Vegetarian Restaurants in KL

I miss home a lot, and I know that my family is always looking for new places to go makan, so I’m compiling this list for them. Thanks to masak-masak blog for the excellent reviews on all kinds of yummy food available in Malaysia 🙂 Looking at that blog really makes me home sick and hungry!… They also provide me with inspiration to go home and cook up a storm…LOL!

Lui Cha a.k.a. Thunder Tea Rice
@ Ecogreen, Bukit Kiara (read reviews of this place here).
@ Restoran OK, Jalan SS2/10, Petaling Jaya (read reviews opf this place here).

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog)

Lui Cha

Vegetarian Food Court @ Blue Boy Mansion, Kuala Lumpur
No.6001 Blue Boy Mansion,
Jalan Tong Shin (Jalan Pudu Lama),

Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily 7.30am to 9.30pm

We eat here very often… don’t need me to elaborate further. My favourites here (if I absolutely have to pick) are Char Kway Teow, and Popiah… We always get these 2 dishes first, before ordering anything else.
Check out boo’s review here and Babe-in-the-city review here and here.

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog)

BlueBoy Char Kway Teow

This is the yummyyyy popiah 🙂
Popiah from Blue boy

Saravana Bhavan @ Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
52 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
(At the shophouses facing the main road and same row as Degem Jewellers.)
Apparently this restaurant is part of a big chain of vegetarian restaurants that can be found all over the world. Check out Too bad they are not in Michigan, just in California, Georgia, New Jersey and New York. But they are in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) i.e. Mississauga, Richmond Hill and Scarborough. I must give them a try when I go to Toronto to visit my in-laws in a few weeks for Labour Day weekend (Sept 3).

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog)

Hare Krsna

Saravana Bhavan's Vege Curry

Indian Vegetarian Food @ Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
No. 59, Jalan Thambipillai, Brickfields

Apparently this place serves Indian food that does not use garlic nor onions (Hare Krishna’s principals) which will be perfect for my parents because they are not good for those who are meditating.

You can also get mock-meat satays, bittergourd curries, char kway teow and ais kacang here as well. They say that the satay is so good to even convert a meat-eater and that it’s better than the real thing from Kajang @ RM5 for 5 sticks. Check out the reviews here .

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog and Babe-in-the-city)

Gopala Satay

Gopala Thali set

Indian Vegetarian @ Hare Krsna, Brickfields, KL
No 16. Lorong Chan Ah Tong, Off Jln Tun Sambanthan
(Right next to New Lay Sin Restaurant along Jln Tun Sambanthan)
Opens from 1030am to 230pm

Setup is just like economy rice, you pick 3 dishes and costs RM3.50 and comes with rice and pappadums.

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog)

Vege Platter

52 responses to “Vegetarian Restaurants in KL

  1. yummy, yummy…hungry already 😉
    will come back agaiN!

  2. Food for the Soul


    Due to the influence of the six sense faculties—eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind—people are reborn in the hells or become hungry ghosts or animals. It’s also due to the functioning of the six senses that people become asuras or are reborn in the heavens or as humans.

    It is also because of the functioning of the six sense faculties that we can become Arhats, Pratyekabuddhas, Bodhisattvas, or Buddhas. Why are the six sense faculties so powerful that even influence whether we are reborn in the heaven or fall into the hells? Do they determine whether people become Buddhas or ghosts?

    Actually, the six sense faculties aren’t in control; it’s just that we don’t know how to use them. The master is within everyone’s own nature, the bright nature of enlightenment. This master is also known as the inherent Buddha-nature. When it is in charge, proper thoughts manifest, and one is free and at ease, not obstructed by anything. But once this nature is covered up by even a single thought of ignorance, a dull darkness is erroneously stirred up; the six sense faculties become the masters and take control. As a result, we are plundered by the six thieves—the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. They rob our house and steal all our precious treasures. So it is said,

    When not a single thought arises,

    The entire substance manifests.

    When the six sense faculties suddenly move,

    There is a covering of clouds.

