Food in Malaysia. Malaysia is a country famous for its multiethnic society. Every race in Malaysia is also free to practice their own culture as long as it is not against the laws of the country.

Malays are the majority in Malaysia. It is followed by the Chinese, Indians, and other minorities. The plural society in Malaysia makes it easy for many tourists from abroad to come on vacation to Malaysia.

Given that Malaysia has a more racial population, it is no wonder that Malaysian food also consists of different types of food that you can enjoy together. Among the favorites and favorites of Malaysians are listed below.

Food in Malaysia

1- Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak, Malay food. It is made from rice cooked with coconut milk, onion, ginger, and even pandan leaves. Nasi Lemak is also known as Malaysia’s national dish and can be found in every corner of Malaysia.

Nasi lemak in Malaysia often has stir-fried sambal, fried anchovies, fried peanuts, cucumbers and boiled eggs. There are also Nasi Lemak sellers that serve it with other side dishes like squid sambal, mussel sambal, fried egg, fried chicken, rendang, etc.

2- Laksa Acid

Asam Laksa is the traditional dish of the Baba and Nyonya community. This dish is rice noodles served with spicy fish sauce. Baba was a Nyonian Chinese immigrant originally from Malaya. They combined Malay culture practiced in daily life.

The combination of these two cultural elements brought this dish to Asam Laksa. This dish is consumed with other ingredients such as chopped cucumber, onion, chilli, pineapple, lettuce leaves, kesum leaves and even cantaloupe flowers.

This white laksa noodle dish is eaten with gravy and otaku dang for added flavor. Asam Laksa can be found just about anywhere, especially in Penang.

3- Roti canai

Roti Canai is a flatbread introduced by the Indian community. It is available in most restaurants, restaurant mamak and Malaysian in Malaysia.
This dish is brought by Tamil Muslim immigrants who settled in Malaysia. It is also known as “ flying bread ” due to its manufacturing process which is like tossing and spinning before baking.

Usually, Roti Canai is eaten with a curry sauce, whether it be fish curry, chicken, meat or goat cheese, dhal bean sauce and stir-fried sambal. In fact, in some places, enjoy this Roti Canai with granulated sugar mixed with a curry sauce.

Roti Canai also offers various other options like egg bread, fabric bread, banana bread, onion bread, plant bread, etc.

4- Rojak

Rojak is a traditional salad that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables. In Malaysia there are different types of rojak, namely fruit rojak, Indian style rojak, Penang rojak and kangkung squid rojak.
For fruit rojak usually include pieces of cucumber, mango, pineapple, sengkuang, bean sprouts and fried tofu. Rojak fruit juice is made from soy sauce, belacan, water, sugar, lime juice, chili, and ground peanuts.

Whereas the Indian rojak is called pasembor or rojak mamak. This rojak broth is thick bean broth with a sweet and spicy flavor. This rojak includes boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, bean sprouts, sengkuang, and cucumbers. It also has fried tofu, stir-fried squash, shrimp, or fried squid.

If in Penang, having Penang rojak was almost like fruit rojak. However, it is added to other ingredients like guava, guava, mango and fried squid. This rojak broth is thick like caramel.

Rojak kangkung squid is one of the most popular dishes across Malaysia and is very simple. It is widely sold in most eateries or restaurants. Rojak includes squid, spinach, cucumber, tofu, beans, chili, and sauce.

5- Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun is known as a white noodle curl and is shaped like a kuetiaw dish. It is a food of the Cantonese people and comes from southern China as well as Hong Kong.

In Malaysia, Chee Cheong Fun is usually served with black sweet soy sauce. In Penang, the sauce uses shrimp paste, which is black, has a sweet and thick taste like caramel.

If you are in Ipoh, Chee Cheong Fun is usually served in two ways, namely dry or @ gravy sauce. The dried version is usually served with sesame seeds, soy sauce, fried onions, onion oil, chili sauce, and chili-lime. While the sauce version is served with a curry sauce and mushrooms.

