There are so many things that should be tried when you visit Malaysia especially on when you travel on a road trip. If you’re traveling from a different country, you’re better off with car rentals in Kuala Lumpur as your first stop to find the appropriate vehicle that will be used to move around the country.
1. Assam Laksa (Rice Noodles at Fishy Soup)
In or around Georgetown? This could be your opportunity to try out the Assam laksa. This rice noodles in fishy soup are often soured with tamarind. You will also get a mix of ginger flowers, bird eye chilies, and cucumber matchsticks. Some stalls in Georgetown are a few feet away from traffic, so you can ride round through and order your laksa on the go. Think of it like a local drive-through.
The Rojak is a plate of cut-up fruit and vegetable salad with some pieces of dough and a bunch of brown-black savory-sweet sauce dumped all over. One thing you will definitely enjoy with the Rojak is the shrimp paste in the sauce. They are quite delicious and the best part is that they are situated close to Assam Laksa stalls in Georgetown.
The chendul is a form of cold dessert soup popular on Penang Road – a small road large enough for one car to pass through at a time. the chendul is the green squiggles in the soup and they are made from mung-bean flour and stained greens. The leaves taste a lot like vanilla. What you will get from the chendul soup is red beans floating in a soup of santan, coconut milk, and palm sugar.
4. Apom Balik
The ampom balik is a must try when in Malaysia. This sticky rice-flour pancake is mixed with creamed corn placed inside of the pancakes. Some of the vendors spoon the corn from the can and add it to the cooking batter of eggs and fluffy. They wait for it to steam a bit and then remove the mixture and fold it like a loose taco. This shape makes it get crispy edges and sticky interior at the same time.
5. Batu Maung Satay (Grilled Meat on Skewers)
If you ever find yourself in the long little lanes around Lorong Baru, which features dense stalls and lots of hawkers, making a choice of the meal to consume might be tricky. May we recommend the Batu Maung Satay. This grilled meat on skewers can also feature pieces of chicken or pork – all marinated. You will find it grilled and served with cucumber chunks and raw white onions. Depending on your preferences, but sometimes, it could come with goopy peanut sauce.
6. Roti Canai (Flatbread)
One of the best street food that must be tasted on your next trip to Malaysia is the roti canai. You can find vendors selling this food on the Jalan Transfer with rows of stools and vinyl covered tables that you can sit on and dine with your friends. This is also a great place to connect with the locals – some of which you’ll find out is quite friendly. There are music, banter, and great coffee at this location as well.
7. Koay Chiap (Duck and Noodle Soup)
Koay Chiap is a dark soup with duck meat shreds, gizzards coagulated blood and a soy-sauced-boiled egg and a curled-up scroll of rice noodles. It’s delicious and medicinal as well. You can find this meal at the popular Street, which is often sleepy during the daytime but busy at night.
One of the things you will notice about this country is their love for condensed milk. If you sit for long in a kpoi tiam, someone will ask you what you’d like to drink. If you want caffeine, the best bet here is Nescafe or iced Nescafe with sweetened condensed milk. If you prefer to have a more flavored chocolate beverage, they sell Milo and iced Milo. You can find either of these options in most cafes in Malaysia.
9. Koay Teow Th’ng (Sweet Noodle Soup with Meat and Fish Balls)
This is a bowl of sweet thin noodles mixed with pork bone broth topped with fish balls and a whole egg yolk that can be stirred along with the soup or scooped into the mouth directly. There are lots of popular stores where you can get the Koay Teow in the street in Malaysia.