Malaya Garden: Stunning Local Delights in KL’s Chinatown

Written by Katherine

November 29, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

Hubs and I were supposed to be checking out Jalan Petaling. But since we were early, we decided to explore some of the area. As we continued to walk down the street, we spotted Malaya Garden and decided to make a pit stop there. I am glad we made this stop, as we were impressed with what the restaurant offered. Now, let me share with you our experience dining here~! (´• ω •`)ノ


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Why We Chose Malaya Garden?

We wanted to visit some food stalls in the Petaling Street Market. But since we were early, many shops were still getting ready. So, hubs and I decided to explore the area to see what we could find in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. Shophouses lined the street, similar to what we have in Singapore’s Chinatown.

Cafes and restaurants occupied the units in the shophouses. And since we still had ample time until the stall that we wanted to visit was open, we decided to see if there were any suitable cafes to hang out in. We continued down the street and saw a large crowd gathering outside a restaurant. Upon a closer look, we realised it was the famous Ho Kaw Hainam Kopitiam. But what drew our attention was the restaurant beside it, Malaya Garden.

The exterior and counter of Malaya Garden in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown in Petaling Street

I was attracted by the beautiful exterior of Malaya Garden. So, hubs and I decided to check out its menu, which was rather extensive. Seeing that it has some stuff that we could have, and since the restaurant was relatively quiet, we decided to check it out. ( ´ ω ` )

What We Ordered at Malaya Garden

There are three storeys in Malaya Garden since it is located in a shophouse. The 1st floor is mainly for people having its soft-serve ice cream, while the 2nd floor is more for diners. I saw a directory that showed that there is a Mezz Floor and Roof Garden at the top. But the stairs were blocked off, so maybe they are not open for seating. Anyway, we wanted to leave enough space in our stomach for more food later, so we decided to order some light snacks to share instead.

Level 1 of Malaya Gardens, as seen from the stairways going up to the 2nd storey, the stairs and the table settings at the 2nd storey

Drinks: Something Unique and Something Boring

Malaya Garden’s menu has a special section for its coffee, so we assumed that its coffee should be good. So, hubs ordered a unique drink called Iced Kopi Khawin Milo. I Googled the term khawin and realised that it means marriage in Malay. So this drink is a mix of kopi and Milo! I love the wordplay used by the restaurant. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The drink was served in a bottle, which was pretty classy. Putting aside the fanciness, the coffee was actually quite good! I love the bitterness of the coffee, which is balanced with the slight sweetness of the Milo. As our first attempt at having this drink, hubs and I love it A LOT. I am glad that hubs chose to order something unique so that we can try something different. Hehe. Anyway, I realised that this drink is basically Hor Ka Sai, a term used in kopitiam/coffeeshop. Since this drink is from Taiping, Malaysia, I am not sure if you can find it in a regular eatery. Keep a lookout for the term Hor Ka Sai if you are interested! ( ´ ꒳ ` )

The Jasmine Honey Lemon Iced Shaken Tea and Iced Kopi Khawin Milo at Malaya Garden

I, on the other hand, ordered something really boring. Haha! I had the Jasmine Honey Lemon Iced Shaken Tea since I have always loved honey lemon. The drink hardly had any taste of Jasmine tea to it and felt more like an ordinary honey lemon drink to me. Haha! (・・;)ゞ As I said, mine is a boring drink! (*/ω\)

Cempedak Fritters & Chicken Bun

We have previously seen some YouTubers enjoying fried cempedak fritters that they bought from Malaysia’s night market. And we thought to ourselves that we must try it one day because it looked nice. So when we saw this item on Malaya Garden’s menu, hubs and I were like, “We MUST try this!”. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

The Deep Fried Cempedak Fritters came with a lovely presentation. Shredded coconut and dark sugar were drizzled over the fritters. My first bite into the cempedak fritters, and I think it tasted somewhat similar to pisang goreng but denser and sweeter. I kind of like it, but since I generally don’t like my things too sweet, I tried not to have too much of it. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) So, for those who don’t have a sweet tooth, you can consider sharing this with someone!

The Golden BBQ Chicken Bun and Deep Fried Cempedak Fritters that we ordered at Malaya Garden

We also ordered a Golden BBQ Chicken Bun. Since Malaya Garden is a pork-free restaurant, this is a char siew bao with chicken fillings instead. The texture of the bun is similar to that of a bolo bun. There is also a generous amount of chicken inside the bun, which is slightly sweet and savoury. It was a good BBQ chicken bun. We hardly noticed that it was chicken instead of pork. Anyway, it was good that we ordered this to have a good balance with the really sweet cempedak fritters. I kept coming back to have a bite of the bun after the fritters. Haha! (*/ω\)

Overall Experience at Malaya Garden

The restaurant started to get crowded as lunchtime hit. Before we knew it, the whole of the 2nd floor was packed. I don’t know how good the food at Ho Kaw Hainam Kopitiam is, but if the queue puts you off, why not consider dining here at Malaya Garden instead?

An overall look at the items we ordered at the restaurant as well as a photo of my husband

As a random find, I think hubs and I enjoyed our dining experience at Malaya Garden. Though not a lot, the food and drinks that we tried were quite good. Everything was beautifully presented with lovely cutleries and presentation. The interior and exterior of the restaurant were nicely decorated as well. I love the overall vibe of the restaurant, and I think you should give it a try as well! ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

Information about Malaya Garden


⏰ Opening Hours: 8 AM – 8 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 16 912 1268
📒 Menu

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