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 Penang. 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. Here is a list of our Top 10 Malaysian Street food that you must try when in Malaysia.
As I pen this post, my mouth is already salivating thinking about the goodness of a colorful Cendol and hot chicken satay served with peanut sauce.
Top 10 Malaysian street food to try during your visit:
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!!!
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).
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.
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.
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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