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Foods that are worth a try when in Malaysia

It has been rightly said that Malaysia is a food heaven. Every place you visit you will find something new here. Malay, Chinese and Indian meals are mesmerizing in Malaysia. Have you tried curries over banana leaves? Try it once and you will always ask for more.

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

Below are some dishes, ranked based on their popularity in Malaysia.

Clay Pot Loh Shu Fun

Ever had rat noodles? If not, you should definitely give Clay Pot Loh Shu Fun a try!! Fret not, it has got nothing to do with rats. It is just one of the names given to this dish apart from silver needle noodles. Prepared in a clay pot in order to retain the heat, some stall vendors optionally add vegetables and meat as toppings. Pro tip: Add some Dark soy sauce. Thank us later!!


One of the most popular dishes on Malaysian streets, Satay, is made from grilled and seasoned meat. Meat may consist of goat, chicken, mutton, beef, fish or even pork. Served with sauces made from dried peanuts, the dish tastes absolutely delicious. The dish has become so popular among tourists that is now found on almost all corners of the streets.


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.

Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh aka meet bone tea is a popular meat dish popular on the streets of Malaysia and Singapore. It is a mix of Non Vegetarian food alongside natural herbs infused together to make one sumptuous finger licking dish. Thanks to the herbs, this dish has an earthy flavor. Served in a clay pot, this dish makes the perfect option for breakfast. Pro tip: Having it for lunch alongside plain rice is a complete yes too!!

Nasi Dagang

It is believed that no Malaysian food lunch is ever complete without the Nasi Dagang. Nasi Dagang is a fantastically delicious dish which consists of steamed rice in coconut milk along side fish curry and several other ingredients like fresh shaved coconut, hard boiled eggs and vegetable pickles. It is one of the most popular dishes in the eastern coast of Peninsula Malaysia. The most famous Nasi Dagang of Malaysia comes from a place called Kampung Ladang which is an area within the Kuala Terrengganu District.  

Sang Har Noodles

Sang Har Noodles is a delicious dish of fresh river prawns that have been cooked in the Cantonese style in a thick eggy broth and has been finished off with either flat or egg noodles. The orange part is the head of the prawn which infuses with the liquid of the eggy sauce of the noodles.