As a multicultural country, Malaysian are lucky enough to enjoy a huge variety of local foods as well as cross cultural food such as Mamak and Nyonya. A dish with the same names can have different variety. For example, Chinese Rojak and Indian Rojak are very different. But, what are the most famous dishes among the Malaysian?
1 – Nasi Lemak
A popular breakfast made of coconut milk rice served with sambal ikan bilis and slices of hard boil egg and cucumber. Chicken, squid or even beef is added for better satisfaction.
2 – Satay
Marinated meat being barbecued over the charcoal. The peanut sauce is a must as companion. Some would also like to be served with onions, cucumbers and even ketupat, a rice cube wrapped with palm leaves.
3 – Nasi Dagang
Claimed by the people in the East Coast Peninsular Malaysia as the East Coast Nasi Lemak. Nasi dagang is glutinous rice steamed with coconut milk. Normally served with fish curry, hard boiled eggs, shaved fried coconut and vegetable pickles.
4 – Char Kuey Teow
The name of the dish came from the Hokkien which means fried ‘kuey teow’, a type of noodles. Ingredients such as prawns, fishcake slices, cockles, eggs or even Chinese sausage can be found inside. But, the dish is vary from one place to another.
5 – Hainanese Chicken Rice
Hainanese Chicken Rice is cooked with chicken stock and topped with steamed chicken! The specialty of the dish is the chicken meat where the smoothness and juiciness remains! Dipping the meat into the chillies or ginger served is even nicer!
6 – Prawn Mee
Prawn Mee or Noodles is served with rich flavored stock made of shrimp. Prawns are must referring to the name of the dish! Also, sliced pork and fishcakes and bean sprout are included. Topping with fried spring onion could enriched the taste better.
7 – Bak Kut Teh
Bah Kut Teh is originated from the Hokkien word which mean herbal soup served with pork. A bowl of white rice is the best companion to it! But, as time goes by, there is also a halal version called ‘Chi Ku Teh’ which replaces the pork with chicken.
8 – Banana Leaf Rice
Banana Leaf Rice is served on banana leaf with dishes like fried fish, fried chicken, vegetables or anything that the consumer likes.
9 – Nasi Kandar
Nasi Kandar is one of the Penang specialty. Rice is being served with a wide variety of food from vegetables to meat to seafood.
10 – Roti Canai
Roti Canai resembles local fried pancake which is made from dough which has wide variety of topping such as eggs, sardines, banana and anything you can named it. Best served with Dhall, curry or even only white sugar.
What is Your Favorite Malaysian Food?
Of course this is only a part of it. There are so many other delicious Malaysian food. Feel free to suggest the local food that you like best.