6- Apam Balik

Apam Balik is a flat pancake cooked using a special mold and can be found all over Malaysia. It is also widely sold by hawkers around the world.

The ingredients used to make apam balik consist of a mixture of flour, coconut milk, water, sugar, eggs and baking soda. It has a kernel like ground peanuts, sugar, and sweet corn cream. Apam balik can also be placed various other types of filling such as chocolate slices, grated coconut, etc. according to their tastes.

Apam Balik has also been declared a National Heritage Food by the Department of National Heritage of Malaysia.

7- Curry Mee

Mee Kari is a unique and flavorful dish prepared from a combination of Chinese and Indian dishes. The broth is made from curry spices mixed with coconut milk, chili sauce, dried tofu, shrimp, chicken, squid, mussel, lemongrass, and mint leaves.

This dish has become a favorite of many people regardless of race and is easily available at local restaurants. A delicious curry sauce can be eaten with noodles, kuetiaw, or vermicelli and can be served with sour chili or orange chili.

8- Sate

Satay is a marinated slice of meat pierced with a skewer and cooked on a charcoal stove. It is usually served with satay, peanut sauce, and sliced ​​onions and cucumbers.

There are several types of satay in Malaysia including meat satay, chicken satay, belly satay, and goat satay. It is a favorite of almost all Malaysians and can be easily found at peddlers, night markets, and restaurants.

This satay is also delicious to eat with nasi himpit, which can be used instead of rice. It is also often used as a light meal at night and is very popular as one of the pre-feast meals.

9- Lok-Lok

Lok-Lok is the Chinese version of the steamer. It is a dish pierced with a skewer and then dipped in boiling water or hot soup until fully cooked.

It can usually be eaten with a variety of sauce options. It is usually eaten with peanut sauce, chilli sauce, or sweet sauce to add flavor.

These foods can be found everywhere in mobile stalls, food trucks, dining halls, and crowded places of Malaysian cities and towns. Lok-Lok for sale includes various ingredients such as quail eggs, mussels, mussels, sausages, fish patties, squid patties, shrimp, vegetables, vegetarian meat, mushrooms, and a variety of cooked foods such as wantan and fried tofu.

10- Char Kuew Teow

Char Kuew Teow is a very popular food available in Malaysia. Usually, it is fried over high heat with liquid soy sauce, thick soy sauce, chili, shrimp paste, shrimp, scallops, bean sprouts, and chives.

In addition, Char Kuew Teow is also fried with eggs, shrimp, mussels, bean sprouts, and many more. This dish is also served on banana leaves placed on a plate to further enhance its aroma.

11- Otak-Otak

Otak-Otak is a light snack that can be enjoyed in Malaysia and Singapore. This food is called the brain – its brain texture is soft and slightly soft.

Usually, it is eaten with rice or can also be eaten directly. Among the ingredients used are fish fillets, peppers, and other spices and wrapped in coconut leaves. It is then roasted over a fire until it is cooked through.

12- Mee Goreng Mamak

Mee Goreng Mamak is another simple and tasty dish. It is usually found in Mamak restaurants as well as in regular restaurants in Malaysia.

Fried Mamak noodles are usually mixed with chicken or meat slices, chilli, mustard, bean sprouts, eggs, onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, etc. The food is a bit dry but quite tasty.

13- Nasi Kandar

Nasi kandar is a very popular dish that comes from Penang. It is a dish of white rice served with a curry sauce and sides. Usually, it is eaten with fried chicken, goat curry, fried squid, fried shrimp, beef fried fish, etc.

It is also often supplemented with vegetables such as fried bitter gourd, fried cabbage, sides, etc. Almost all communities love Nasi Kandar very much, wherever they are.

