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A Restaurateur’s Guide to eating your way through Malaysia

An influence of Malays, Chinese, and Indians on Food!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia – Truly Asia goes the line. A truly multi-ethnic society with Malays, Chinese, and Indians forming the major ethnic communities. The food is a reflection of these communities and their influence on each other’s cuisine. One can literally eat one’s way through this country.

Mee Java, Javanese style noodles
Mee Java, Javanese style noodles
Nyonya Kueh in Malaysia
Nyonya Kueh, glutinous rice cakes. A Nyonya specialty. Nyonya’s or Peranakans are the descendants of Chinese Immigrants from the 15th and 16th Century to the Malay archipelago
Making of Roti Milo
The making of the Roti Milo in a Nasi Kandar. Nasi Kandars are restaurants run by Indian/Tamil Muslim immigrants.They went to the then Malaya either as British East India company soldiers, clerks or labourers to work the rubber and tea plantations.
Roti Milo
Presenting the Roti Milo – a South Indian style parota stuffed with Nestle` Milo.
Rojak – A fruit salad topped with a tangy tamarind sauce and crushed roasted peanuts
Char Kway Teow

Doubly world famous Penang style Char Kway Teow, flat rice noodles fried on high heat in dark and light soy with eggs, bean sprouts, bloody cockles, Chinese sausages and prawns
Otak Otak
A veggie version of Otak Otak – Mock fish is used to recreate the famed snapper with turmeric and served wrapped in a Banana Leaf
Nasi Ulam
Nasi Ulam – A vegetarian version. An Aromatic mixed herb rice beloved of the Nyonya.
Ban Xeo
The Fabulous meal at the Kebaya and Baba Bar in Georgetown, Penang began with a Ban Xeo, Crispy wafers stuffed with shredded chicken, beansprouts, crispy tofu, dried shrimp, julienned carrots and a tamarind sauce.
Pai Tee
Pai Tee – Crispy ‘top hats’ of saltwater school prawns with fresh julienned vegetables and a sweet chili and coriander sauce
Grilled Chicken Kapitan
Grilled Chicken Kapitan, With a paste of chili garlic shallots and candle nuts. Kapitan Curry is a typical Nyonya curry, a version of which every Nyonya household prepares
Beras Basah
Beras Basah, Rice Paper Roll Filled with Salmon, Crab meat, Chef Vegetables and Chili dipping . — at The Cliff, Langkawi.
Ketumbar Tukun Perak
Ketumbar Tukun Perak, Fish Fillet, King Prawn & Sea Scallop Curry “Ketumbar” Leaves, Okra, Egg Plant & Onion — at The Cliff, Langkawi.
Roti Tissue
Roti Tissue – a tissue like thin roti drizzled with honey and served with condensed milk to dip in. At Tomato Nasi Kandar, Langkawi
Ice Kacang
Ice Kacang – a shaved ice dessert

Do you have any Malaysian Favorite? Did we miss out anything? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Yogesh Mokashi

A former salesman, currently a restaurateur, Once upon a time Engineer, lapsed MBA, Foodie before the word became fashionable, created the concept of egg specialty restaurants where none existed before, Wannabe wildlife photographer and wannabe world traveler.


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