Noteworthy Malaysian Delights Apart from Nasi Lemak and Roti Canai

We Malaysians are proud of our food…very proud! If you still remember the chaos that had ensued from the crispy rendang incident, that is the proof that we take our food seriously. Beside rendang, check out our compilation of other noteworthy Malaysian dishes apart of the usual nasi lemak and roti canai.

Nasi Kerabu

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A traditional East Coast dish made up of blue-coloured rice with fried or grilled chicken or beef, crackers, pickles and other side salads.

Nasi Dagang

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Fragrant glutinous rice steamed with coconut milk and served with traditional fish gravy that is usually eaten for breakfast and on special occasions.

Yong Tau Foo

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Variation of stuffed bean curds with pieces of other items such as fried eggplants and bitter melon and doused in sweet and spicy sauce.

Fish Head Curry

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Fish head simmered slowly in a spicy curry paste together with assorted vegetables such as okra and eggplants.

Maggi Goreng (Fried Maggi)

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Stir-fried instant noodle with vegetables and eggs commonly served at the Mamak eateries.

Nyonya Assam Laksa

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A pungent, sour, and fiery dish consists of rice noodle with fish broth topped with various fresh vegetables.

Mee Kari (Curry Noodle)

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Tender egg noodles in spicy chicken or cockle coconut curry soup topped with tofu, egg, and vegetables.

Laksa Johor

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Johor version of the curry noodles but using western-style spaghetti instead of Asian egg noodles or rice noodles.

Char Kuey Teow

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Flat rice-noodle stir-fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce with prawns, cockles and chives.

Nasi Daging (Beef Rice)

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Rice steamed with cubed beef and fragrant spices served with sour spicy sauce and a side salad. This delicacy is popular in the northern region.

Salted Egg Chicken

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Savoury fried chicken pieces coated in salted egg yolk, butter, and curry leaves.

Percik Chicken

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Tender marinated chicken grilled over charcoal and topped with a thick savoury gravy.

Siput Sedut Masak Lemak

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A fiery yellow dish of mangrove snails cooked in coconut milk and turmeric gravy – usually eaten with rice.

Stir-Fried Kangkung With Shrimp Paste

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A flavour-packed aromatic dish of water morning glory stir-fried with plenty of chillies and shrimp paste. A favourite local vegetable dishes in many eateries.


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This Sarawak sashimi is a popular native dish of the Melanau people in Sarawak consists of sliced raw fish with a mixture of onions, chillies, vinegar, salt and lime juice.

Roti Jala

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Plain soft thin folded pancake served with succulent chicken curry gravy.

Tepung Pelita

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Sweet and creamy custardy delights made of coconut milk and rice flour steamed in pandan leaves.


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Seasoned skewered chicken or beef grilled over charcoal until slightly burnt served with thick peanut sauce. Yums!

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