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5 Unique Malaysian Drinks and Desserts

Malaysia is a country known for its unique cuisine that includes sweet beverages. Malaysians use a healthy dose sugar syprup, gula Melaka, or sweetened condensed milk to make the drinks taste better than any you would have had.

Here are 5 unique Malaysian drinks and desserts you must try out:

  1. Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik - malaysian drinks

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Teh Tarik, which could also be called the national drink of Malaysia, is a typically bitter, strong tea that is mixed with a lot of condensed milk and then pulled until frothy. Tarik literally means ‘pulled’. The tea is poured from one vessel to another from a height that allows froth to start accumulating in the cup, while reducing the temperature of the tea. It is quite a spectacle to watch skilled people pulling this drink to bring it to its best frothy consistency. The Teh Tarik is usually drunk hot, although it can be served iced as well.

  1. Cendol


cendol - malaysian drinks

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Cendol is a popular traditional dessert that originated from South East Asia and is a popular drink in Malaysia. One of Malaysia’s favourite heat busters, the origins of Cendol, much like the city’s food, is said to have originated in Java. While Cendol itself does not differ in taste from region to region, it is what it is served with that makes it take each nation’s identity.


  1. ABC

Ais Kacang - malaysian drinks

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On a hot summer afternoon, nothing hits the spot quite like a bowl of finely shaved ice generously covered in syrup and served with a variety of toppings. The quintessential Malaysian dessert, the ABC (Ais Batu Campur), also known as Ais Kacang is a sweet concoction of ice and cooked, red bean. It can be found at roadside stalls, hawker centres, and restaurants across Malaysia. It is made from a snowy ball of finely shaved ice and served with rose syrup and evaporated milk. The best way to enjoy the ABC is to dig right in, mix up all the ingredients, and take a spoonful into the mouth. The balmy weather in Malaysia makes it a perfect heat buster.


  1. Goreng Pisang (Malaysian Deep Fried Bananas)


Goreng pisang - malaysian drinks

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These Malaysian fried bananas are delicious and easy to prepare, and is a real star among kids. It is one of the favourites during tea time. The best banana variety is the Pisang Raja. Dunk them in perfectly-made batter, deep fry them in boiling hot oil, and serve them with scoops of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream, or honey, they taste just as delicious. You can also check out how to make deep fried bananas in 10 minutes.


  1. Rojak


rojak - malaysian drinks

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No other dish describes Malaysia better than Rojak. Blessed with an abundance of tropical fruits and vegetables, Rojak is a spicy fruit salad that is typical to Malaysia. Diverse elements being mixed together is the essence of the traditional Rojak. Even before plastic bags were introduced, Rojak used to be mixed up and assembled by the street side vendors in a newspaper cone lined with banana leaves. The sweet and spicy sauce is what gives Rojak is exquisiteness.

You can also check out some traditional Japanese teas.

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