Top 10 dishes in Malaysia


Malaysia is famous for being a country with diverse cultural and harmonious harmony, so indigenous cuisine is also extremely rich and full of flavor. In the middle of a “forest” of interesting dishes throughout your trip to Malaysia, which dishes should you choose? Let’s list 10 delicious dishes you should not miss when coming to Malaysia!

1. Roti Canai

This is a dish originating from India, which is popular not only for its flavor, but also for its simplicity and convenience – very suitable for breakfast. Roti Canai is a Malaysian-style flat bread with evenly fried flour, arranged in thin layers to be served with chicken curry, fish, some vegetables or simply served with condensed milk and sugar.

A regular serving of Roti Canai with thinly fried golden bread rolls served with Indian curry and vegetables. @Internet
Roti Canai is often paired with curry chicken. @Internet


  • Mansion Tea Stall (No. 2, Ground floor, Selangor Mansion, Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur)
  • 123 Corner (140D, Jalan Sg. Penchala, Off Jalan Damansara, 60000, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Lan Roti Canai (Jalan 4/112, Off Pantai Dalam, 59200, Kuala Lumpur)

2. Char kuay teow

Char kuay teow always has an irresistible charm, and when “introduced” into Malaysia, it also became one of the delicious dishes not to be missed of Malaysia. This stir-fried noodle dish has the main ingredients of rice noodles, chives, eggs, bean sprouts and shrimp. Stir-fried char kuay teow with a rich flavor, eye-catching colors, used right after preparation is truly the perfect perfect flavor.

Char kuay teow with attractive flavor and color is also extremely eye-catching. @Internet
Char kuay teow includes rice noodles, chives, eggs, bean sprouts and shrimp. @Internet


  • Sai Woo Restaurant (53 Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Sisters Fried Kway Teow (Lam Heng Cafe, 185, Macalister Road, Penang)
  • Lorong Selamat Char Kuay Teow (Restaurant Lam Hing Leong, 18, USJ 14 / 1L, Subang Jaya, Selangor)

3. Beef Rendang

This is a dish for spicy fans! Beef Rendang is a spicy dish characterized by Malaysian cuisine. The broth will usually be very spicy, then use it to cook beef and spicy to be absorbed into the meat. If you like the pungent taste, you will definitely “love” the Rendang right away, because not only from the broth, but the overall spicy taste of the dish also comes from chili, lemongrass, and ginger pepper. The spicy taste will be balanced and sublimated when combined with the fat of coconut water, the soft sweetness of beef and a little sour taste of tamarind.

Rendang is a delicacy for the “heavy” spicy faithful @internet
The pungent spicy taste mixed with the tender beef and the sourness of lemon leaves served with hot white rice is really beautiful. @Internet


  • Opium KL (50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Old China Café (11, Jalan Balai Polis, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Pia’s the Padi, Langkawi (Jalan Ulu Melaka, Kampung Padang Gaong, Langkawi)
  • Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine (58, Jalan Chow Thye, George Town, Pulau Pinang)

4. Nasi lemak

Many visitors “just named” Nasi Lemak is a dish representing the cuisine of Malaysia; because you can find it almost anywhere in Malaysia, such as shops, street eateries, supermarkets, restaurants, airports, etc. at affordable prices, no too expensive. You can be Nasi. Lemak is a complete meal that is not wrong, because this dish includes rice cooked with coconut milk, cucumber, peanuts, boiled eggs, squid curry sauce (sambal sotong) and sambal chili sauce (according to the variable in many places also add other meats or seafood and lamb curry to the dish).

Nasi lemak is considered as the most representative representative of Malaysian cuisine. @Internet
Nasi lemak has many variations with the reduction in ingredients. @Internet


  • Nasi Lemak Tanglin (Perdana Botanical Gardens Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur)
  • Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock (13 Jalan Balai Polis, City Center Kuala Lumpur)
  • Village Park Restaurant (5 Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama Petaling Jaya, Selangor)

5. Murtabak

Typically, Murtabak cakes are made from wheat flour, minced meat along with garlic, eggs and onions. However, Murtabak currently has two versions: sweet and savory version with eggs and meat. Many people at a glance will think this is like a Malay version of bread. This dish is usually served with curry or gravy, cucumbers and tomato sauce. If you come to Malaysia, you should enjoy Murtabak!

