First Batch of Live Updates Unveiled by MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur & Penang

Definitely worth the drive.
By: Aina Shamshuri
August 7, 2023

The MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur & Penang has released their first round of updates this year, featuring three new restaurants restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, and five in Penang. These recommendations were made after meticulous decision-making from their thorough anonymous inspectors, and Malaysia’s new restaurants and ever-changing food scene will be featured through these live updates.

A wide variety of dining establishments will be highlighted through these live updates, ranging from traditional Malaysian food to international cuisine. You won’t have to wait before the year is over to discover new restaurants that will excite your tastebuds, as the MICHELIN Guide has released some of its new additions ahead of its annual coverage.

Three restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and five restaurants in Penang have been selected to be featured in the first round of the MICHELIN Guide.

MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang New Restaurants July 2023

Kuala Lumpur

Hor Poh Cuisine

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The kind of restaurant that you’ve been going to with your family since you were a kid, Hor Poh Cuisine has managed to snag a coveted spot on the MICHELIN Guide. This homey restaurant has been serving their signature aromatic Hor Poh lui cha soup with steamed rice with ground sesame seeds, peanuts, and mint leaves, as well as their Hor Poh dumpling with dried tofu, garlic, and pickles for over 20 years. The place is constantly packed, thanks to their amazing offerings and affordable prices.

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Address:No 36, Jalan 6/38D, Taman Sri Sinar, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours:Wed – Mon: 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 8.30pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Contact details:+6012 233 4931

Jalan Ipoh Claypot Chicken Rice

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Jalan Ipoh Claypot Chicken Rice has been serving up satisfying bowls of claypot chicken rice for over 30 years. It also has bites of Cantonese pork sausage and ginger, and we all know that the best part of claypot chicken rice is the crispy bits of rice at the bottom of the claypot. You can even add pieces of salted fish for that extra burst of flavour.

Address:Lot 1224, 7 Jalan Batu Ambar, Taman Kok Lian, Kuala Lumpur, 51200, Malaysia
Operating hours:Thur – Tue: 10am – 5.30pm
Closed on Wednesdays
Contact details:+6012 332 3620

Roti by d’Tandoor

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A North Indian restaurant that first opened in Malaysia in 1990 and has since opened branches in other countries, Roti by d’Tandoor offers tantalising fine Indian cuisine. This is where you can find some of the most flavoursome butter chicken masala, paired with soft, chewy naan bread. Choose between a wide range of Kulfi ice cream flavours to complete your satisfying meal.

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Ah Boy Koay Teow Th’ng

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A second-generation family run restaurant, Ah Boy Koay Teow Th’ng specialises in both soup and dry koay teow th’ng. Chicken and pork bones make up the flavourful broth, while ginger adds a little zest to the the tendon balls.

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Address:Lebuh Clarke, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, 10050, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours:7am – 2pm daily
Contact details:012 411 3343

Ghee Lian

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You can find three noodle dishes at Ghee Lian, but their signature green tom yum really takes the cake. It’s sour, spicy, with different textures that keep the dish interesting. The dish comes with a fried fish topping that’s crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, as well as succulent fresh prawns.

Address:Medan Renong, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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Contact details:6012 450 8595

Hot Bowl White Curry Mee

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Which came first, the name of the restaurant or the name of the dish? Either way, the white curry men dish at Hot Bowl White Curry Mee is a coconut milk-based broth, with curry paste on the side so you can adjust the spice level to your liking. You can even add deboned steamed chicken, spiced loh bak or Teochew guang jiang (beancurd rolls) to really make your bowl pop.

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Address:58C, Jalan Rangoon, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours:8am -3pm daily
Contact details:04 227 3168

My Own Café

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Patrons flock to My Own Café for three things: Penang Asam Laksa, Nyonya Laksa, and fried spring rolls. This quaint family-run restaurant serves incredibly flavourful yet distinct laksa dishes, as well as toothy, crunchy on the outside but soft and tasty vegetable filling on the inside.

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Address:2, Cannon Street 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Operating hours:Thur – Tue: 11am -3pm
Closed on Wednesdays
Contact details:016 485 1050

Siam Road Char Koay Teow

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Only one dish is served at Siam Road Char Koay Teow, and boy, do they do it right. Be prepared to wait in long queues as this restaurant is uber popular yet only open for half the day, but you’ll leave with a full belly and a warm, happy feeling. The char koay teow is everything you need it to be – savoury soft noodles with a good amount of vegetables, egg, and wok hei and topped off with fresh juicy prawns.

Address:82, Jalan Siam, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours:Tue – Sat: 12pm – 6.30pm
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
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Check out the live updates marked with a “New” symbol on the MICHELIN Guide’s official website and mobile app (iOS and Android) to be updated on the best restaurants and eateries in Malaysia.

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