Food and drinks Malaysia

Malaysia (and also Singapore) are reputed for their sublime cuisine. As these countries have always been a melting pot of different cultures, there is an extensive range of delicious food. You can eat a Malay breakfast, a Chinese lunch and an Indian dinner. Every state has its own specialities. In general, herbs and spices are added to Indian and Malay food, while Chinese food is more moderate. Malaysians love to eat and seem to eat several times a day.

Chinese Food: A country as large as China has a huge array of different dishes and delicacies; most of them are represented in Malaysia and Singapore. It is impractical to list them all here. You are better off simply trying a little of everything, you will come across numerous Chinese restaurants here. Cantonese dishes are the most prevalent. Some of the meals include sweet and sour dishes, won ton soup, chow mein and spring rolls. Dim sum are delicious Cantonese snacks particularly at lunchtime. Sichuan cuisine is noted for its highly spiced dishes. Hotpot (fondue) can be very sharp and spicy. You choose the ingredients yourself. The national dish of Singapore is Hokkien fried noodles (or Singapore fried noodles).
Indian Food: Delicious Indian food is also widely available in Malaysia and Singapore. Indian cuisine can generally be divided into three styles, South Indian, Muslim and North Indian. South Indian cuisine is mainly vegetarian and is often very hot. Thali is a typical Southern dish, consisting of dhal and boiled vegetables and rice. Dhal is made of mashed lentils and is the major source of protein for the region’s vegetarians. Onions, achar (pickled vegetables marinated in oil and vinegar) and green peppers are widely added to thali, as the main flavourings. Papad is a frequently served dish, as is raita (yoghurt), which is both eaten separately and mixed into the rice. Yoghurt lessens the heat that the spices will inflict on your mouth. Thali gets its name from the metal plate upon which it is served. Masala dosa is also popular, a thin, crispy pancake made of rice and lentil, in which spiced vegetables are rolled up. Murtabak is also worth trying, which is eggs and minced lamb rolled up in paper-thin pastry. A roti canal with dhal and curry is a popular breakfast. Muslim Indian cuisine is generally subtler in spicing and uses more meat than South Indian food. A favourite and well-travelled North Indian dish is chicken tandoori.
Malay Food: It is easier to find a Chinese or Indian restaurant in Malaysia than a Malay restaurant. However, Malaysian food is available from many market kiosks. Satay is the most famous dish with skewered pieces of chicken, lamb or beef served in spicy peanut sauce. Other Malay dishes include nasi goreng (fried rice), mee goreng (fried noodles), sambal udang (curried shrimp) and nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk), all served with deep-fried ikan bilis (anchovies), peanuts and curry. Many Malaysian dishes are heavily influenced by Indonesian cuisine.
Snacks: Between or after meals you can enjoy pisang goreng (fried bananas). Exotic fruits are plentiful in Malaysia and Singapore, and if you have ever tasted rambutans, jack fruits, mangosteens, or durians you will never wish for any other fruit again. In the markets you can find a wide variety of tropical fruits, and assemble your own fruit salad there. Delicious papayas, mangoes, coconuts, lychees, guavas and more can be acquired for a fraction of the price you would pay at home.
Mains Water: The tap water in Singapore, and other large cities is safe to drink. In the other regions, mineral water is recommended and widely available.
Other Drinks: At temperatures of 35°C or above, the need for fluids rapidly increases. When physical exertion is part of the day’s schedule, you will need to consume up to 5 litres of fluid per day, although some of that is in the food you eat. During hot periods, make a habit of ordering soup as a starter. Soft drinks and fruit juice are also widely available. Drinking tea or coffee in Chinese coffee shops is an enjoyable experience. If you do not want condensed milk in your coffee, ask for ‘tey-o’. The white milk-like drink which is often sold on the streets is made of Soya beans. Well-known beer brands include Anchor and Tiger, and are mostly sold in large bottles, usually warm. Wine is expensive and often does not taste particularly good due to the warm climate.

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