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19 Malaysian Foods And Drinks Your Tastebuds Will Thank You For

Eat all the things.

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1. Char Kway Teow

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Char kuey teow is one of Malaysia's most iconic dishes. Made of flat rice noodles, bean sprouts, chives, and soy, the dish components can vary immensely. Additional ingredients can include tofu, seafood, chicken, and egg.

2. Nasi Kandar

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The term nasi kandar came from when rice (nasi) hawkers would carry around their offerings on poles (kandar) to sell. Today, it's essentially rice with your choice of whichever toppings are on offer.

3. Roti Canai

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Roti canai is essentially a fried, crispy, fluffy flatbread that you dip into a curry sauce. The dish has heavy Indian influences and is just unbelievably delicious.

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4. Teh Tarik

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Teh tarik translates to "pulled tea" which describes the process of how the tea is made. The condensed milk-sweetened tea is "pulled" between two mugs to cool, mix, and to make it frothy.

5. Steamboat/Lok Lok

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There are different variants of steamboat and lok lok throughout Malaysia. The more traditional steamboat is like hot pot where you eat the soup along with the ingredients you place inside. When having lok lok, you just eat the ingredients you boil on the sticks, and not the soup.

6. Nasi Lemak Bungkus

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Nasi lemak is one of Malaysia's most-known dishes. It consists of rice cooked in coconut milk paired with sambal chilli, anchovies, peanuts, and boiled egg. Bungkus means "pack" in Malay, and really is just the take away version of the dish.

7. Or Chien (Fried Oyster Omelette)

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The oysters are lightly fried on a hot skillet before they're mixed with raw egg. The mix is then fried until it's cooked through and is served with a hot chilli sauce.

8. Ais Kacang

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Otherwise known as ABC, ais kacang, which translates to "ice beans", is a popular Malaysian dessert. The base of the dish is full of shaved ice, beans, jelly, and evaporated milk.

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9. Curry Mee

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Similar to laksa, curry mee is a spicy, coconut milk-based soup filled with whatever the heart desires. Commonly paired with thin egg or rice noodles, an array of vegetables and meats can be added depending on your personal preference.

10. Nasi Goreng

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Fried rice and nasi goreng are pretty much one and the same. Though, sweetened with sweet soy over regular soy, nasi goreng has a slightly different taste. Plus you'll often find a fried egg perched on top!

11. Ramly Burger

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The western equivalent to Ramly burgers are the hotdogs you get from street vendors in NYC. Really popular in Malaysia, these hawker burgers are often wrapped in egg and other goodies.

12. Char Mee Suah

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This dish is a little different to the others found in Malaysia, because the noodles have a lot more bite than the regular rice ones. Also, the flavours are much lighter than most.

13. Cendol

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Originating from Indonesia, Cendol is another shaved ice dessert which uses palm sugar and coconut milk as its base. Plus, cendol usually uses fewer ingredients than ais kacang does.

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14. Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Normally referred to as "chicken and rice" this dish is literally just that. Chicken is poached and served with white rice, and is eaten with soy and chilli dipping sauces.

15. Roti Jala

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Otherwise known as net bread, this egg and flour mixture is placed on the skillet in a net-like formation before being rolled up into a little log. It's often eaten with curries and soup-like dishes.

16. Ipoh White Coffee

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The name Ipoh comes from the town the coffee originated from. Although it's called "white coffee" the coffee beans used in Ipoh are still brown. After the beans are roasted in margarine, the brewed coffee is mixed with condensed milk.

17. Wantan Mee

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Wantan mee is another Malaysian noodle dish, but instead of all the ingredients being mixed together in the cooking, you combine them in the bowl yourself. Egg noodles are placed on top of a black sauce and are topped with BBQ pork, dumplings, vegetables, and chilli.

18. Char Kueh Kak (Fried Rice Cake)

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Really big in Penang, these rice cakes are fried with bean sprouts, egg, chilli, and soy. They're most commonly eaten for breakfast.

19. Kaya Toast

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Kaya toast is bread filled with a coconut custard jam and butter. It's eaten for breakfast and is normally paired with a nice coffee and a couple of boiled eggs.

Michelle Rennex travelled on Contiki’s Bangkok to Singapore trip. Contiki provided all hotel, airfare, and associated tour costs free of charge. BuzzFeed writers did not guarantee coverage.

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