For the most, Malaysia is known as the mixture of different cultures and as a result, diverse food alternatives. With local cooking techniques and recipes, the food paradise Malaysia naturally offers mouth-watering dishes.

Open-air food stalls are actually a thing in Malaysia. Street food has become a culture with the help of hawker centres and kopi tiams. Actually, both are the same however their sizes differ from each other.

Hawker centres are bigger than kopi tiams. Both can be seen everywhere in this beautiful tropical country and known for providing local and traditional dishes with the most affordable prices.

What food is Malaysia known for?

Like other countries, Malaysia has its own traditional and local dishes for sure. Plus, the geographical location of the country might provide more seasonal items when compared to others.

So, what people prefer to eat while in Malaysia?

- Nasi lemak: Number one local and traditional dish. From fine dining restaurants to roadside stalls, it can literally be found everywhere in Malaysia. What makes this dish delicious is steaming the rice with coconut milk and pandan leaves. Traditionally, the rice is served with fried anchovies, sliced cucumber, roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg, and sambal sauce. In some places, to make it more fulfilling; fried chicken, spicy meat stew or types of curries are served.

- Satay: Think of seasoned, skewered, and grilled meat served with a spicy and sweet peanut sauce. Delicious! Satay could be the most preferred type of street food and not only made with the same type of meat. The options are chicken, beef, goat, pork, fish, mutton or tofu. Also, the combination of soy and peanut is the most ordered sauce and that is why peanut sauce is known as “satay” sauce at the same time.

- Ramly burger: Known as a pocket-friendly snack, often consumed at night. Dozens of types are available and it got so popular that now can be found in different countries as well. It is either made with minced chicken or beef. Dusting the meat with Maggi seasoning (taste close to soy sauce) and adding black pepper sauce (combination of butter, milk, oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, and cornstarch) into the hamburger is what makes this hamburger delicious. We bet you would crave for some more!

- Rojak: The famous rojak could be one of the iconic food of Malaysia. It is basically a mixture of fruits and vegetables dressed with chillies, peanuts, and palm sugar. This dressing provides sweet, hot, and spicy taste all at once. It is served fresh in room temperature, not cold or not hot.

- Assam laksa: This famous fish broth provides both tastes of sour and spicy. The main ingredients are shredded fish and sliced vegetables like cucumber, onions, red chillies, and more. The soup is served with thick or thin rice noodles and usually topped with sweet prawn-shrimp paste.

- Banana leaf rice: Banana leaves are used as plates for serving this dish. The rice is usually served with placing sambar on top (vegetarian gravy), but still, sometimes it is served along with boiled eggs and seafood or meat.

- Cendol: Should not be missed especially during hot days. A large amount of shaved ice is topped with green rice flour or mung bean jelly (looks like worms), coconut milk, and palm sugar syrup. Also, some other toppings might be available like durian, sweetened red azuki beans or jackfruit.

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