The Best Ways to Satisfy Your Malaysian Food Cravings

Southeast Asian foodies know that there’s little that beats a day that starts with some good kaya toast. Here in the U.S., it can be really difficult to find authentic Malaysian food. For that, we’ve compiled a list of try-at-home recipes to help satisfy your cravings.

Nasi Lemak - Ang Sarap

1. Nasi Lemak

A classic, must-have dish. The coconut rice paired with fried anchovies and topped with a bit of sambal, it captures the essence of Malaysian cooking. Sweet and balanced with various spices. Mm… it’s already making my mouth water. 

See one of our favorite recipes here.

Roti Canai - Kuali

2. Roti Canai

This Naan-like bread and curry appetizer is to die for. Especially if you can find Roti that’s the perfect blend of crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. In Malaysia, usually you can get this served with various different sauces.

See one of our favorite recipes here.

KitchenTigress: 10-Minute Kaya (I)

3. Kaya Toast

As previously mentioned, nothing beats a good kaya and butter toast from Old Town White Coffee. Unfortunately, that cafe hasn’t made it to the States, so we have to improvise instead.

You can buy a great kaya spread here.

Curry Laksa

4. Laksa

These spicy curry noodles are a staple. There are many different ways you can cook Laksa, making it popular among the majority of Malaysians and Southeast Asians alike. It also has a fairly simple recipe, making it a great option for satisfying your cravings.

See one of our favorite recipes here.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

5. Chicken Rice

Hainanese chicken rice is a beloved dish across all of Asia, and Malaysians are proud to serve some of its best. Although many steer away from trying to make this at home, it’s much easier to prepare than you’d think. All you need is a good rice cooker and some patience.

See one of our favorite recipes here. You can also find great all-in-one chicken rice flavor packs at your local Asian grocery store (We recommend the Asian Home Gourmet brand).

For some more great recipes to try at home, check out these easy-to-make Asian classics.


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