Special Feature

Top 25 Food Discoveries in KLIA and klia2 2017

by Farah D. Photography FriedChillies on Tue, October 24, 2017

Don't know what or where to dine in KLIA or klia2? We ate our way through our capital city’s domestic and international terminals to bring to you the 2017 food discoveries in KLIA and klia2. Let us tell you.

Your One Stop Guide to Eating Well in KLIA & klia2

Once again, we were pleasantly surprised by the gems that we uncovered at both of our airports. From local delicacies to Western delights, there’s something for everyone in our extensive list of dishes. If you ever find yourself feeling peckish while waiting for a loved one, hungry in-between flights or want a good local meal at an affordable price, look no further, just browse through our list and take a pick from the bevy of dishes on offer. Travellers to Malaysia and backpackers take note too, there’s also plenty here to suit your budget.

Business As Usual

1. Sama-Sama Express, KLIA

Have a long layover? Fret not, go to Sama-Sama Express and while away your time in full comfort at their cosy lounge, where you can have a warm meal and a shower for just RM45. Check your emails, charge your phone and tuck into one of their popular dishes while you wait for your flight. Their lamb rack is always a wonderful choice, served with black pepper gravy and a side of fries. Portions are big so it will keep you fully satisfied.

Next to Gate C5, International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

2. Sama-Sama Express, klia2

You can also enjoy lounge, shower and room facilities at Sama-Sama's second location at klia2 International Departure. The brightly lit lounge is the ideal venue for passengers to kill time pre-flight with 24-hour free Wi-Fi. Fill up your tummy with lasagna or one of the pizzas featured on the menu. Try the Big Cheese pizza, a thin-crust delight topped with capsicum, fresh basil and a trio of cheeses – feta, mozzarella and parmesan. Yum!

SN M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

3. Flight Club

Equipped with plush chairs, plug points and a vantage point facing the tarmac, Flight Club is another awesome choice for business travelers looking for a quiet spot to wind down before boarding. Their crisply fried fish and chips and slow-roasted-till-tender Rotisserie chicken are definite crowd pleasers. For lighter options order their grab and go wraps (we recommend pastrami with mustard). Carnivorous diners can order up their 1824 Beef Cheek- braised to succulent perfection.

SN M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

Last Call for Local Food

4. Grandmama’s

Going to miss your fav hawker food while you’re away? Satisfy your last-minute hankerings at Grandmama’s. They have a wide selection of local dishes for you to choose from and we really like their Nasi Ayam Istimewa. Fragrant rice comes with mouthwatering rendang and golden fried chicken, a definite must-try dish for both local and foreign travellers. For something sweet, their ABC is a whopper bowl of shaved ice full of nuts, lychees, creamed corn and cendol. Service is prompt and attentive.

SS M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 10am -10pm daily

5. Old Malaya Kopitiam

One of our star finds in KLIA this year is the Lamb Shank Biryani from Old Malaya. The sizable lamb shank makes this a shareable dish that can satisfy two tummies. Glistening with gravy and served on top of basmati rice, the lamb shank is succulent, moist and fork-tender. It has a lovely spicy and aromatic taste with hints of cumin, coriander and cardamom. There’s also good local coffee on the menu.

SN M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

6. Hot Wok

Fans of hawker food will be delighted by the yummy choices available at Hot Wok. Their Char Kway Teow is abundant with prawns, fishcakes, taugeh, chives and the rich ‘wok-hei’ taste. Smokey with a slight char, this is as authentic as it gets. Another winning dish is their Yong Chow Fried Rice. This simple yet delicious local staple is fried on-site with tons of garlic. One of our favourites.

S6-3-A21(e), Food Court, Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

7. Taste of India

Early morning flight got your tummy rumbling? Head over to Taste of India for freshly-made thosai. Paired with dhal and coconut chutney, the thosai will keep you full till boarding. The mutton biryani here is also a worthy dish. Tender mutton chunks in rice garnished with mint and coriander is the ideal dish for travelers with healthy appetites. The secret to the flavourful biryani? Yoghurt, added to the spice mix to give it a lighter and tangier taste.

