Foods and drinks to try in Malaysia
The diversity of the cultural makeup of Malaysia is similar to that of Singapore and Indonesia. Its small population is composed of several ethnic tribes mainly, the natives, Malaysians; Chinese, and Indians. Just how diverse it is reflects in its varied cuisine. Here are foods to try in Truly Asia:
1. Nasi Lemak
Nasi lemak is considered as the national dish of Malaysia. It is composed of a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, anchovies, peanuts, boiled egg, lamb curry, cucumber, and traditional chili paste.
2. Rice wine
Try this punch made from rice. The rice starch which has been converted to sugars is fermented. This Asian gastronomy is also used in religious ceremonies.
3. Traditional Main dishes
Don’t forget to try delicious Malaysian buffets where you can get to taste some typical Malaysian dishes as follows:
Terung goreng– fried aubergines
Ayam bakar berempah – roasted chicken with Malay spices
Kacang pajang– yardlong beans
4. Kung Pao shrimp
This shrimp dish is a familiar Chinese meal Malaysians have adapted.I quite liked the taste of the spicy sauce and succulent shrimps.
5. Ais Kacang- Malaysian halo-halo
Halo-halo in Malaysia is called Ais kacang which literally means ice beans. This Malaysian dessert contains local ingredients such as red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, palm seed ( attap chee) and agar agar along with the shoved ice which sometimes include an ice cream or nata de coco drizzled with coconut milk and sweetened milk. With all these ingredients, Ais Kacang still doesn’t taste sweet for me. None of the ingredients mentioned dominate as the overall taste is bland. This halo-halo is comparative to Filipino’s version only that the latter has a sweeter taste.
Another dish that many Asians can relate to is lumpia (popiah in Malaysia) . This common spring roll, which is either fresh, steamed or deep-dried, opriginates from Fujian region of China. The fillings are relatively the same: juicy pork, fresh ground peanuts, carrots, all wrapped up in a soft egg-roll skin.
7. Char Kway noodles
As advised by the waiter when we asked him what is their specialty, we ordered this Malaysian noodles which is a popular Malaysian street food. This fried flat noodles are made from kway teow (flat noodles), bean sprouts,eggs, chili paste and soy sauce.
8.Tiger & Guinness
Tiger , known to be the oldest locally-brewed beer brand in Malaysia, brewed by Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB), the same brewery that has been brewing Guinness for 50 years now. GAB is one out of the only 2 breweries with licenses to brew in Malaysia.
9. Ikan Pari Bakar
The hustling Jalan Alor Food street at night is a must-visit destination for foodies. Located at Bukit Bintang station, and a block away from our Royal Bintang hotel, it was no sweat. It’s definitely a haven for foodies with infinite stalls lining up along the long sidewalks that represents what food culture is about in the heart of Malaysia. Grilled such as this grilled stingray fish is a fave go- to dish.
10. Miso soup with clams
It was drizzling when we went to check out this place.This appetizing soup was the best choice to warm up the dewy, cold night.
11. Nasi goreng
This Malaysian fried rice is a staple food.
12. Roti Canai
Malaysian indian cuisine is a result of cooking adaptations by the ethnic Indian communities in Malaysia to their authentic Indian dishes. The best way to get a little of this cuisine is to pass by the Little India, near the Independence Square. I adored this Indian pancake for breakfast. Later, I learned that it is called Roti canai.
13. Nasi Kandar
On the same day, we stopped at a traditional Mamak restaurant after hours of wandering around Little India. We are free to choose as how many food we want to consume.The cost of the food depends on the type and weight of the food we selected. Nasi Kandar is a meal of steam rice, varieties of curries and side dishes.
14. Sweet Lassi Drinks
These are popular traditional yougurt-based drinks from India. The sweet lassi drinks are types of lassi flavoured with sugar, and other fruit juices.
15. Indian Halva
For desserts, we tried the extremely sweet Indian candies. The most common is the halva where primary ingredients are nut butter and sugar. It could also be based in various ingredients such as yams,pumpkins, among others.
Want to sample Malaysia’s iconic dishes which is a mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay delicacies in one day? Try this tour:
Breakfast buffet meal from our hotel.
Persian Fried Chicken
Have other Malaysian dishes you could share with us? Feel free to comment below.