It’s popular assumption that eating in a city like KL would be costly, and most restaurants would be on the higher-priced end. While that is partially true, it’s also possible to slide in a meal during a chill hangout with your friends with a spending of RM15 or less. That’s right! With a mission to source out affordable prices and uncompromising quality meals in a cafe, cafe-like environment we are here this time around in the city to find the best cheap and good meals under RM15. Ya know what they say, You just have to look in the right places.
Cheap Eats Under RM15 In KL
#1 Health Lifestyle @ ChimiChurri
Eating healthy isn’t the issue. It’s eating healthy and it being cheap at the same time which keeps you at bay. 2018 is fixing by introducing Chimichurri your way. At this do it yourself salad bar, firstly choose whether you want a sandwich, wrap or bowl.
Next, select a base: Vegetarian (RM10.50), chicken breast (RM10.90), beef brisket (RM16.50), or salmon fillet (RM17.50). From there, decide on your greens (cilantro lemon rice, couscous, cauliflower rice, sweet potato mash, green pepper, sweet corn, and mushy peas) and then a base of either couscous, quinoa, cauliflower rice or brown rice. Top it all of with their star of the shows; sauces like rendang, chimichurri, creamy butter, and even spicy sambal!
#2 Channa Bathura @ The Ganga Cafe
Making a solid appearance in yet another guide is Lorong Kurau’s Ganga Cafe. This cozy abode homes variety of favorite Indian vegetarian eats, made with organic produce fresh from the restaurant’s own backyard. You know a vegetarian shop is worth every praise if the food served doesn’t lack flavor and realness till there is no need to think of meat; That simply is The Ganga Cafe. Whether it’s chappati, thosai or roti canai that tickles your fancy — all are good.
Served with brown rice, three vegetables, two dhals, papadam, and a salad, the Ganga Standard Thali (RM9.90) makes a simple, self-contained choice for lunch. This is for filling seekers. What we’ll really be here for is the Chana Bhatura. Priced at rm12, this puffy bready beauty is a snack gifted to us from Mumbai which combines a crispy deep fried (not oily one bit) leavened bread with lustrous masala chickpeas!
#3 Breakfast Spot @ A.Toast Breakfast Juice & Bar
Emphasizing on the need to be known as a breakfast spot than a cafe, A.toast Breakfast Juice & Bar is a hidden gem(literally) hidden under a pedestrian bridge along Jalan Pudu in Kuala Lumpur. Serving photogenic breakfast for RM9.30 are the famous sandwiches combing a bit of Chinese and western style to their menu. When nasi lemak or Wan Tan Mee seems a bit bland, this is just the right place for a sunny change!
Take their sandwiches for example! Lightly toasted bread slices sandwiching some of the greatest ingredients for a quick grab at as early as 6 am up till snack time at 3 pm. One of their all-time favorites is the big Bamboo Charcoal Toast which a lightly toasted bread slices wonderfully combining fresh green lettuce, tomato, cheese, buttery scrambled eggs and a generous portion of light and fluffy chicken floss in a bite. To gulp it all down, we’d recommend their pure fruit juice which is a mixture of dragonfruit, grape, and apple (RM8.90). A refreshing start you’d look forward to on a busy working day!
#4 Ramen @ Lao Jiu Lou
The Ramen craze has been happening since 2010 and with so much demand from the crowd, ramen specialized restaurants and companies from Japan have mushroomed abundantly in Malaysia. Now, what are the components of a good ramen? That would be the consistency and springiness of noodles, depth of flavor of the broth and additional ingredients. With all of this and a cheap ass price tag is Lao Jiu Lou!
Priced at RM9 their Tonkotsu Ramen is their best seller which encompasses pork bone broth, served with a side of ajitsuke, soy marinated boiled egg, roasted or braised pork belly, and vegetables. Rich in flavor and perfect without over-whelming in any way, this winner right here is the cheapest pork bone based in town by far. The Miso Butter Ramen (RM11) is a favorite as it is miso-fragrant and equally creamy despite the lack of meat in its base with that abundance of bean sprouts and ramen to fill ya up!
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Address: No. 25, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Bukit Desa, 58100, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 11.30 AM to 9.30 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
Phone: 012-387 4520
#5 RM5 Coffee @ The Fin
Looking for a coffee to keep you awake but Starbucks is a bit of luxury on a working or just about any day? This is about to be your favorite place and your next stop cuz their coffee (black or white flat) will cost you a flat rate of RM5. Rich in taste and plain right happiness in a cup is their coffee for the best price value! Our personal advice does not stop at one. And while you’re at it with more moolah to burn with give their Flippin’ fantastic poke bowls a try! Priced at RM15, their OG Poke Bowl is a do it yourself luxury offered with options such as brown rice, buttered almonds, wasabi peas, red radish and top it off with their killer sauces oozing with sriracha, mayo togarashi, sesame and so much more! It’s a treat.
