Affectionately known as ‘KL’, this cosmopolitan city is a melting pot of cultures: Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the variety of cafes, restaurants and impromptu stalls all over town, dishing out foods formed from some 150 years of fusion.
Forget cereal, toast and eggs at home – do like the locals do and eat out! Intrepid traveller Kelly Law lists her Top 5 dishes to try while you’re in Malaysia…
This flat, round bread is cooked on a hot griddle – usually right in front of you – so you can have it crisp. It goes perfectly with curry and a steaming glass of teh tarik, strong black tea served with condensed milk.
A traditional Malay favourite and the country’s most iconic dish – fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk, served with spicy sambal and a sliver of boiled egg. Fancier versions come with cucumber, peanuts, pickled vegetables or beef rendang.
Won Ton Mee:
Chinese egg noodles – long, stringy and yellow- in hot, clear broth, with a handful of fresh veggies and a couple of succulent pork dumplings on the side.
Bak Kut Teh:
Literally “Meat, bones and tea”, this delicious, chunky soup is a combination of pork meat, bones and offal boiled for hours with a selection of spices. Eat with steamed rice, deep fried Chinese doughnuts and wash down with tiny cups of tea – you’ll be dreaming about it for days afterwards.
A specialty from the island of Penang, this is a vegetarian delight. Crunchy turnip, bean sprouts, lettuce and shallots drizzled with a sweet, thick sauce and wrapped in a thin, wheaten pancake, you’ll definitely want more than one. Variations are served with fried egg and pork sausage.
Have you enjoyed a delicious local breakfast surprise while you’ve been travelling?
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