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09 April 2017

15 Things to Eat and Drink in Malaysia

This list is missing a number of better-known Malaysian dishes, because it's limited to the foods I actually eat and enjoy. There are some Malaysian favorites, such as durian or laksa or bak kut teh, which I've never really gotten the hang of.






1. Roti Canai - flatbread, dipped in dhal or curry. There are many variations of fillings in addition to plain old roti canai--my absolute favorite is roti telur bawang--an egg and onion filling. Heavenly!

2. Starfruit Juice - Fresh squeezed fruit juices are a common find at Malaysian night markets. If you want to get away from the predictably-delicious apple, orange, and pineapple juices, try starfruit. I really enjoy it, I think it has a slight 'green banana' sort of flavor to it.

3. Pancakes - There are a variety of Malaysian pancakes--apom is the usual word that designates 'pancake' on a street stall sign. Some are thick and soft and gooey, others are thin and crispy. Typically the pancakes are cooked on just one side and folded in half around the filling, which might consist of sugar and peanut crumbles, cooked egg, sweet corn, banana, etc.

4. Murtabak - pan-fried bread stuffed with fillings, most commonly a minced chicken, vegetable, and egg mixture. There are beef and vegetarian versions as well. They can be a little hit or miss--I've had many that happened to have fragments of bone mixed in with the chicken which makes for a semi-dangerous eating experience. But they are very yummy!

5. Char Koay Teow - Stir-fried Koay Teow noodles, usually with prawns and plenty of bean sprouts. Best eaten in Penang. Kuala Lumpur Char Koay Teow usually disappoints.

6. Dragonfruit Juice - The main perk of this juice is its intense hot pink flavor. It's simply fun to drink ultra-pink juice. The flavor is very light.

7. Mangosteen - A purple fruit with a very thick skin. The inside meat is whitish and the flavor vaguely reminds me of the flavor of rhubarb, but has a very soft and slimy texture.

8. Roti Tissue - Usually served as a tall, crispy cone, with sugary syrup dripping down the sides.

9. Chicken/Mutton/Fish Curry - Usually eaten with rice or bread. I'll be honest, I'm not much of a meat fan, but there's usually plenty of potatoes in these curries and I gobble those up! My friends know when Rachel's coming over, better add extra potatoes to the curry.

10. Veggie Dishes - Too many to list them all specifically, but if typical midwest veggie dishes like boiled green beans and marshmallow-topped carrots don't excite you, you have to try this. Sayur-sayuran literally means "vegetables," but will usually get you a dish of cabbage stir-fried with turmeric and mustard seeds. Also try kacang panjang (long green beans), and garlic baby bok choy, or other green leafy veggie dishes.

11. Teh Ais - Literally "Iced Tea", this is actually iced teh tarik, which is tea mixed with a copious amount of condensed milk through the "pulling" process, which involves the mixture being poured from one cup into another cup and stretched. It's hard to describe, but look up a teh tarik video on youtube and you'll understand this magic.

12. Curry Puffs - Little pastry pies, filled with either chicken curry or a potato curry--spicy and utterly heavenly.

13. Kebab Chicken - Everybody knows about tandoori chicken, but for those who prefer boneless chicken, kebab is a great alternative that's just as flavorful. Usually sold at the same shops that sell naan and tandoori, you can buy kebabs of chicken from slightly different marinades. My favorites are Chicken Tikka (red) and Malai Kebab (white).

14. Puri - A deep-fried bread that bubbles up into a sort of puff-ball, and then deflates as it cools. Usually eaten with a potato curry. One of my favorite shops sells puri 'sandwiches' of sorts--two pieces of puri wrapped around a generous dollop of potato curry, wrapped up in brown paper. Best. Breakfast. Ever.

15. Rambutan - These should be eaten simply for the sake of their ultra-cool looks. I mean, this "hairy" fruit looks like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. They have a pretty mild, sweet flavor.

Have you been to Malaysia? What food on this list would you like to try the most? Roti canai is what I crave most often when I'm away.
Robin said...

