Just like any part of the world, one of the best things about travel is all of the amazing foods you’ll be able to try along the way. Whether it’s street food from local vendors or full plated meals at popular restaurants, connecting with the cuisine of a particular place is one of the best ways to connect with the culture there.
In a country as diverse as Malaysia, it’s no different. Thanks to its placement in Southeast Asia, its cuisine is a blend of traditional Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences which is a testament to the culture of the nation. No matter what your personal tastes are, it’s more than possible to find a dish you’re going to love in Malaysia. Here are just a few of the best Malaysian foods you need to try during your next trip.
Banana leaf is more about the way the food is served than anything else, and it’s all about getting a taste of a few different dishes together in one large platter. Served on a large banana leaf, white rice is piled side by side with a variety of vegetables, curried fish and meats and a round crispy side called papadum. Typically, you eat from this platter with your hands and it’s usually great for sharing with others. While you can find many vegetarian options for this meal, there are plenty of places that offer excellent meat choices like chicken curries and even mutton.
You can find this dish all over Kuala Lumpur, and it’s essentially Chinese-style fried noodles served in soy sauce alongside squid, fish-cake, cabbage and fried pork lard. It’s one of the most popular meals in the country and can be enjoyed at literally any time of day. If you’re looking for a truly savoury and hearty meal, this is a good pace to start.
If you love BBQ skewers, you’ll love Sentul Satay! Heavily seasoned meats are eaten from a stick alongside peanut sauce dips, rice cakes, onion slivers and even cucumbers for a meal that’s just as balanced as it is delicious. Don’t be afraid to indulge a little bit since you’re getting more than the right amount of vegetables along with this meal.
Tanjung Tualang Fresh River Prawns
If seafood is more your thing, there’s plenty of dishes in Malaysia for that too – and this is one of the best. If you’re staying in Kuala Lumpur, it just might be worth it to travel for 2 hours to Tanjung Tualang in Perak just to get some of the best freshwater prawns in the country. You can have the dish anywhere in the country, but it won’t be quite as fresh as they are in Tanjung Tualang! Whether you eat them deep fried, curried and with rice or noodles, it will be delicious no matter what.
Remember these delicious meals the next time you head to Malaysia, and don’t hesitate to keep your mind open to all the other amazing dishes the country has to offer. Before you head out, make sure you’re fully prepared and well-packed in a luggage system like our Rise Gear bags, which are expertly designed for the modern traveller. Happy Travels!