On Friday night Jeroen and I go out to try new restaurants in Kuala Lumpur during our dinner date. Last Friday, we made a reservation at The Hungry Tapir, and we enjoyed it to the fullest!
This new restaurant has been opened since January 2020 but had to close in mid-March because of Covid-19. The owners, mother, and daughter, didn’t sit back and made sure that their dishes could be delivered. This is still possible, but it is much more fun to go to The Hungry Tapir and enjoy an evening with a cocktail and delicious vegan food in a cozy environment.
For us, this was the first time in a vegetarian restaurant in Malaysia. After months of vegetarian cooking in lockdown, it was time for some change. We have eaten enough pasta, sweet potato, and rice bowls lately, so this restaurant came at the right moment. I ordered the nasi lemak with egg, so not vegan but vegetarian (RM21, converted €4.30). Usually, this is a plate of rice with cucumber, peanuts, fried anchovies, and chicken. When I took the first bite, I was convinced that I was eating chicken. Didn’t I misread it, and do they serve meat here anyway? Nope, they replaced the chicken for mushrooms, but I assure you it tasted like meat! It was delicious!
For some reason, we decided to take a dessert even though we were quite full. Since the lemon cake just came out of the oven, we couldn’t leave it to stare at us. With a cappuccino and an iced matcha latte with soy milk, we worked our way together through this huge piece of cake. It was delicious and so fresh, but also enormous! Luckily we shared this cake, and after that, it was time to roll home. Rolling, because we hardly couldn’t walk anymore! A successful evening with good food, a cozy atmosphere, and friendly staff.
The Hungry Tapir
135, Jalan Petaling, Chinatown 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Within walking distance of metro station Pasar Seni
Wednesday to Friday open from 12 pm – 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday open from 11 am – 10 pm