The interesting mix of Malay, Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisines gives the Malaysian dishes a heady flavor. It bears interesting resemblance and taste to a lot of Indian dishes, but maintains its own unique taste and presentation. Here the some top Malaysian foods that you should definitely taste:
1) Roti Canai
This is a classic Malaysian breakfast that looks very much like the Indian Kerala Parantha (dough+egg+ghee). It tastes best with dal curry, egg masala or fish curry.
Meat lovers will say this is their Malaysian favourite. One can see its popularity through the umpteen number of hawkers selling this dish across the country. The meat is marinated with local spices and is identified by its peanut-based “sweet and slightly piquant sauce”.
3) Curry Laksa
The noodle soup laksa is one of Malaysia’s iconic dishes. The curry laksa consists of a coconut milk broth that is poured over noodles and garnished with tofu puffs, shrimp and eggs and of course a blend of the special Malaysian spices.
4) Beef Rendang
This is a slow cooked dry curry deeply spliced with ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime, chillies and coconut milk.
Often called Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak is a rice dish steamed with coconut milk and served with fresh anchovies, peanuts, sliced cucumbers, hard boiled eggs and sambal. This is one of those dishes that is served at all times of the day.
These are rolls of shredded veggies along with egg, tofu or peanuts. All of this is wrapped in a thin, pliant wheat crepe. Look very similar to our spring rolls.
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