International students studying in Malaysia will get to enjoy the vast variety of food available in Malaysia. Malaysian Food is a culinary diversity originating from its multi-ethnic population of Malay, Indian, Eurasian, Chinese, Nyonya and the Indigenous peoples of Borneo. Malaysia has many kinds of restaurants in the cities and towns. Eating out in Malaysia is a real gastronomical adventure as there is such a great variety; spicy Malay Food, an endless variety of Chinese food, exotic cuisine from India, as well as Nyonya Food. Western cuisine is also easily available ans not to mention, international fast food chains operate in major towns together with thousands of road-side stalls and food bazaars.
The traditional culinary style has been greatly influenced neighboring countries, such as Indonesia, India, the Middle East, and China. It is often spicy and flavorful as it utilizes a great variety of spices and herbs.
Made by cooking rice and glutinous rice together, to which coconut cream is added once it is cooked. Usually eaten with its own specially made side dishes of tuna fish curry and light vegetable pickle.
Keropok Lekor / Keping
A popular and the most visible fried snack in Terengganu, the ‘keropok’ is made of fish meat, ground to a paste, and mixed with sago. Comes in two main different forms, the long chewy ones called ‘lekor’, while the thin, crispy ones are ‘keping’. It is best eaten hot with chili dip. A must try for international students.
Rice is cooked in coconut milk and served with anchovies in chili sauce, a few slices of cucumber and a sliced, boiled egg. This malay food is common in Malaysia and is also a favourite among students studying in universities in Malaysia.
This is white rice cooked with anchovies, prawns and chilies. A fried egg sunny side up is usually added.
Famous of all would be the Dim Sum, which has a huge variety and includes delights such as the baked egg custard, pan-fried carrot cake, steamed seafood dumplings with shark’s fin, steamed soft noodles with shrimps, steamed crabsticks stuffed with fish paste, deep-fried dumplings with salted eggs and red bean paste, and juicy steamed fresh super prawn dumplings.
Selected from a range of all time favorite Chinese culinary like soups, seafood, poultry, and vegetable dishes. This sumptuous set of dish promises to thrill.
Bread is the main item in most meals in North Indian cuisine. Therefore, a variety of bread is offered; Nann (leavened bread with poppy seeds) is a popular choice, usually flavored with onion or garlic. Paratha, meanwhile, is rich, flaky, and flavored with ghee eaten as an accompaniment or by itself, filled with potatoes and peas. Chapati is another leavened bread. It resembles flat discs and has a delightful flavor and chewy texture.
Roti Canai is a kind of pancake prepared with wheat flour, eggs, ghee, or butter. It is eaten with meat or chicken curry. It is one of the locals’ favorite, served at most roadside stalls.
Penang Island, one of the states in Malaysia, is well known for its hawker food. With an abundance of hawker stalls positioned along busy streets in the city, it is no wonder that this state is often known as hawkers’ paradise. It is reputedly the best in the country, with some visitors from neighboring states and even countries have been known to make regular trips enjoy their favourites at these hawker food venues!
It is usually available in large, medium, or small portions at different prices. It may also differ as well according to optional extras that you may request, for example, additional prawns or eggs. Prices are usually displayed for the various dishes and if they are not, do ask before placing your order.
A lot these food above are easily found in and around university campuses even in the students cafeteria.