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5 must-try Malaysian dishes - For the best gastronomic experience in Malaysia!

Malaysian cuisine is truly exquisite with its influences from the Indian, Malay and the Chinese cuisines. Here is a list of the must-try dishes in Malaysia.


Nasi lemak

This is probably one of the most iconic dishes of the country that hasn't been named as a national dish yet. Everyone loves it. This dish is basically made out of rice that has been cooked in some coconut milk. The flavour and aroma are off the roof! But this isn't even the highlight. The side dishes served with the rice is the one to look out for. Depending on the region you are ordering this dish from, you'll find the rice being accompanied with eggs, vegetables, peanuts, chicken/beef or lamb curry, seafood, and chilli sauces. This is a dish that is served during breakfast.


Mee Goreng Mamak

This dish brought to Malaysia by the Indians is a signature dish. The Mee Goreng Mamak is yellow noodles served with beef, chicken or shrimp that has ample amount of sauces added for flavour. The dish is complete with vegetables and eggs. The dash of chilli added brings all the flavours on point. This irresistible dish can be seen as an easy dish that can be made at home, but nothing beats the flavours you'll get in hawker stalls selling the Mee Goreng Mamak.


Apam Balik

For something sweet, the Apam Balik is a must try. Your taste buds will keep asking for more with this treat. This is basically a pancake snack that has an omelette, Apam Balik, peanuts and corn stuffed in. Besides, the dish is always being researched and developed serving something incredible every time. To try out the local cuisine, you need to check out good places. You don't want a bad experience with the food, as you might not opt to taste it ever again. The best restaurant in JB to check out to try out local cuisine would be hotels the likes of Silka Johor Bahru which offers its diners a good experience.


Nasi Kerabu

You'll be ordering this dish once you see a picture of it on the menu card. The blue rice perks up everyone's curiosity. How can anyone make blue rice? How will it even taste? Of course, it tastes wonderful! That's why it is a favourite dish among the locals and tourists and is in the top must-try dishes of Malaysia. This dish originated from the northern regions of Malaysia. The colour is obtained from the telang flowers as they are crushed and mixed with the flour used for this dish. The rice is then served with fried coconut, bean sprouts, and fish sauce.


Ayam Percik

Who doesn't love chicken? And when in Malaysia, one needs to check out this chicken dish called the Ayam Percik. When you order a plate of Ayam Percik you will be served with barbecued chicken which has been slathered in spicy ginger, garlic and chilli sauce that will tantalise your taste buds. The sauce is also mixed with a bit of coconut milk which makes it rich in flavour.