Malaysia, one of the highlights of Southeast Asia, is a country in between Thailand and Singapore on the Malay Peninsula. The population of Malaysia is made up of different ethnicities including Malay, Indian and Chinese. Malaysian cuisine is certainly a reflection of the country's diversity, with thousands of unique foods to try.

Most Popular Malaysian Dishes

Malaysian food doesn't get the global recognition it deserves but, the fact is this stuff is good! The sum of many delicious parts, Malaysian cuisine's influences include Chinese, Indian and Malay. Regardless, once you're in Malaysia and eating, you'll quickly dispense with historical concerns and wonder instead where your next meal is coming from and how you can you get to it sooner. 

To help your choices, here are 10 of Malaysia's top dishes.

1. Roti Canai

Roti canai is often enjoyed with dal gravy, curry and sauteed sambal depending on individual tastes and can be easily found in roti canai eateries throughout the country.

2. Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a Malay rice dish made using coconut milk, ginger, red onion and pandan leaves. Nasi Lemak tastes even more delicious when served with sauteed sambal, fried peanuts, anchovies and eggs. 

3. Rojak

Rojak is salad dish made using sliced fruit and vegetables. It has several popular variations, such as fruit rojak, Penang Rojak, Indian Rojak and many more. Indian Rojak better known as pasembur in Malaysia which is a mixture of boiled potatoes, fried cucur, bean sprouts, and eggs.

4. Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa is noodle dish served with spicy fish gravy. It is common to also add sliced onions, chillies, cucumbers and eggs. Asam Laksa originates from the descendants of Baba and Nyonya. 

5. Apam Balik

Apam Balik is a dish made out of pancake butter for the outer shell, filled with a range of different fillings, including chocolate, strawberries, cheese, peanuts or sweetcorn. Apam Balik is Malaysia's official national heritage food. 

6. Chicken Satay

Satay is a dish consisting of seasoned, skewered and grilled chicken in a spicy peanut sauce. It is often eaten as an appetizer before a main meal or as a simple snack on the go. The meat is marinated in a range of herbs and spices.

7. Kuey Teow

Kuey Teow is a Chinese-imported dish of fried noodles with mussels, shrimp, soy sauce, chili and bean sprouts. It is common to garnish the dish with soft boiled eggs.

8. Mee Goreng Mamak

Mee Goreng Mamak is a dish consisting of fried yellow noodles often served with sliced potatoes, tofu, beansprouts, seafood and choy sum.

9. Pisang Goreng

Pisang Goreng is fried bananas made with eggs and flour, which is commonly eaten as a snack. It is sometimes eaten with cheese or with chocolate. 

10. Durian Fruit

Durian is a tropical fruit known for its pungent odor. However, it is commonly eaten raw as well as used to add flavor to many other dishes such as ice kacang, ice cream, dodol and many more.