Food and cuisine in Malaysia

The food in Malaysia is influenced by the different cultures which reside in the Malaysian territory. It is a blend of cuisines from the Chinese, the Middle East and the Indonesians. But the overall Malaysian culture is known to have food which is rich in flavor that comes from the perfect blend of herbs and spices. The people in Malaysian mostly eat rice which is also their staple diet. It is served at breakfast, lunch times and dinner times. Most of the dishes are served with rice. The rice alone has so many rich flavors and different tastes and recipes. Some are inspired from Indian spices and sometimes it is cooked in coconut milk. Coconut milk is not only used in the preparation of rice dishes but also in many other dishes.

The major cities of Malaysia also offer continental and Mediterranean foods. The food at Malaysia suggests a meeting of the two cultures of the West and the East and this is showcased in the diverse range of flavors and dishes.

It will be difficult to choose between the Malay cuisine, the Chinese cuisine and the Indian cuisine as every single one of them is equally delicious and mouth watering.  The Malay food is basically spicy and rich in flavors which are derives from the mixed pot of hard spices and herbs. The most favorite of the Malaysian people is the “Nasi Lemak”, which rice cooked in coconut milk is served with squid, eggs and cucumber and also a chili paste which is locally known as sambal. Another absolute favorite is the “Nasi dadang”. This comprises of tuna curry served with rice steamed in coconut milk. Then there is the ver so popular dish known as the “Satay” which is delicious skewered chicken or beef served with rice cubes and a rich peanut curry.

Chinese cuisines are also very popular in Malaysia. Though Chinese dishes are supposed to be very lightly flavored and mild in taste but in Malaysia the Chinese cuisine has been influenced with the spicy touch of the typical Malaysian food. Although breakfasts, lunches and dinners are also served but there are places for steamed snacks also. Chinese food is always readily available in Malaysia. Many snacks can also be found conveniently in coffee shops all around in the major cities especially Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian food is not only meant to tantalize the taste buds of the locals. Many foreigners visit Malaysia each year and they have a variety of their own food to choose from. There is an abundance of international cuisines all over Malaysian restaurants. These restaurants are one of those which are found in the big hotels and also in places such as the Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang and the Bangsar.

We have all heard the Indian cuisine to be very spicy and richly flavored but in Malaysia most of the Indian dishes have been given a mild flavor. Most of the Indian dishes served at restaurants are followed by a serving of yogurt. This is mostly to relax the taste buds after a spicy snack from the Indian line of cuisines. Among the dishes which are considered to be a little mild are the Kurma which is a chicken curry and the Tandoori Chicken which involves the chicken being cooked in a clay oven. There is also the concept of Indian-Muslim food. This is considered to be a favorite of the tourists and the locals as well and everyone should definitely try this one while on their trip to Malaysia.

Visit Kuala Lampur Malaysia

The Petronas Twin Towers are one of the tallest twin towers in the world. It is has 88 stories and is 170 meters above street level. The towers consist of a number of conference halls, office buildings and a shopping complex where many people are willing to spend money on the diverse range of goods available here as these are sold at good and reasonable prices.

The Batu Caves (also known as the Holy Temple of the Hindus) are located 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lampur. These comprise of a limestone hill with a number of caves and cave temples which vary in size. It is said that the limestone in the caves are 400 million years old and many Hindus come here and climb the 272 rock stairs to the main cave. Upon reaching here homage is paid to Lord Murugan at a festival known as Thaipusam. The statue of Lord Murugan, standing at 42 meters, is the tallest statue in the world.

The Kampung Kuantan Fireflies tour is an interesting one. Kuala Kuantan is an hour away from Kuala Lampur and participants are taken to a mangrove swamp on a boat to see a large number of fireflies come together here. The sight of so many shining fireflies at night is truly beautiful and a sight worth watching. Kuala Kuantan is one of the two places in the world where so many fireflies come together at the same time.

Nature lovers and those interested in rain forests would love the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. The Canopy Walkway here is actually a canopy 30 meters from the ground and you can get a clear and breath-taking view of the city from here. Other activities that one can get involved in include camping, picnics near the waterfall and jogging. The Kuala Lampur Bird Park would allow nature lovers to see birds in their natural habitat. A large variety of birds can be found here such as flamingoes, parrots, owls, horn bills, etc. The Butterfly Park is home to different species (120) of butterflies and a breeding area is available for butterflies here, too.

If you are willing to spend money on food and love shopping the Kuala Lampur Convention Centre is just the place for you. A large number of shops, retail stores and foods are available here which would leave you confused as to where to go because of the diverse foods and goods offered by stores in the KLCC.

Kuala Lampur also has its very own Chinatown known as the Petaling Street where one can find any souvenirs and Chinese foods that are available at cheap prices. A number of stalls can be found here with a wide range of items and Malaysian and Chinese foods which tourists can indulge in.

If one is interested in the cultural handicrafts of Malaysia, they would really enjoy visiting the Cultural Craft Complex. The complex is styled in a way that it depicts Malaysian villages and handicraft shops. Here one can find silk batik paintings, pottery, silk kaftan and other Malaysian handicrafts of the sort.

Kuala Lampur the capital of Malaysia

Kuala Lampur, the capital of Malaysia, is one of the most attractive hotspots of Asia. It is the hub of business and tourism (amongst others) in Malaysia. In just a few years this place has attracted many foreigners and tourists. Many foreigners come here for vacations, honeymoons, and business or simply to enjoy its beautiful scenery, hospitable people, exotic foods and culture. Kuala Lampur is a place that has a number of sights and places to visit for people with various interests and of different religious beliefs. Anyone, from businessmen to bird and nature lovers would be very pleased with what Kuala Lampur has to offer.