14- Briyani rice

Briyani rice is a mixed rice of the Indian community cooked using basmathi rice. It is cooked with various spices, yoghurt, meat, and vegetables. The ingredients and spices used include nutmeg, dried peppers, cloves, oil, cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon, coriander, mint leaves, ginger, onion, and garlic.

This Briyani rice also consists of various types such as goat Briyani, chicken Briyani, meat, mushroom, and vegetable Briyani. Most of these dishes can be found in Malaysian mamak restaurants or Indian restaurants.

15- Fried bananas

Fried bananas are usually a snack in the evening. It is fried from flour, eggs, margarine, etc. to obtain crispy flour.

Fried bananas are served with chili soy sauce to arouse the appetite. In fact, various innovations have been made that provide satisfaction while enjoying it. It is also eaten with condensed milk, cheese, chocolate, etc.

Fried bananas are very popular with Malays and Chinese. It can be purchased at local falconers’ stalls everywhere.

16- Cendol

Cendol is a dessert that comes from Indonesia but is so popular in Malaysia. It is made from coconut milk, green jelly from rice flour, and also from green, ground ice cubes, and Malacca sugar.

Cendol is commonly found throughout Malaysia. It is also served with sticky rice, red beans, and corn. Some even serve it with durian and jackfruit.

17- Peanut Ice

Ais Kacang, also known as Ais Batu Campur, is a popular Malaysian dessert. Originally, it was made from ground ice and mixed with red beans.

But now, Peanut Cream ingredients have been served with different ingredients such as fruit to make the dish more delicious and colorful. It is also mixed with red beans, sweet corn, cincau, jelly, peanuts, and cream.

To complete this dish, condensed milk is mixed with condensed milk, the evaporated milk poured on a crushed rock with a little rose syrup. There is also Peanut Ice sprinkled with melted chocolate for added flavor.

18- Kuetiau

Kuetiau is a traditional food of the Chinese community. This food is usually fried with shellfish, shrimp, liquid soy sauce, chilli, and bean sprouts.

Kuetiau is one of many favorite foods for dinner but tastes better when eaten hot with a garnish of half-cooked egg.

19- MEE SEGERA

Once upon a time, instant noodles were a staple food choice to get into a critical budget area. But now it has become a staple if you are lazy to cook or lazy to go to the grocery store and lazy to order food online.
In fact, with the variety of instant noodle flavors now, it has become a favorite food choice for the majority of Malaysians.

20- Lemang

The traditional Malay food that is very popular and well received by many is the packaging.
Yes, Lemang has been one of the favorite foods of famous Malaysian society since time immemorial.
The basic ingredients of lemang are sticky rice, coconut milk and salt.
These ingredients will be cooked slowly in the bamboo already wrapped in banana leaves.
Not only the holiday season, but the lemang is also often sold at night markets, morning markets, and farmers’ markets on a weekly basis.

21- Ketupat

ketupat is quite tasty to eat with chicken rendang or meat during Hari Raya. It feels incomplete Eid without ketupat.

There are two types of ketupat that are famous in Malaysia, namely ketupat nasi and ketupat palas.

Ketupat nasi is made from coconut leaves and rice while ketupat palas is made from palas leaves and glutinous rice.

22- Rendang

There are various types of rendangs in Malaysia, which are not limited to chicken and meat rendangs.
There are rendang mussels, pulmonary rendangs, rendang snails, rendang wooden shoots, etc.


It can be said that each state must have its own recipe and uniqueness of rendang. For example, in Perak it is known for rendang Tok and in Negeri Sembilan it is very synonymous with duck rendang and rendang kerbau.
Even more special in Negeri Sembilan and Melaka, there are several types of rendangs based on wooden shoots and very popular among people here, such as rendang pucuk ubi and rendang maman.


How to cook this type of rendang is completely different and takes a long time, so few are willing to prepare it.
However, it is very tasty and nutritious because it is made from tuber leaves and leaves.

23- Dodol

Dodol also has a variety of variations and each has its own recipe and uniqueness.

