Foods To Eat in Malaysia
by Michelle Yau
Hello everyone! There is just so many foods to eat in kuching that sometimes you get confused. So how do we select our food in town? Especially for our tourists that just landed in kuching and looking for a place to stay and have a pleasant meal. So what do we introduce them to eat? Lets roll down to the menu!
The first delicacy I am going to introduce today is Midin. Midin is the official name of this vegetable, but us local Sarawakians just call it ‘biling’, in our local dialect. If you think that you can eat this vegetable in West Malaysia, you’re up for a great disappointment – This special fern is easily perishable, so only local Sarawakians can eat it – Am I lucky or what? However, seemingly difficult to eat midin compared to previous years. This vegetable is listed on the tourist listing, which means restaurants stock up on midin, resulting in us locals having a hard time in eating it everytime we go to the restaurant. Me and my dad ordering a plate of midin in the Chinese restaurant. “Halo, one plate of midin please!” “Sorry, out of stock! Today no more midin, would you like paku instead?” My head bows down. Well, typical of what usually happens. Speaking of paku – It looks like midin, but it actually isn’t, I’m not showing the picture of paku here, but if you’re interested in getting to know about the taste, I’m getting right into it. Midin turns into a lighter shade of green when it is cooked. Midin also retains its curled top even after it is cooked. Midin tastes as if it’s just fresh out of fresh jungles. Don’t mislead midin and paku, have fun eating these two ferns. Next! We’re going to the next topic! Here, we have –ROJAK! It doesn’t have an English name, rojak is a Malay name for this local delicacy. It is a plate of cut-up fruit with other small foods like squid and pieces of fried bread in it. It also comes with a delicious brown-black sauce all over it. It is a mystery to me why we Malaysians eat it. It also has shrimp paste on it, which sounds like an insane combination, but it is so food watering to us locals. Personally, I don’t really like rojak, but all the rest of my family and friends LOVE rojak. Maybe I grew up eating chicken rice until now I don’t eat anything else. *Cries*
2. Roti Canai
Roti canai is the next food. It is an indian food, and I absolutely love it. I prefer it with condensed milk but you can always eat it with eggs, or curry. Maybe I have sweet tooth, but if you don’t like your roti canai sweet you can just eat it plain. (Which tastes great too!) Roti canai is a malay name – Malaysian foods mostly have their food named in Malay. The English name is flat bread. But don’t tell the hawker owner it is called ‘flatbread’ you will get a blank look. You need to tell them it is ‘ro-ooooteee caaah…. naaaiii’. After the second-world war Malaysia was formed so we have generally the Chinese, Malay, Indian and the natives from Sarawak. That’s why we have lots of Indian food in Malaysia. Roti canai is chewy, and when you tear it apart it is extremely long, rubbery and unbreakable. Hmm. Like it? Try it out when you come to Malaysia!
Thosai is like a relative of roti canai, but they do not have the same ingredients in them. However, the preparation and way they are served are quite similar. It is really appetizing and if you have never eaten it before, you can head out to the indian store. It is creamy and crispy. It is a type of Indian food. You can have it for lunch, dinner or other times of the day. It has lots of protein in it. If you haven’t tried it before, grab it now! Don’t forget to dip it into the sauce. Yummy!
4. Kuey Chap
Next, we have kuey chap – gizzards, a soy-sauce-boiled egg as well of rice noodles- curled up! It is a local food that gets the cinch of us locals. To be honest, Im not a very big fan of this food, but my dad relishes it. Reminds me of the time we had supper where he ordered large plates of kuey chap. I think the locals really stuff themselves with food. Like locals in Taiwan, we enjoy going to hawker stores to bicker, gossip and share our lives, so actually this food is always popular in town.
5. Roti Tisu
Roti tisu is named tissue bread. it’s a malay name – tisu that represents the word ‘tissue’. it’s known as paper bread and it’s a skinny texture created into the form of a cone. it’s often known as roti rocket as a result of it’s sort of a cone, or a magician’s cap. It’s sweet, skinny and contains a tender texture. it’s laborious to crumble initialas a result of it’s high on the highest. However, it’s a delicacy and grab it at a roti canai hawker store by the road. you’ll twig virtually anyplace during a native food store.
Finally, we have gone down to all the delicious local food we can get from Kuching. How about adding more stuff to our menu and suggestions? I really hope that everyone gets a good taste of the local food as we do not want to leave the you a bad impression of the town. Please bear in mind that actually Malaysians are very friendly and if you need to find a local store, please do not hesitate to ask! Enjoy your trip in Kuching! Come again!