Malaysia is the melting pot of different races and culture – and the best indication is the Malaysian cuisine which is heavily influenced by other regions. I am personally a great fan of Malaysian foods and every time I visit its capital Kuala Lumpur – I take every possible opportunity to stuff my face with the Malaysian delicacies. So today I am going to share with you 10 awesome dishes that will satiate the food junkie inside you. Join me through this journey through mouth watering delicacies.
Nasi Lemak is considered to be the official signature dish of Malaysians – and you cannot miss it in any menu – whether you are dining in a 7 star hotel or on the streets. This dish is simple yet has a distinct Malaysian flavor – and what makes it so unique is the amalgamation of different tastes on your palette. There are many variations to this dish but fundamentally it consists of rice cooked in coconut milk – boiled eggs – fried peanuts – anchovies- sambal a spicy chutney and slices of cucumber. Traditionally it is served wrapped in banana leaf. Next time when you visit Malaysia – don’t forget to try this simple but awesome dish. (Image Source)
Roti Canai is basically a type of flat bread which is influenced by Indian style of cooking – in fact the first time it reminded me of the Indian Parantha. What so unique about Roti Canai is the way it is being made – trust me it is one of the best cookery show you will see. The dough is rotated between the hands and thrown up in the air – the cook catches it mid-air to start rotating it again. The cook has to repeatedly bang it on the table to make the dough wafer thin. The Roti Canai is traditionally served with sambal and dal – however there are many variations to the side menu available. (Image Source)
The first time I had a bowl of Pan Mee – I was simply spell bounded by its sheer flavors – I thought that suddenly my mouth is filled with so many tastes that its confusing to pick one. A Pan Mee is traditionally served as a soup – which has dried anchovies, pork, mushrooms, vegetables, fish balls with flour noodles. The best time to eat a Pan Mee is in breakfast – but then for food lovers there is no particular time to savor its taste. If the Pan Mee served to you is not spicy enough – there are chutneys provided as a side items – but be careful as these chutneys are very hot and spicy – too much of it can bring tears in your eyes! (Image Source)
This is unarguably the most popular street food in Malaysia – and you can find a number of food stalls selling a Murtabak. It is a simple stuffed and fried bread – the ingredients inside are minced chicken/mutton, lots of garlic cloves, eggs and onions. A Murtabak is usually eaten with side dishes of hot and spicy curry, slices of cucumbers and tomato based sauce. There is a vegetarian variety of Murtabak also – although it is not so commonly found. This dish is not just limited to Malaysia – as with Muslim traders it has spread across the entire Gulf countries. (Image Source)
I am not a great sea food lover – primarily because I live thousands of miles away from the nearest shore and therefore getting fresh sea foods is not possible – so the first time I got an opportunity to taste this delicacy – I had no words to describe as to what I felt – probably AMAZING is the nearest possible description of this fish based Malaysian dish. This is basically a charcoal grilled fish served primarily along with coconut cooked rice. Traditionally the marinated fish is wrapped around banana leaves and then slowly cooked over hot charcoals – giving the dish its unique heavenly taste. (Image Source)
This is basically a fermented crepe made out of batter of rice and black lentils – what I like about it is the crisp flavor and when served with sambhar and cocunut chutney it is a complete wholesome meal – at a very reasonable price. Rarely you come across a dish so fulfilling and yet light on your stomach. As it is rich in carbohydrates at many places this is a staple breakfast for the people. There are 1000 different varieties of Thossai – depending upon the fillings it has – although my preference is always the traditional stuffing of fried and spicy potatoes. (Image Source)
Now you can leave it to the Malaysians to take a simple instant noodle and make something extra ordinarily delicious out of it. The twist in this dish comes by frying the Maggi with vegetables and eggs. There are versions where even tofu and shredded chicken is added to enhance its flavor. For garnishing purposes a slice of lime is also served. The unique feature of this dish is that there is no limitations to what you can add into this dish – there by making it the most customizable Malaysian dish available. After late night partying if you want to have a quick bite – then for sure this is what I will strongly recommend. (Image Source)
The name of this drink is literally derived from the “pulling” method of its preparation – and trust me it is like a magic show where it is made by pouring the hot drink from one cup to another from considerable height – without spilling a single drop – this gives it a unique frothy look. Basically it is a hot tea which is served across all the Malaysian restaurants – and will not be wrong to call it the official drink of the country. The best way to have it is in the morning with Roti Canai – trust me it will make the day for you. (Image Source)
Char Kway Teow
I still don’t correctly know how to pronounce it – but who cares – what matters is the exotic taste this Malaysian dish brings to your palette – but be warned that this is not considered to be a healthy dish by the dietitian – simply because of its high saturated fat content. The preparation is simple – flat rice noodles are stir fried over an extremely high flame – and mixed with assorted vegetables and chicken – along with a good dose of soy sauce. As with many other Malaysian dishes – you will find many variations to this dish. (Image Source)
Nasi Goreng Kampung
Another of my favorite Malaysian dish which is simple but so full of favors. Traditionally it is a stir fried rice with sliced chili and beans along with fried fish – however you come across many varieties to this combination. So next time when you are in Malaysia do try this sumptuous dish. (Image Source)
Now there are hundreds of other tasty Malaysian I will like to share with you – probably I will make another such interesting list. Meanwhile have you joined the AWESOME Reward Santa Community – where you can win cash rewards by filling simple surveys from the comfort of your home. The registration is absolutely free – so don’t wait and Join Us!