People always say Malaysian food isn’t getting the global recognition it deserves. But the fact everybody loves Malaysian food so much. There are so many delicious Malaysian cuisine’s influences include Chinese, Indian and Malay. Once you’re in Malaysia and eating, you can not stop, and there are more variety of foods always line-up in front of you. Too many of them “Good Food”, we helps you to narrow down to 10 of Malaysia’s top dishes, in no particular order.
1. Nasi Lemak
This is the most common and favourite dish in Malaysia, almost everyone, yes every Malaysian like to eat Nasi Lemak. Nasi Lemak basically is rice cooked in coconut milk, serve together with chili (sambal sauce), fried eggs/hard boiled eggs, cucumber slide, fried peanut and fried anchovies. Some premium Nasi Lemak comes together with side dishes such like Mutton/Beef/Chicken/seafood Curry or fried chicken.
It had become so common until you can basically have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In Malaysia, we always love it as breakfast, together with a Milk Tea (we called it Teh Tarik).
2. Roti Canai
If you never try Roti Canai in Malaysia, is like you never been to Malaysia. It is so common in Malaysia, and well accepted by all races as breakfast, lunch, dinner and most of all, Supper. It is an Indian inspired dish, some people say it is similar to paratha in India. Roti Canai is made with flour, butter, mixed it and fried it, then ready to serve with variety of curry sauce. It is a a bit fluffy and crispy exterior, eat it when it is hot and it is so tasty. Now a day, the type of Roti Canai evolved to many favour, such like Banana, Sardin fish, Crispy Roti Tissue, Roti Bom, and etc.
There are so many different saying about original of Satay, some say from Thailand, Some say from Indonesia. I would say it is from Malaysia, and the best Satay still only can be found in Malaysia. It is “meat on stick” and we called it Satay, grilled meat serve with peanut chili sauce. Commonly Satay is served by Muslim and it is halal food in Malaysia, only certain shop that serve Pork Satay which is non-halal food.
4. Mee Goreng Mamak
Fried Noodle that consist yellow noodles, beef/chicken (some include shrimp), soy sauce, vegetables and eggs, of course fried together with chili. It sound like a simple and it is delicious too. You might think you can replicate the cooking at home, but it is not going to be easy as 1,2,3.
5. Char Kuey Teow
Thank to Chinese chef that create this dish, which made with flat rice noodles, fried with pork lard, dark and light soy sauce, chili, cockles, bean sprouts, chinese chives, prawn and eggs. The best Char Kuey Teow is the one fried with the stove with wood fire, do not ask me why, but if you taste it, you will definitely know the different.
This always the linked with Satay, when everyone surely order ketupat together with satay. Most of the time, ketupat served with curry and rendang. Ketupat is a handful of rice that packed in a pouch made of coconut trees leaves, is sort of dumpling rice.
7. Nasi Kandar
Nasi Kandar is an Indian Muslim cuisine which is essentially rice served with variety topping, which include fried chicken, curry mutton/chicken/beef/seafood/fish, eggs and okra (lady finger). If you wanna try it the most authentic way, please say “basah” when you start order, they will pour every type of gravy/sauce from all available in front of you, then you add on the topping.
Popiah is kind of soft type spring roll filled with shredded vegetables, bean sprout, shrimp, beancurd, fried onion and cooked jicama, then wrapped with popiah skin (soft, thin paper-like crepe), it always serve with sweet bean sauce. Popiah do not need to go through deep fry process. Do not confused this will the wet roll in Vietnam.
9. Bak Kut Teh
Bak Kut Teh is a pork/pork bone soup with herb which started from Port Klang, where is kind of soup that gives energy to those who work for the shipyard and port. Now it is one of the famous food for Chinese in Malaysia. It is a non halal food, it only serve to non muslim only.
Bak Kut Teh ingredient include offal, varieties of mushroom, and pieces of dried tofu or fried tofu puffs cook together with Chinese herbs and the soup a sweeter, slightly stronger flavour. It always serve together with strips of fried dough called yao char kway.
10. Nasi Kerabu
Kelantanese dish, blue rice from telang flower (blue pea, butterfly pea) topped with bean sprouts and fried coconut, then sambal (spicy budu), fermented fish sauce, and always match with fish or beef. Nasi Kerabu always got everyone attention because of the “Blue color rice” and all the topping. It is a pure Malaysia Kelantan style dish, you should not miss this when you’re around in Malaysia.