Top 10 Malaysian Street Food

The smell of soup wafted from one of the carts from the other side of the road. I could not resist myself crossing the road to find out a sprawling cluster of carts and tables at one of the famous food scene of Malaysia –  Gurney Drive where hawkers are lined up selling a dizzying array of food choices. By chance, I landed at a place where impressive and best( cheap ) eats are found in

By chance, I landed at a place where impressive and best( cheap ) eats are found in Penang. Woohooo 😀 :D.

If you are a foodie, then get ready to tantalize your taste buds with some of the mouth watering delicacy and thirst quenching drinks on your next trip to Malaysia. The enticing mix of cuisines with the uniqueness of Malay, Chinese and Indian would leave you craving for more.

As I pen this post, my mouth is salivating thinking about the goodness of a colorful  Cendol and hot chicken satay served with peanut sauce.

Take our list of top 10 Malaysian street food to try on your visit:

1. Satay:

Tender marinated chicken/ beef/ fish/ pork grilled on bamboo skewers grilled over flaming hot and served with cucumber and onion or peanut sauce is one of the most popular dishes of Malaysia and must try!!!

top 10 malaysian street food

2. Nasi Lemak/ Biryani:

You cannot miss this one. I loved it so much that I ended up eating it three times a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner  😉

Nasi lemak consists of rice steamed in coconut milk to get a creamy texture, in addition to it a hard-boiled egg, roasted peanuts, vegetables, lamb or chicken curry and sambal (chili-based sauce).

top 10 malaysian street food

3. Laksha:

The goodness of shredded chicken pieces and shrimps, boiled egg garnished with green leaves like spring onion, red chillies blended with locally sourced spices and a good amount of noodles for the company floating in the curry made of coconut milk.

The variation of Laksha is different from one place to another. But wherever and whenever you devour one bowl of Laksha, you are definitely going to ask for more.

top 10 malaysian street food

4. Seafood :

It’s a seafood heaven I must say. There is no dearth of seafood in Malaysia. Fish cakes in square or rounded balls, chicken sausages, exotic fish, delicious prawns, clams displayed on mounds of dripping ice can get your stomach grumbling. Choose what you want to eat and ask to prepare it your way on any of the stalls.

5.Roti Canai

An Indian-inspired layered flatbread stuffed with chicken or just flaky flatbread made with flour, butter and water with an added dose of condensed milk to sweeten it up is served with a side dish of chicken or lamb curry is on the list of best Malaysian dishes to try.

7. Cendol :

A deadly mix of crushed ice, colourful jelly and coconut milk is one of the best – loved dessert and the perfect drink to keep you cooler in the sweltering heat.

6. Teh Tarik:

Teh Tarik or “pulled tea” is a concoction of black tea and condensed milk, poured back and forth, from a distance to give a frothy top. This is a version of Indian tea with an extra dose of sweetness and milk prepared in a style of filter coffee. 😉

8. White Coffee:

Not a tea lover ?? No worries.  For all coffee lovers ditch your Starbucks coffee for one of most popular Malaysian drink – White Coffee of Malaysia, originated from Ipoh, the capital city of Perak where the coffee beans are roasted with palm-oil margarine. It’s just a pampered cup of coffee served with condensed milk to make your head spin. 🙂

9. Milo Dinosaur:

Iced chocolate milk loaded with a handful of powdered Milo is favorite amongst kids and adult. This  chocolate malted beverage is sweetened with condensed milk. This is one cup of goodness that you can’t miss whilst your time in Malaysia.

 10. Tropical Fruits:

And last but not the least keep yourself hydrated and healthy by taking in on some tropical fruits available on the streets of Malaysia. From litchie to durian the choices are endless.



A gourmet kaleidoscope awaits you. 

Do let us know you favorite dish in Malaysia in the below comment box.


The Tales of a Traveler was invited for the Fam Trip organized by Malaysia Tourism.



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  • Reply
    Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    June 30, 2015 at 6:17 am

    What a mouth-watering post ! I’m feeling hungry again… 😛

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      ha ha ha 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    Chaitali Patel
    June 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Ooh that’s a nice list! Great images.

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you so much Chaitali …. 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    July 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

    This is mouth watering. I like it.

  • Reply
    July 9, 2015 at 1:05 am

    A droolicious post!!

  • Reply
    July 9, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Loved the fruit and cendol and the nasi lemak… dint understand the fascination with milo and condensed milk though…its just every where

  • Reply
    July 9, 2015 at 4:05 am

    mouth watering post 🙂

  • Reply
    July 9, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Beautiful images 🙂

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    Vishal Bheeroo
    July 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Mouth watering. Heard so much of Malay street food and it has fascinated me always. Hope one day, I can visit to taste the yum food.

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    Maria Gomes
    July 29, 2015 at 4:13 am

    First of all, kudos for capturing the sumptuous foods of Malaysia in such a spectacular way!! I am already getting an appetite for it. The fact that they have been made with so much TLC makes them even more appealing. And you have already described how they taste. I will definitely try the white coffee.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      August 5, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thank you so much Maria … Malaysian food is delicious and white coffee is quite famous 🙂

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    Shrinidhi Hande
    September 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    How good it is for vegetarians?

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      September 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Malaysian cuisines both for vegetarian and non-vegetarian are delicious. Most of them are combination of Indian, Chinese and Malay , so you won’t have any problem and every nook and corner you will find one Sravana bhawan 🙂

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    November 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Hmmm I’m really hungry after reading this now, thank you! I like Malaysian food, but haven’t tried that intriguing drink called cendol before. The fruits are really delicious, and I’m also curious about the white coffee. Yum!

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    November 11, 2017 at 1:31 am

    What a delicious read! And some great info too! I’d never heard of Roti Canai before, interesting that it is sweetened with condensed milk although served alongside curry – i wonder if that takes some of the heat out of the spice? Also the Cendol sounds like a delicious drink to cool down with – excited to try that one too!

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