Is Malaysian food spicy

Food and drinks in Malaysia

Malaysia (and Singapore) are known for their great cuisine. As these countries have always been a melting pot of different cultures, there is a rich variety of delicious food. You can order a Malaysian breakfast, a Chinese lunch, and an Indian dinner. Each state has its own specialties. In general, many herbs and spices are used in Indian and Malaysian cuisine, and a little less in Chinese dishes. Malaysians love to eat and seem to do so all day long.

Chinese food

A country as large as China has a wide variety of dishes and delicacies, most of which you can find in Malaysia and Singapore. There are many Chinese restaurants here, so just try a little bit of everything. The Cantonese dishes are the most common. Some of the meals include sweet and sour dishes, won ton soup, chow mein and spring rolls. Dim sum are delicious Cantonese snacks, especially for lunch. The Sichuan cuisine is known for its very spicy dishes. 'Hotpot' (fondue) can be very spicy. You choose the ingredients yourself. The national dish of Singapore is ‘Hokkien fried noodles‘ (or ‘Singapore fried noodles).

Indian food

Delicious Indian food can be found almost everywhere in Malaysia and Singapore. Indian cuisine can be roughly divided into 3 styles: South Indian, Muslim and North Indian. South Indian cuisine is mainly vegetarian and often very spicy. Thali is a typical southern dish consisting of 'dhal', cooked vegetables and rice. Dhal is made from crushed lentils and is the main source of protein for vegetarians in the area. Onions, 'achar' (pickled vegetables with vinegar and oil) and green peppers are often added as main flavorings to a 'thali'. 'Papad' is a popular dish, just like 'Raita' (yoghurt), which is eaten separately and mixed with rice. Yogurt removes the heat that the spices are causing in your mouth. ‘Thali’ is named after the metal plate on which it is served. 'Masala dosa' is also very popular: a thin, crispy pancake made from rice and lentils and wrapped in seasoned vegetables. Murtabak is also worth a try: eggs and minced lamb, which are rolled into a thin dough. A ‘roti canai’ with dhal ’and curry is a popular breakfast. The Muslim-Indian cuisine is generally less spicy than the South Indian food. A favorite and well-traveled North Indian dish is ‘chicken tandoori’.

Malaysian food

It is easier to find a Chinese or Indian restaurant in Malaysia than a Malaysian one. However, you can get Malaysian food at many market stalls. ‘Satay’ is the most popular dish: a skewer with chicken, lamb or beef with a spicy peanut sauce. Other Malaysian dishes include nasi goreng (fried rice), mee goreng (fried noodles), sambal udang (prawns in curry sauce) and nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk), all with fried 'ikan bilis' (anchovies), peanuts and curry are served. Many Malaysian dishes are heavily influenced by Indonesian cuisine.


You can eat ‘pisang goreng‘ (fried bananas) between or after meals. Exotic fruits abound in Malaysia and Singapore, and once you've tried rambutans, jackfruit, or durians, you'll never want to eat any other fruit again. At the markets you will find a wide variety of fruits and you can put together your own fruit salad here. Delicious papaya, mangoes, coconuts, litchi, guavas and much more can be bought here for a fraction of the price you would have to pay at home.

Drinking water

The tap water in Singapore and other major cities is safe for human consumption. In the other regions, mineral water is recommended, which is available almost everywhere.

Other drinks

At temperatures of 35 ° C and more, the body's need for fluids increases sharply. If physical exertion is part of your daily schedule, you should drink up to 5 liters a day. You take part of it through your food. When it's hot it is a good habit to order soup as an appetizer. Soft drinks and fruit juices are widespread. Having tea or coffee in a Chinese cafe is a nice experience. If you don't want condensed milk in your coffee, ask for ‘tey-o’. The white milk-like drink that is often sold on the street is made from soybeans. Well-known types of beer are Anchor and Tiger. Mostly they are sold unrefrigerated and in large bottles. Wine is expensive and usually doesn't taste really good due to the warm climate.