This all sounds good, especially the veggie dishes. We buy a tikka masala sauce that I use with chicken and rice.

AnneMarie said...

Wow, these all sound really interesting! The starfruit juice sounds especially intriguing; I tend to like my bananas a little on the "green" side, so I think I'd like that juice.

Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World said...

You're making me hungry! I love curry and all the fruit sounds delicious. I've tried rambutan and while it is gorgeous and cool looking, I found it a little slimy inside! Great list - thanks for sharing. #MondayEscapes

Simi said...

These sound great. hoping to make it to that part of the world soon. This will come in handy. The starfruit juice sounds delish :) #mondayescapes

justine @ sunnyinjune.com said...

i am SO happy for this list. My family and I are moving to Vietnam next year for a few years and Malaysia is just a hop skip and a jump away from Vietnam!
I agree Durian is an acquired smell but tastes DELISH! and i LOOOOVE rambutan! Lychee, Mango, and Jackfruit are necessary whenever we visit the Philippines so I'm pretty sure those fruits are in abundance in Malaysia as well!

Anna Djong said...

Every food in Malaysia is so delicious for me. And Roti tissue is definitely my family favourite.

GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

ALL THE KEBOB CHICKEN for me please!!!!!

KimBerly said...

I love trying different foods! Great list!

Bethie The Boo said...

Wow these all sound amazing! I love trying new foods, I would definitely give this list a try if I ever get to Malaysia! :)
Beth
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Marissa Pedersen said...

I would LOVE to try mangosteen! I have mangosteen every day and love it.

Ladies What Travel travel blog said...

OMG you've made me remember how much I LOVE Malaysian food! Heading back to KL later this year and making my first visit to Langkawi - I'm totally going to pig out. Bring on the murtabak! ;)

#mondayescapes

Brooke Stluka said...

The pancakes in Malaysia were delicious! I also loved the dragonfruit.

Jane @ www.raincitylibrarian.ca said...

Oh wow, that fruit plate looks so refreshing.

Aishwarya Shenolikar said...

All of this sounds so amazing! Thanks for the list! I bet dragonfruit juice must be amazing!

Lisa - FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com said...

I just love Malaysian food. I've tried most of your list over the years. Great selection! #MondayEscapes

Wife Sense said...

Never been to Malaysia. The starfruit juice sounds wonderful. Would think you could find that here somewhere - maybe health food store? But the roti canai is too similar to the words "root canal". 😂

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I have never been to Malaysia, but thanks for all these ideas! Mm...pancakes huh? I'd be curious to try those.

jehava of Onlygirl4boyz said...

This is amazing! What an awesome experience!

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Wow! I see Malaysia as a foodie paradise. I have tried starfruit juice since a neighbor had a tree (when I was growing up). The juice is so, so good. And, I love mangosteens too! #MondayEscapes

Kaycee said...

While I've had my fair share of Asian food, I've never had Malaysian food, and all of these sound sooo yummy! I need to find a place that serves these!

rooth said...

Agh, I love Malaysian food and Malaysia is on my list of places to visit!

Trish @ The Trish List said...

Ohh this all sounds yummy! I really would love to try all of these and even visit Malaysia! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa @ Naptime Chai said...

I had never heard of curry puffs before but now I want one... ASAP! -- Lisa | Naptime Chai

Lizzy said...

Ahh, this post is torture! I will also add to the list: Char Koay Kak! it's delicious!!

Tayler Morrell said...

It all sounds so delicious!

Travel Loving Family said...

It all sounds delicious! I loved the starfruit juice too during my very brief visit on a cruise ship. I must return, I clearly missed out on lots of other treats;) Thanks for linking to #MondayEscapes

Lynn The Surnameless One said...

Yeeeessssssss!
I love living vicariously through food posts! I ended up googling half the things on your list. Sounds so tasty.

Sister in the Mid-west said...

Thank you for sharing some of the foods common in Malaysia! Many of them sound good to me. Right now, I would like to try Puri the most.