Discovering one’s place is never complete without trying out the food. And what better way to experience this than eating these Malaysian dishes where it actually originated from.
Selangor, Malaysia is like where I came from, the Philippines. Multi and lavish culture, wonderful people and amazing food!
During my short stay in Selangor, I have happily discovered where to eat with the help of our tour guide, Daniel. He brought the entire group to various restaurants that serve really delicious Malay dishes.
So, what am I really looking for that will satisfy my hunger and satiation?
1. Authentic and delicious food.
2. Affordable and friendly on the wallet.
Here are a few restaurants that made me want to go back to Selangor just to eat these dishes again.
JM 3 Layer Tea
This cold concoction with 3 kinds of tea and black sugar is deliciously smooth. Don’t forget to give it a little stir to mix all the flavors together and to fully enjoy the goodness of this drink.
Nasi Bariani Gam Ayam
You can choose from a selection of mutton, beef or chicken. I opted for the latter. This dish is cooked in different spices giving massive flavors in one dish! The spices really permeated in the meat and the thick and rich sauce was perfect with the Bariani rice. The rice was cooked beautifully making the dish even more delicious. Close your eyes and just savor the spices. Mmmm…. I can still taste it up to now.
Tesco Setia Alam
Lot G, Tesco Store,
No 2, Jalan Setia Prima SU13/S,
Seksyen U13, Bandar Setia Alam,
40170 ShH Alam, Selangor
T: 03 33434599
Udang Sambal Petai (Sweet and Sour Prawn)
The prawns were not overcooked and had just the right prawn-to-sauce ratio. I like that the onions were cut in medium size to add character to the dish visually. A perfect partner to their Hot Pindang Fish.
Small piece of dried fish that isn’t too salty and really goes well with the steamed rice and the Hot Pindang soup. But to totally enjoy it, try getting a small amount of the Sambal that comes with it. Amazing flavors coming from simple dishes combined.
This is like bagoong (shrimp paste) in the Philippines but not as thick yet really spicy! I can handle a good amount of spice but this one really kick’s ass! You will definitely ask for more rice (or water).
The place is not air-conditioned but the area is rather cool. They have an array of dishes for you to choose from. But this is what stood out and what I really enjoyed eating – their version of the Tom Yam Soup.
Served really hot with Sea Bass, coriander, tofu cubes, garlic slices, onion, lime wedges and chili. A little blast of citrus and heat with the right balance of sweetness. Every bit of ingredient was cooked properly and the flavors were evenly distributed. Wonderfully comforting after a tiring day!
Homestay KG Sungai Sireh
Nasi Ambeng is a popular cuisine in Malaysia especially in Selangor and is usually served during festivities. This was served to us during our last day at Homestay KG Sungai Sireh. It is similar to our very own Pinoy-style boodle where the entire spread is eaten as a group.
Nasi Ambeng consists of chicken cooked in curry (or soy sauce to some) with spices, noodles on top of white rice and some kropek on the side. First, the aroma will tickle your olfactories, then the zing will wake up your tastebuds. Nasi Ambeng has a taste of Malaysia, China and India – an amazing festival of flavors.
Selangor is a gem! Whether you are in for some adventure or just to relax, Selangor has endless possibilities… So many things to do and see because truly, “Selangor has more”!
To get to Selangor, Malaysia, book your flight at AirAsia.
AirAsia flies daily from Manila (MNL) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) , twice daily from Manila (MNL) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and four times a week from Kalibo (KLO) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). Starting this July, AirAsia will fly from Cebu (CEB) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL).
To avoid the long queue at the LCCT Airport, we tried AirAsia’s Self Check-In. The process was very simple and fast!
1. Proceed to AirAsia’s Self Check-In kiosks.
2. Choose an available kiosk.
3. Touch the screen and click the check-in button.
4. Click the “Booking Number” and type in the 6-digit booking reference number or the “Scan Itinerary” button and have your itinerary scanned.
5. Select the name of the guest (for multiple passengers).
6. Wait for your boarding pass and bag tags to be printed.
7. Attach the bag tags.
You can self check-in up to 1 hour before your scheduled departure.
1. Proceed to the Baggage Drop-Off counter.
Baggage drop counters are open 3 hours before scheduled departure for international flights and 2 hours before scheduled departure for domestic flights.