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Address: g2 block a3 level, outside Baskin Robbins, A3-08, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Hours:9 AM to 6PM. Opens daily.
Phone: 012-780 0270
#6 Classic Thai Street Food @ Boran
Known to be one of the magical cuisines in the whole wide world, having Thai for lunch is a treat. What is a better treat is when the treat is cheap. Branching out to the 2nd outlet now, Boran brings out the best in their pork and their customers by serving classic Thai street food for the less than RM15. Popular for their Grilled Pork Neck With Rice, priced at RM10.90, this meal comes with a sizeable portion of the sliced neck, fried egg (with a perfectly runny yolk), rice and the flavor bomb basil chili sauce sealing the deal! For a safer option, the Thai Basil Minced Pork On Rice assures satisfaction. Not a rice fan? Fret not cus we hear their Classic Pork Noodles (RM5.20), is a succinct bowl of clear soup comfort. While you’re at it, the Thai Milk Tea is a must!
#7 Vietnamese Beef Noodles @ Ara Vietnamese Noodles
Anthony Bourdain once said that for a bowl of this ‘panorama of mysterious meats’, he would gladly ‘jerk a rusty butter knife across his best friend’s throat’.Made from flat rice noodles, served with beef flank, brisket, steak, and beef balls, cooked in a fragrant broth and served with a side of cilantro, bean sprouts, lime and mint, with sriracha and hoisin sauce as a condiment is what makes a pho known for its reputation. Are you salivating yet?
Run by Malaysian Andrew Goh and his Vietnamese wife Ah Yim, Ara Vietnamese Noodles doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the Vietnamese Beef Pho. Priced at RM 12.50, this bowl of goodness is calming and mildly sweet, with the grassy notes of Thai basil. The beef – scattered across the top in tissue-thin slices comes generously in portion and with the right amount of texture against the slippery noodles. Completed with beef balls, beef slices, tripe, and all swim in the piping-hot clear broth alongside flat rice noodles, this pho is irresistibly fragrant and utterly delicious when had with the chili sauce on the side. While you’re at it, their Nem nướng (RM3 each) is a grilled Vietnamese sausage made from pork seasoned with minced pork, garlic, fish and sauce is heaven in the mouth!
#8 Brownies & Cheesecakes @ Jaslyn Cakes
The key to being known as a sought-after desserts places in KL is finding the balance between sweetness and texture. Upon opening the door at Jaslyn Cakes, a heavenly whiff of baked goodies will welcome you, making it perfectly understandable if you want to immediately buy and gobble a piece of madeleine up just to ease the temptation. Take your time browsing through the assortment of cakes and pastries cuz if temptation steps in, eyes get cloudy. Concentrate.
With cakes as low as RM 8.90 considering wholesome ingredients used to serve you cake so creamy, you moan, their bestseller would be anything you lay your eyes upon tbh. From the Vanilla Bean Baked Cheesecake (RM14.50) to salted Valrhona Brownie (RM10.90) and Banana Yoghurt Loaf (RM8.90) – the options are endless. With the brownie winning points for its gooey center and sea salt-topped crust, the Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes wins for its light and fluffy texture with a whisk of vanilla hinting at each and every bite, It’s a journey of its own!
#9 Nyonya Laksa @ Limapulo Baba Can Cook
When craving a creamy, warming Nyonya laksa, be sure to visit on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, when the dish is available. Consisting of noodles with fishballs, fishcakes, shredded chicken, sambal and half an egg, his bowl of goodness is sweet, creamy, tangy and just right every spoon you take. It gets better and better!
Located along The Row, Peranakan diner Limapulo Baba Can Cook boasts charming old-school vibes and decades-old recipes whipped up by their veteran cook, Uncle John. Yearning for a well establishes Peranakan food, don’t second guess, come here! While you’re at it, give their Asam pedas or Ayam pongteh served with veggies and a fried egg for less rm15 a try. Perfect for a quick grab to fill you up heartily of the rest of the day!
#10 Nasi Ulam @ Sarang Cookery
Housed along the charming row of pre-war colonial houses in Jalan Galloway (a few steps away from VCR), Sarang Cookery specializes in Peranakan, Malay and Chitty dishes. With fans from all over the world, Sarang Cookery outdoes themselves with their Nasi Ulam beautifully presented over a lovely banana leaf platter of steamed rice that’s been well-crafted with an intricate variety of local herbs, vegetables, prawns and dried fish. With the combination of lemongrass, wild pepper leaves, shallots, baby shrimps and other spices, this nasi ulam (RM12.50 ) will take you back to its original taste of Malaysian cuisine and make you wanna thank the gods and traders for gifting us with spices!
Feel the taste of condiments and spices, creamy, fragrant curries and the sweet of gula Melaka desserts. Sarang Cookery not only provides authentic Nyonya dishes but is also keeping the elements that make up the Peranakan houses alive at their spot and with the budget of RM10 expect a meal with so much flavor, it’s outright beautiful!