Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Sign at Buddhist Temple in Penang

Laksa Terengganu

noodle dish | Malay The Terengganu version of Laksa comes with a thick fish-coconut gravy

Budu

sauce | Malay Budu is a dipping sauce from the eastcoast (Terengganu, Kelantan) and Southern Thailand made from fermented anchovies

Nasi Kerabu

main dish, rice dish | Malay A Malay rice dish specialty from the east coast (Kelantan, Terengganu), liturally it means "Rice Salad"

Otak-Otak

snack | Indonesian, Malay a grilled snack of spicy fish paste wrapped in banana leaf

Laksam

noodle dish | Malay Laksam is a rice noodle dish from the east coast of Malaysia with a white thick fish-coconut gravy and Sambal

Soto

noodle dish, Soup | Indonesian, Malay Soup with meat and vegetables which is originated in Indonesia but also commonly found in Malaysia

Ayam Masak Merah

main dish | Fusion, Malay, Thai Malay dish with tomato-based sauce, literally means red cooked Chicken

Keropok

snack | Malay snack based on fish, squid or prawn, can be prepared as crackers (Keropok Keping) or sausage (Keropok Lekor)

Malay Nasi Campur

food style, restaurant type | Malay Nasi Campur, literally Mixed Rice, is a buffet-style arrangement of various Malay dishes

Satay

side dish | Indonesian, Malay marinated dices of meat on bamboo skewers grilled over charcoal fire, served with a spicy peanut sauce

Kopi Tiam

restaurant type | Chinese, Fusion, Indian, Malay Chinese coffee shops, modern versions sell all kinds of Malaysian dishes

Malay Tom Yam stalls and restaurants

restaurant type | Malay Malay stalls or restaurants serving thai-style food

Bergedel

side dish | Indonesian, Malay mashed potato patties with vegetables (sometimes also meat)

Ayam Masak Kicap

main dish | Fusion, Malay, Thai fast prepared dish based on soy sauce and chili sauce with chicken and veggies

Nasi Lemak

main dish | Malay Malaysian signature dish with coconut rice - a must try

Rendang

side dish | Indonesian, Malay Minangkabau specialty with beef cooked with coconut and spices for hours

Kuih Ketayap

dessert | Malay dessert with sugar and coconut flakes in a green rolled up pancake

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Roti Plaster

snack | Indian, Mamak Roti Canai with an egg on top of it

Soto

noodle dish, Soup | Indonesian, Malay Soup with meat and vegetables which is originated in Indonesia but also commonly found in Malaysia

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