The better question would be “What not to eat in Malaysia?” Put on some loose pants and hit up Hawker Centers that are so popular throughout this country.
While the quality was a bit lower than dishes we were sampling in Singapore, there was plenty of variety and exciting flavors. When you are visiting Malaysia, you can dine all around the world…
Our taste buds took us to China for some Dim Sum:
and some Bak Kut Teh (which turned out to be one of our very favorite dishes of the trip):
We also dined on Char Kway Teow – the most popular Chinese hawker dish:
We sampled Penang Laksa, which actually looked better than it tasted:
We snacked on Oyster Omelette, which is simple and full of flavor. It also comes from Chinese cuisine:
Fish balls, while may not sound most appetizing, are actually awesome. Again, we have China to thank for them. We ate far too much fish ball soup in Malaysia and couldn’t get enough. Just look at how happy it made me!
Then Malaysia’s culinary traditions took us to Japan, where we enjoyed some low-key, yet very tasty Teppanyaki:
We then snacked on some delicious and freshly grilled out in the open Kushiyaki:
We also saw Mochi, Japanese rice cake desserts all over the place in Malaysia so we had to sample them. Sadly, we didn’t enjoy them. I think it just wasn’t what we were expecting, though I have no idea what we were expecting. You just need to try it for yourself!
While you can endlessly taste authentic Indian, Thai, Taiwanese, and Arabic dishes on the streets of Malaysia, you really need to keep your eye out for truly Malay jewels.
Like in most countries we’ve visited, we chose to seek out new dishes. Stingray definitely made the list once we heard that it you can easily find it in Malaysia. It was grilled over charcoal, then served with spicy sambal sauce. We both enjoyed the texture and the flavor:
While some dishes were tastier than others, the Malay food culture will not disappoint you. There is so much variety that you are likely to develop foodie ADD as did we. We literally started planning our days around our meals and it was glorious.