Merdeka is synonymous with unity, and one thing that definitely brings Malaysians together is our love for food! All across the country, we can see people lining up by the roadside for delicious snacks, whether it’s an old favourite or a popular new trend. What’s interesting is that the snack of choice varies across the different states, and if you’re the first to bring something new to your part of town, it might mean a healthy profit. Here are 7 popular snacks exclusive to certain states that can help your stall sell out this football season.
Sold in almost every part of the island, Penang is a rojak-loving state. The mouth-watering combination of fresh fruits, vegetables and a sticky dark sauce sprinkled with peanut and dried shrimp allows your taste buds to experience the spectrum of sweet, sour, salty and spicy. This is one dish that when prepared right, can almost never go wrong.
Terengganu: Keropok lekor
We are no strangers to keropok lekor, also known as fish sausage. What’s interesting is the modern innovation of adding mayonnaise and cheese to give it a more savoury kick. Try experimenting with your own special cheese and mayonnaise mixture to get customers absolutely hooked!
Melaka: Pie tee
A town famous for its history, Melaka is also well known for its Peranakan food culture. Pie tee is a thin and crispy pastry cup stuffed with a fresh mixture of julienned vegetables and garnished coriander leaves. Add a twist to this traditional finger food by filling the pastry shell with a different mixture of ingredients, from meat and fruits to even ice-cream!
Perak: Roti telur goyang
Roti telur goyang is predominantly found in Ipoh, Perak and consists of a Malaysian-style poached egg on top of toasted bread. A steady favourite for breakfast and tea-time, it’s no surprise that it has inspired many different versions. Use your creativity to add a personal touch; be it spreading kaya, adding grilled vegetables and meat strips, or even turning it into eggs benedict.
Johor: Murtabak cheese
What happens when you mix murtabak and cheese? You get a modern-day Malaysian pizza. Popularised in Johor, it has been popping up in a few other states but it’s still a rare phenomenon. Get the ratio of meat, cheese and dipping sauce just right and it’s not a stretch to say people will come lining up.
Kedah: Kuih karas
Looking to sell something light and energising to munch on during the day? Try Kedah’s favourite kuih karas! Made with rice flour and coconut shell, it’s finished in the shape of a lacy crepe crisp. This snack is not too sweet and a great option for those looking to control their sugar intake.
Sabah: Lokan bakar
We’re used to grilled scallops and clams, but the Sabahans have their own delicious version. Lokan is a type of shellfish found in East Malaysia, and its popularity even attracts tourists from Brunei and Indonesia. Lokan is commonly paired with a sweet, spicy dip and a refreshing coconut drink, a combination that’s been said to send customers to snack heaven.