22 Malaysian Foods Everyone Should Learn How To Cook

Sugar, spice, and everything nice.

1. Satay

Meat on a stick is always delicious, so throw in some unique Malaysian seasoning for a complex and delicious taste for this simple dish.

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2. Wan Tan Mee

Wan Tan Mee is a Malaysian staple that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For the most authentic experience, try it chicken feet and sauce.

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3. Sambal Udang

Shrimp is a staple in Malaysian cuisine, and it’s the base for the popular dish, Sambal Udang. Flavoured with tamarind and shrimp paste, the dish has a classic Malaysian flavour and is served over rice.

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4. Char Kway Teow

This simple stir-fry is a street vendor favourite in Malaysia. Fry up some chicken, noodles, and veg with chili prawn paste for this signature dish.

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5. Kuih Dadar

Malaysian desserts have a unique flavour and are often coloured to match the surprising and exotic tastes. Kuih Dadar is a crepe sweetened with pendan (the leaf from a screwpine tree) like most traditional Malaysian desserts, and stuffed with coconut flesh and palm sugar.

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6. Udang Galah Goreng

Fried prawns over sautéed vegetables is flat out yummy. This simple dish is spicy and sweet in perfect balance, and can be served over rice or on its own.

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7. Pie Tee

Pie Tee or “top hats” are the only appetiser you’ll ever want to serve again. While the shells are difficult to make, the filling pays off, creating an amazing burst of fresh and complex flavour in a single bite.

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8. Mee Goreng

This spicy noodle dish is a variation on Chinese chow mein and is popular in Malasia, Indonesia, and Singapore. It’s a common menu item for Malaysian street vendors, and is often served with a fried or poached egg over top.

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9. Yong Tau Foo

Fried fish and bean curd are smothered with fish paste and poached in chicken broth for one-of-a-kind Malaysian recipe.

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10. Popiah

Part burrito and part egg-roll, you can’t go wrong with popiah. The thin and chewy dough is stuffed with a variety of goodies: veg, meat, and rice, and is typically dipped in a sweet bean sauce.

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11. Rojak Buah

A rare Malaysian vegetarian treat, Rojak Buah is a tasty combination of sweet and sour flavours. Fruit is dressed in a sweet and spicy sauce and tossed with sesame seeds for this delicious starter.

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12. Kari Kapitan

This famous dry Malaysian curry is full of flavour and history. A legend says the dish got its name when a ship cook was asked what’s for dinner and answer “Curry, Kapitan!” Shrimp paste gives the dish its Malaysian flavour, and it’s a good dish for dieters - with less sauce, there’s less need for rice!

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13. Nasi Lemak

This classic Malaysian rice dish is cooked in coconut milk and served with a cocktail of Malay spices, giving it a unique and complex flavour. Nuts, cucumber, and boiled eggs make delightful and yummy garnishes.

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14. Murtabak

This thin pastry stuffed with minced meat and served with pickled chutney is popular across South East Asia.

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15. Kai See Hor Fun

Malaysian chicken soup for the soul, Kai See Hor Fun is a comforting dish with a touch of signature Malaysian spice.

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16. Pasembur

This hot salad his a singular flavour, using the tamarind and prawn in classic Malaysian cuisine fashion. Vegetables and potatoes are topped with a thick dressing made from sweet potato and tamarind and served with fried prawn fritters.

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17. Assam Laksa

This delicious noodle bowl is served with boiled mackerel and an abundance of spices. A variety of sweet and spicy flavours and a rainbow of colours keep it interesting.

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18. Ikan Assam Pedas

This hot and sour fish soup packs a punch, and while scrumptious and spicy, it’s not for the faint of heart. The soup is often prepared with a full fish head floating around in it.

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19. Ondeh-Ondeh

This sweet Malaysian treat packs a surprise in the centre. Made from sweet potato or rice flour, these yummy balls are sweetened with pendan and smothered in grated coconut.

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20. Ayam Masak Merah

For a Malaysian twist of classic curry, try Ayam Maskak Merah. The dish incorporates the sweetness of the popular pendan leaf for a unique and layered flavour.

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21. Otak-Otak

Fish and spice paste are packed inside a banana leaf and barbecued for this crazy good and unexpected dish.

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22. Bak Kut Teh

The name translates to “Pork Bone Tea Soup,” which pretty much covers what the dish consists of. Broth is loaded with pork ribs and mushrooms and infused with herbs and spices for this warm and hearty soup.

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If you’re dying for more Malaysian, check out Malaysia Kitchen for more recipes, specialty ingredients, and finding the best Malaysian takeaways in London

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Chelsey Pippin is commissioning editor for features at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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