Malaysian Delicacies (Foods!)

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Why Is Food So Important In The Malaysian Culture?


Well since Malaysia has multiple cultures and was founded on the purposes of trade, this has truly resulted in Malaysia being a melting pot of culture and literally the food. In Malaysia it is not uncommon to have a restaurant serve Malay, Chinese and Indian food together with Western and fusion foods.


As part of Malaysian culture, it is also very common to have people greet your with the question “Sudah Makan” (pronounced Su – as in Sou in Soup , dah – as in dah, Ma as in Ma in Mama and Kan pronounced as Khan)  which means have you eaten?


As such if you are a traveller who travels using your tummy, Malaysia is the perfect place for you to visit.


Listed below are some of the foods that you should try when you are visiting Malaysia  (We will populate the list with links slowly upon time. We will look forward to going out to try the best dishes for yours (and our!) benefit):

Malaysian Favourites

If you only have a day in Malaysia and you want to savour and have a taste of what Malaysia has to offer, you can’t go wrong with the following :

Malaysian Appetizers, Condiments, Drinks, Snacks & Junk Food

These are foods and drinks that can be eaten on their own and enjoyed independently or eaten with another dish. 
  • Ulam-ulam
  • Lemang
  • Nyonya Kuih
  • Satay (Pictured Here)
  • Nasi Impit
  • Ubi Keledek
  • Ramly Burger
  • Teh Tarik
  • Sirap Bandung
  • Sirap
  • Limau Ais
  • Teh O Ais
  • Teh O Ais Limau
  • Teh Ais
  • Cokodok
  • Keropok Lekor
  • Kopi Ais
  • Nescafe Ais
  • Milo Dinosour
  • Otak-Otak
  • Satar
  • Passembur
  • Oyster Omelet
  • Popiah
  • Roti Jala
Roti Telur

Bread Based Dishes

These dishes are effectively bread and the word “roti” means bread and they are always either made on a pan or fried. These dishes are usually enjoyed as breakfast but enjoyed through out the whole day.

These can be found in local food stalls and local indian shops called mamaks. 

Rice Based Dishes

These are dishes that are effectively riced based. The foundation is the word “Nasi” pronounced Na and not “Ne” and Si as in the letter C.

The dishes are generally taken as a main meal and usually taken as lunch or dinner (other than Nasi Lemak ).

  • Nasi Ayam (Pictured Here)

  • Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice )

  • Nasi Briyani

  • Nasi Kerabu

  • Nasi Kandar

  • Nasi Dagang

  • Nasi Daun Pisang

  • Nasi Lemak

  • Nasi Ayam Goreng Kunyit

  • Nasi Goreng Kerabu

  • Nasi Goreng Ayam

  • Nasi Goreng USA

  • Nasi Goreng Pattaya

  • Nasi Goreng Kampung

  • Nasi Goreng Cina

  • Nasi Kukus Ayam Dara

  • Rice Porridge Melayu/Chinese Style

Rice Accompaniments

These dishes are what Malaysians call as lauk or the dishes to be accompanied with the rice (were not savages! Lol). Usually the typical rice dish is plain white rice and added with 1 portion protein, 1 portion vegetables and one kuah or some other liquid based dish to accompany the dish. However slowly, following the years, this has become a staple that it is eaten with anything or by itself!

  • Ikan Bakar/Daging Bakar (Pictured Here)

  • Masak Lemak

  • Masak Tiga Rasa/Sweet Sour

  • Kerabu

  • Ulam

  • Ayam Goreng Kunyit/Rempah/

  • Sambal Petai/Udang/Ikan Bilis/Sotong

  • Kurma

  • Kari

  • Assam Pedas Ayam/Ikan/Daging

  • Butter Chicken/Fish

  • Palak Paneer

  • Kailan Ikan Masin

  • Masak Kicap Ayam/Daging/Ikan

  • Chili Crab

  • Rendang

  • Char Siew

Malaysian Desserts

Malaysia has many-many desserts. Most are sweet or very sweet and involves some concoction of sweetness and gula melaka. 
Enjoy these moderately. 


  • Apam Balik

  • Apam Kukus

  • Kuih Putu Piring

  • Air Batu Campur (aka ABC)

  • Putu

  • Cendol

  • Seri Muka

  • Bengkang

  • Pulut Panggang

  • Kuachi

  • Kuih Lapis

  • Kek Batik

Malaysian Fruits

Even though fruits are not really a dish but in most events and places, this is regarded as a form of dessert or called pencuci mulut (palate cleanser). 

Since Malaysia is located near the equator, we are bound to have plenty of fruits that grow abundantly through out the year. 

  • Tembikai

  • Belimbing
  • Pulasan
  • Dukung
  • Durian
  • Mangga
  • Manggis
  • Rambutan
  • Mata Kucing
  • Salak (Pictured here)

The above is as much as possible the extensive list of foods that Malaysians enjoy (AND EAT) on a daily basis. This list will be populated and improved and added on from time to time as honestly there is too many foods to list down.

We will be conducting a review of most (if not all!) of these foods and link the foods up for all to enjoy and learn how to eat. if you enjoyed this or think there are things we missed out, let us know and we’ll do better heck perhaps if you can recommend a place to go try out those items, we’ll bring you along!