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Malaysia Food and Drink

  • Nasi Lemak
  • Shrimp Laksa
  • Roti canai and teh tarik
  • Rendang Ayam
  • Chili crab


Malaysian cuisine is a mixture of hot and spicy influences including Chinese, Indian and of course, traditional Malay dishes. The best places to try real, local foods are in hawker stalls at the side of roads and in coffee shops. In these places, visitors will find cheap, but delicious menus to sample.


Popular dishes in Malaysia include:

Nasi Lemak: this is the most common breakfast food found in Malaysia. Rice is cooked in light coconut milk with anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and a bit of chilli.

Rengand: this dry curry dish is usually made with beef and consists of stewed meat in a spicy curry paste.

Chili crab: this dish is essentially what the name suggests, a whole crab that has been covered in sticky chilli sauce.

Laksa: the exact recipe of this dish changes depending on region, but it is usually just coconut served with seafood or chicken.

Bak chor mee: this is a noodle-based dish cooked in a chilli sauce with minced pork, fried anchovies and vegetables.



It is best to avoid tap water in Malaysia and visitors should try to stick to bottled water. Coffee (kopi) and tea (teh) are popular drinks usually served with condensed milk. Visitors are encouraged to try “teh ais” which is an iced milky tea. Kopi tongkat ali ginseng is a mixture of coffee, a local aphrodisiacal root and ginseng which is then served with milk. Locally brewed beer includes Tiger and Anchor while local brew is called tuak and is fermented rice wine that has been flavoured with either sugar or honey.


Things to know:

Malaysians don’t normally adhere to the practice of tipping as a service charge of 10% is already added to your bill.

Drinking age:




Malaysia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Malaysia.

Learn about the history and culture of Malaysia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Malaysia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Malaysia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Malaysia tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Malaysia tour, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.



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ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Malaysia tours, vacations and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover, a romantic island stay,  a stay of distinction, an independent travel module, and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Malaysia.

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