Murtabak is often eaten with curry or gravy, cucumbers and tomato sauce. @Internet
“Delicious version” – Malaysian sandwich. @Internet


  • Zam Zam Restaurant (135, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Murtabak Raja (46-G, Jalan Wangsa Setia 3, 53300, Wangsa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur)

6. Ikan bakar

You might have heard the name for the first time, but in reality, Ikan Bakar is a grilled fish dish prepared in the way of Malaysians. Fish are marinated with the typical local spice, which is dominated by spicy because it is used quite a lot of chili sauce. Then the fish is banana leaves and grilled in charcoal. Usually, Ikan Bakar is served with rice, vegetables, curry and with a little oil dressing.

Ikan Bakar grilled fish with a spicy flavor. @Internet


  • Sambal Hijau Restaurant (Lot 2990, Kampung Sungai Penchala, Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Mat Teh Ikan Bakar (Dato Keramat Market, Jalan Dato Keramat, Kuala Lumpur)

7. Satay skewers

The “street food queen” is here! Almost all of us can not resist the skewers of meat that are seasoned with spice, especially the spicy hotness that stimulates the taste buds. Satay skewers in Malaysia often use pork, beef or goat, lamb; seasoning and grilling directly on charcoal; just woke up the smell of charcoal, just soaked with the spice extremely catch my mouth. So, do not miss this delicious dish when coming to Malaysia!

The skewers of meat are grilled directly on charcoal soaked in spice. @Internet


  • Satay Station (55, Jalan A, Kampung Pandan Dalam, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Restaurant Queen’s – 皇后 茶餐 室 (Taman Maluri (74-96 Jalan Peel), Kuala Lumpur)

8. Otak-Otak

Otak-Otak, otherwise known as Otah-Otah; It’s a pretty funny name to pronounce. This is a very popular dish in Malaysia, one of the simple and traditional dishes in this country. Otak Otak is made from finely chopped mackerel mixed with some spices such as chili, ginger, shallot, turmeric, lemon and coconut milk; Wrapped in; Asian bananas and then grilled or steamed. Depending on the password, some people prefer to eat steamed because of the sound and taste of fish, while many people think that Otak when grilled will be more delicious because the spice is more permeable and especially fragrant when opening the banana leaf layer.

Otak Otak is mackerel cooked or steamed in banana leaves. @Internet


  • Otak Otak Cheng Boi (No 28, 4, Jln Bentayan, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor)
  • Otak Otak Fang Xiang (146, Jalan Dato Haji Hassan, Taman Sri Maharani, 84000 Muar, Johor)

9. Roti jala

This is a net type of bread made from wheat flour, coconut milk, turmeric, eggs, salt, has a thin net-like surface and is often used as a breakfast dish. However, Roti Jala is also a light food that can be used at any time of the day, and is quite popular in Malaysia. Roti jala bread can be eaten with or without fruit jam, chocolate sauce, spread butter or cinnamon depending on the taste. The yellow color of turmeric powder in the strange form and the “soft” of the cake when biting on has helped Roti Jala to seduce diners and become one of the delicious dishes you must try when coming to Malaysia.

Grid shape of Roti Jala with golden color and soft cake. @Internet


  • Chawan Restaurant (69-G Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Warong Sri Jala (Jalan Pantai Permai 3, 59200, Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur)
  • Belanga Cafe (75, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur)

10. Air Mata Kucing

It can be said that this is both a specialty and a dish with an interesting name in Malaysian cuisine, because ‘air mata kucing” in the local language means cat’s tears. The name comes from the ones already in the glass of water, glitter as well as cat eyes. Air Mata Kucing is a drink made from squash, dried longan and sugar water; This is a popular refreshment in Kuala Lumpur in particular, as well as Malaysia in general, extremely suitable for you to refresh and energize your journey of discovery.

Air Mata Kucing is made from squash, dried longan and @internet sugary water


  • Thirteen and Half Street Air Mata Kucing Restaurant (Jalan Melaka Raya 13, Melaka)

After reading this article, you want to immediately move to Malaysia to be able to enjoy all kinds of delicious dishes?

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