14 Essential Malaysian Dishes You Need to Try Slideshow
November 9, 2015
If you don’t already know about the joys of Malaysian cuisine, you’re missing out
14 Essential Malaysian Dishes You Need to Try
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.
The name of this dish translates to “fried chicken” in English, and though recipes vary, they always call for chicken deep-fried in coconut oil with an array of spices. It’s sometimes served alongside nasi lemak, and spices include turmeric, cumin, and coriander.
This style of spicy noodle soup is a dish characteristic of northeastern Malaysia and areas like Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu. It usually includes spices like lemongrass, garlic, and coriander and is made with thick rice flour noodles in gravy made from boiled fish and coconut milk.
This Indian-inspired dish is popular all over Malaysia, and varying recipes for these spicy fried noodles abound. Potatoes, tomatoes, shrimp, scallions, garlic, eggs, and soy sauce are all optional ingredients.
Popular in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, this dish consists of yellow noodles with spicy potato-based gravy and often topped with fried shallots, spring onions, lime juice, or a hard-boiled egg. It can also be served alongside fritters.
This northern Malaysian dish is said to come from Penang and consists of steamed rice served with curries and other dishes. Nasi kandar is often paired with things like chicken, beef, lamb, fried prawns, or fried squid, and it’s often served with a vegetable dish.
This Malaysian favorite can be made with different meats. Chicken satay, for example, is skewered chicken served with rice cake and peanut sauce. It’s a popular street food, as well as a menu item often offered at high-end eateries.