14 Essential Malaysian Dishes You Need to Try

If you don’t already know about the joys of Malaysian cuisine, you’re missing out
Tepung Pelita


Tepung pelita is a Malaysian rice flour dessert.

A melting pot of Malay, Indian, and Chinese culture and cuisine, Malaysia’s Southeast Asian location means lush rainforests, postcard-worthy beaches, and unique food influences. Attractions in capital Kuala Lumpur, called “KL” by locals, include visiting the Petronas Twin Towers, skyscrapers with a sky bridge and observation deck, and the Batu Caves, a hill made of limestone peppered with cave temples. Tourists also visit Gunung Mulu National Park, which is filled with expansive views, caves, and karst formations, or eerie-looking rock formations sculpted by nature itself.

The country’s cuisine is just as unique as its sights. From murtabak, or pan-fried bread stuffed with minced meat and onions, to tepung pelita, or a rice flour dessert steamed inside a banana leaf, Malaysia is filled with dishes made with spices like coriander and turmeric or cooked in ingredients like coconut milk. Take a journey through 14 of the country’s most iconic dishes with us.