Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a vibrant destination with a diversity of cultures and traditions. This tropical paradise boasts pristine jungles, sun-drenched beaches and magnificent modern landmarks. There is something to charm every visitor, be it a nature-lover, sun-seeker or an avid shopper. Malaysia has some of Asia’s finest cuisine, given the variety of cooking styles and cultural influences, with an irresistible variety of flavours – delicious Malaysian food is a combination of Malay, Chinese, and Indian. Spicy, fresh and exotic. Let’s get acquainted with this wonderful cuisine.
The best starting point is the signature dish of Malaysia, Satay. Satay is skewered chicken or beef, barbecued over a charcoal fire. Served with a thick peanut sauce, known as Satay sauce, cucumber, and rice cooked and compressed in banana leaves.
Is a favourite with Malays, it is rice cooked in coconut milk and infused with spices such as ginger, star anise, and cinnamon. This can be served with fried anchovies, boiled eggs, a spicy sauce called Sambal, fresh cucumber, and groundnuts.
is well known both within and outside Malaysia. Rendang is made with chicken or beef, and has a thick, dry, fragrant sauce that is delicious and satisfying. It is served with plain rice or glutinous (sticky) rice. Very popular during the Muslim festival of Hari Raya.
is a delicious Chinese dish. The rice is cooked together with the chicken, and served with a ginger paste, chilli sauce, and soy sauce.
Yong Tau Foo
is a Chinese soup dish with a variety of ingredients such as fish balls, crab sticks, bitter gourd, and chilli. Vegetables such as bitter gourd and chilli are stuffed with fish or pork paste. It can be eaten by itself or with a bowl of steamed rice or noodles.
Have you heard of Teh Tarik?
Literally means ‘stretched’ or ‘pulled’ tea.
It gets its name from the art of ‘pulling’ or pouring the tea from one mug to another, to increase the aroma and cool its temperature.
It is a delicious milky slightly spicy tea.
So Malaysian, you must try it.
Is a crispy Indian pancake made from wheat flour. It is very popular in Malaysia and is eaten all during the day, especially good for breakfast with a sweet or savoury sauce.
Often you can see the chef pound, stretch, and toss the dough before watching it be cooked on a griddle.
Char Kuay Teow
Is a very popular street hawker dish. Its type of flat noodles that are stir fried over high heat with cockles, prawns, chicken, and bean sprouts. A favourite of food lovers everywhere.
Nasi Biryani is a rice dish, rich hearty and satisfying. It is infused with saffron and turmeric, cooked with chicken, egg, or lamb. Very tasty and very aromatic. Biryani is served with curry and a traditional yoghurt salad.
A traditional fruit and vegetable salad, rajak consists of chopped cucumber, young mangoes, pineapple, turnip, deep-fried tofu and fritters. It is served with a thick sauce made of shrimp paste. Another variation of rajak, known as Mamak Rojak, consists of prawn fritters, boiled potatoes, cuttlefish and hard-boiled eggs. It is savoured with a peanut gravy.
Air Batu Campur
Or ABC, is easily one of the most popular desserts in Malaysia. It is filled to the brim with shaved ice and a variety of condiments such as red beans, crushed groundnuts, creamed corn and colourful jelly. It is sweetened with condensed milk and sugar syrup.