Liquid dodol or liquid penganan is one of the types of dodol that can only be found in some areas around Melaka and Negeri Sembilan.

Dodol takes about 2 to 4 hours to complete cooking.

Although a bit long, but very worth it because dodol is popular and very tasty. If you have enough equipment and ingredients, you can also stir the dodol yourself at home.

Dodol is not only available during the festive season, but it is also very popular as a sales product and souvenir in tourist areas.

25- Kuih Bahulu

Categorized as one of the old cakes or traditional cakes, the bahulu cake was originally yellow-yellowish brown.

After the changing times, there are various types of modernized bahulu cakes such as bahulu pandan, bahulu coklat and so on.

Although over time, traditional bahulu cake remains a favorite of many. Children also love this cake because it is very soft and delicious.

26- Wajik

Diamond is a kind of traditional Malay food that can be categorized as a dessert.
There are several types of wajik that are popular in Malaysia such as sirat wajik and durian wajik.

Wajik, which is made from its basic ingredients, namely glutinous rice, sugar and coconut milk, is often used as a dessert dish during festivals, ceremonies and feasts.

27- Serunding

Just like rendang, serunding is also an appetizing side dish if eaten with ketupat or lemang.

Among the serunding that is popular is chicken and meat serunding. The spices added in this floss make it smell fragrant and it tastes very good.

28- Tapai

Many people like tapai, especially glutinous tapai. In addition, there is also cassava tapai. But the more popular is tapai glutinous rice because of its deliciousness and uniqueness.

How to prepare it is not difficult where it uses rice glutinous rice or cassava, a little sugar and yeast.

The ingredients will be mixed together and then wrapped using tapai leaves.

After 3 days of fermentation, it can be eaten. The way it is prepared is natural, interesting.

29- Fruit Pickles

Fruit pickles are one of the appetizers that are always the choice of many, especially during the month of Ramadan.

Many people like to enjoy fruit pickles with hot rice during sahur and breaking fast. For those who have no appetite, can try fruit pickles.

Fruit pickles are made from dried chillies, onions, garlic, ginger, citrus fruits such as cherries, mangoes, and many more.

In addition, there are also some additional flavors used such as cumin and sesame seeds.

30- Spicy Acid

One of the famous traditional Malay food in Malaysia, especially in the Malacca and Johor.
This popular dish uses mackerel, dipped fish, red fish, mackerel and others as the main ingredients of spicy acid as appropriate.

Did you know, with a little extra belacan can make spicy sour very tasty and fragrant.

31- Sour Fish

Categorized in the group of salted fish, pickled fish is a very tasty appetizer dish eaten with hot rice, sambal belacan and ulam-ulaman.

Sour fish is made from ground rice which is then mixed and fermented with various fish such as sepat fish, mackerel, lampan fish, tilapia fish, puyu fish, and so on.

32- Straight

The pancakes are divided into regular pancakes as well as coconut pancakes. Sometimes pancakes are eaten with sambal or sugar and are suitable to be served for breakfast.

33- Nasi Ulam

If you live in the village, your grandmother will definitely serve nasi ulam based on ulam-ulaman that we ourselves do not know the name of.

Nasi ulam is not only very nutritious, but very tasty if eaten with sambal or just like that. The smell is very fragrant.

34- Kerabu Rice

Rice salad has many upgraded distinctive and traditional Malay food is still popular and loved by everyone.
This meal starts from Malaysia and Brunei are also grown to a previously Malay archipelago.

Kerabu rice is quite popular on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, especially Kelantan and Terengganu.

35- Nasi Dagang

Apart from kerabu rice, nasi dagang is also quite famous on the east coast, especially Terengganu and is very popular with the locals.

Commercial rice is usually eaten with gravy-like goulash cooked using special spices.
The side dish should be codfish or known as aye fish and pickled cucumber.

36- Boiled Potatoes

Boiled Potatoes have become a staple food for the community in the days of Japan first.

