Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu lie in perfect angles of a right-angled triangle. Penang lies in the northwest, Kuala Lumpur in the southwest and Kota Kinabalu in the northeast of Malaysia.
Penang is famous for a list of foodstuffs. Some dishes exhibit the Malay style and flavor, whereas some reveal the Chinese and Indian styles.
Char Keow Teow is a signature food in Penang. This dish tastes better when accompanied by a cup of the local tea. The platter is a mixture of flat fried noodles and fried eggs. Sometimes prawns and bean sprouts may replace eggs. Adding extra chilies can enhance the spiciness of the dish. This is Penang’s most favorite dish among the huge list.
Assam Laksa Penang is another popular dish. The bowl is a fusion of fish stock and prawn paste. Supplementing fried vegetables and onions into the bowl can enrich the taste. Extra chilies are added on request. Locals as well as foreign travelers love laksa.
Roti Canai is a Mamak (mixture of Indian, Muslim and Malay) dish. This is nothing but a thin crispy bread made out of dough. The dough is a mixture of flour, butter and coconut milk. The dish goes hand-in-hand with a wide-range of gravies such as dall curry, fish gravy, mutton curry, chicken gravy, etc.
Satay is a pan-fried yet delicious dish. Prawns are skewed into the stick and cooked. This is a spicy yet yummy dish.
Desserts – Cendol and Chee Cheong Fun are the darlings of desserts in Penang. Cendol is a mixture of coconut cream, fried sugar crystals and jellies of various colors. This dish is normally served cold. Chee Cheong Fun is a tasty sweet dessert. You can enjoy the platter as a dessert or gulp as a main course. Hotels in Penang are equipped with an inbuilt buffet restaurant where they serve all the above mentioned delicacies.
Not only the hotels in Kuala Lumpur have a perfect dine-in option but also the streets are lined up with tiny food stalls. You will be spoilt with choices when you are in the streets of the capital city.
Nasi Lemak is an authentic Malay dish which is usually eaten for breakfast. Rice is steamed in coconut milk and served with a curry. The sides of the tray garnish with sliced cucumber, fried chicken, bean sprouts and hard-boiled egg.
Nasi Pattaya is rich creamy chicken rice cooked in coconut milk. The platter of rice is wrapped in the roasted egg and served with sweet sauce.
Satay Ayam (chicken) and Satay Daging (beef) are the two gorgeous flavors of satay. Dip your skewered food in the sweet-sour sauce made of fish soup, and start munching your yummy satay.
Bak Kut Teh is a mouth-watering soup made out of pork bone. The liquid is seasoned with spices and herbs, and served hot. This dish can accompany rice or roti.
Ikan Bakar is a seafood seasoned with herbs and cooked on fire. The food is normally grilled on the heated surface of charcoal.
K.K. is basically a noodle fame city. Each and every flavor of noodle available here has a unique taste. Some of the special types of noodles may include Ngiu Chap (Beef), Beaufort (green vegetables and pork), Laksa Noodles (spices), Tom Yam (coconut cream), Sheng Rou Mian (fresh pork), etc.
Kam Hiong Hai is a roasted crab seasoned with all sorts of spices. The food smells like heaven when cooked. The dish looks gorgeous with the pretty combination of golden orange shells and fresh green leaves.
Char Siu is BBQ boneless pork. The platter includes a scoop of cooked rice, the BBQ pork and a fine tasting sauce poured on it. This is one of the satisfying meals in Kota Kinabalu.
Guo Tie is a pork dumpling which is really awesome. Dip your crispy dumplings in the sour brown sauce and enjoy the juicy flavor of pork in every bite.
Desserts – Coconut Pudding is a cooked mixture of coconut juice and condensed milk. This dish is cooked and tucked back into the coconut shells and served cold. This is a tempting dessert with a fresh flavor. The pudding just slips from the spoon and melts immediately into your mouth.
Sesame Snap is a stunning brown dessert made out of sesame powder. The hot roll gets a cold cream topping before serving.