It is human nature to be attracted to the unusual and something new, so here we select seven unique, odd and beguiling Malaysian dishes that either appeal to you or hold you back from eating due to their colour!
1.Nasi Kerabu – Restoran Patatimo (Wangsa Maju, KL)
Let’s start off with a popular Peninsular Malaysia East Coast traditional meal, nasi kerabu, which constitutes blue coloured rice that was soaked and cooked with butterfly pea flower extract and accompanied by side dishes and condiments like fried chicken, salad, fish crackers, salted egg, budu (fermented fish sauce) and a generous amount of kerisik (grated, toasted and ground coconut) to make it more appetising. Make sure to mix everything together to get the maximum taste and satisfaction at every bite!
2.Pink Thosai – Bala’s Banana Leaf (Bangsar, KL)
Bala’s Banana Leaf’s efforts in creating a healthier option of this thin savoury South Indian pancake called thosai resulted in them using beetroot – a type of root vegetable – as the main ingredient, which contributes to its colour. Their beetroot thosai is only offered during weekends but you can also enjoy other flavours like sweet potato, carrot or pineapple on weekdays!
3.Rainbow Pisang Goreng Cheese – Hanan Cafe (Klang, Shah Alam, Bangi)
Craving for some pisang goreng for your teatime snack today? Besides going for the classic cheese flavour, the banana fritters served by Hanan Café sport rainbow colours with a variety of thick layer white chocolate toppings such as strawberry, yam, pandan, blueberry and orange. While this café is still open for you to hang around during CMCO, you can still get these rainbow banana fitters delivered to your doorstep through the café’s delivery service!
4.Rainbow Roti Canai – Warung Dimyati Roti Canai Pelangi (Kuala Selangor)
We all know that there are many kinds of roti canai (Indian-influenced flatbread) on sale but have you ever heard of rainbow coloured roti canai? Preparing the rainbow roti canai is similar to the regular roti canai, except that flavours and food colouring are added into the dough. Be sure to try the soft textured orange (durian), red (strawberry), yellow (corn), green (apple) and blue (yam) roti canai from Warung Dimyati Roti Canai Pelangi for a unique but yummy breakfast that is worth waking up early for!
5.Pink Burger – The Hungry Tapir (Petaling Street, KL)
Feast your eyes on this beautiful pink beetroot bun and patty with melted vegan herb cheese, caramelised onions, lettuce, and tomato. Served together with sweet potato fries and vegan mayo at the side, The Hungry Tapir’s Pink Bombshell will definitely sweep you off your feet! The Hungry Tapir also serves vegan-friendly food that features both Western and Asian favourites that you are sure to enjoy.
6.Strawberry Nasi Lemak – 200 Seeds Cafe (Cameron Highland, Pahang)
If plain white nasi lemak is too mainstream, then you should go for pink coloured nasi lemak! 200 Seeds Café by Abang Strawberry serves Malaysian favourite of coconut-milk infused rice, anchovies and crispy fried chicken with an added twist to its sambal (chilli condiment) that is made from strawberries. Who would’ve thought this fluffy nasi lemak with fragrant strawberry sambal would taste so good? There’s also a strawberry farm here so that you can pluck the strawberries yourself!
7.Nasi 7 Benua – Koo Boo Cafe (Penang)
The seven colourful types of rice placed neatly on the plate in the form of flower petals are consisted of various local traditional rice such as Nasi Lemak Pandan (green), Nasi Minyak (light yellow), Nasi Lemuni (with black speckles), Nasi Tomato (orange), Nasi Putih (white), Nasi Kacang (yellow) and Nasi Hujan Panas (Rainbow Ghee Rice). These colourful staples are consumed alongside fish curry, fried chicken and more, all served together in a buffet style. Impressive for a small eatery by the roadside, this restaurant truly deserves more attention and love!
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