Foods in Malaysia You Must Try on Trips

foods in Malaysia

Malaysia is a diverse country, located almost in the center of the region of Southeast Asia, among its most popular neighbors – Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. A feature of this country is the fact that three different races live here, each of which has a different culture and foods in Malaysia.

Of this variety, Malaysia has a wide selection of food and restaurants to choose from. In Malaysia, food is a big part of people’s lifestyle and culture, but here is a list of foods in Malaysia

Dishes of Favorite Foods in Malaysia


1. Nasi Lemak

foods in Malaysia nasi lemak

This is the national food in Malaysia. Nasi Lemak means “rice in cream.” There are many regional varieties, but the most common is boiled rice, boiled with coconut milk and pandanus leaves, which is a type of local plant for this region. Rice is traditionally served on a banana leaf with slices of cucumber, dried anchovies, fried nuts, and boiled eggs. But the most important ingredient is sambal, a type of hot sauce, pepper, and spices.

How delightful is nasi lemak from how well “sambal” is made! Most people eat nasi lemak with other products such as chicken, cuttlefish, mussels, beef, or beef, i.e., cooked beef with spices and dried vegetables.

2. Buck Kut Tech

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The name is translated as “bone meat tea.” This Chinese dish is a soup made of pork, herbs, and garlic, cooked for many hours. Other ingredients are mushrooms, internal organs, and dried tofu. Sometimes add green onions and fried pants. Bak Kut Teh is served with rice and ‘youtiao,’ which are long fried slices of dough.

Buck Kut Tech is often accompanied by minced garlic and chili in soy sauce served on small plates. Chinese tea is an essential part of this dish, and it is drunk to balance the taste. Try Bak Kut Teh for authentic Chinese food.

3. Laksa

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Laksa is among the best foods in Malaysia, it has many different regional varieties. The most common is the Asam laksa. This is a sour fish soup whose main ingredients are minced fish, usually mackerel and finely chopped vegetables, including cucumbers, onions, red chili peppers, pineapple, lettuce, mint, and ginger. Then add thick white noodles to the soup.

Also, add a thick paste of sweet shrimp. Other varieties of Laksa are Laksa Kari, Laksa Johor, Laksa Kedah, Laksa hypo, Laksa Kuala kangsar, Laksa Kelantan, laksa, Laksa Lemak, Laksa Sarawak, Laksa Penang, and many others.

4. Satay

foods in Malaysia satay

Satay you may have heard about this food before. This minced meat is served with peanut sauce, cucumbers, onions, and rice cakes. The choice of meat varies – you can choose deer, rabbit, and even fish, but the most common are chicken and beef. Pickled meat is cut into bamboo sticks and grilled over charcoal.

5. Char Kway Teow

foods in Malaysia char kway theow

Char Kway Teow is another favorite food in Malaysia. Char Kway Teow means “strips of rice cake.” Flat rice noodles fried with chili, shrimp, hearts, eggs, bean cabbage, and vegetables. Sometimes it fried with pork lard. It also has many local options, but Penang Char Kway Teow is the most famous.

6. Nasi Kandar

Nasi kandar is one of the best foods in Malaysia which are widely available from northern Malaysia, originally from Penang. It has rice and many spicy additives to choose from. Spices are what make our candy so special. Meals are organized as a buffet, and you must specify the snacks you want.

After choosing appetizers, the waiter will pour various curries on a plate, and this process is called “banjir” or “pouring.” If you can’t get spicy food, ask for less curry.

7. Roti Canai

One of the most consumed foods in Malaysia is Roti Canai. – a type of flatbread that is available everywhere. It is round and flat and is consumed with lentil curry called dhal. You can request canary wheels in many ways. The most popular varieties are: with eggs or tellurium wheels, with banana or pisang wheels, smaller but thicker, made thin and full, like tissue paper or cigarette wheels.

You can be more adventurous and ask for kai wheels grilled with Malaysian coconut or Milo wheels sprinkled with chocolate powder and chocolate. Try a few and find your favorite steering wheel!

8. Cendol

Cendol, a Malaysian dessert that has always been a favorite, consists of shaved ice, smooth green rice noodles in chilled coconut milk and coconut sugar or Melaka cotton. Red beans, glutinous rice, and corn are sometimes added. If you like something sweet, ask for more Melaka bump, as many Malaysians do!

9. Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik is called the national drink consumed in Malaysia. This tea, sweetened with condensed milk, can be ordered hot or frozen. Malay tea and fare mean shoot, jerk, or jerk. Tea with milk is prepared with outstretched hands, pouring hot tea from one cup to another several times.

The larger the sediment, the thicker the foam, the thicker the foam. Teh Tarik will give you an extra flavor of the tea.

10. Claypot Rice

Claypot Rice is originally Chinese and the most surprising dish you can eat in Malaysia. This dish consists of rice with vegetables, chicken or other ingredients on top. The rice is cooked over a charcoal fire in a pottery pot.

This gives a fantastic taste because the smells of the fire and the pot are completely absorbed by the rice.

11. Banana Leaf Curry

Indian cuisine is my all-time favorite in Malaysia. The Banana Leaf Curry often consists of a pile of rice with a number of different curries and a papadum. All served on a banana leaf. Banana Leaf Curry is usually vegetarian, but you can always ask for a meat dish.

You can usually eat the tastiest Banana leaf curry in Indian restaurants. For the atmosphere, you might not go in quickly, but the food is often great. And yes, just like in India you occasionally eat here with your hands.

12. Masala Thosai

Masala Thosai, or ‘dosa’ is an originally Indian dish that you regularly can eat in Malaysia. It is known as ‘dosai’ also. The Thosai is a kind of thin pancake made from rice and black lentils. It is often filled with wonderfully seasoned vegetables and potatoes.

You must love to it the masala Thosai is often served with a few side dishes such as dahl and curries. Also you can eat this dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Malaysia.

Final Words

This all foods are always favorite to me in Malaysia. I am very curious about what would be your favorite dishes from this list of foods in Malaysia. I hope your next travel destination will be Malaysia to visit the best places in Malaysia also to enjoy some very interesting foods in Malaysia.


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