How it works:
- Situation: most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Nasi kandar stalls: prices are not listed and some have been accused of making up prices on the spot.
- Seafood restaurants: prices can be very misleading (e.g. by weight) and the weight can be inflated.
- Pricing: advertising a low price but charging a higher price, claiming hidden fees or that the lower earlier price was a misunderstanding.
Places to beware:
- Johor Bahru
- Kota Kinabalu: Tanjung Aru Beach
- Kuala Lumpur: Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang
- Malacca: Chinatown
- Perhentian Islands
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places (use food review apps like OpenRice, Penang Glutton’s Corner, Burrple) and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
- Alternative: Klook (best day tours platform in Asia) has a couple of food tours.