The special characteristics of Malaysia cuisine is its natural ingredients available in all this country. Coconut, chili, lemon, lemon leaf and spices are the basic ingredients cooked with fish, meat and vegetable. Based on the different cooking styles, Malaysia is the nation owning the largest number of cooking ways in Asia. To experience deeply about Malaysia’s cuisine, travelers should go to outdoor food outlets, where serve good foods with reasonable prices. Visitors also can buy snack and drinks in trolleys or street vendors.
Assam Laksa noodle or Nasi kandar curry is one of popular Malaysia’s specialties travelers must try when coming to Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
1. Penang Assam Laksa noodles
Rated in the listing of 50 best dishes in the world, Assam Laksa is one of the Malaysia’s specialties that visitors should not leave this country without try it. Penang, about 300 km from Kuala Lumpur –the capital of Malaysia, is the best place to taste Assam Laksa noodles. Its thick noodles are made from fish and sour soup. Assam Laksa is voted as #7 on the list of the world’s 50 most attractive dishes, according to CNN Travel.
2. Nasi Kandar curry
Nasi kandar- a dish stemming from the Indian community living in Malaysia is widely sold on the street in Penang. The thing making a difference for Nasi Kandar is the help of its curry sauce and distinctive warm and pungent spices. This dish can be combined with many different foods as beef, chicken, shrimp, ect. In some places of Malaysia, there are 50 foods can be mixed with Nasi Kandar.
3. Hokkien Mee noodles
The capital of Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur and Penang are popular places to taste Hokkien Mee noodles, however, the way to cook this dish in these places is different. In Kuala Lumpur, Hokkien Mee is made from egg noodles mixed with brown sauce. This dish becomes more impressive when accompanying with pork, shrimp, squid and some sambal belacan. Meanwhile, Hokkien Mee in Penang has a fatty taste and the sweetness of broth. Diners also are enticed because of its appealing white noodles and yellow egg noodles with fish balls, shrimp and onions. It is also a popular and favorite dish for breakfast in Penang.
Satay is a popular dish in Malaysia, served with a sauce. It is actually a dish of skewered and grilled meat marinated with peanuts and some characteristic spices.