Every country has its own signature dish. For India, there is a long list of these, varying according to the culinary diversity observed across the country’s length and breadth. Malaysia is no different. Its cuisine is heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian flavours, along with the local Malay ones, creating unique Malaysian dishes.

These regional signature dishes are available in different parts of Malaysia. To travel to places like Penang or Sarawak, you can book transport tickets online and visit these places in style.

So the next time you visit Malaysia, do not miss out on these three iconic and popular Malay foods.

Signature Malaysian dishes

Nasilemak

The national Malaysian dish. It is sweet and spicy and savoury all at once—quite a representative of Malaysia’s cuisine. Fatty rice is cooked in coconut milk and served along a spicy sauce called sambal—not to be mistaken for sambar—and boiled eggs and roasted peanuts. In Malaysia and Singapore, nasilemak comes in many variations as they are prepared by different chefs from different cultures. The original nasilemak in Malaysia is arguably a typical Southern and Central Peninsular Malaysia breakfast, and is considered of Malay origin.

Traditional Malaysian food - Nasilemak
Nasilemak

Laksa

There has to be a dish that celebrates noodles and Laksa does it like no other. One of the most popular dishes in Penang and Sarawak, noodles is served in a rich broth and is spiced with condiments favourable to each region. The type of laksa is based upon the soup base employed in its recipe; either rich or savoury coconut milk, fresh and sour asam (tamarind, gelugur or kokum), or the combination of the two. There are three basic types of laksa: curry laksa, asamlaksa and other variant that can be identified as either curry or asamlaksa. Curry laksa is a coconut milk curry soup with noodles, while asamlaksa is a sour, most often tamarind-based, soup with noodles.

Malaysian dishes - Laksa
Laksa – a traditional Malaysian dish

Meekolok

Simple yet delicious. Plain noodles boiled, strained, stirred in cooking oil and garnished with slices of roast pork—the people of Malaysia surely know how to create a classic, yet tasty dish. 

Malaysian dishes - Meekolok
Meekolok

These are the three classic Malaysian dishes that you have to try when visiting. There are, of course, many other traditional Malaysian foods that you need to explore.

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