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A Taste of Malaysia – The 10 Great Food of Malaysia

A Taste of Malaysia – The 10 Great Food of Malaysia

Jan 22, 2014

Malaysia is a combination of Chinese, Indian, and Malay ethnic races, making it so rich and diverse in cultural heritage. Traveling to Malaysia provides plenty of experiences, from the sights and tourist attractions to the people and the local delicacies. It is the best place for once in a lifetime food tasting experiences. Whether you are a first time traveler or you have considered Malaysia to be your home, there are plenty of food choices that you will truly enjoy.

Here is a list of the 10 great food of Malaysia:

Apam Balik

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Apam balik or the Malaysian peanut turnover is a sweet treat that is true to Malaysian origins. You can easily find apam balik among street food vendors. Made from flour, sugar, eggs, yeast and water, this is a Malaysian version of a pancake stuffed with roasted peanuts and sugar crumbs.(image by Pearlyn Lee).

Nasi Kandar

Rice lovers need to try this Malaysian version of rice placed in a piece of wilted banana leaf. White rice is served on a banana leaf, then an assortment of curried meat or fish, fried chicken, gizzards, prawns or squid, fish roe, vegetables like brinjal, okra or bitter gourd, pickles, and papadum is placed around the rice. To make it more interesting, ask for the curry sauces to be mixed into your rice and you have to eat your meal with your hands.

Bah Kut Teh

Bah Kut Teh is one of the must-try dishes in Malaysia. It literally means “Meat Bone Tea” as it consists of pork bone or ribs cooked in herbal soup with bean curd slices, spices, vegetables, and fried yao char kuai, then served in a clay pot with steamed rice and Chinese tea on the side.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is basically rice cooked with coconut milk. It is served with slices of eggs, anchovies, peanuts, vegetables and curried meat of your choice such as beef, chicken, fish or mutton. If you want it spicy, you may ask for sambal as topping.

Charsiew Rice

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Seasoned boneless pork strips skewered into long forks then cooked in a covered oven or over a fire is another dish that is native to Malaysia. The meat is seasoned with honey, fermented tofu, five spice powder, hoisin sauce and dark soy sauce. As the meat cooks, the honey caramelizes into the outer meat and gives its shiny glaze. (image by umami).


Laksa is a spicy noodle soup that is a staple in Malaysia. You can opt for curry laksa or asam laksa. Penang laksa is the most favorite among locals and tourists. It is made with mackerel, tamarind, lemongrass, galangal, and chili, and then garnished with pineapple slices, mint, onion, and sweet prawn paste.


With its many variations and origins, Malaysia has created its own version of a meat on a stick. Satay is a local street snack that can be eaten with your meal or while you’re on foot exploring the city. It is a slice of meat seasoned with spices and honey skewered onto a wooden stick then grilled or barbecued then served with a spicy peanut sauce.


Rendang is traditionally served during Malay ceremonies, but it has already become one of the must-try dishes in Malaysia. The meat is cooked with coconut milk and a paste of spices. It is slow-cooked for hours, allowing the liquid and spices to fully integrate into the meat. Either you opt for the dried rendang or the kalio, you should not miss a rendang meal when in Malaysia.

Tanjung Tualang Fresh River Prawns

Tanjung Tualang is located in Perak, Malaysia and is home to the fresh river prawns and other crustaceans. For your once-in-a-lifetime seafood experience, take the 2-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Tualang and try succulent freshwater prawns that are cooked right in front of you. Either cooked in butter or coated with nestum oats, fresh prawns are simply mouth-watering and to die for.

Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik is a mixture of black tea, condensed milk, and sugar. To cut the sweetness, serve it with Roti Canai for a complete breakfast meal or something to fill you up at anytime of the day.

When in Malaysia, never miss out on the wide array of dishes that are true to its origins. Whether you are in Malacca or Kuala Lumpur or even in Penang, there is so much food , dishes , meal and other local delicacies to experience only in Malaysia.


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