Things You Should Know About Malaysian Food Before You Try it For The First Time

Malaysian food is not just coveted in Malaysia but is known across the world for its rich variety and authentic flavours that are influenced by a mix of Indian, Malay and Chinese cuisine.

For some experiencing Malaysian food for the first time, there is so much to know and learn about the cuisine that will not only enhance your knowledge but also help make your first Malaysian dining experience more pleasant and memorable.

Rice is the staple food

While Satay, roti canai, hokkien mee and bakuteh are more common names (dishes) you can come across on the web or hear from the locals, rice remains the main food of the country.

When in Malaysia, you are likely to find rice in every meal and every store. Nasi dadang, a dish of steamed rice cooked with coconut milk and fish curry, is a staple breakfast often served with nasi lamak, also a rice dish normally cooked with Pandan leaves.

Malaysian food is mostly halal

As Muslims make up a majority of Malaysia, most of the food in mamaks, local restaurants and supermarkets is halal, However, you can find a non-halal (tidak halal) section in some supermarkets that offer pork, foods made of pig meat and alcohol.

Mamak is a favourite food establishment

Mamaks are restaurants offering authentic Malaysian dishes with featured influences of Indian and Chinese cuisine you can find everywhere in Malaysia.

They are open 24 hours and are renowned for their diverse food varieties and reasonable prices.

You don’t really have to tip

Tipping is uncommon in Malaysia. Restaurants usually include service charge in their bill, eliminating the need to tip unless stated otherwise.


Besides this information, what will make your dining experience more enjoyable particularly when trying Malaysian food for the first time is choosing the restaurant.

Mamak Restaurant is a celebrated restaurant in Sydney that serves a rich variety of authentic Malaysian food that will treat your taste buds to the favours that never savoured before.


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