Five Malaysian travel and food bloggers to watch

I was in Malaysia recently, among others, to attend an awards ceremony where one of my posts “10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur” won a prize. At the ceremony, I had the privilege to meet many Malaysian bloggers. Blogging is a fast-growing ‘industry’ in Malaysia. Aside from the maze of political blogs, there is a very well-established travel and food blogger circuit. They are a dynamic, fun and incredibly talented crowd. Most of them have corporate jobs but as soon as they’re out of the office, you’ll find them tapping away on their laptops, creating their latest blog posts; travelling; or camera and notepad in hand, at one of many events or restaurant visits.

When I was in Kuala Lumpur, I received an invitation to join a group of food bloggers who, in turn, had been invited to review a new menu a certain restaurant was launching. It was an amazing experience: there were about 20 bloggers, cameras were clicking continuously, the wine flowed all night and the food just kept coming (I lost count of how many courses were served)! I later found out that events like these are commonplace in Kuala Lumpur. Pretty awesome!

5 Malaysian Travel & Food Bloggers To Watch

In the past month, I’ve become acquainted with some very talented Malaysian travel and food bloggers whose work has just blown me away. Together, they do a fabulous job of showcasing the best that Malaysia (and Asia in general) have to offer in terms of tourism and food. Please allow me to introduce my favourite 5 to you.

A Lil Fat Monkey

I was totally awestruck the first time I set my eyes on Jon’s blog. He writes his restaurant reviews in a stunning comic-book style. The pictures are amazing and it’s a hilarious read. I can’t begin to imagine the amount of work that goes into producing one of these comic-book posts. A Lil’ Fat Monkey is a fantastic visual foodie experience I can certainly recommend!

Site: A Lil Fat Monkey
Twitter: alilfatmonkey

A Whiff of Lemongrass

A Whiff of Lemon Grass is lovingly crafted by Meena. She writes beautifully and lavishes her blog with gorgeous photos and witty observations. According to Meena, “Food, for me, is a means to an end and not an end in itself. Food, for me, represents the love of family, the fellowship of friends, and the community and communality it brings.” Need I say more? 🙂

Site: A Whiff of Lemongrass
Twitter: llemongrass

Cumi & Ciki

Cumi & Ciki takes its name from a Malaysian children’s television programme in the 1980’s about two adventurous monkeys. Mei and her husband enthrall their readers with their culinary and travel adventures in Malaysia and around the world. Their stories are fun and often thought-provoking, whilst the photography is jaw-dropping gorgeous – I can assure you that your jaw will drop further if you find out which camera Mei uses! 😉 If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, coupled with culinary indulgence, I recommend a hop over to Cumi & Ciki.

Site: Cumi & Ciki
Twitter: agentcikay

Malaysia Asia

Malaysia Asia was founded by David & Lilian. Their goal is to highlight the ecological wealth and UNESCO Heritage sites in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and they do it beautifully. They specialise in places that are off-the-beaten-path and which have a natural element of adventure. If you’re planning to visit Southeast Asia, stop by Malaysia Asia for some expert tips.

Site: Malaysia Asia
Twitter: MalaysiaAsia

Rasa Malaysia

Rasa Malaysia (literally translated: “Taste of Malaysia”) is arguably one of the biggest and most well-known of all Malaysian food blogs. It’s been featured in many publications around the world such as the New York Times and Saveur. That’s not surprising as the site is a treasure trove of Malaysian and other Asian recipes. Low’s passion for Asian cooking is apparent from the first minute you arrive at her site. The photography is stunning and her writing makes for a pleasant read. She likes to call her site Asian cooking made simple. She sure knows how to make it look simple!

Site: Rasa Malaysia
Twitter: RasaMalaysia

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21 Responses to “Five Malaysian travel and food bloggers to watch”

  1. Hannah 26/03/2014 1:55 pm

    We recently left Malaysia and we love the food and the street food as well! Glad to see this list, we might be back in Malaysia really soon. Probably next year? 😉

  2. velvet 13/10/2011 9:50 pm

    Thanks for your comment. I’m a full-time travel blogger. 🙂


  3. ali malaysia 13/10/2011 2:27 pm

    great keith, those are really nice food blogs in malaysia, how do you make a living now ?

  4. Ida 08/01/2011 6:07 pm

    I’m Malaysian, and everyday I dream of eating Nasi Lemak for breakfast. There aint any in France! ;(

  5. David @ Malaysia Asia 16/11/2010 12:30 pm

    Massive thanks going out to you Keith for featuring some the popular bloggers and me who are in Malaysia. World Domination ftw! 🙂


  6. S Lloyd 08/08/2010 2:33 am

    Malaysia is paradise for foodies: all type of food overthere.
    Thanks for the useful links. Some of them, I never heard of before.
    Went browsing those links and they happen to be all very informative.

  7. ethassan 18/06/2010 6:36 am

    Hello Keith.
    To keep the spirit of travelling growing, I, myself has put up a little blog of my own called Please check it out. Keep on writing!

  8. ferienwohnung spanien 27/05/2010 12:56 pm

    I love Malaysia and also malasyia lovers. I am really impressed to see that you have included others blogs in the list…good job, Keith…keep it up…

  9. velvet 01/05/2010 2:32 pm

    You’re most welcome. I stumbled upon your site a few months ago and I’ve been hearing/reading many great things about you since. Well done!


  10. Rasa Malaysia 01/05/2010 5:21 am

    Hi Keith – Thanks for featuring me as one of the blogs. I am truly honored and humbled. 🙂

  11. simon 28/04/2010 7:47 pm

    Ohooo! How comes I missed this fab post until now??? Ok, ok, I forgive you a little ‘chauvinisme’ only because all the blogs you mentioned are absolutely fantastic! I am a great fan of Cumi&Ciki food and travel blog which is… how could I say… more than fantastic! And will need to have a better look at the other blogs.

    What’s sure, is that Malaysia is rapidly gaining positions in my travel wish list!

  12. Migration Mark 28/04/2010 4:14 am

    Thanks, I am heading to KL and Borneo in a few days and will check out these Malaysia blogs, especially to find the edible specialties!

  13. velvet 27/04/2010 4:30 pm

    Haha, YUP! Hope you’re well Jen.


  14. jen Laceda 27/04/2010 4:28 pm

    Ooooh! More new friends and bloggers to discover!!!

  15. velvet 27/04/2010 4:07 pm

    I sure do! 🙂 Keep it up Jon. Your work is awesome!

  16. A Lil Fat Monkey 27/04/2010 4:04 pm

    Gee, Thanks so much! I thought it was wonderful enough to have you “RT” my post and now this. You’re really sweet Keith. Glad you enjoy my comics as much as I enjoy making them. 🙂


  17. J2Kfm 27/04/2010 1:17 pm

    Nice round up, Keith. Those are some of my favourites as well, inspiring me to keep on writing.

  18. velvet 27/04/2010 11:36 am

    No thanks necessary. I really admire the stuff you guys do. Keep up the fab work!


  19. cumidanciki 27/04/2010 11:34 am

    thank u keith! very honored:)

  20. Meena 27/04/2010 11:33 am

    Wow thanks, Keith! Really sweet of you to include my blog in this list. I always hold true to my mantra – i.e. that food ought to be a means to an end and not an end in itself, and that is how I’ve come to truly appreciate life and all its offerings. I love all the other blogs you’ve highlighted too!


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