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Food that awakens the gourmet in you

November 21, 2013 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Street in Penang, Malaysia which is also called as ‘Hawkers Paradise’If you thought Malaysia is a place for the best beaches, natural beauty and modern architecture, here’s one more to your list.

A haven for foodies, a gourmet’s delight and a pleasant surprise for the stroller, Malaysia captivates you with its culinary delight. Yes, Malaysia is not just a destination for the eyes but also a place that will appeal to your sense of taste! When it comes to cuisine, Malaysia has an array of delicacies to offer that will titillate your taste buds.

A place full of exotic locations, Malaysia, is also a melting pot in many respects and, like its multicultural population, its cuisine is all about fusion of flavors, ingredients and traditions. Indeed, the unique nature of Malaysian food stems from the fact that it borrows and blends a range of cultural influences to create new, vibrant taste sensations. A person who visits Malaysia must experience the exquisite cuisines that it has to offer. A man selling fresh fitters at Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Malaysia’s history as a trade hub has also contributed to its cooking influences. Heavy traffic along the Strait of Malacca, a vital shipping route during the height of the spice trade, led to the influx of goods and spices to Malaysian ports.

In Malaysia, street food is hugely popular and represents a fun and inventive way of eating and cooking.The best place to eat in the country is JalanAlor, Kuala Lampur. It offers food from stalls parked all along the street. Both sides of the JalanAlor are lined by endless rows of ‘mamak’ stalls and outdoor restaurants, interspersed with hawker stands selling fruits, barbequed meats, hanging ducks and so much more. This place is alive and bustling with history and Asian culture.

Some of the other hotspots to savor on the most delicious Malaysian cuisines are:

  • ·         Penang, on the north-west coast, is a hawker stall haven, where you can get sumptuous food in an easy, market-style setting 
  • ·         Kelantan, in the north-east remains the cradle of Malay culture and serves exotic food rich in flavor and color 
  • ·         Langkawi, on the other hand serves an array of mouthwatering local cuisines in its famous night market Malaysian cuisine has been embraced and sought after by people throughout the world – even if they don’t always recognize it as being Malaysian. A little known fact is that satay first originated in Malaysia! Other enduring and popular dishes include: 
  • ·         NasiLemak-Nasilemak is traditionally eaten for breakfast where the is rice cooked in coconut milk and served  with a variety of accompaniments such as hard-boiled egg, peanuts, vegetables, lamb/chicken/or beef curry, seafood and sambal (chili-based sauce). 
  • ·         Beef Rendang– This Malaysian dish is like the perfect meeting point between a stew and a curry 
  • ·         Char KwayTeow– This is a chinese influenced dish made with flat rice noodles –- is one of Southeast Asia’s most popular noodle dishes.The noodles are fried with dark and light soy sauce, chili, de-shelled cockles, bean sprouts, Chinese chives and sometimes prawn and egg. 
  • ·         Laksa– Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements 
  • ·         Roti Canai– Roti canai (roti paratha) originated from southern India, but was modified and made famous by the mamak (Muslim-Indian) hawkers in Malaysia 
  • ·         MeeGoreng–spicy fried noodles Malaysian style with a twist of Indian influenced spice 
  • ·         SambalUdang– is a very popular Malaysian dish but has many versions of preparation. It is traditionally served as a classic accompaniment to Nasilemak. 
  • ·         NasiGoreng– it is a kind of fried rice extremely popular dish in Southeast Asia. This nasigoreng recipe is Indonesian version of fried rice and served with fried egg 

“Food in Malaysia differs from place to place, but they are the same dishes. Different preparations have different taste and decoration, but commonly the ingredients used are the same such as Kelantan food, Negeri Sembilan food, Trengganu food, Johor food, Penang food and others. The best part of Malaysian food is that it appeals to the senses of not just thelocals but also the discerning traveller” says Mr. Manoharan Periasamy, Director-Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai.

One of the exceptional features about Malaysian food is its huge range that makes it hard to classify. Therefore, the dynamic mixture of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cuisines are just a few of the popular influencing flavors that will allow to have a culinary experience of more than just a country.

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