Malaysia is not only a great place for sightseeing or enjoying nature’s beauty, but for culinary adventures too and here are some of the top dishes loved by foodies from around the world.

Laksa | Image by nonrev via flickr

Nasi Lemak

Considered a national dish, nasi lemak is one of the most well-known representations of local cuisine. The rice used for it is cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf that lend to the flavour and aroma; it’s usually served with fried anchovies, cucumber slices, fried or hard-boiled egg, sambal and roasted peanuts; in places like Bukit Mertajam, apartments can be found within easy reach of eateries that have it on the menu.


Another perennial favourite, laksa is a delicious dish in Malaysia that has different versions. For instance, curry laksa is the name given for a Peranakan noodle soup that is made with thick coconut milk curry, a spice paste and rice vermicelli or wheat noodles; it’s also called curry mee in Penang and those staying at properties like Sky Residence Prai can easily find vendors that serve it. There’s also Assam laksa which is more like a brown fish soup with a more spicy and tangy flavour.

Roti Canai

One of the dishes in Malaysia that has an Indian influence, roti canai is popularly eaten for breakfast or as a yummy snack. Made from flatbread, the roti is generally served plain with lentil curry or a similar option. That said, you get other versions of roti canai that have various fillings too, that range from savoury to sweet; thus, you may find vendors offering it with cheese, egg, onion, bananas or even coconut jam!

Pisang Goreng

Those looking for a sweet snack are bound to love pisang goreng which is the local name for what is more commonly known as banana fritters. The bananas are first dipped in a batter and then deep-fried till golden brown in colour, crunchy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. Some cafés or restaurants will serve them with cinnamon, ice cream, cheese, or condensed milk too.