Foods & Transportation

Foods in Malaysia

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Malaysia’s cuisine reflects the multi-ethnic makeup of its population. Many cultures from within the country and from surrounding regions have greatly influenced the cuisine. Much of the influence comes from the Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Javanese, and Sumatran cultures. Food from one culture sometimes can be cooked using different styles which from another culture, thus a lot of Malaysian foods have their own unique identity.

  1. Char Kway Teow
    Among the Chinese community, char kway teow is traditionally stir-fried in pork fat with crisp croutons of pork lard, chili, prawns, cockles, bean sprouts, Chinese chives and eggs, then serve on a piece of banana leaf or plate. The common consensus is that ‘Penang char kway teow’ is on the top of the list when it comes to taste and originality.
  2. Chicken Rice
    Chicken Rice is one of the most popular dishes in the Malaysian Chinese culture. From the famous Hainan Chicken Rice to steamed, roasted and barbecued chicken. Chicken Rice is served as rice balls in Malacca, known as Chicken Rice Balls. In Ipoh, the Cantonese version steamed Chicken Rice are served with boiled bean sprout and normal white rice.
  3. Curry Laksa
    Curry Laksa is a famous noodle soup from Peranakan culture with coconut based curry soup filled with rich ingredients such as tofu puffs, fish sticks, shrimps, cockles and others. It is served with a spoonful of chilli paste or “sambal”.
  4. Nasi Briyani
    Nasi Briyani is a wholesome rice-based dish prepared with spices, rice (eg basmati) and meat, fish, eggs and vegetables. The popularity of this exotic dish is attributed to its aromatic flavors and distinctively rich taste.
  5. Nasi Lemak
    Hot cooked rice with pandan aroma steamed with coconut cream goes heavenly well with sizzling spicy sauce or “sambal”. Generous sprinklings of roasted peanuts and salty dried anchovies with a soft-boiled egg perfect this dish. Nasi Lemak is truly a national heritage of Malaysia.
  6. Roti Canai
    Roti is an Indian dish loved by all races, often sold in Mamak restaurants or stalls. It is kind of flatbread made of dough, fat (similar to butter, called ghee), egg, flour and water. Nowadays Roti is eaten with various kinds of curries or mix sambal (chilli based sauce) and dhal for extra flavors.
  7. Satay
    Satay is a Malay food made up from meats that are marinated, skewered and grilled on sticks and served with delicious peanut sauce. Popular kinds of Satay are usually made with beef, chicken and mutton.

Transportation in Malaysia

Malaysia’s road network is extensive, covering 63,445 km, including 1,630 km of expressways. The main highway of the country extends over 800 km, reaching the Thai border from Singapore. The network of roads in Peninsular Malaysia is high quality, whilst the road system in East Malaysia is not as well developed. The main modes of transport in Peninsular Malaysia include buses, trains, cars and airplanes.

Internal travel is relatively easy, comfortable and cheap. The major towns and cities are served by air-conditioned trains and buses and also by regular scheduled flights. Travelling by road in Peninsular Malaysia is easy as it has a well-developed network of roads. In Sabah and Sarawak, travelling by four-wheel drive is recommended on unpaved roads, and many remote areas can only be reached by air or river. Travelling by rail is also highly recommended as you get a panoramic view of the countryside.

Malaysia has 5 international airports, 14 domestic airports and 18 airstrips. The international airports are at Sepang in Selangor, Penang Island, Langkawi Island, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, and Kuching in Sarawak. The official airline of Malaysia is Malaysia Airlines, providing international and domestic air service alongside two other carriers.

It is possible to travel by rail within and to Peninsular Malaysia via Thailand and from Singapore. Malayan Railways or Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) connects all major towns in the Peninsular.

Many popular island destinations like Langkawi, Pangkor, Redang and Tioman are linked to the mainland by regular ferry services.

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