I spent the first two hours of my first visit to Genting Highlands searching for some, rather any, vegetarian food. I asked several of the staff at First World Hotel, Sky Avenue, indoor theme park, and everywhere else while walking to and from these places. It was very frustrating because either the staff at Genting Highlands do not know what vegetarian food is, or they just don’t care. Now having spent four days roaming in and around Genting Highlands, one thing has become very clear to me. The owners and/or the management of Genting Highlands have built the place only for Chinese tourists. Other people don’t really matter to them. Vegetarian people certainly don’t matter. Perhaps vegetarians should not visit Genting Highlands. How can an international tourist place in Malaysia be so shamelessly Chinese oriented? There is no such warning on the website of RW Genting! I demand that they put this warning there: “Non-Chinese should visit at their own risk and responsibility”!
My First Vegetarian Meal at Genting Highlands
My food on my first night there was two bananas and a veggie cup-o-noodles I could pick up at a grocery store there called “Hilltop Grocer”. The noodles where bland, but the bananas were good. It was difficult to sleep on a near empty stomach but I had no other option.
The next morning I was determined to go out and find something real to eat. I spent almost the entire day in that pursuit, eating something every now and then to keep my body going, and at the end of the day I had a respectable list of places where some “almost vegetarian” food can be bought in Genting Highlands.
Genting Highlands Fact: There is No Pure Vegetarian Kitchen, except in Chin Swee Caves Temple
If you like to eat food from a kitchen that is 100% vegetarian, Do Not Go To Genting Highlands. Yes, there is the option of the vegetarian restaurant in Chin Swee Caves Temple but going there requires a ride in the cable car (return ticket 16 MYR per person), or in a shuttle bus. The food there is expensive and you can’t eat it every time.
Dal Curry With Chicken Powder!
There are at least three restaurants / food counters at the Lobby Level of First World Hotel. ‘Lobby Cafe’ is the biggest. There is another near Tower 3 lifts. I forgot where I saw the third one. Anyway, all the three restaurants / food counters sell Roti Canai with Dal Curry. None of that is vegetarian. That dal curry contains chicken powder. A kind hearted girl working in one of those restaurants told me this. In short, no food joint at the lobby level of First World Hotel sells any vegetarian food. It’s not even “almost vegetarian” or “perhaps vegetarian”. It’s 100% non-vegetarian.
The List of Places / Restaurants in Genting Highlands Where Almost Vegetarian Food Is Available
If you are looking for vegetarian food or for that matter any kind of food, and do not want to go to the Chin Swee Caves Temple just to eat, the best place where you can find it is on the Level 4 of Sky Avenue. If you are in a hurry, don’t waste your time searching elsewhere. Just go to Level 4. Of course there are restaurants on other levels of Sky Avenue, but Level 4 has more options.
Vegetarian Restaurant at Chin Swee Caves Temple
This only vegetarian restaurant in Genting Highlands is located in the premises of Chin Swee Caves Temple which is located at a 10 minute car ride from First World Hotel. One can take a Skyway gondola (16 MYR per person return) or use the First World Hotel‘s free shuttle bus that leaves every hour from 9:00am to 9:00pm. The restaurant opens from 8:30am to 8:30pm. The food is not cheap, and to give an idea of the prices, a fried rice + tea costs 20 MYR. That would be just a basic meal. Expect to pay more.
JR Curry House Level 4 Sky Avenue
What they have: Some almost vegetarian food such as veggie rice (biryani), vegetarian dosa, vegetarian roti canai, dal vada, stir-fried vegetables, etc. Prices start at 2 RM. Read my detailed article on JR Curry House here.
Subway Level 4 Sky Avenue
They have their ‘Veggie Delite’ 6″ sub for 9.70 RM.
Pizza Hut Level 4 Sky Avenue
Veggie pizza at prices starting at 18.10 RM for personal (4 slices) pizza.
QiQi Taiwan Snacks near Old Genting Skyway
There used to be a QiQi Vegetarian in Genting Premium Outlets. That place is now closed so do not waste your time searching for it. What they have now is ‘QiQi Taiwan Snacks’ located near the old Genting Skyway in Genting Grand Complex. Here they have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The veggie menu has some good choice. Read my complete article on QiQi Taiwan Snacks here.
Spice Garden Indian Restaurant Genting Grand Hotel
Go to Genting Grand Complex and find Genting Grand Hotel. Somewhere there you can spot this restaurant. They do have some vegetarian Indian food – curries / breads / snacks, etc. The prices are not too high. They also deliver to hotel rooms in Genting Highlands. Try calling +60 126845639. Their WhatsApp number is +60 126018206. Read in detail about Spice Garden Indian Restaurant here.
Sri Paandi Curry House Level 4 Sky Avenue
First go find Malaysian Food Street. Near that you will see another dining area called Jom Makan Street Food. In there you will see this Indian restaurant called Sri Paandi Curry House. They have vegetarian Indian/Malaysian food. The food here is more expensive than JR Curry House but the portions are bigger. I did not eat there but will do the next time. Read more about Sri Paandi Curry House here.
BMS Organics Level 1 Sky Avenue
This restaurant on Level 1 of Sky avenue has some expensive vegetarian food. Perhaps it is good but I did not try. The prices seem unreasonable.
7-Eleven Level 4 Sky Avenue
This one is open 24/7 and is located near Awana Skyway on Level 4 of Sky Avenue. You can pickup some veggie snacks here. Read the labels / packaging carefully because something may seem vegetarian but maybe something else.
Well, this supermarket on Level 1 of Sky Avenue may be your last refuge. Here, at least you may be able to buy veggie cup-o-noodles, some salad vegetables, potato chips, and water bottles, etc. All breads and other bakery items here contain eggs so be careful.
You Are Lucky!
You are lucky for being able to read this article. When I went to Genting Highlands for the first time, no one told me about all these places. Well, let the food be “almost vegetarian” but at least no one has to sleep hungry.