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Malaysian Dishes Local dishes in Malaysia

Coffee

"There is a big trendy coffee/café scene in Malaysia with many Instagram-worthy places charging extra."

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Nasi Kandar

"An Indian-style dish invented in Penang. It's basically a plate of rice (plain white or biryani) with a mixture of curry sauces, meat, fish and vegetables from a selection of trays."

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Cendol

"A soup dessert made from coconut milk, shaved ice, palm sugar, red beans and green flour noodles (called cendol, which is where the dish gets its name). So refreshing on a hot day (which is every day in most of Malaysia)."

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Banana Leaf rice

"Pretty similar to nasi kandar but served on a banana leaf 'plate' with various sides."

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Char Koay Teow

"Probably the most famous noodle dish in Malaysia, which is why it's sometimes compared to Pad Thai."

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Lor Bak

"Basically pork sausage rolled in a thin pancake and deep fried. Makes a great cheap snack."

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Nasi Lemak

"Malaysia's national dish is simple but delicious. Fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, served with a variety of extras."

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Vegetarian & Vegan food in Malaysia

"Unfortunately, it's not particularly easy to find good food that's strictly vegetarian and vegan in Malaysia, but if you put the effort in, there are definitely some pretty tasty rewards."

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Chapati

"Indian flat breads. Soft and dry, perfect with a curry with sauce."

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Oyster omelette

"Known as 'Oh Chien' in Hokkien, it's a popular fried dish of fresh oysters, rice flour and egg. Served with chilli sauce."

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Laksa

"There are two types of Laksa. Asam Laksa is the sour / tamarind version and the other version is made with coconut milk."

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Rojak

"There are different types of rojak but essentially it's a fruit salad (although not always ripe fruit) with a sauce. The sauce usually sweet, spicy and made with shrimp paste and peanuts sprinkled on top."

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Ais Kachang

"Multi-coloured ice dessert, not to be confused with cendol. I'm not a fan of it, mostly due to the sweetness and weird toppings including sweetcorn."

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Hainanese Chicken Pie

"Adapted from colonial times, this is a local take on a British chicken pie."

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Roti Jala

"A spongey webbed pancake, perfect for dipping in to curry."

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Durian

"Not really a dish but it deserves a place here."

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White Coffee

"Famous in Penang and Ipoh especially, it's milk coffee, usually from powder."

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Roti Canai

"An amazing snack. Roti just means bread but roti canai refers to the simple dish of Indian style fried flat bread which is served with some curry sauce."

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Apom

"Dessert snack usually sold at small street carts. Little crispy pancakes folded over."

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Beer

"Beer (and alcohol in general) is relatively expensive in Malaysia due to taxes and regligious reasons. It might be hard to find beer outside of tourist areas."

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