This is a list of dishes found in Malaysian cuisine.

Malaysian dishes

Name Image Region Type Description
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Nationwide Condiment or salad A type of a pickling that can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Mee Siput Muar, Johor Snack A local snack eaten with sambal, is only available in Muar.
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Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan on East Malaysia
(Popular in Brunei)
Staple food One of the famous delicacy for the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak.
Asam pedas fish Malacca Dish
Ayam pansuh Sarawak Soup A chicken soup cooked in bamboo along with seasonings. A dish popular in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Bak kut teh
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Klang, Selangor Soup A soup that consists of meaty pork ribs in a complex broth of herbs and spices (including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic), boiled together with pork bones for hours.
Bean sprouts chicken
Ipoh, Perak Dish Served with light soya sauce flavoured with oil.
Chai tow kway
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Nationwide Common dish
(Dim sum)
A variety of dim sum.
Nationwide Flat bread
(Part of Indian bread)
A thin, unleavened flat bread originated from India, brought by the immigrants to the country early in the 19th century. Usually served with beef or mutton curry.
Chilli crab Peninsular Malaysia
Seafood dish Derived from Chinese cuisine.
Curry Nationwide Dish Derived from Indian cuisine.
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Popular in Peninsular Malaysia Called as "Thosai" Fermented crepe or pancake
(Part of Indian bread)
Derived from TamilIndian cuisine.
Fish ball
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Nationwide Common food Small balls that were made from fish.
Fish head curry
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Nationwide Curry Fish head in a curry, usually mixed with some others vegetables.
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Nationwide Curry Originating in Sumatra, gulai is any number of meats cooked in a thick, rich and spicy curry sauce.
Heong Peng Ipoh, Perak Pastry Available in many stores around Ipoh.
Ikan Bakar
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(Popular in Peninsular Malaysia)
Seafood dishes Usually eaten with sambal or shrimp paste.
(Daun Palas or Pulut)
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Nationwide Dumpling Served during the Muslim Aidilfitri (Eid al-Fitr).
Kuih kochi
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(Popular in Singapore)
Dumpling Made from ground unpolished glutinous rice.
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Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo Traditional food Popular in Malaysia. Both in Peninsular and East Malaysia.
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Nationwide Pancake Derived from Middle East and also from Indian cuisine.
Nationwide; Popular in Muar, Johor Cake type made from fish meat and spices Traditionally served steamed, wrapped inside a banana leaf or grilled in coconut leaves.
Oyster omelette
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Seafood dish The dish consists of an omelette with a filling primarily composed of small oysters.
Penang Salad A type of Indian salad.
Nationwide Spring roll Can be found on street vendors around Malaysia.
Pulot tartal Malacca Dish Malaccan-based dish.
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Peninsular Malaysia Bread
(Part of Indian bread)
Derived from Indian cuisine.
Putu mayam
Peninsular Malaysia Dish Derived from Tamil Indian cuisine.
Ramly Burger
Nationwide Hamburger, Entrée
(Part of Dish)
Can be found all over Malaysia.
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Nationwide Salad dish A traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Rojak Klang Klang, Selangor Salad dish A type of salad dish from Klang.
Roti canai
Nationwide Flatbread Derived from Indian cuisine.
Roti john
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Nationwide Omelette sandwich A popular Malay breakfast and snack item in Malaysia and Singapore.
Terengganu Traditional dish Consisting of spiced fish meat wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on a grill.
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Nationwide Dish Can be found throughout all the states of Malaysia in restaurants and on the street.
Satay celup Malacca, Penang Dish Popular in Malacca and Penang.
Sup Kambing
Nationwide Soup dish Can be found all over Malaysia.
Ulam (salad)
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Nationwide Traditional salad Can be eaten simply as it is, or with cucumber, cabbage and eggplant.
Yong tau foo
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Nationwide Soup dish A type of Chinese soup dish.
Nationwide Teochew-style raw fish salad Consumed during Chinese New Year.