Lot S6-3-A21(c), Food Court, Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily but Thosai and Roti Canai are only available between 7am-10am

Wallet-Friendly Meals

8. Bumbu Desa

Bumbu Desa has some purse-happy options for breakfast. At a reasonable price of RM10.90, you can enjoy a satisfying plate of lontong in the mornings. Rice cakes, vegetables and tofu in a coconut milk turmeric broth will help to satiate your hunger for quite a while. Wash it all down with the complimentary teh tarik and you can start off your journey with a full tummy.

Level 3, Departure Hall, Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

9. Deli ‘N’ Meals

Looking for a decent biryani with a price tag under RM15? Make your way here and you’ll get a plate of kambing biryani laden with spices. The kambing is cooked well, tender and bursting with flavour. The rice is best eaten mixed in with some thick curry gravy for a substantial meal that won’t break the bank.

L1 03, Level 1, Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

10. Popeye’s

On a tight budget but you have a hankering for fried chicken? This is the only Popeye branch in Malaysia so you can only get their fried chicken here. The Cajun Burger is our menu item of choice. Breaded chicken patty is topped with a spicy pepper spread that adds a tinge of heat in every bite. At under RM16 for a set meal, this is a viable choice for travellers keeping a tight rein on their holiday spending.

Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

11. Hameed Dalca Curry House

Nothing beats a mamak breakfast to get your engines going in the morning. It tastes even better when you know you’re not spending tons of money for your meal. At Hameed’s, enjoy staples like thosai, roti telur and teh tarik for less than RM10. What a bargain! Lunch and dinner sees a vast array of curried dishes all lined up or order from the ala-carte menu. Our recommendation is the Chicken Fried Rice. One warning though.. it’s spicy.

Level 1, Main Terminal Building, KLIA

Enjoy a Meal Before Checking In

12. Food Paradise

To escape from the hustle and bustle in KLIA, Food Paradise at Level 4 provides a peaceful retreat. Slightly secluded, it’s a suitable place for a quiet meal. There’s a decent spread of lauk on display for lunch and we think the Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Api is a stellar choice. The richly spiced gravy goes great with rice with just enough heat to make it an enjoyable dining experience without burning your tongue off.

Level 4, Main Terminal Building, KLIA

13. Nooodles

The Penang Curry Noodle is one of the best-seller dishes featured on their menu. Egg noodles in a thick creamy coconut broth, spiked with hints of turmeric and lemongrass, garnished with tofu, prawns, egg and vegetables come together in a bowlful of yumminess to leave you fully sated. All the dishes here are priced at under RM20 so if you’re counting your pennies, this is a great option.

L5 42, Departure Level (Level 5), Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

14. Bibik Heritage

With its beautiful tiled floor, old shop house style décor and strategic location right in front of klia2’s entryway, Bibik Heritage is an eatery that is hard to miss. Known for their Nyonya cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice trying to figure out what to eat here. We recommend the Ipoh Noodles, garnished with chicken slivers and fried shallots, in a aromatic lovely prawn broth. This is a good light option while you wait for your loved ones or before you head to immigration.

Lot S2-3-L40, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

15. Mamak

Located at a quiet corner in klia2, Mamak is an ideal spot for a meal free from distractions. Have the Nasi Kandar with Ayam Madu, a dish that is seasoned well and not overly sweet. To combat some of the sweetness, mix in some kuah campur to the honey gravy, it’s a yummy combo that will keep you wanting more.

Lot S2-3A-L02, Departure Level (Level 3A), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

Travellers looking for the first taste of Malaysia

In the newly spruced up Food Garden on Level 2 of the KLIA Main Terminal, there are plenty here for a traveller to get a first taste of Malaysia. Families sending off people too can enjoy a meal together here since they are strategically located on the same level as the carpark. Prices are good.

16. Selera Nusantara

This stall has a good array of local dishes to be enjoyed with rice. Order up a wholesome bowl of Asam Pedas. The hot and sour broth pairs well with a plate of plain rice. Tamarind gives it the right level of tang. Have it with some of the vegetable sides on offer.

