“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” — Adelle Davis.
Malaysia is renowned for its diverse ethnicity with Malay, Chinese and Indian being the three main races. Our nation is also home to plenty of delicious food for the most important meal of the day- breakfast.
Check out below about Top 10 Malaysian breakfast and make sure you have tried them out!
1. NASI LEMAK
Malaysian’s favourite breakfast, nasi lemak includes rice steamed in coconut cream or milk and served with spicy sambal sauce (spicy shrimp paste), small fried anchovies, cucumber slices, roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg or sometimes poached egg. It is best enjoyed with a cup of kopi or teh tarik.
2. KAYA TOAST + HALF BOIL EGGS + KOPI/TEA
A popular breakfast set in both Malaysia and Singapore where it consists of a plate of kaya butter toast, accompanied with a couple of soft boiled eggs (soy sauce and pepper is a must-have for this combo)! It is best to wash it down with a cup of hot drink, with kopi o or Milo being the usual fvourites.
3. ROTI CANAI
Definitely a staple mamak dish! It is served with dahl (lentil-based soup) curry or mixed sambal (chilli paste) or fish curry paste and is best eaten with bare hands. You can always add mutton curry on the side for extra protein!
A bowl of hot and flavourful noodle is a popular breakfast dish for Malaysian on a cold day. Curry noodle, dry curry mee, asam laksa, wan tan mee, are among the hot picks!
5. BAK KUT TEH
Bak Kut Teh aka “meat bone tea” is a long-cooked broth with pork ribs, herbs, spices, and garlic. It best eaten with a bowl of white rice or glutinous oil rice. Add-ins include you tiao (fried fritters) which can soak up the broth or even with mushrooms, tofu puffs, and vegetables.
6. DIM SUM
Dim Sum will always be the best choice if there’s a family breakfast time during the weekend. Dim Sum is small bite-sized portions of delicacies typically served in bamboo steamer baskets and it best enjoyed with a big pot of Chinese tea, known as “Yum Cha” (Drink Tea).
7. YOU TIAO
This is a staple for a typical Chinese breakfast which usually can be bought at morning markets. This deep-fried dough closely resemble Chinese churros. Malaysian used to dunk it into a cup of chicory-brewed coffee or Milo. Some Malaysians also like to have deep-fried dough sticks with hot soya milk or porridge. Warning – they can be super oily!
8. KUIH MUIH
Kick start your day with some sweet and savoury, colourful and plain kuih! Malaysian kuih come in many varieties (putu piring, ondeh-ondeh, kuih kosui, kuih lompang, pulut inti, kuih talam, etc) and you definitely can spot a stall or two in the morning market or along the road.
9. CHEE CHEONG FUN + YONG TAU FU
“Chee Cheong Fun” or directly translated as pig intestine noodle due to ts flat shaped noodle which resembles the pig intestine (no pigs were harmed to make em’ noodles). It is a rice roll that is steamed and tossed in either sweet or savoury sauce and can be paired with a huge variety of Yong Tau Foo (stir-fried foods, fish ball, meatball, bitter gourd, eggplant, pepper, long bean, etc) assortments that you can choose from.
The happiest thing about waking up early is having MCD breakfast! It used to be the best companion for office workers who are rushing for works or students who stayed up late for assignments and revisions!
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