Due to the difficulty of getting rice, boiled sweet potatoes are able to satiate and provide the best health benefits. It is often eaten alone or eaten with grated coconut.

36- Kapit Cake

Very light and crunchy , kuih kapit is famous in Malaysia as a very tasty snack.

Nowadays, many people innovate kuih kapit by adding jam or chocolate flavor in the middle of kuih kapit.

It is not as thick as my chips and marukku, but very thin and easy to bite. Therefore, it is often in demand among parents especially for children and the elderly.

37- Snail Cake

Its crunchy and slightly spicy texture is often the dream of many.

In the past, snail cakes were among the best-selling cakes no matter on Eid or not during the festive season.

However, there are still others who sell snail cakes, especially during the festive season. You Can also be made yourself at home because it is not difficult, just use flour, curry spices and curry leaves only.

38- Kuih Bangkit

If we know the way and the dough, it is very easy for us to make this traditional cake. It tastes fatty and very tasty.

It is also one of the cookies that may be labeled as traditional cakes in the community.

39- Bad Stem Cake

Bad stem cake is also one of the popular and famous traditional cakes in Malaysia.
This cylindrical cake is made from a mixture of wheat flour, rice flour, and coconut flour.

Usually, this bad stick cake is based on fried green bean powder.

40- Kuih Karas

Kuih karas which are usually in the shape of a semicircle or triangle is quite famous in the state of Kedah, especially the districts of Kota Setar and Jitra.

This hard cake looks like fine vermicelli. It tastes very tasty and very crunchy.

Although the basic ingredients are just rice flour and sugar but it tastes quite good and suitable to be eaten as a light snack when having afternoon tea.

41- Baked glutinous rice

Roasted glutinous rice is made from glutinous rice filled with filling, wrapped with banana leaves and then roasted over a fire.

Roasted glutinous rice, also known as shrimp glutinous rice on the north side of the peninsula, is a light dish that is quite filling.

The essence varies by location. Usually in the east coast areas use fish fillets or serunding while in the northern areas mostly use dried shrimp and coconut fillings.

42- Putu Piring

You often find this dish in the night market. Putu plate is given such a deck name because of the condition of its cake placed on a white base like a plate before it is steamed.

Putu plate is made from sweet potato flour and rice flour as well as Melaka sugar core. It can also be eaten along with the young grated coconut core.

43- Belacan

LIKE is a complementary food for the community. Although it smells quite strong, but it tastes very good when used in certain dishes. The community loves to cook with shrimp paste put in their cooking.

Belacan is made from finely ground shrimp and dried shrimp?

That’s why when belacan is roasted, the taste of cooking is even more ‘ummmp’!

Among the traditional dishes are craze ages are shrimp paste sauce.

44- Cencaluk

Cencaluk is a Malay traditional food that tastes will not escape the passage of time because there are still many fans, especially in the east coast states.
Cencaluk was originally a food seasoning made from fine prawns better known as geragau prawns.

Famous in Melaka, cencaluk is very tasty to enjoy white rice that is still hot, let alone eaten with side dishes.

45- Fee Bee Hoon

This is a simple but delicious Malaysian breakfast that will definitely try to holiday in this country. Quite familiar with the locals there, it is a Malaysian street food that is easily available and loved. If you are in a Sentosa resort, then it is easier to get a plate of Fried Bee Hoon on the Malaysian food street in Sentosa . The dish is basically pure rice garnished with sausage, fried eggs, and whatever you want to eat.

46- Batu Maung Satay (Grilled Meat On Skewers)

There is no complete Malaysian street food market without a large open oven loaded with grilled meat skewers to perfection. Pork, chicken, and beef marinated on bamboo skewers are served hot with peanut sauce, cucumber chunks, and raw onions. The sight of satay vendors eagerly crawling their ovens to serve you this perfectly tasty crab is enough to tighten your stomach!