Famous Foods Of Each Malaysian State

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Every state in Malaysia boasts its own local special dishes, cooked using special ingredients or methods, or produced with traditional or heirloom recipes. Here are the signature dishes that each state is famous for.

Johor

• Kway teow kia
• Laksa Johor
• Mee bandung Muar
• Nasi briyani gam
• Otak-otak Muar
• Pontian wantan mee

Kedah

• Gulai nangka
• Gulai rebung
• Kuih karas
• Laksa Kedah
• Nasi ulam
• Pekasam

Kelantan

Nasi kerabu comprises fragrant blue rice, naturally coloured with butterfly pea flower, that is eaten with fried fish or chicken, herb salad, sambal and accompaniments such as salted egg, fish/shrimp crackers, fish floss and winged bean
Photo: Tourism Malaysia

• Akok
• Ayam percik
• Budu
• Ketupat sotong
• Jala mas
• Laksam Kelantan
• Lempuk (dodol) durian
• Nasi dagang

A popular breakfast dish in Malaysia’s east coast, nasi dagang features coconut milk-infused rice served with fish curry, hard-boiled eggs and pickled vegetables
Photo: Tourism Malaysia


• Nasi kerabu
• Nasi tumpang
• Nasi ulam
• Serunding

Kuala Lumpur & Selangor

• Banana leaf rice

Banana leaf rice
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• Bak kut teh (Klang)
• Hokkien noodles
• Satay Kajang

The town of Kajang has been famous for satay since the 1960s. Grilled over charcoal fire, satay is usually served with peanut sauce (topped with sambal), ketupat (rice cakes), onions and cucumbers
Photo: Tourism Malaysia

Labuan

• Coconut pudding
• Jelurut
• Lamban
• Punjung

Melaka

• Assam pedas
• Chendol

Chendol
Photo: Tourism Malaysia

• Chicken rice balls
• Coconut shake
• Gula Melaka
• Nyonya kuih
• Nyonya laksa
• Peranakan/nyonya dishes
• Satay celup

Negeri Sembilan

• Lemang
• Masak lemak cili api
• Seremban siew pau

Pahang

• Akok beserah
• Bentong beancurd puff
• Bentong ginger
• Kuih Jeneral Mahbob
• Laksa Pahang
• Mee calong
• Nasi periuk kera
• Opor Pahang
• Puding raja

Penang

Fried carrot cake at Kimberly Street Night Market
Photo: Evgeny Ermakov/Shutterstock

• Apom
• Char kway teow
• Chendol
• Curry mee
• Hokkien mee
• Koay kak (fried carrot cake)
• Kway teow th’ng
• Lor bak
• Nasi kandar
• Nutmeg
• Pasembor
• Penang assam laksa
• Popiah
• Tau sar piah

Perak

Gopeng
Gaharu (agarwood) tea

Ipoh
• Bean sprout chicken
• Caramel egg custard
• Curry mee
• Dim sum
• Heong peng (fragrant biscuit)
• Ipoh horfun
• Ipoh white coffee
• Kachang putih Buntong
• Kaya puffs
• Menglembu groundnuts
• Nasi kandar vanggey
• Rendang tok
• Soy beancurd (tau foo fah)
• Tambun pomelo

Kampar
• Kampar chicken

Setiawan
• Gong pian
• Mee sua

Tanjong Malim
• Pau

Perlis

• Grilled catfish
• Laksa Kuala Perlis

Sabah

• Bambangan
• Beaufort mee
• Hinava
• Ikan basung
• Kelupis
• Tuaran mee
• Ngiu chap
• Roti cobra
• Sang nyuk (pork) noodles
• Tuhau

Sarawak

• Kampua mee
• Kolo mee
• Kuching mee (tomato fried noodle)
• Laksa Sarawak

Laksa Sarawak
Photo: Tourism Malaysia

• Manok pansoh
• Salted terubok fish
• Sarawak layer cake
• Tabaloi
• Umai

Terengganu

• Bubu lambut
• Ikan celup tepung
• Keropok lekor
• Ketupat sotong
• Lompat tikam
• Nasi dagang
• Nekbat
• Pulut lepa
• Satar
• Solok lada