Malaysia hosts a variety of thriving cultures, each with their own cuisine and restaurants. Indonesian, Chinese and Indian foods are very well represented either in their traditional or fusion versions. Because these cultures harbor Buddhist and Hindu established vegetarian practices, a wide variety of vegan dishes can be enjoyed in those establishments (check the vegan dishes of those countries on our INDONESIA, CHINA and INDIA pages). Malaysian food on the other hand tends to rely more on animal products, though many tofu, tempeh and vegetable dishes will often be available on the menus. Since English is understood in most places in Malaysia, it will be easy to communicate your requests for veganizing dishes.
There are thriving vegan organizations in Malaysia and many vegan restaurants have started to sprout up in the last 5 years. Do not think that only tourists eat there, as healthy eating has also become a concern of the middle-class population and some are turning to veganism. Vegan milks and meats can now be found in a lot of foreign and local supermarkets and since Malaysia is well known for the quality of its fruits and vegetables, it should be a breeze to tour the country, cook for yourself as well as find delicious venues to satisfy vegan palates.
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