The 9 Most Delicious Malaysian Foods

Roti canai, chicken curry, grilled meat on a stick, nasi lemak, .. promise to tease your taste pubs. Featuring dozens of ingredients and spices, these local dishes definitely stir up your appetite with a mouthful during your cuisine exploration to Malaysia.

Roti canai

Roti canai is a popular dish for breakfast of the Malaysian. However, you might enjoy it as a tasteful snack before lunch and dinner. Originated from India, of course, this dish has characteristics of Indian food.  To make this fragrant dish, they mix wheat flour, eggs and ghee (melting butter that is excluded water), flat on frying pan then roll. This dish is often served with curry when it is hot so that you can enjoy soft filling and crispy wrapping. 

Chicken curry

Chickens are cut into pieces, cooked with rempah - a kind of sauce made from coconut milk and various spices in a special recipe. The meat is tender, rich, spicy and fragrant which is often accompanied by white rice.

Asam laksa Noodle

Featuring the special broth made from tamarind sauce and fish, the « mouth-watering » Asam laksa noodles of  Malaysia is served with cucumbers, pineapples, and some herbs to leave a wonderful taste in your mouth. You can enjoy this dish at any time and anywhere in Malaysia.

Grilled meat on a stick

Featuring the meat and seafood are marinated and then grilled on charcoal, grilled meat on a stick promises to stir up your appetite with a mouthful thanks to the fragrance. You definitely enjoy this tasteful snack on stalls on the street.

Nasi lemak

Nasi lemak has long been considered as Malaysia's typical dish with rich ingredients and « eyes – catching » presentation. Rice cooked coconut milk is put on green banana leaves, poured sambal sauce, then covered with dry fish, roasted peanuts, cucumber, eggs (boiled or omelette), or even chicken and seafood.


Popial is somehow similar to the spring roll (Pho Cuon) of Vietnam. It is made from radish, bean, crispy vegetables, peanuts, eggs and tofu.

Hainanese chicken rice

Like many Malaysian specialties, Hainanese chicken rice originated from China but its recipe was varied to satisfy the taste of the locals. Chicken meat is tender and served with rice cooked with chicken broth. Noticeably, to give this dish a better taste, they offer a special sauce made from garlic, ginger, and chili.

Mee goreng fried noodles

Mee goreng fried noodles are processed in various recipes. The yellow noodles are quickly stir-fried with soy sauce, garlic, shallots and peppers, shrimps, chicken, beef or vegetables. This is one of the most popular street foods in Malaysia. 

Rendang Beef Curry

Rendang Beef Curry features its extreme spice of ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime and chili. However, this combination makes it sweet, sour and rich. In addition to beef curry, visitors can enjoy other taste like chicken curry, vegetable curry or even seafood curry.

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