Noodle dishes

Name Image Region Type Description
Pan Mee
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Nationwide Noodle dish Derived from Hakka cuisine.
Char kway teow
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Nationwide Noodle dish A popular noodle dish in Malaysia and Singapore that is made from flat rice noodles.
Curry Mee
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Malaysia Noodle dish Usually made up of thin yellow egg noodles or/and string thin mee-hoon (rice vermicelli) with spicy curry soup, chilli/sambal, coconut milk, and a choice of dried tofu, prawns, cuttlefish, chicken, egg and mint leaves.
Duck soup noodles Penang, Malaysia Noodle soup Consists of ingredients such as duck meat in hot soup with mixed herbs and slim white noodles known as mee-sua.
Hokkien mee
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Nationwide Fried noodles Served in many Southeast Asian countries (mostly Malaysia and Singapore) and was brought there by immigrants from the Fujian province in southeastern China.
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Penang, Perlis, Kedah, (Ipoh and Kuala Kangsar in Perak), Johor, Sarawak and Kelantan Noodle soup The famous one is the Penang laksa.
Laksa Sarawak Sarawak Noodle soup A very popular dish in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Lor mee
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(Popular in Singapore)
Noodle dish One of Chinese-inspired noodle dish.
Maggi goreng
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Malaysia Instant noodles A type of instant noodles that are popular in Malaysia.
Mee Bandung Muar
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Muar, Johor Noodle dish Traditional cuisine from Muar.
Mee goreng
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Nationwide Noodle dish Derived from Chinese cuisine.
Mee hailam
Mee Kolok Kuching, Sarawak Noodle dish A type of noodles popular in Kuching, Sarawak.
Mee pok
Nationwide Noodle dish A type of Chinese noodle.
Mee rebus
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(Popular in Singapore)
Boiled noodle dish A popular noodle dish in Malaysia and Singapore.
Mee siam
Peninsular Malaysia
(Popular in Singapore)
Siamese noodle A type of dish of thin rice noodles.
Mee sup
Mihun sup
Nationwide Traditional noodle soup dish One of the popular noodle dish both in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Wonton noodles
Nationwide Noodle dish Derived from Cantonese cuisine.

Rice dishes

Name Image Region Type Description
American fried rice
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Nationwide Rice dish One of the most expensive fried rice and can only be found in some urban restaurants.
Banana leaf rice
Peninsular Malaysia Rice dish Derived from Indian cuisine.
Claypot chicken rice
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Nationwide Rice dish Usually served with Chinese sausage.
Fried rice
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Nationwide Rice dish Made from steamed rice stir-fried in a wok.
Hainanese chicken rice
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Nationwide Rice dish Derived by Hainanese immigrants.
Nasi dagang
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Peninsular Malaysia especially in Kelantan and Terengganu
(Popular in Southern Thailand)
Rice dish A type of dish consisting of rice steamed in coconut milk, fish curry and extra ingredients such as fried shaved coconut, hard-boiled eggs and vegetable pickles.
Nasi goreng
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(Popular in Indonesia)
Rice dish A type of dish popular in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Nasi goreng pattaya
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Peninsular Malaysia Rice dish A Malaysian dish made by covering or wrapping chicken fried rice, in fried egg. It is often served with chili sauce and cucumber. The name comes from Pattaya, Thailand.
Nasi kandar
Penang Rice dish A popular northern Malaysian dish, which originates from Penang.
Nasi kerabu
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Kelantan, Terengganu Rice dish A type of nasi ulam, in which blue-coloured rice is eaten with dried fish or fried chicken, crackers, pickles and other salads.
Nasi lemak
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(Popular in Brunei, Singapore,[1] Riau Islands and Southern Thailand)
Rice dish
National dish of Malaysia
A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and "pandan" leaf commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish of Malaysia.[2]
Nasi paprik Rice dish
Nasi ulam
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Nationwide Rice dish A steamed rice dish mixed with various herbs, especially the leaves of pegagan (centella, often replaced with lemon basil), vegetables, and spices and accompanied by various side dishes


