Malaysian Street Food – On The Road

Foreign Man walking along the road - crowded Malaysian street food

Quite simply, good food is one of the best things in life, wherever you find it. And Malaysian street food ranks among the best of the best.

Malaysian Street Food

Georgetown sits on Malaysia’s west coast, a city so rich in food and cultural experiences it could cover its chopsticks with gold and still have some left over for high days and holidays. Redang lies to the east, where it lazes around among white sand and clear waters as any self-respecting paradise island would.

In between, the road swirls and lurches, staggers and stretches from one great coastline to the next. The clouds test our headlights, the skies give the windscreen wipers a run for their money and the road signs that threaten various unidentified animals keep our eyes on constant alert.

Yet vigilance isn’t the only name of the game. In between the towns and villages, under makeshift rooftops and stocked by the contents of the backseats of cars, impromptu food stalls line the roads.

It’s Ramadan, and not yet dusk, so food is traded if not eaten on site. Most meals come served in clear plastic bags, swinging from hands like goldfish at candy-pink fun fairs of the past.

People laugh as we walk past, at the awkward foreigners who clearly don’t belong. But it’s shy and friendly, welcoming and with peace. They’re happy for us to take photos, happy for us to blunder along as we shop and even happier when we come back for more.

Leaning against the car at the side of the road, songs of coconut and rice, smoky charcoal and malt syrup flow through my mind. The wet earth clings to my feet and I think about what it means to taste good food. This year I’ve been lucky. I’ve eaten at arguably the best restaurant in the world and now I’ve eaten here.

Both,  my tastebuds are sure of it, serve up some of the best food in the world.

Malaysia woman serving banana wraps

Banana leaf wraps

Banana leaf unwrapped

Malaysian street food in progress

Malaysian Street Food in Action

Malaysian Street food in stages

Malaysia street food - roti

Malaysian Street Food Quiz

Can you identify the food in these photos? Answers on a postcard…or better yet in the comments below…

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50 Responses to Malaysian Street Food – On The Road

  1. Natalie @ GoForFun.com.au February 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    That’s awesome! We tried that food and enjoyed it much!
    Thanks for telling us how it’s called. I was a bit shy to ask that there :))

    • Abi March 23, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      I’m afraid I couldn’t manage the language at this particular roadside stop…I’m glad we both now know!

  2. Michel August 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    I adore eating on the streets; especially when you see it being cooked before your very eyes.

    • Abi January 14, 2013 at 4:02 am #

      Me too. Love it. Such a great way to explore a place.

  3. safarah January 5, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Hi!

    Nice pictures, loves pulut panggang.. Murtabak emmmm….

    • Abi January 14, 2013 at 4:02 am #

      Thank you. Mmmmmm….

  4. Wends of Journeys and Travels January 31, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    I wanna try this while in Kuala Lumpur soon. I had been there in 2008 but have not tasted street foods :( but am sure to get one next time.

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