They say “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach“. And I think Malaysians truly know and believe in it. I have been to Malaysia many times and I can say, Malaysians love to eat. They must have a minimum of six meals a day. There is always ample food in sight. And it is not only the Islamic community who come here for giving themselves a gastronomical treat! We enjoy it equally.
Here are top five food that you must try while in Malaysia.
Malaysian Satay :
Satay or much known as Malaysia’s signature dish. Marinated chicken, beef or veggies are skewered and grilled over a charcoal fire. Main accompaniment of heavenly satay is tangy peanut sauce and rice cubes & fresh slices of onion and cucumber make it a complete meal.
I warn you, before you know it, you will have eaten countless skewers without even noticing! 🙂
Roti Canai :
Pronounced as Chanai not Kanai.
Roti canai is a very well-known traditional Malaysian dish that most of them will never miss. Roti canai is done by a mixture of wheat flour, repeatedly kneaded, oiled and folded before being put aside to let the mixture rise before the process is repeated.
The Roti canai is flat with crispy exterior but fluffy inside.
There are many versions of the roti chanai from plain to other varieties such as eggs, sardine, banana etc.
It is served with lentil or chicken curry. It can be had at anytime of the day, but is commonly eaten for breakfast along with a cup of Teh tarik. A must try.
Nasi Lemak :
Known as one of the national dishes of Malaysia, Nasi Lemak is a popular breakfast choice for locals.
The rice is cooked in coconut milk with ginger, star anise and cinnamon. A complete nasi lemak is served with eggs, cucumber, sambal gravy and is topped with crunchy groundnuts, small fried fish. Some people prefer Rendang, a thick meat curry instead of sambal.
You can have Nasi Lemak in traditional triangle of rice wrapped in a banana leaf (take away version) or a meal served on a plate. For me it is a complete meal to truly look forward to.
Cendol is a noodle-like strips made from green flour. It is served in a cold mixture of coconut milk, brown sugar syrup made from the local gula melaka, and shaved ice. Brown sugar syrup is added to bring the sweet flavor.
Other ingredients such as red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly, creamed corn, might also be included.
Teh Tarik :
Among hot beverages of Malaysia, it is considered as national drink.
“Pulled tea” is best known as a piping hot tea that is pulled from one mug to another. It is an ordinary milky tea made with condensed milk, and then poured at a high height to create a foam. This drink is a popular Malaysian drink that can be enjoyed at anytime of the day. I have written about it here in detail.
If you are a foodie, Malaysia should be on top of your list of “to be visited” places.
And if you are in India, head over to Lucknow for its famous street food.
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