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Roundup of Authentic Malaysian Dishes

There’s so much we’ve heard and seen about Malaysia’s culture, cuisine, people, places and the endless list of dishes that this journey would be an incredibly unforgettable one.

Here’s a roundup of authentic Malaysian dishes you cannot miss:

Malay Dishes

Nasi lemak – The ubiquitous Nasi Lemak is a staple in the Malay cuisine and is a National favourite, which is followed by the Satays. It is traditionally served with sweet sambal sauce and this rice delicacy makes for a hearty meal. It is a Malaysian coconut milk rice, served with sambal, fried crispy anchovies, toasted peanuts,and cucumber.

Nasi lemak - Roundup of Authentic Malaysian Dishes

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Nasi Goreng Kampung – Nasi Goreng Kampung is a Malaysian rice recipe, made with chili sauce and the delicious shrimp paste.

Also read about the 7 Authentic Malay rice dishes and worth trying and Authentic Malay dishes.

Chinese Malaysian Dishes

Peneng Hokkein Mee or Prawn Mee – In Penang, Hokkien Mee is also referred to as Prawn Mee. In Kuala Lumpur, Hokkien Mee is a completely different noodles dish that has dark gravy and is not soupy/broth based like this. Check out the recipe here.

Char Kway Teow – One of the most sort after dishes in the Chinese Malaysian cuisine, it literally means”stir-fried ricecake strips”. It is stir-fried with light and dark soy sauce, chili, a small quantity of belacan, prawns, cockles,bean sprouts and chopped Chinese chives. It tops the list of amazing street foods in Malaysia. If you want to try this interesting recipe, click here.

Char Kway Teow - Roundup of Authentic Malaysian Dishes

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Know more about the 9 Authentic Chinese Malaysian Dishes and Top 5 Chinese Malaysian Desserts.

Indian Malaysian Dishes

Roti Canai and Dhal curry – The roti canai and dhal make a flavourful treat and is commonly eaten for breakfast. It is also known as the ‘Flying Bread’. You can either buy it as frozen roti or make it from scratch. It is usually served with Malaysian Chicken curry, Chicken kapitan, Mutton kurma. Here’s the recipe of Roti Canai and Dhal Curry.

Roti canai - Roundup of Authentic Malaysian Dishes

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Putu Mayam – A popular Malaysian breakfast of South Indian origin. The putu mayam are string hoppers garnished with grated coconut and make for a delicious meal. The ingredients are few and it’s an easy cook, made by just boiling the rice vermicelli and coconut milk.  The putu mayam makes for a delectable breakfast!

Here’s how you make Putu Mayam.

Puttu - Roundup of Authentic Malaysian Dishes

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Also know more about the 9 Authentic Indian Malaysian Dishes.

Nyonya Dishes

Assam Laksa – Who wouldn’t love the juicy and delicious Laksa? Assam laksa is one of the authentic Nyonya dishes. Assam Laksa is listed as number 7 in the world’s 50 most delicious dishes by CNN Travel in 2011 , and tourists come from all parts of the world just to try the Assam laksa, a spicy, minty, fragrant, sweet and sour fishy noodle soup.

Here’s how you make Assam Laksa in 5 simple steps.

Roundup of Authentic Malaysian Dishes

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Fish head curry – The popular Nyonya dish is uses key ingredients like coconut milk, candlenuts, galangal, laksa leaves, tamarind pulp/juice, lemongrass and cincaluk – a shrimp based salty and sour sauce accompanied by lime juice and onions. Check out the recipe here.

Also know more about 7 Authentic Must-try Peranakan Dishes.

Orang Asli Dishes

The indigenous people of Malaysia also have their specialties.

Umbut Bayas Masak Gulai – It is a scrumptious palm pith curry which is again cooked in bamboo logs.  The pith is the spongy, starch filled center of a palm stem.

Lemang – Lemang is glutinous rice that is wrapped in banana leaf and filled into bamboo logs. It takes good amount of practice to cook the rice to perfection. It is eaten along with meat curry.

Lemang - Roundup of Authentic Malaysian Dishes

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Read more about Authentic Orang Asli Dishes here.

Malaysia, hands down is one of the finest destinations in the world to satisfy one’s culinary yearnings!

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