Due to a mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Arab cultures, the cuisine of Malaysia is truly exotic. Consisting of healthy helpings of breads, rice, noodles, fish, poultry, and vegetables, mixed with exotic spices, Malaysia should be a top destination for every foodie, or anyone who truly loves to sample the world's finest food tastes and textures.

Tease Your Taste Buds with the Culturally Diverse Cuisine of Malaysia
Tease Your Taste Buds with the Culturally Diverse Cuisine of Malaysia

Due to a mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Arab cultures, the cuisine of Malaysia is truly exotic. Consisting of healthy helpings of breads, rice, noodles, fish, poultry, and vegetables, mixed with exotic spices, Malaysia should be a top destination for every foodie, or anyone who truly loves to sample the world's finest food tastes and textures.

Imagine that you finally made it to Malaysia, halfway around the world. Upon venturing out onto the streets of Kuala Lumpur the first thing that strikes you is the hustle and bustle of all the people, followed by the sights and sounds of all the activity. Before long an unmistakeably exotic smell strikes your nose. "What is that smell?" you wonder. Suddenly you are starring at a row of street vendors serving everything from fried fish to empanada-styled bean filled fried bread. You wonder if you have died and gone to food heaven.

The traveler to Malaysia will find many delicious foods on which to dine, including a very popular dish called nasi lemak. Consistising of rice which has been steamed in coconut milk, then served with fried anchovies, cucumbers, peanuts, and a local chili past called sambal, this dish is often considered the national dish of Malaysia. Other starchy dishes include various selections of noodles, and a wide assortment of breads of Indian origin, such as dhosai and puri.

Fish is an important part of Malay cuisine, and much of it is caught locally and then consumed within a day or so. Other kinds of seafoods are also consumed including shrimp, prawns, clams, cuttlefish, and octopus. The majority of Malaysian people being Muslim, pork is not widely consumed among the masses. Chicken is considered Halal, and is therefore consumed by most Malaysian people, as is beef. Interesting dishes include fish-head curry, a dish made of grilled chicken which has been marinated in coconut milk (Ayam percik,) and mutton curry.

When visiting Kuala Lumpur be sure to visit the famous Hameed's, which offers a wide selection of local cuisine. One of the more popular beverages in the country, called Teh Tarik, is made from sweet milk, and is also worth a try. Also, remember that Malaysian culture is composed of various religions, including Hindu and Buddhist communities. This has lead to a wide array of meatless dishes being available. Even hard core carnivores could stand to benefit from giving some of these dishes a try.

There are so many food options in Malaysia, it is difficult to imagine that anyone could try them all in one trip. Mixing food styles from across Asia, Malaysia has been called both a melting pot with a mixture of cultures and foods. With food that is punctuated by a rich array of spices, such as curry and chili, Malaysia has something for every food lover.


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