Malaysia Top 10 Best Dishes
Malaysia is a multi national country which mainly consists of Malay, Chinese, and Indian people where you can expect a lot of unique cross nation style of food in Malaysian Cuisines. By exploring Malaysian Cuisines, you can have fragments of taste from each Asian country nearby due to the historical migrations. Below are the top 10 dishes which strongly represents the Malaysian Cuisines Culture.
1.) Indian Flatbread – Roti Canai
Roti Canai is a bread dough being twisted and then being roll flat and grilled. Roti Canai always being treated as a breakfast for most of the local Indian in Malaysia, usually being served with curry or dhal sauce. These type of Roti Canai goes very well with local drink Teh Tarik.
2.) Malay Coconut Milk Rice – Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak is a combination of coconut milk rice topped with spicy sambal sauces and surround with other side bits such as fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, boiled eggs and sliced cucumber. Nasi Lemak had won numerous international culinary competition and it just shows that how delicious this dish could be.
3.) Penang Spicy Sour Fish Noodle – Asam Laksa
Asam Laksa is a dishes which consists of rice vermicelli topped with various types of spices and covered with a heavy load of fish soup. The combination of aromatic spices and sweet sour fish broth is irresistible until you finish everything up.
4.) Malay Pandan Ice Dessert – Cendol Ice Kacang
Cendol Ice Kacang is a popular shaved ice which can be found in Malaysia. The whole dessert mainly consists of cendol, sweet red beans, sugar palm with a hearty portion of coconut sugar syrup and coconut milk as a final touch of perfection. You can taste a strong flavour of pandan and coconut on each scoop.
5.) Chinese Herbal Meat Soup – Bak Kut Teh
Bak Kut Teh is a herbal soup which made from numerous types of herbs and spices hard boiled with pork bones and meat. Local Chinese believes that this soup also provides a health benefit to their body instead of good taste only. A few cup of Chinese tea is recommended to wash down the greasy from the pork after the meal.
6.) Malay Chicken Skewer (Satay Ayam)
Satay Ayam is a simple Malay snack which made from marinated chicken which later hangs on the skewer then put to grill. Satay Ayam often goes well with its own Satay Peanut Sauce and other garnish such as sliced cucumber and shallot. Satay has a few variables which consist of other meat such as lamb or beef.
7.) Penang Fruit Salad (Rojak Buah)
Rojak Buah often crowned as the first lunch option among ladies in Malaysia in their diet routine. This dish mainly consists of fruits slices mixed with aromatic rojak sauce then sprinkle with a hearty amount of coarse peanut as garnish. You can consider of trying this dish if you wish to have a fun and better way to consume fruits.
8.) Malay Spicy Beef (Rendang Daging)
Rendang Daging is a beef dishes which rich in spices slowly cooked to perfection.This dish had recently been voted by readers of CNN International as the number one dish in World’s 50 Most Delicious Food. There are other variants to Rendang such as chicken but Beef remains as the more popular of dish among all. Locals love to serve Rendang as a side dish for Lemang or Nasi Lemak.
9.) Mamak Style Mixed Rice (Nasi Kandar)
Nasi Kandar is one of the Malaysian speciality mixed rice which basically consists of fried chicken and spiced cabbage. Curry sauce poured on top of steamed white rice is another culture for Nasi Kandar. Sometimes numerous layers of different curries being poured on top of the rice for a more complex taste.
10.) Malay Spicy Sour Fish (Ikan Asam Pedas)
Ikan Asam Pedas is usually enjoyed with a plate of rice. Asam Pedas meaning “sweet sour” does live to its name with a combination of chillies, tamarind, and spices just to produce the sauce. The hot spicy and sweet sour tantalising taste of the dishes does keep you on going with more rice.