    Because of this, people who are supposed to advance along the Buddha path go down to the ghostly path instead. This is like a driver who should be driving his car along the highway, but instead drives it into the ocean, both drowning himself and sinking the car. It’s also like somebody who aims high without doing the fundamental work, or someone who climbs a mountain and falls off a cliff, getting smashed to bits. When a person is not familiar with the road conditions and doesn’t know how to drive, he’s prone to accidents. The six sense faculties of our bodies can be compared to the car. If we know how to drive, we can reach our destiny safely; if we don’t, we risk losing our lives in an accident.

    Our inherent nature, which is clear, perfect, and wonderfully bright, pervades the ten directions and permeates heaven and earth. It is omnipotent, capable of doing anything. However, as in the analogy about driving, even though we may know how to drive, once we go into the womb and enter this “stinking skin bag,” we become muddled. After this we can’t even distinguish between east, south, west, north, above, or below, and run around aimlessly. Originally we wanted to become Buddhas, if we are at the least bit careless, we may end up being reborn as horses, cows, or sheep.

    Some Buddhists are most pitiful. They single mindedly want to leave the three evil paths, but because they don’t know how to drive the car of the six sense faculties, they are controlled by them instead, and so they let a demon king get a hold of them. Trapped in this illusory body of the five skandhas and incapable of freeing themselves, these people suffer unbearable pain. Their inherent natures have been buried, and the bright light of wisdom cannot manifest.

    The myriad things are speaking dharmas. If you understand, they are speaking the Buddhadharma, the transcendental Dharma; if you do not understand, then they are speaking worldly dharma, defiling dharma. In this way everything is contained within a single thought of your mind. When you have wisdom, you’ll able readily solve any kind of problems; when you don’t have wisdom, there are obstacles everywhere.

    Our body depends on food to survive. However, this kind of food is course. In addition, we also rely on the Buddha-nature and the bright light of wisdom to survive. Just as a car needs gasoline to run, people need food and drink to generate energy in order to move. But some cultivators can survive without food or drink. How do they do this? They eat the bright light of wisdom—that is their nourishment.

    On the course level, our body needs food and drink; on a finer level, our souls need the spiritual nourishment of the Buddha’s nature. During the day, when we work, walk, stand, sit, and recline, we exhaust a lot of our energy, use a lot of gasoline. At night, when we rest, our pores open up and come into contact with the Buddha light. The bright light of wisdom from the Buddha’s radiant treasury enters our pores, replenishing the energy we lost during the day. After we get enough rest at night, our energy returns to its normal level the next day.

    Hearing this principle, some people become greedy and think, “Oh, so the Buddha shines his light on me while I sleep. Then if I sleep more, will I be wiser?” In reality, we all need a certain amount of sleep. However, if we sleep too much, our brains will become muddled and dull, and our wisdom will be diminished. It’s said, “The longer the night, the more you dream.” Dreaming also wastes energy. Sleeping too much gives you headaches. So in all things we must know where to stop, and not go to extremes.

    Ordinary people don’t understand this principle. They think people can survive on just food and drink. But skilled cultivators concentrate on food for the soul. They enjoy sitting in Cha’n meditation and developing samadhi. By being in touch with the Buddha’s wisdom light, they replenish their energy and increase their wisdom power. But you can’t be greedy for meditation, either, or get attached to it. Too much meditation will give you “Cha’n sickness.”

    We students of Buddhism should not run east and west, seeking outside for some secret dharma, looking for short cuts, being greedy for bargains, wanting to get enlighten quickly. This will only waste the limited gasoline we have, exhaust us, and diminish our wisdom, and we’d gain nothing. This is the problem with not understanding the principles of fundamental Buddhadharma and seeking outside for dharmas.

    What I said today is not a myth. It can be called a spiritual principle. Even the most advanced scientists have not discovered this principle, let alone understood it. They can’t even dream of this wonderful doctrine. Basically it’s a very ordinary principle, but everyone has overlooked it.

    A talk given in May 1983

    at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

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    Hi, I am Mdm. Seck from JB, my few friends from Hong Kong are coming to visit KL this weekend, I would like to bring them for makan, but my problem is : 1. they are vegetarian, I need to find some delicious vegie food for them. 2. their flight will be arrive at 8pm @ KLIA, reached KL almost late already, where to get vegetarian food for them? 3. they will stay in mid-valley Gargens hotel, can someone tell me any vegie food in surrounding area? and maybe we need late dinner…. Pls, I need to get the solution, otherwise, myself shame!
    Thank you very much!!!

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