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Delicious Food in Malaysia That is Viral and Beloved by Singaporeans

Updated: Jun 3

Malaysia has become a culinary hotspot for Singaporeans, thanks to its diverse and delectable food offerings. Here are some of the top trending foods that are both viral and beloved by Singaporeans visiting Malaysia:

1. Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak with fried chicken, coconut rice, fried anchovies, boiled egg, cucumber slices, peanuts, and spicy sambal, served on a traditional Malaysian banana leaf.
Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is Malaysia’s national dish, consisting of fragrant coconut rice, crispy fried anchovies, boiled eggs, sliced cucumbers, roasted peanuts, and spicy sambal. This dish is widely available from street stalls to high-end restaurants. In Kuala Lumpur, Nasi Lemak with fried chicken costs around RM7.50 (S$2.15), significantly cheaper than the S$5 price in Singapore. This affordability, combined with authentic taste, makes Nasi Lemak a top choice for Singaporean travelers.

2. Char Kuey Teow

A plate of Char Kuey Teow with flat noodles stir-fried with dark soy sauce, prawns, bean sprouts, eggs, and cockles, served with a slice of lime on the side.
Char Kuey Teow

Char Kuey Teow is a popular flat noodle dish stir-fried with dark soy sauce, prawns, bean sprouts, eggs, and sometimes cockles. This dish is known for its "wok hei" flavor, achieved by stir-frying over high heat. In Malaysia, a plate of Char Kuey Teow costs around RM9 (S$2.58), whereas in Singapore, it can cost up to S$7. This price difference makes it a favorite among Singaporeans who visit Malaysia.

3. Roti Canai/Prata

A piece of Roti Canai served with dhal curry and a small bowl of spicy sambal, with a golden-brown crispy texture.

Roti Canai, also known as Roti Prata in Singapore, is a crispy flatbread served with dhal curry or other sauces. In Malaysia, it costs around RM1.50 (S$0.43) per piece, compared to S$1.10 per piece in Singapore. The delicious taste and lower price make it a must-try for visitors from Singapore.

4. Nasi Briyani

A plate of Nasi Briyani with fluffy, aromatic rice, pieces of chicken masak merah, vegetables, and a side of papadum.
Nasi Briyani Image

Nasi Briyani is a flavorful rice dish cooked with various spices like cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom, often served with chicken or mutton. In Kuala Lumpur, a plate of Nasi Briyani with ayam masak merah costs RM10 (S$2.87), while in Singapore, it is priced around S$7.50. The rich flavors and generous portions attract many Singaporeans.

Why Singaporeans Love Malaysian Food

The significant price difference between Malaysia and Singapore, especially with a favorable exchange rate, is a primary reason why many Singaporeans prefer to dine and shop in Malaysia. Additionally, the authentic and diverse culinary offerings in Malaysia make it a culinary paradise for visitors from Singapore.

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