Malaysia is a foodie paradise where you’ll want to eat six meals a day just to try everything! With flavour fusions from neighbouring countries and street vendors putting their own spin on dishes, your taste buds will never be bored. So put on your baggy pants and prepare to indulge in some of Southeast Asia’s punchiest flavours!
Here are seven delicious street dishes you must try while travelling in Malaysia…
1. Watersports Heaven
This spiced coconut broth is a street food classic, topped with noodles, tofu puffs, shrimp, egg, fish balls, and cucumber. Definitely getting your money’s worth!
2. The Roti Canai
The roti canai (cha-nay) is a universal food. This flaky bread-pancake hybrid goes well with fragrant daal or can be enjoyed on its own as a delectable dish at any time of day, but it is especially appreciated at four in the morning. Do you have a sweet tooth? choose a version with mango, banana, and honey for a decadent breakfast.
This pure peanut heaven can also be found in Malaysian markets. Skewered and spiced meat is grilled and served with a spicy peanut sauce on top (hopefully in copious amounts).
4. Nasi Lemak
You can never go wrong with Nasi Lemak. This staple of Malaysian cuisine will keep you satisfied for the entire eight-hour bus ride and beyond. The perfect comfort food includes coconut rice, crunchy peanuts, fresh cucumber, crispy dried anchovies, and hot sambal.
5. Sambal Udang
You can bet that any discussion of Malaysian cuisine will include sambal, a spicy concoction of chillies, shrimp paste, and calamansi lime. Juicy fresh “udang” (prawns) are covered and stir-fried in this tasty paste for a simple but delicious meal.
6. Hokkien Mee
Hokkien Mee, like many Malay dishes, varies from region to region and vendor to vendor, so make sure you give it another go. Sliced pork, prawns, and squid are the main ingredients, along with rice noodles and eggs. Penang chooses a broth-based dish with a little extra sambal (of course), while Kuala Lumpur serves it up dark and sticky.
7. Char Kuey Teow
Woken up with a hangover? No worries—this popular choice is the solution! With prawns, beansprouts, and an egg. Thick, flat rice noodles are stir-fried in pork fat, dark soy sauce, chilli and belacan. The food is tasty enough to finish the entire plate and then some more. And, it’s spicy enough to soak up all the alcohol from last night.