So, it is finally the start of your new years as a college student in Malaysia pursuing your Diploma in Restaurant Management at your dream university. Whether you are a local or international student, it does not matter when all of us have the same kind of stomach to grab a bite for. When craving for food, it is easy to think of the ones in your mind, but will it satisfy your hunger in any way? Malaysia can fulfill just that, with its evolving culinary arts, the wonders of Malaysian food all around the nation can definitely turn your odds into favor. Trust us, you will not get enough of the cuisines here!
Malaysia is one of the most racially diverse countries, even their respective cuisines have their own identity. Here, we have everything to offer – Chinese, Malay, Thai and Indian cuisines – perfect for foodies. Food hunting is also a part of the fun for the curious ones. If you have no idea where to start, here are our top picks of food you should try in Malaysia:
- Nasi Lemak
This is, by right, the nation’s food. A must try for both locals and foreigners as it is one of the most likeable breakfast foods to eat before starting your day onwards. Cooked with love consists of coconut rice, sambal, fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber slices and fried chicken. The best part about ‘fat rice’ is there are more variations in terms of accompaniments such as prawns, shells, squids and even chicken rendang.
- Penang Asam Laksa
Like nasi lemak, asam laksa has its own variation, but Penang’s version of the dish is the most memorable. Its spicy, flowery yet minty, fishy, sweet and sour soup tops it all off with rice noodles possessing aroma gives out the nostalgic feeling of home. Add some sweetened shrimp paste and you would feel the perfect harmony of savory flavours as you slurp up the last noodle.
- Roti Canai
If there is a rival for nasi lemak when it comes to the best breakfast dish, roti canai is its worthy competitor. The most well-known Indian influence in Malay cuisine consists of flatbread by rolling out the dough (containing ghee, flour and water), hence the method of ‘canai’. The dish is completed with servings of curries like fish curry, dhal with a touch of spicy sambal and mutton or chicken.
Now, how could we miss out the very art in the culinary field? This delicious bowl of paradise is Malaysia’s most beloved dessert consisting of green rice flour noodles (color from pandan leaves), coconut milk, shaved ice and red beans. For those with sweet tooths will definitely love this concoction!
- Char Kuey Teow
You could never go wrong with this amazing delicacy in hawker stalls! In Hokkien, the word ‘char’ means stir-fried followed by the kuey teow comprising flat rice noodles with other condiments like shrimps, cockles, eggs, bean sprouts and chives with a mix of soy sauce. The charred aroma from the stir-fried noodles over high heat in a well-seasoned Chinese wok will definitely make you ask for more.