17. Mamak Kandar Rice

Frequented by airport staff and visitors alike, this stall is abuzz with activity every morning. Their nasi lemak with sambal udang is one of their more popular dishes. The rice has a mild coconut taste while the sambal udang has a tinge of heat with plenty of onion sweetness. If you’re a fan of Malaysia’s much-loved breakfast dish, do give this one a try. They also have good nasi biryani. Come near lunchtime and you might luck out on hot fried chicken straight from the wok.

18. Pantai Timur

Order the famous Nasi Dagang for an authentic taste of the East Coast. The rice is rich and fragrant with a flavourful kari tongkol that goes perfectly with it. They also have ‘nasi campur’ with Malay-style dishes that you can eat with rice for lunch. Most of the food here is a little richer and slightly sweet due to the Kelantanese nature of the shop.

19. Nyonya Taste

Our top choice here is their Chicken Kam Heong Rice. The chicken is cooked in a thick dark gravy that has a tasty spice blend of dried shrimps, curry powder, shallots and garlic. The flavours mingle together to create a dish that goes amazingly well with a plate of steaming plain rice. All the dishes here are made to order which ensures that you’ll get a freshly cooked dish every single time.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

20. The Coffee Club

Need a caffeine fix to face the day? Grab a cuppa to help that morning check-in routine go smoother. We recommend their Mellocino, a double shot latte with soft marshmallows on top. For a breakfast option try their eggs benedict but If you want a something a little more substantial, give their American burger a go. The patty is moist and juicy, buns are lightly toasted, has all the right trimmings and tastes great.

L5 40, Departure Level (Level 5), Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

21. The Loaf

We love the Loaf Cube -60°C coffee drink. A frozen cube of expresso is paired with warm milk and as you pour in the milk, the ice slowly dissolves and you end up with a delightfully creamy iced coffee drink. To sweeten the deal, enjoy your cold brew with the cream cheese cranberry bun. It’s a match made in heaven.

Arrival Lane, Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

22. Killiney Kopitiam

For something cheap and cheerful, rise and shine the Hainanese way with Killiney’s All Time Classic set. For just RM13.50, you’ll get slices of toasted roti bakar slathered with butter & kaya, a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg with a choice of tea or coffee. For amp up ‘kaw’ness, have the coffee black with no sugar.

Pier L, Level 2, International Departure, klia2

Sample International Flavours, Locally

23. The Green Market

The Green Market has a casual ambience that welcomes you in. The menu features a mix of local, western, Japanese and Korean dishes and pretty much everything here is tasty. They have cool bento box set meals, udon dishes and even bibimbap. We recommend their Tan Tan Noodles that comes in a wholesome clear broth with well-cooked ramen that’s not too soft or too chewy. Have it with the accompanying chilli sambal that gives it a heaty kick. We also dig the gyoza and agedashi tofu here as light snacks.

Lot S2-3-L38, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 5.00am to 12.00midnight daily

24. Fukuya

Sashimi and sushi lovers will be delighted by the choices on offer at this Japanese establishment. The sashimi platter has a great choice of fresh seafood. We also like the Fukuya Special Maki- a maki roll filled with fried battered prawn, soft shell crab and cucumber. For added texture, sesame seeds, seaweed and bonito flakes cover the exterior of the roll. They of course have bento meals on offer too for something a bit more substantial.

Satmz 24, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

Shop for Food Souvenirs

25. Agrobazaar

This is the perfect place for you to grab a couple souvenirs for your friends or family before your annual ‘balik kampung’ trip. Make your selection from a wide spectrum of locally-made products ranging from snacks, pastes, biscuits and even beauty products. Once you’re done with your shopping, grab a beverage and sample the Malaysian kuihs on offer at the adjoining café. The kuihs are pre-sliced and pre-packed which makes them excellent snack options- easy and quick so you don’t have to rush to the departure hall with an empty stomach.

Departure (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2