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Culinary Journeys, Tasting the Flavors of Sepang’s Local Cuisine and Street Food – A World of Malaysian Flavours!

Malaysia’s culinary scene shines bright with a combo of Indian, Malay, indigenous, and Chinese influences. Sepang, a Malaysian city, marks itself as a preview of this culinary diversity.

Food in Sepang

Fine dining or street food? Whatever makes your heart sing, you’re sure to find it in Sepang. From spicy Indian curries to Chinese specialicites bursting with umami and Malay dishes with the creamy flavour of coconuts, Sepang touts a diverse culinary scene you’ll happy to discover. If you’re planning a trip here and want to make the most it, a visit to nearby street markets and restaurants is a must.

As you’re planning to embark on a culinary exploration, you should choose the right time to visit. Dry months from March to October are the best for sightseeing and discovering street markets. But if you don’t mind a bit of rain, you can visit any time you wish. Besides, restsurants stay open whether it rains or shines.

It would help a lot if you stay at a place like Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort, closer to food spots in Sepang. It’s even better if you can find a Sepang resort with onsite restaurants so that you wouldn’t have to venture too far in search of culinary delights.

Now that you have an idea of how to make the most of your culinary journey in Sepang, it’s time to move onto the best bits!

These are some of the must-try dishes in Sepang.

Nasi Lemak

A local favourite and the national dish, Nasi Lemak can be found by the side of the road as well as at fine restaurants. Nasi Lemak makes for a full, hearty meal and is generally enjoyed for lunch, but it can be a dinner speciality too. The dish features rice cooked with coconut and pandan leaves, anchovies, and eggs. The pleseant aroma of the dish makes your mouth water even before you even see the dish. You can find several variations of Nasi Lemak – some stalls and restaurants like to serve it with chicken, fish, and vegetables.

Char Kuey Teow

This was once a pauper’s dish, but it has become a local favourite since then. The term Char Kuey Teow carries the meaning of stir-fried rice cake strips. The dish contains rice noodles cooked with soy sauce, chillis, bean sprouts, shrimp, chives, and eggs. And yes, it is as good as it sounds. If you have a leaning for Chinese food, try a version with fish cake and Chinese sausages.

Beef Noodles

The name doesn’t do justice to this dish. Even though it sounds like a simple dish, it is anything but! Rice noodles, bean sprouts, and chives are cooked in a beef broth. The broth is simmered to perfection until it can be smelled from miles away. Walk into a roadside stall, and you can treat yourself to a plate of yummy beef noodles. Upscale restaurants serve beef noodles as well.

Yong Tau Foo

Another delicious Sepang favourite, Yong Tau Foo boasts several variations. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can order a plate of Yong Tau Foo. The dish consists of white tofu enriched with ground meat. The flavourful tofu balls are fried until they become a perfect golden brown. Some like to add mushrooms and eggplants to the mixture to make it even more flavourful. There’s more than one way to enjoy Yong Tau Foo: you can eat it dry with dipping sauce or have it served in a soup.

Asam Laksa

One of the best Malaysian dishes you can find in Sepang, at both roadside stalls and posh resturants, Asam Laksa featured in CNN’s World’s Best Food List. Locals like to have Asam Laksa in the afternoon, but you can have it any time you want. It’s a delicious fish broth with noodles, mackerel, lemon grass, mint, onions, tamarind, and pineapple. Asam Laksa is served with a generous topping of sliced cucmbers and ginger flowers.

Roti Canai 

A beloved Malaysian favourite, Roti Canai is yummy snack often eaten for breakfast. It is of Indian origin, but its fame is now widespread. Roti Canai is flatbread made from a dough rolled and flattend; the process is often repeated multiple times to give it flaky layers. It’s usually served with lentil soup and curries.

Sweet Potato Balls

A popular street food, sweet potato balls are the perfect snack for sightseers. Mashed sweet potatoes and flour are the key ingredients, and sugar is added for extra flavour. These potato balls are deep fried and topped with sesame seeds to give it a touch of a nutty flavour.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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