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Michelin Announces Bib Gourmand Picks in Malaysia Ahead of Full List Coming Soon

Sri Nirwana Maju, Bangsar's famed banana leaf, gets a Bib Gourmand nod | Image Credit: Michelin Guide
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The 2024 entrants for Michelin’s Bib Gourmand restaurants include 20 in Kuala Lumpur and 25 in Penang.

The 2024 Michelin Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang has made a delectable expansion with the addition of 13 new eateries now holding the coveted Bib Gourmand recognition, bringing the total to 45 dining gems.

Kuala Lumpur boasts 20 of these epicurean havens, while Penang claims its own with a generous 25. As per Michelin’s discerning palate, the Bib Gourmand symbolizes their inspectors’ cherished establishments, lauding them for delivering “good quality cooking for good value.” This distinction places them squarely in the “on a budget” and “moderate spend” categories.

Kuala Lumpur’s new gastronomic stars include Hor Poh Cuisine, celebrated for its Hakka delicacies, notably the tantalizing Thunder Tea Rice, Sek Yuen, the revered haven for old-school Chinese banquet dishes, and Sri Nirwana Maju, promoted from the Michelin Selected list, known for its divine banana leaf dining in Bangsar.

Beloved for many years, Sao Nam in the heart of KL earned its first Michelin nod in 2023

They join last year’s 2023 Bib Gourmand list for Kuala Lumpur, a constellation of exceptional dining, which comprises Ah Hei Bak Kut Teh, Aliyaa, Anak Baba, Congkak in Bukit Bintang, the ethereal Dancing Fish, De.Wan 1958, Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice in Pudu, Hing Kee Bakuteh on Jalan Kepong, Lai Fong Lala Noodles, Nam Heong Chicken Rice, Nasi Ayam Hainan Chee Meng on Jalan Klang Lama, Restoran Pik Wah, Sao Nam, and Wong Mei Kee.

In Penang, the culinary destinations newly bestowed with the Bib Gourmand distinction are Ah Boy Koay Teow Th’ng, BM Cathay Pancake famed for their apam balik, Ghee Lian with its renowned noodle delights including the signature green tom yum, Hot Bowl White Curry Mee, My Own Café, a sanctuary of assam laksa, Nyonya laksa, and spring rolls, Penang Road Famous Jin Kor Char Kuey Teow, the inimitable Siam Road Char Koay Teow, and Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak.

Notably, a significant portion of Penang’s Bib Gourmand laureates proudly embrace the charming realm of street food stalls – something for which Penang is of course very well known!

Dining delights at Communal Table by Gēn

These new entrants take their place alongside Penang’s 2023 Bib Gourmand lineup, including the flavours of Bibik’s Kitchen, the delectable Bridge Street Prawn Noodle, Communal Table by Gēn, the captivating Duck Blood Curry Mee, Green House Prawn Mee & Loh Mee, Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine, Ming Qing Charcoal Duck Egg Char Koay Teow, the delightful Moh Theng Pheow Nyonya Koay, Neighbourwood, Penang Road Famous Laksa, the aromatic Rasa Rasa, Sardaarji, Taman Bukit Curry Mee, Teksen, Thara, Tho Yuen, and the Wan Dao Tou Assam Laksa.

An intriguing (and perhaps confusing) aspect is the absence of standalone nasi lemak or nasi kandar eateries in the Bib Gourmand list, despite the profound influence of these iconic Malaysian dishes on the nation’s culinary landscape.

The much-anticipated revelation of the 2024 Michelin-starred and Michelin Selected restaurants is slated for November 17, with the prestigious award ceremony taking place at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

For a complete directory of the Michelin Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang, visit Michelin’s official website at


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