Enjoy the various cuisine in Malaysia
Malay cuisine is rich and spicy arising from the use of hard spices and a wet spice mixture of rempah and coconut milk. Malay cuisine varies from region to region. Kelantanese cuisine, akin to Thai cooking for example, has a sweetish taste due to liberal use of coconut milk and sugar in cooking. On the other hand, the cuisine of Kedah is spicier due to the influence of Indians who arrived here centuries ago during the spice trade.
For the adventurous, there is an array of popular Malay dishes to tantalise their buds. A favourite with Malaysians is nasi lemak, rice cooked in coconut milk served with anchovies, squids, eggs, cucumber and sambal (chili paste). An East Coast favourite is nasi dagang, fragrant unpolished glutinous rice steamed with coconut milk and served with tuna fish curry. Nasi kerabu, another rice-based dish native to Kelantan, is served with local herbs and salted fish A Malay banquet would not be complete without the ever popular satay, skewered chicken or beef marinated in spices, the grilled over charcoal fire. It is served with peanut gravy, rice cubes, cucumber and onions..
A wide variety of Chinese cuisine is available in Kuala Lumpur. Among the popular styles of cooking are those of the Cantonese, Hokkien, Hainanese, Hakka and Szechuan communities. Generally, Chinese is mild in flavour but local influence has given it a slightly spicies taste.
In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, there are elenvenses where dim sum (steamed snacks) is served. Apart from the hotel outlets and large chain restaurants, Chinese food is also available in most coffee shops around KL.
Indian cuisine is rich and spicy arising from the use of hard spices and a wet spice mixture of rempah or curry powder. Indian ciusine in Asia are usually very potent and can be very hard on the tum. It’s not like what you get down town in Portsmouth or Manchester. Indian food in Malaysia can be quite unforgiving on the stomach for first timer ‘non-hard core’ curried cuisine novices. So, take heed be forewarn. Indian food can easily be found at most street stalls and hotels. If you are brave enough, we suggest you try the Indian cuisine within the hotel, where the potentcy can be a little forgiving on the tummy and are much more decently prepared.
Foreign visitors will be pleasantly surprised to discover the abundance of international cuisine available in KL. Restaurants serving international cuisine can usually be found in major hotels as well as in the vicinity of Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang and Bnagsar where thre is a sizeable expatriate community