Malaysian food was a brand new world for both Yeison and I, especially Yeison.
In my personal case I love curry, noodle soup and rice so finding something I liked wasn’t very hard. Yeison unfortunately had a bit harder time adjusting to the food. As much as we have in common in terms of traveling, Asian cuisine is something we differ on.
If you love curry, Chinese food or are adventurous and love trying different things, Malaysia is a great country for you to visit. Their cuisine was completely unlike any other I’ve tried and for very cheap too!
Trying out the food of Malaysia
Since Malaysia is made up of roughly 3 different ethnic groups: Indian, Chinese and Malay we were able to enjoy a bit of all three. Malaysian cuisine is certainly much more than just noodles, I tasted some flavors I had never tasted before!
I love curry and noodles. So put the two together and what do you get? One happy Samantha! After I tried curry mee I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The curry flavor was just strong enough it wasn’t overwhelming, the bean sprouts gave a nice crunch and dried tofu was the cherry on top.
ABC (Ais Kacang)
This is a Malaysian dessert I first was introduced to by our friend Lila who runs the SEAsiaeats website so I was excited to try it out. I love shaved ice treats and I had real high hopes for this one. The flavors were actually pretty good and we both really enjoyed our ABC until we hit the bottom.
I’m still not used to finding corn and red bean in my desserts despite red bean being a popular dessert ingredient in Taiwan and this ABC had both. And peanuts, rice flour cake (the green worm things) and grass jelly plus some other things I didn’t recognize.
I was fine with the little goodies we found except for the corn. Still recommend this dessert though but just be warned of what you might find on the bottom!
This is not the best representation of a cendol since mine was served with the shaved ice half melted but it was still good. Cendol is another dessert kind of like the ais kacang but with less stuff which I enjoyed a lot more. (No corn phew!)
It’s shaved ice with the green wormy rice flour things, coconut milk and palm sugar. Either one is a refreshing treat for a hot Malaysian day but I personally liked the cendol better.
Naan and Tandoori Chicken
I could eat my computer screen right now looking at this picture. Naan is one of my favorite things about Indian cuisine since I’m such a sucker for any sort of bread. Strong flavor, juicy chicken meat and left my fingers all red which I promptly licked off. It was that finger licking good!
Lamb masala, chicken curry puff with rice and veggies
This was one of many Indian meals I had in Georgetown. There are several restaurants set up as buffet style around Little India where you can order off the menu or just go up to the counter and pick what you want.
I chose rice, vegetables, lamb masala and a chicken curry puff. Paired with a banana lassi that helped counter the incredible spiciness of Indian food, it was one of the best meals I had in Malaysia. All for the low low price of 8 RM! (Almost $3 USD)
Pork chop fried rice
One of the very few Chinese dishes we ate, fried pork chop with fried rice. We got this near Chinatown which has a ton of delicious places to eat awesome Chinese food. Being honest, I like Taiwanese pork chop fried rice better but it was still tasty!
Another famous Chinese dish, chicken rice. If you don’t want to try the white chicken which is poached or steamed, most restaurants offer roasted chicken. They pair it with fresh cucumber, green onions and ginger with a dark soy sauce dipping sauce. I loved it, the chicken is incredibly flavorful and tender and you have to dip it in the sauce.
We got the second picture chicken rice at a place in Chinatown that has been there for years and is famous for their chicken rice.
I was determined to eat roti canai while I was in Malaysia. I’d seen pictures of it before and so when I saw roti canai, I knew I had to try it. It’s a type of Indian flatbread and there are a ton of variations.
I ordered regular roti canai which came with a curry as a little snack before dinner. It’s mostly eaten for breakfast in Malaysia but I could have eaten it any time of day!
Char Kway Teow
This was also one of my favorite dishes I ate in Malaysia. It is flat rice noodles with a light and dark soy sauce, normally with prawns, eggs and chives. I ate the wet version and it is scrumptious!
I really wanted to like this laksa. Like really wanted to. It was supposed to be Penang’s famous laksa and one of the best so of course it had to be tasty right? Well…. not exactly. The noodles were good and so were the vegetables but I couldn’t stomach the sour taste of the fish. I have never tasted a broth so sour before!
I still recommend trying laksa when you’re in Malaysia though. What may not be my preference may be yours and it’s still good to try it out. Hey it’s on the delicious foods list for a reason right?
Something more normal that Yeison could eat yay! The peanut sauce was really good and so was the fried rice. Our only qualm was that the chicken pieces were too little, we wanted to eat more! We probably could have devoured 10 of those little sticks!
Mee Hun Th’ng
Noodles with fish ball soup. Reminded me a lot of some Taiwanese noodle soups. Light yet flavorful, loved the veggies and noodles were slurping good!
This is a fried noodle dish with chicken and a slightly sweet sauce. Yeison and I actually kind of fought over this one, it was so yummy. I love the flavors and the fat noodles.
If you like Chinese fried noodles or yakisoba, you’ll love this one!
Curry mee, mee goreng and the Indian food.
The only ones we weren’t huge fans of was the Penang laksa and ais kacang (I prefer cendol).
Food of Malaysia we wanted to try but didn’t get a chance to
These are some other popular Malaysian dishes we saw but didn’t get a chance to try.
Fish Head Curry
Nasi Goreng (fried rice)
Malaysia seriously has some of the most diverse and flavorful foods I have ever eaten and I finally see why people rave about it all the time. Curry lovers, noodle enthusiasts and curious foodies, put Malaysia on your list of places to go and eat your heart out!
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