Name Image Region Type Description
Keropok (Crackers) Nationwide, particularly coastal towns such as Malacca, Pulau Pangkor and Lumut Snack A popular snack in Malaysia, particularly served at homes of many during festive celebration. It can be found in many groceries stores and supermarkets, examples of popular household brands in Malaysia are Rota Prawn Crackers and myReal Pulau Pangkor Prawn Crackers.[3] One of the most popular type of prawn cracker in Malaysia are the Keropok Udang Geragau Melaka.
YosriJemputBawang.jpg Malaysia Fritter type snack A traditional Malaysian fritter snack that is made from flour and can be choose either from banana, anchovies, prawns, onion or maize for flavours) or also can be made with only using flour.
Curry puff
Nationwide Snack A type of snack or kuih. Usually filled with chicken and potato with a dried curry inside.
Kaya toast
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(Popular in Singapore)
Snack Consists of kaya, a spread of eggs, sugar and coconut milk and flavored with pandan on toasted or fresh bread or cream crackers.
Keropok lekor
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Terengganu Snack A keropok that is made from fish.
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Nationwide Snack Variety of kuih.
Pisang goreng
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Nationwide Snack Deep-fried banana dipped in flour.
Akok (food) Popular in Kelantan state Snack Tradisional Kelantanese dessert snack made from egg, flour, brown sugar.

Preserved meat

Name Image Region Type Description
Bakkwa Nationwide Dried meat
Char siu
Nationwide Pork meat A type of roasted meat.
Chinese sausage
Nationwide Pork meat A sausage made from pork.

Sweet cakes and desserts

Name Image Region Type Description
Ais kacang
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Nationwide Dessert Mostly known as air batu campur or ABC in Malaysia.
Batik cake
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Nationwide Dessert A type of chocolate cake similar like the hedgehog slice made using Marie biscuit.
(Popular in Indonesia)
Dessert Can be found on street vendors during Ramadan.
Dodol Nationwide
(Popular in Indonesia)
Confectionery Served during the Muslim Aidilfitri (Eid al-Fitr).
Bubur kacang hijau
(Green bean porridge)
Nationwide Dessert A type of porridge made from Mung bean.
Pineapple tarts
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Nationwide Dessert Traditionally served as a delicacy during Chinese New Year. Also served during Deepavali and the Muslim Eid al-Fitr.
Roti tissue
Malaysia Dessert Available at most local Mamak stalls in Malaysia and Singapore.

Condiments, sauces and spreads

Name Image Region Type Description
Nationwide Condiment Usually eaten with a meal of rice or other dishes.
(Popular in Southern Thailand)
Condiment type of sauce Traditionally made by mixing anchovy and salt in the range of ratio of 2:1 to 6:1 and allow to ferment for 140 to 200 days. It is used as a flavoring and is normally taken with fish, rice and raw vegetables.
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Malacca Condiment Fermented small shrimps or krill.
Coconut jam
(Known as Kaya in Brunei and Malaysia)
Nationwide Spread Usually eat with a toast.
Sambal Nationwide Condiment Variety of sambal, usually eaten with a meal of rice or other dishes.
Tempoyak Sambal Tempoyak Raw and Cooked.jpg East Coast Peninsular Condiment Usually eaten with a meal of rice.
Tuhau Sabah Condiment A plant from the genus Etlingera. Usually eaten raw after mixed with chilli, vinegar and salt. Also fried.


Name Image Region Type Description
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Malaysia Beverage A beverage consists of milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup, giving a pink colour.
Ipoh white coffee
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Ipoh, Perak Beverage A popular white coffee in Perak.
Janda pulang Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia Beverage A beverage consists of water, coconut contents and palm sugar.
Susu kacang
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Nationwide Beverage
Teh See Nationwide Beverage Derived from Chinese cuisine.
Teh halia
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(Popular in Singapore)
Beverage A tea mixed with ginger.
Teh krisantimum
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Nationwide Beverage
Teh tarik
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(Popular in Singapore)
Beverage Made from black tea mix with condensed milk or evaporated milk.
Teh C Peng Special Nationwide
(Popular in Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia)
Beverage A unique combination of brown sugar, evaporated milk and red tea which is a local speciality at café's and coffee shops originating from Kuching, Sarawak.
Tenom coffee
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Tenom, Sabah Beverage A popular Robusta coffee variety in Sabah.
Tuak Nationwide
(Popular in Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia)
Alcoholic beverage A type of alcoholic drink.


See also


  1. ^ "Nasi lemak". YourSingapore.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Nasi Lemak". Malaysia.com. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  3. ^ "myReal Pulau Pangkor Prawn Crackers by Lumut Cracker Sdn. Bhd". Lumutcrackers.com.my. 

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