Malaysia is the country of diversity and it is well-represent in Food. If you visit Malaysia for the first time, you have to definitely get ready for the food coma. This country is the exact definition of Food Land that’s why we are giving you the Top dishes you MUST eat in Malaysia.
Malaysians are lucky. Here in the multiracial community, They have exposure to all sorts of cuisine. Chinese, Indian, Malay…There are countless delicious dishes to eat but here are our top 10 most delicious Malaysian dishes that we think you need to make the room for especially if you are in Malaysia for the first time.
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Nasi Dagang is a dish with Malay, Thai and Indian influences. This melting pot of flavors is not that surprising as the south of Thailand and north Malaysia were once the same kingdoms under the Malay sultanate of Pattani.
The spice paste is a combination of dried spices (popular in Indian curries) and a wet spice paste (popular in Malay curries). The dried spices are coriander seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek, black pepper, and dried chilies.
Consisting of rice steamed in coconut milk. Originally it is fish curry but if you are a big fan of chicken or beef you can easily find it as well. Well-known breakfast food in the states on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, such as Terengganu and Kelantan. Instead of cooking the rice in water, chefs will steam it in coconut milk to bring more of a sweet taste. In fact, Nasi Dagang has been called the “Nasi Lemak of the East Coast” since both are coconut milk-rich rice dishes.
Nasi Lemak – A cultural icon of Malaysia, Nasi Lemak is also known as the national breakfast dish here in Malaysia. Even though Originally served as a breakfast dish, Nasi Lemak is now served at any time of the day. Every Nasi Lemak consists of rice steamed in coconut milk, which imparts a creamy texture. The rice is served on a banana leaf (or a plastic plate sculpted to look like a banana leaf!) alongside a dab of spicy sambal, a small pile of deep-fried anchovies (known to locals as Ikan Bilis), roasted peanuts, cucumber, and sliced-up hard-boiled egg.
Speaking of Nasi, which means rice, you can’t miss this one, Nasi Kandar. Kandar refers to a wooden or bamboo yoke that Indian street vendors used in the old days Nasi Kandar is very similar to Nasi Campur. What makes it different compared to Nasi Campur is the choices of side dishes. The side dish is mostly curry based. Nasi Kandar has more popularity in the northern part of East Peninsular Malaysia.
This is the best way to experience the diversity of countless Malay dishes. Nasi Campur means mixed rice in Malay. Depending on which area you go, a Nasi Campur can have up to 100 different lauk (it means dishes in Malay). Covering everything you can think of from vegetables to the fish and types of meat. The price you pay in the end depends on the number of different dishes you have on your plate and the type of dishes too (meat being more expensive than vegetables).
In general, Malay cuisine is very rich and flavorful and can be spicy too. Coconut milk, chilies, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and belacan are the main and must have ingredients.
Crispy thin Apam Balik – Usually, in the morning it’s sold as a breakfast or as a snack when it’s sold in the afternoon or at the night markets.
It might look easy, but it is not easy at all to make this snack. Usually, the fillings are ground peanuts and sugar. Add corn, and some even add freshly grated coconut. It’s important that the ground peanuts be the right texture. If its ground too finely, when you bite into the Apam Balik, there’s not much crunch.
We can’t avoid recommending this drink to you, this drink is called Teh Tarik. Pulled Tea It is made from black tea and either condensed milk or evaporated milk. Malaysia has considered the drink as the country’s national drink. The mixture is poured back and forth repeatedly between two vessels from a height, giving it a thick frothy top.
Mamak is fusion Malay Indian food you can actually find a lot of mamak restaurant in Malaysia, our favorite one is Tandoori. It’s chicken with Nan. You will be surprised at how they cook this, but this classic Tandoori Chicken Is Marinated In Yogurt! Spices are then roasted in a hot tandoor oven. The skin is generally removed before the chicken is marinated and roasted.
Marinated meat skewers they grill the satay over wood or charcoal fire. There’s something about the smell of grill smoke that puts me in a fantastic mood. Before grilling, the meat will be marinated in a paste that consists of tons of ingredients like shallots, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, and turmeric. There might be more, but as far as I know, that’s some main stuff that they put in marinate paste.
The best part of eating Satay is the dipping sauce. The peanut sauce dip, or peanut gravy, slivers of onions and cucumbers!