot of vegan options among the many restaurants in the space, BTB had a drool worthy vegetarian platter which I made vegan but omitting one of the items.  The menu for BTB isn’t on the website, but stop by the space and see for yourself and then hang around for some live music at The Canteen.

Yun Shan Ge Vegetarian House

This is on Armenian Street, by far my favorite street in Penang.  I devoured a sesame dumpling for a snack and took some nutmeg pieces for an inflight snack.

The Leaf Healthy House

I actually didn’t get a chance to eat at this place since my trip to George Town was a quick one, but I admired it in passing!

Here’s my agenda for the rest of the year. There will also be some undetermined side trips in between.  Please comment below if you know of any must visit places in these destinations!

You can follow my vegan travel adventures on Instagram: kmo_onthegogo or to sign up for my travel/wellness blog, Nomadic Nourishment here.

March: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

April: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

May: Bangkok, Thailand

June: Belgrade, Serbia

July: Lisbon, Portugal

August: Prague, Czech Republic

September: Sofia, Bulgaria

October: Buenos Aires, Argentina

November: Cordoba, Argentina

December: Santiago, Chile

January: Lima, Peru

  1. Giselle Correia 7 years ago

    Yum! That all looks great! @codyk and I are actually heading back to Kuala Lumpur to do a visa run on Sunday, so we will keep an eye out for some of these places.
    Also, when you visit Bangkok, be sure to eat at vegannerie, and may veggie home. Below is the link to our vegan Bangkok guide for a more thorough list 🙂 your trip sounds great! Hope you have a blast!


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      Kara 7 years ago

      Thanks for the insider tips! I will definitely check out those places in Bangkok and everything else in your blog post! I can’t wait!

  2. Lucia Pereira 7 years ago

    WOW! Malaysia is a part of the world I love to explore. The food looks soooo delicious and coconut ice-cream stalls all over the city…..I want to be there….What an incentive to visit Malaysia….”coconut ice-cream stalls” lol

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