Tantalise your tastebuds with an immense culinary journey in the foodie wonderland of Desaru. From exciting street food to seafood feasts, Desaru offers a culinary journey that’s sure to delight every palate. Here’s your guide to the delectable local cuisine awaiting you in Desaru.

Nasi Lemak

Kickstart your day with Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak. This fragrant rice dish is cooked in coconut milk and served with a spicy sambal, crispy anchovies, peanuts, and a hard-boiled or fried egg. You’ll find this delicious breakfast staple in local eateries and street stalls.

Gunawan Kartapranata, Nasi Lemak Sambal Cumi in Indonesia 5, CC BY-SA 4.0

Char Kway Teow

Desaru’s version of this iconic stir-fried noodle dish is a must-try. Flat rice noodles are wok-fried with prawns, cockles, Chinese sausage, and bean sprouts in a savoury soy sauce. The smoky aroma and bold flavours make it a favourite among locals.

Seafood Galore

Given Desaru’s coastal location, fresh seafood is abundant. Head to one of the seafood restaurants along the coast to savour dishes like chilli crab, butter prawns, and grilled fish. Looking for the best resort in Malaysia to enjoy succulent seafood with a view? Check out Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas to have a delightful meal.


While not native to Desaru, Rendang is a beloved Malaysian dish you can often find in local eateries. This slow-cooked beef dish, simmered in a fragrant blend of lemongrass, coconut milk, and spices, is a true taste sensation.