What Malaysian Dining Has to Offer


Malaysian cuisine joins the list of popular Asian foods that the rest of the world is lucky enough to have sampled. To many locals and a growing number of expats the tantalising and delicate Malay flavours are more than memorable, with chefs trying to replicate the distinctive tastes in kitchens around the world. Malaysia is home to amazing culinary creations, influenced by Malay, Indian and Chinese cooking, and you will be forgiven for fast becoming obsessed with this incredible fragrant cuisine.

If you’ve recently moved to Malaysia, getting to know the culture through its food will be immensely rewarding and this fantastic country does not disappoint. There is a great variety of dishes in Malaysia that reflects the ethnic diversity of its people so get ready to taste some truly mouth-watering food.

The following dishes are some of the most traditional options and you can enjoy them in restaurants or one of the many street stalls in busy market areas.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is a staple in the local cuisine and you will find it everywhere. It literally translates as butter rice and it is made with white rice, almonds, dried anchovies, boiled eggs, cucumber and sambal sauce. Street vendors serve it on banana leaves so you can enjoy it on the go.

Char Kway Teow

Every region has its own version of the popular fried noodle dish char kway teow. Each city gives it a different twist, but the dish usually includes fried egg, lettuce, bean sprouts and seafood.


If you are not too keen on spicy food, satay is a tasty option. This is the Malaysian take on a barbecue and you are not short of options, including chicken, lamb or beef skewers cooked to perfection and served with a peanut sauce. There are other options for the bravest diners, such as cow intestines. Squid satay is often found in coastal towns. The sweet and sour peanut sauce is what makes this dish so delightful.

Hokkien Mee

This is comfort in a bowl. Steamy noodles accompanied by prawn, boiled egg and chillies. You can have it with white, yellow or glass noodles or even mix the three of them together. The different types of noodles change the flavour of the dish and how it absorbs the delicious broth.

Roti Canai

Roti canai is the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee. This buttery bread can be served on its own, with red curry or fried egg. If you have a sweet tooth, try it with banana, sprinkled with sugar or coconut jam.

Ais Kacang

If you are trying to cool down after a spicy meal, try ais kacang, which translates as “bean ice”. Shaved ice is served with a mix of red beans, sweet corn, black grass jelly and coconut juice. It might not sound very appealing, but this combination of flavours is delicious and refreshing in the humid Malaysian climate. You will not regret ordering it. 


So when you’re ready to make the move to Malaysia, come to Allied Pickfords and we’ll get your belongings there safely, on time and at an affordable price. www.alliedpickfords.com.my


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