Photo menu samples include nasi lemak, taufu rojak with satay sauce, pizza, bread, cakes, cookies, and more. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Malaysian, Chinese, Western, Catering, Take-out
5,7 9, Jalan 3/93, Taman Miharja, Jalan Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 55200
03-9281-8837, 03-9283-9263
Now Open

Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm

  • Cash only


First Review by chunlee_t
  • vegan

Tasty Chinese Vegetarian food, vegan options

Posted on 04 / 01 / 2014

Tian Yian café is a bustling restaurant in Kuala Lumpur’s Cheras district, in one of the typicall small shop area where restaurants and small shops are often located, where it extends over a total of 3 shop lots. My wild guess is that it seats about 300 people, and when I was there, it was always well filled.

So it can be considered as a very successful restaurant, and it seems that most people are here for the delicious taste of the food. They offer very tasty Chinese dishes, and they clearly put good taste over health or other considerations. I do not know if they use MSG, but they certainly use enough oil, sugar and salt to make the dishes good alternatives for people who want to have a delicious meal and for whatever reason want to eat vegetarian. So if you ever want to go out with omni friends or colleagues, this is a place where you can bring them without fearing that they will complain about the food. All food should also be free of onions and garlic to be suitable for Buddhists.

Challenges for vegans?

Vegans might face the challenge that the menu is not very easy to read (basically pictures of the dishes with prices), and that no ingredients are described there. You will have to rely on the product knowledge and the language skills of your waiter, which can be very good or not so much so. When I was in the sister restaurant, Du Sky garden, the waitress said that she will bring a vegan sauce to go with the satay I ordered. I had eaten the same dish in Tian Yian café, so now I am wondering, if they do prepare the sauce different or if maybe the waiter in Tian Yian café brought me something that was not vegan.

Definitely not a great position, and I would strongly suggest to management to provide a menu for vegans (e.g. a simple word document that can be printed out with a list of the dishes that are vegan or can be veganized)

Another thing here is that many similar restaurants seem to use incredible amounts of cheese in their western style dishes – especially the pizzas are cheese-laden monstrosities and some other dishes, that do not really require cheese, are garnished with liberal amounts of it.

It also seems strange that both Tian Yian café and Sky Garden offer a range of delicious cakes, some of them specifically dairy- and egg-free, and a range of coffee specialties, but both state that they do not have any kind of soymilk to prepare a vegan cappuccino or latte macchiato … with espresso as only vegan option.

Pros: Great tasting food, Moderate prices
Cons: Vegan options not marked, Some options might not be very healthy, Parking can be an issue
  • vegan

Stylish and good food

Posted on 04 / 03 / 2013

A stylish modern Chinese cafe/restaurant with good food. They have an extensive menu with plenty of options (all with pictures). There are sets for groups, rice dishes, noodles, hot pots (RM 17), side dishes (RM 5-15) etc. I had the 'oriental delight rice' meal (RM 12) which included tofu, sea vegetables, broccoli, and mushrooms, and came in a sizzling clay pot, plus tea. They also have a range of vegan (and non-vegan) cakes. I had a slice of the vegan walnut mocha cake (RM 7.8), which was pretty good. The restaurant itself is lovely - clean, air-conditioned, tastefully decorated, and looking out onto a veritable forest of trees on a quiet street. It's a big place, and was packed with happy diners when I went at lunch time.

Pros: Good food, Nice setting, Vegan cakes
  • vegan

Nice restaurant but can be quite packed

Posted on 09 / 26 / 2012

Went to this restaurant after reading about this place from a local food blogger & it was a nice place for a simple meal! They have both western & asian cuisine & also a bakery section! Parking can be difficult during lunch time & so is finding an empty table during peak times! For me personally the food is OK!

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Variety
Cons: Busy

  • vegan

Delicious food

Posted on 01 / 01 / 2009

Wide variety of choices. Recommend to try Balinese dry noodle & "Hong Sau" noodle soup. Friendly staffs, nice interior design. cons: Air-cond too cold for old people.

Pros: Variety of choice, Friendly staff, Clean
Cons: Air-cond too cold


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