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Top Local Beverages to Try in Malaysia - Must-Sample Local Drink Varieties in Malaysia

Regarded as one of the best loved foodie hubs in Asia, Malaysia also provides travellers with a host of unique beverages of their own making. Here are some must-try beverages in Malaysia.


Nutmeg Juice

Although most travellers think of nutmeg as a spice used in sweetmeats and baked goods, nutmeg juice is a popular local beverage that revered among Malaysians. The light and refreshing juice do not pack in the strong flavour of nutmeg that one would expect of the spice although there's no mistaking the unique taste of the drink. Sold in coffee shops and hawker centres around Malaysia, a glass of nutmeg juice is the perfect way to spice up a holiday in Malaysia.


Teh Tarik

Also known as Malaysian Pulled Tea, Teh Tarik is a beverage that has its roots in Chinese, Malay and Indian culture. Sold in Mamak food stalls, the drink which is made from brewed black tea, condensed milk and sugar is as sweet as tea beverages get. The "pulled tea" is passed from one jug to another with the distance between the jugs increasing to create the illusion of the tea being "pulled" in the air. The frothy results are consumed by locals and expats alike as an early morning cuppa or during tea time in the afternoon.


Air Bandung Juice

Using condensed milk or evaporated milk, Air Bandung juice is also infused with rose syrup to give the beverage a pinkish colour and an irresistible aroma. As another sweet beverage, Air Bandung juice is a big hit with the young and old and often served in hawker centres and other food stalls. While the sight of the drink may be off-putting, the creamy and rich taste of the drink will win travellers over in an instant.


Barley Juice

Regarded as one of the best ways to beat the heat and cool down after a busy day of sightseeing, barley juice is a thirst quenching beverage for the masses. With body cooling properties the clear liquid drink is flavoured with lime and sugar to hide the less than appealing taste of barley boiled in water. Plenty of ice cubes are also heaped up on the glass which also includes barley pearls.



As one of Malaysia's most beloved tropical fruits, it should come as no surprise that Lychee juice is a big hit with the local populace. As a fruit that was originally harvested in China, the drink made from the fruit is just as translucent as the fruit itself, resembling a glass of water with pieces of sliced lychee floating in the glass. Another excellent thirst quencher, a glass of lychee offers tourists a welcome respite from the heat and humidity of Malaysia. Those based at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort or any similar accommodation hubs will also find the beverage listed on most Sepang restaurant menus.


Water Chestnut Juice

Made using raw water chestnuts, this particular juice is a favourite among vegan and vegetarian tourists holidaying in Malaysia. As a popular ingredient in local and Chinese cuisine, the healing properties of this vegetable are well-known.