Malaysia

MALAYSIA - Land of Culinary Delight

Malaysia is a country located in South East Asia. It is divided into two by the South China Sea, namely Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia or the Malaysian Borneo. The Peninsular Malaysia shares borders with Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia while the Malaysian Borneo shares borders with Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. Malaysia is the only country which has its territory on both the Asian mainland and the Malay Archipelago. Both the sides, though being the same country flaunt different specialties. The Peninsular Malaysia is filled with hustle and bustle as the streets are always alive with people shopping, relishing the street foods, or just out for a stroll, architectures of colonial period, serene landscapes of tea plantation and islands providing a perfect hangout day or night. The Malaysian Borneo on the other hand is full of dense jungles rich in biodiversity; and interesting tribes inhabiting the area, some spectacular peaks and waters offering magical dive into the depths of the world underneath the blue waters. The Malaysia is the 44th most populous country. In the world with a population of over 30 million people half of which is ethnically Malay and the other half is formed by other groups like the Malaysian Chinese, Malaysian Indians, and indigenous peoples. Islam is the declared religion of the state but they also practice freedom of religion. Malaysia today, has a newly industrialized market economy which has been ranked third largest in Southeast Asia and 29th largest in the world.

Malaysian Cuisine

Malaysian cuisine is highly complex and diverse as it reflects the multiethnic makeup of its population which is a mix of three major ethnic groups the Malays, Chinese and the Indians. The culinary style in the present day has even more gone wild and exotic with the medley of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, ethnic Bornean, Thai, Portuguese, Dutch, and British touches. The result is the symphony of the ultimate flavors that you can experience only while savoring the Malaysian cuisine. Some of their famous dishes are;

  • 1. Apam balik
  • 2. Mee goreng mamak
  • 3. Nasi kerabu
  • 4. Ayam percik
  • 5. Nasi lemak
  • 6. Roti john
  • 7. Rendang
  • 8. Kuih
  • 9. Nasi kandar
  • 10. Popia basah
  • 11. Laksa
  • 12. Bubur
  • 13. Roti jala
  • 14. Murtabak
  • 15. Cendawan goreng
  • 16. Sambal udang
  • 17. Asam pedas
  • 18. Lemang
  • 19. Otak-otak
  • 20. Tepung pelita
  • 21. Rempeyek
  • 22. Rojak
  • 23. Putu piring
  • 24. Satar
  • 25. Roti canai
  • 26. Satay
  • 27. Ikan bakar
  • 28. Mee rebus
  • 29. Gulai ayam kampung
  • 30. Lor bak

Top Attractions to Visit

Gunung Gading National Park

This is the place where the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, grows. This should be enough to drive the enthusiasm of then the botanists. The flower blooms only for a few days but the good thing is that it blooms any season of the year.

Kek Lok Si Temple

The temple dates back to 1891, so it is considered quite new but that did not stop it from being the most important Chinese Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. This is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, drawing numerous pilgrims from around the world. It is also known as "The Temple of Supreme Bliss".

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

This is the home of orangutan. The orphaned or rescued orangutans are brought here where they will be taught how to live in the wild. The population is slowly going up. It is also full of exotic Malaysian birds.

Bukit Bintang

This is the ultimate shopping destination for those shopaholics across the world. It houses plenty of malls, including Benaya Times Square which is one of the largest malls in the world. It also serves to be the trendiest entertainment district as after a long shopping people can settle in sidewalk cafes and night clubs.

Sipadan

This sea is the diver’s paradise. It is one of the best diving spots in the world, because of rich marine life with more than 3,000 species of fishes and hundreds of different corals which are still unexplored. This is Malaysia’s only oceanic island.

Redang

This is one of the largest islands off the eastern Malay Peninsula and is one of nine islands in a marine nature reserve. If you love beaches then this is the place you should be. The beach is famous for its white sand beaches and crystal clear ocean waters, which serve to be perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Manukan Island

Manukan Island is the second largest island in Malaysia’s first marine national park Tunku Abdul National Park. The beaches of the Island are simply outstanding. The Island also has coral reefs offshore that offer a terrific scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Batu Caves

This is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. The place boasts some fine Hindu Arts. It has a giant statue of a Hindu god, the top of which is reached by climbing 272 steps to the Cathedral Cave.

North Borneo Railway

North Borneo Railway is an old-fashioned 1900s steam train. This is a good way to take a ride into the past. Asian and Continental cuisine meals in one of five restored carriages are enjoyable.

Christ Church

This is the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia, built in the mid-18th century by the Dutch. The design and the infrastructure of the Church is superb, with a colorful façade, a bell cast in 1698; tombstones written in Portuguese and a brass Bible stand.