Malaysia is a country where you could find people from all over the world. When people from different parts of the world congregate, they bring their culture and their food with them. Their influence seeps into the fabric of a country making it a rich tapestry.
Malaysia has been enriched thus, with influences from Indian, Chinese, Thai and more cultures added to their own. So if you thought that Malaysia was only about shopping and soaking in the beautiful sights, you will be glad to know that Malaysia is a foodie’s delight too.
Rice is a staple and found in various forms, from steamed rice served with curry on the side to Glutinous rice.
Malaysia is where I discovered and fell in love with Laksa. This Coconut based one pot meal comes loaded with Noodles, veggies, and meat of your choice. Lemongrass adds a delicate flavour and this tangy and spicy soup will have you smacking your lips!
Nasi Lemak is a Malay favourite and a must have. Rice cooked in Coconut Milk, a side of roasted peanuts, a spicy chilly based sauce and meat.
Congee, or Rice Porridge, is a dish that could be found on tables of Malaysian homes for Breakfast. Rice is cooked with water, till it forms a thick porridge. This ‘baby food’ is either eaten plain or with additions of choice, like meat.
Coconut Milk forms the base of many curries and gives them a rich, creamy texture and taste.
Roti Canai, a flaky, layered wheat and ghee (clarified butter) based Roti or flatbread, is so quintessentially Malaysian that you must have it when you are there. Enjoy it plain or with a side of curry.
Food getting too spicy and savoury for you? Then try Kaya Toast, yet another Malay speciality. Kaya is a spread made from coconut / coconut milk, sugar and eggs. This spread is sandwiched between 2 slices of white bread and toasted together. An ideal Tea time snack, this sweet treat could get addictive!
Langkawi is a port city, so great shopping at very reasonable prices! So do shop to your hearts content if that if Langkawi is on the agenda.
Shop, relax, rejuvenate and eat when in Malaysia. Bon Voyage and Bon Appetit!