Posted : August 2014Author : HGW Editor
In this fourth part, we’ve listed the most Malaysian snacks we could think of. Check them out, and some hot spots where you can find them!
Because it’s always snack time here!
Pasembor is a kind of Malaysian Indian salad consisting of thinly sliced or shredded cucumber, turnip, boiled potatoes and bean sprouts, fried beancurd, prawn fritters and boiled cuttlefish. Served with a hard boiled egg and sweet and spicy nut sauce, it’s highly addictive, especially when the tasty morsels soak up every last drop of the delicious sauce!
30. Fruit Rojak
This fruit salad is magnificent because of one key ingredient – a dressing consisting of thick, gooey prawn paste, crushed peanuts and, if you like to spice things up, a dollop of chilli paste. It’s a burst of sweet, sour and tangy flavours, and you’ll feel better because you’d have fulfilled your fibre intake for a day and totally enjoyed doing it!
31. Shat Kek Ma
The name may sound a bit strange, but this is one awesomely delicious biscuit snack. Deep fried flour biscuits are packed together and bound by a delicious caramel to give you a heavenly, crunchy honeycomb snack! Usually found in the northern region of Malaysia, this snack has also become a favourite in local pasar malams, if you’re fortunate enough to spot them!
Cendol is one of those local desserts that can trump any fine-dining masterpiece. Made of finely-shaved ice and pandan-flavoured starch jelly swimming in fresh coconut milk, and flavoured with the earthy and distinct taste of gula Melaka (palm sugar), there’s nothing quite like slurping down a bowl of cendol on a hot, hot day.
Balls of banana goodness, cekodok is a firm favourite especially as a light snack any time of the day. Ripe bananas are mashed together with a batter of flour, water, sugar and eggs and then deep fried. Crispy on the outside, and warm and chewy on the inside, this is delicious with your favourite drink.
34. Cucur Udang
Malaysia’s version of prawn fritters, this snack has a crispy, golden crust which hides a soft inside bursting with the taste of shrimps, onions and the faintest hints of chilli. Delicious eaten on its own or with a sweet chilli sauce, cucur udang is a veritable Malaysian favourite.
35. Kuih Seri Muka
Seri Muka is a two-layered dessert with steamed glutinous rice forming the bottom half and a green custard layer made with pandan juice topping the kuih. The sweetness and saltiness work so well together so not only does it look pretty, it tastes absolutely delicious! We discovered the perfect place in Melaka selling these delicious beauties!
36. Heong Peng
This Chinese snack is a crunchy, disc-like flaky biscuit which encases a sticky caramel filling. It’s a mess to eat, but oh, so much joy, too, especially when the gooey, sweet caramel oozes out with your first bite.
37. Tau Sar Pneah (Biskut Tambun)
Originating from Penang, tau sar pneah are tiny pastries filled with mung bean paste. The perfect tau sar pneah should have a flaky shell, and slightly sweetish-saltish filling that is dense and slightly crumbly. You can enjoy this anywhere in Malaysia, but if you’re in the Bukit Bintang area, this is a good spot to fill up on this delicious treat.
38. Bubur Chacha
This traditional Malaysian dessert holds both visual and taste appeal, being made of fragrant sweet coconut soup, delicious sweet potatoes and tapioca pearls (sago pearls). Enjoyed hot or cold, it’s comfort food that evokes memories of our childhood!
39. Kuih Bahulu
This airy sponge cake is an absolute delight with a cup of teh tarik, slightly crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the insides.
40. Childhood Snacks
Malaysian kids grew up on an assortment of locally-produced snacks and biscuits, from the awesome pillow biscuits to those little sugar-topped biscuits. We just love the fact that we can still indulge in them way into our adulthood, as they’re still sold at most night markets.