The paradise for foodies came about partially thanks to Chinese and Indian immigrants who brought new spices and cooking techniques with them to the island.
Although Kuala Lumpur’s food scene is alive and very well, serious eaters should head to the island of Penang, home to some of the best street food and food courts in Southeast Asia. Gurney Drive in Penang is especially popular for eating and socializing.
Malaysian Noodle Dishes: A staggering number of tasty noodle dishes, mostly of Chinese origin, can be purchased from street vendors for less than one dollar.
Malaysian Indian Food: Malaysia’s large Indian Muslim community cook up delicious cuisine that is sometimes served on banana leaves — a great choice for vegetarians.
Nasi Lemak: Of all the great cuisine in Malaysia, if one dish had to somehow stand out as a national dish, it would be nasi lemak. Fragrant rice, peanuts, spicy sambal, boiled egg, and dried anchovies are wrapped into a banana-leaf parcel ready to go.