Malaysian Street Food is full of flavour and different textures and the best part - they're always open late into the night. Here's the places you should be going to when you're in Malaysia. 


Guide: 5 Supper Spots to Jumpstart Your Kuala Lumpur Foodie Tour

What to eat in KL? When it comes to street food in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the list is endless. Locals, let alone travellers, have a hard time conquering the ever-increasing number of restorans, push carts and makeshift stores, but we’ve narrowed down top 5 hotspots to familiarise the uninitiated with what Kuala Lumpur has to offer come supper time.

Ili Sulaiman's 9 Festive Dishes for Before, During and After Hari Raya Celebrations

What should you make before, during and after Hari Raya? Ili finds inspiration in these challenging times by recreating 9 amazing Raya classics to celebrate the Raya spirit at home

10 Best Malaysian National Day Deals for All Day Eating

From dine-in to delivery promos, here are 10 of Malaysia’s best National Day food deals we want you to know about this Merdeka month

Review: Classic Soybean Dessert Gets Makeover at Soylab Malaysia

At Soylab Malaysia, enjoy trendy cafe favourites inspired by the classic Chinese dessert of Tau Fu Fah or soy pudding.

Review: Bursting Meatballs And More Tasty Bits At Go Noodle House

A chance encounter with an age-old recipe spurred a Malaysian noodle chain on to multi-national success

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Cook Your Favourite Malaysian Delights with Ili Sulaiman

Her recipes are tried and tested, tasty and easy to recreate at home, learn how to cook deliciously spicy Roti Jala and Chicken Curry, or make fragrant Rendang Paste, perfect to keep and store for use in all your best rendang recipes - or eat it alone with rice or bread for a heart meal.


Asam Pedas Ikan (Spicy Tamarind Fish)

Asam Pedas is a popular sour and spicy fish stew that’s often cooked for family meals in Malaysia and Indonesia. We like to use freshwater Pomfret as that particular fish is naturally sweeter than others, but you can also use Salmon, Stingray, Red Snapper and many other local fishes. There are countless variations in hand-me-down recipes, but we’ve combined the best to bring you the most appetising version of Asam Pedas. Pair it with steaming coconut or normal basmati rice and the rice soak up the tasty gravy!

Sambal Tempeh, Kacang & Ikan Bilis

In just over half an hour, grab a handful of dried anchovies, peanuts, block of tempeh and a smatter of sharp garlic, ginger, juicy onions and sweet tamarind paste to make a magical dish. You’ll blend the herby-licious ones up, and toss everything into the hot oiled pan and watch them all transform into golden and caramelisy. A simple but umami-packed dish that can be eaten with mains for a satisfying breakfast, or anytime of the day. PS, we’re having it on the first day of Ramadan with a bowl of warm coconutty Lontong.

Mushroom and Tempeh Rendang

"Love the luscious, creamy rendang but can’t have meat? We’ve got you covered with our special Mushroom and Tempeh Rendang that packs the same punch while staying meatless! Mushrooms and Tempeh make for great vegetarian rendang ingredients due to their textures – slightly chewy and soft but not mushy when cooked. This wonderful rendang is spicy, sweet and tangy all at once. Serve it up with a steaming plate of basmati rice and you are all set.

Roti Jala and Chicken Curry

Roti Jala, a tasty curry-spiced net-like crepe, is a must-have in the family during Ramadan meals of Iftar and Sahur. Now, this one’s a gluten-free version that uses liquid aminos in place of soy sauce. In all under half an hour, make this perfectly paired spicy curry to satisfy your Malaysian taste buds.

Mochi Donuts

The perfect buka puasa treat. Mochi doughnuts are crispy on the outside with a sticky and chewy inside.

Jam Cookies

Dimple your plain butter cookies with a squeeze of sticky jam. Eat them anytime you want a snack, or in our case, for a lovely treat at Iftar. The steps? Well if you’ve ever baked a cookie, it’s easy enough to do, with all basic cookie steps first, then a squeeze of sweet jam last. Of course, you can use peanut butter, chocolate, caramel or any type of sweet creamy spread that makes you happy. Make more and toast it in the oven for a warm jammy snack after a long day.

