Rasa Malaysia: Best Restaurants With Sedap Local Cuisines
The rich Malaysian food culture extends from the traditional cooking wok to the exciting blend of spices used in many popular dishes that can't be missed. The cuisine is prominent for its symphony of flavours that blends complex and diverse multi-ethnic cooking traditions into one.
Madam Kwan’s is renowned for their fragrant Nasi Lemak, a breakfast staple that is widely considered as the national dish. The dish is served with fluffy aromatic coconut steamed rice served with chicken curry, dried shrimp floss, vegetable acar, sambal ikan bilis, hard-boiled egg and cucumber slices.
If you are a fan of Kelantanese cuisine, head on to Serai for their signature Nasi Kerabu, featuring blue rice that is coloured naturally with butterfly-pea flowers, along with acar (pickled vegetables), salted egg, shallots, kerisik (toasted grated coconut), ulam (salad), serunding (spicy fried coconut flakes) and a dash of sambal (chili paste).
(Serai @ Pavilion KL)
For a hearty option, head over to Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh and Samy & Min Bak Kut Teh for flavourful pork ribs simmered in a rich broth of herbs and spices. Most affectionately known as “Bak Kut Teh” or “pork bone tea” when translated, this local favourite offers a rich umami of flavours that is best paired with a bowl of rice, and accompaniment of small plates like fried fritters and salted vegetables.
(From left to right: Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh, Samy & Min Bak Kut Teh)
At Grandmama’s – Flavours of Malaysia, the Sang Har Crystal Noodle Soup is a fan-favourite. The noodle soup dish contains a tasty yet subdued broth that tastes of prawn and chicken, which makes for an addictive combination when coupled with silky smooth rice noodles.
(Grandmama's - Flavours of Malaysia)
Other Notable Outlets:
Go Noodle House
Nam Heong Vintage
Simple Life Signature
The Fish Bowl