Malaysians have a strong love for all kinds of food. When you’ve tried it all, normal chicken soup and rendang just doesn’t cut it. In this article, we have compiled a list of “homegrown” exotic foods for you to try… If you dare. Every culture has its own exotic food, so here are what we think can possibly be Malaysia’s.
Warning: Not for the weak hearted!
1. Bull Penis Soup
Yup, you heard it right. Bull penis soup is believed to enhance a male’s virility and is said to improve their performance in bed. This dish, “Sup Haji Abu Bakar” is served with Indian spices in a curry like broth at a street stall in Jalan Doraisamy. Besides bull penises, they also serve bull testicles if you are up for the challenge!
Sup Haji Abu Bakar
Dang Wangi Asian Heritage Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Malaysia
Mon – Sun: 1800 – 0000
Price: ~RM 10
2. Frog on a Stick
In KL’s most well-known night market, Jalan Alor, a stall sells deep fried frogs on sticks. Although frog’s legs are commonly eaten in Chinese cuisine (like in frog leg porridges), eating the entire frog is not as common. At this stall, the whole frog is deep-fried and eaten. Some say it tastes just like chicken!
Frog on a stick
Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Mon- Sun: 1900 – 0000
Price: RM 25
3. Fried Pigs Brains (Non-Halal)
Love meatballs? How about trying fried pig brains? They look like normal meatballs on the outside until you bite into it. The smooth custardy texture and its unique taste is certainly not for the weak-stomached and is definitely an acquired taste. You can find this crazy dish at Restaurant Sek Yuen at Jalan Pudu.
Restaurant Sek Yuen
315, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tues – Sun: 1100 – 1430, 1730 – 2200
Price: ~RM 25/ pax
4. Charcoal Barbeque Yong Tau Foo
Ever heard of barbecued Yong Tau Foo? Us neither. Yong Tau Foo is typically eaten with soup or eaten dried with some sauce over it. We wonder… If Yong Tau Foo is now barbecued, is it still considered Yong Tau Foo?
Try this new take on barbecued Yong Tau Foo, it might be your next favourite thing!
Old Tricycle – The Original Charcoal Barbecue Yong Tau Foo
Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
Mon – Sun: 1800 – 0000, Tuesday closed
Price: ~RM 1.90
5. Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Mango Sticky Rice Sushi
Next on the list, we have weird fusion sushi! Ruyi & Lyn, the creators of this amazing concept combined well-loved food in Malaysia with the Japanese sushi, and this is the product:
Image credit: im-chloe.blogspot.com
Ruyi & Lyn Restaurant
Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Mon – Sun: 1200 – 1500, 1800 – 0200
Price: RM 43
6. Nasi Lemak Ice Cream
Okay, so Nasi Lemak isn’t exactly what most people would call “exotic” at first sight. But what about Nasi Lemak ice cream?
Most people expect their desserts to be sweet, so how about trying this wacky Gelato flavour? This Nasi Lemak flavoured Gelato is sure to mess with your taste buds – the sweet Cielo Dolci’s Gelato base, combined with the savoury and crunchy Ikan Bilis bits, put together and completed by spicy sambal flakes will leave you wondering if you’re really having dessert!
Whimsical – Gelateria & Cafe
D2-G5-05, Publika Shopping Gallery, 1 Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
1100 – 0000
Price: ~RM 10
Another Ice cream shop that has joined in the Nasi Lemak craze is Skream Soft Serve. They created their own version of the ice cream with REAL ingredients like Ikan Bilis, cucumbers, sambal, and even egg! Go try it out!
Skream Soft Serve
33-A, Jalan PSK 1, Pekan Simpang Kuala, Alor Setar
1400 – 2200, Monday Closed
Price: ~RM 10
7. Porcupine Rendang
We all know that Rendang is a popular dish all over Malaysia and is commonly cooked with beef. It is no surprise that some ambitious people would try to create their own take on rendang. Restoran Lembah Bernam is famous for their exotic dishes and has taken it to a whole new level by using porcupine or landak meat. According to other reviews, the porcupine meat did not have any distinct smell or taste which makes it much more palatable, in our opinion.
Restoran Lembah Bernam
Jalan Main Canal, Tali Air 9, Sekincan, Pasir Panjang, Selangor.
Mon – Sun : 1100 – 1700, Friday Closed
1kg – RM 120
500 g – RM 60
300 g – RM 36
8.Black Pepper Venison
Another one of their Restoran Lembah Bernam’s exotic creations is black pepper venison. The venison meat is cooked in a thick and rich black pepper sauce that may not look appetising but is certainly the most appetising dish so far. Venison meat is tender and soft and is considered to be a delicacy in Malaysia.
Mon – Sun : 1100 – 1700, Friday Closed
1kg – RM 80
500 g – RM 40
300 g – RM 24
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9. Sago Grubs
This won’t be an exotic food article without mentioning these grubs. Although considered a local food in Sarawak, not all locals eat these grubs because I would expect it takes some form of courage to put a live squirming insect into your mouth. However, Sago grubs are extremely nutritious with more vitamins, unsaturated fats, and minerals with less cholesterol than common meats like chicken or beef. So if you are thinking of leading a healthier lifestyle, perhaps try eating Sago Grubs.
Image credit: mysabah.com
You can find these grubs being sold in Sarawak’s local markets.
Serikin, 94000 Bau, Sarawak
Sat – Sun: 0600 – 0055
Price: ~RM 40-45 / Kg
10. Dyak (Non-Halal)
The.Dyak serves Dayak cuisine, and for those of you who may not know, Dayak refers to the indigenous peoples of Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan, and the interior of Borneo. All the ingredients used in Dayak cuisine are sourced fresh from the jungle and comprise of uncommon ingredients like jungle fern (paku) and wild ginger flowers. Some exotic dishes include:
Image credit: The.Dyak Facebook
Not forgetting dessert, the restaurant incorporated an integral part of the Dayak culture, tuak, or rice wine, and included tuak ice cream into their menu.
Sublot 29, Panovel Commercial Complex, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kampung Kenyalang Park, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Mon –Sat: 1200 – 2030
Price: ~ RM20/pax
Of course, this may not be the most extensive list, and we may not have included your favourite “homegrown” exotic food. Every culture has their own exotic food, so we want to celebrate Malaysia’s very own.
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