Make Anis Nabilah's Tried & Perfected Chicken Ros Curry (Kapitan Curry)

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Chicken Ros Curry (Kapitan Curry)

This Chicken Ros Curry or Kapitan Curry recipe is my version of the same dish from a famous Nasi Kandar restaurant in Penang, that’s been around for over 130 years, and it’s the restaurant that catered for my late grandparents’ wedding. This is a recipe I cracked after diligently eating at the restaurant for three months. This recipe calls for homemade dried and fresh spice mix, it’s so rich and flavourful, perfect on special occasion like Raya!

The Best of Malaysia's Local Cuisine

Tangy, springy Assam Laksa noodles, rich gravylicious curries, when it comes to malaysian cuisine, you will never be bored with it's wide range of spices, all regionally sourced. Sweet, plump deep-fried cempedak and perfectly stewed Asam Pedas, satisfy your cravings and wow your tastebuds with our favourite malaysian recipes!


Ayam Masak Lemak

Love curry? Have you heard of Ayam Masak Lemak? This popular Malaysian dish translates to ‘chicken in turmeric coconut curry’ and is thought to have originated from Sri Lanka. Today, you can find this dish at various restaurants, cafes and even hawker centres in Southeast Asia.

Sambal Tumis Udang

Spicy sauteed shrimp that packs a punch, deliciously finger licking good!

Delicious Desserts: Deep-Fried Banana Fritter Balls (Cekodok Pisang)

Also known as ‘jemput jemput pisang’, these deep-fried banana fritter balls are a sweet treat!

Assam Laksa

The perfect perk me up dish from Penang, assam laksa is a beautiful dish that is sour and spicy which makes it very appetizing. If you have been to Penang, you have know of the famous Ayer Itam assam laksa that is so delicious you would want to make it right in your very own kitchen. Knowing the right ingredients and techniques could transport you right to Penang and remind you of the taste of the famous Penang Assam Laksa.

Malaysian Cuisine

If you enjoy spice and aromatic flavors, traditional Malaysian food will amaze you. From authentic ‘kaya’ jam to savoury beef ‘rendang’, Malaysian recipes are packed with spices and herbs, delivering a punch with every dish you try.

Tried and tested by our community of food lovers, our Malaysian recipes are detailed and guided which makes following them at home very easy. Step-by-step instructions, videos and photos will guide you through the process of whipping up your own Malaysian dish at home - even if you are very new to cooking.

Influenced by an array of cuisines in the Southeast Asia region, you can easily find Thai and Chinese influences in Malay food.

Malay Food And Culture

Home to a melting pot of cultures, Malaysia is home to a variety of cuisines - from main dishes to desserts, your senses will be treated to a satisfying experience as you sample these authentic Malaysian recipes at home! A combination of mouthwatering spices and influence from international cuisines, there is something for everyone in Malay cuisine.

Popular Malaysian Recipes

Just like how lemongrass is synonymous with Thai cooking, dried spices (star anise, mustard seeds, cumin and coriander), coconut and herbs (turmeric, kaffir lime leaves and pandan leaves) are very popular in Malaysian recipes and cooking. Very often, Malaysian recipes also feature ‘belacan sambal’, a concoction of shallots, garlic, ginger and chilies that are fried together to make a spicy condiment paste. Many Malaysian dishes, such as the ‘Nasi Lemak’, have ‘sambal’ as an accompaniment.

The Assam Laksa, Deep-Fried Banana Fritter Balls (Cekodok Pisang) and Ayam Masak Kicap are some of the popular Malaysian dishes that are reminiscent of the food culture there. Our collection of Malaysian recipes have photos and a video to guide you through the process of experimenting with a new dish.

If you are travelling to Malaysia, we recommend that you sample all that Malaysian food culture has to offer you. From piping hot bowls of ‘Laksa’ in Sarawak to sticky satay sticks from street shops, our guide has you covered.

Have You Tried Our Recipes?

Interested in trying out a new recipe tonight? Why not try making a popular Malaysian dish - pick from our repository of recipes here and be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram!

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