Malaysia is a great country for people who love food such as my good self. It is a very cultural diverse country and therefore the food has lots of different influences; the biggest being Malay/Indonesian, Chinese, and Indian. Other major influences are the surrounding countries such as the Philippines (especially for Borneo) and Thailand.
Within Malaysia Melaka (Malacca) is renown for many of its dishes, some of which also have a European colonial influence. I have been in Melaka for the last couple of weeks getting some work done, here are some of the Malaysian dishes that I have been eating fairly regularly.
For Breakfast, Roti Canai and Roti Sardine hit the spot.
For lunch a local Chinese influenced speciality is chicken rice balls (it is the rice that is in balls not the chicken).
Another Indian dish that you see a lot of in Malaysia is Tandoori chicken and Naan bread with lentil curry.
A traditional Malay dish is Satay. In Melaka they have Satay steamboat. This involves a pot of boiling peanut satay sauce that you cook your skewers of meat and vegetables in. I did try it and it was good, but you’ll have to make do with a picture of normal style chicken satay.
And finally we’ll finish off with European influenced Mocha and Orange cheesecakes, and egg custard tarts.
Hope this has made you feel hungry.
As for me I’ve just got back from a trip to China and Borneo, hopefully I will get chance to write about the trip soon (still need to do posts on Chiang Mai, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam first though).