10 Most Exotic Food In M’sia We Dare You To Try

We 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!


Kuala Lumpur

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!

chopped up bull penis

vendor scooping soup
Image credit: teambuffet.com

Address:
Sup Haji Abu Bakar
Dang Wangi Asian Heritage Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Malaysia

Opening hours:
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 2
Image credit: charliedistracted.com

Address:
Frog on a stick
Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours:
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.

fried pig brains
Image Credit: Seriouseats.com

Address:
Restaurant Sek Yuen

315, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
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!

bbq yong tau foo
Image credit: Old tricycle Facebook

Address:
Old Tricycle – The Original Charcoal Barbecue Yong Tau Foo

Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
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:

Ruyi and lyn sushi platter
Ruyi and lyn sushi platter
Hainanese Chicken Rice Sushi, Nasi Lemak Sushi, and Mango Sticky Rice Sushi
nasi lemak sushi
Look at that tiny Nasi Lemak egg!

Image credit: im-chloe.blogspot.com

Address:
Ruyi & Lyn Restaurant 

Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
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!

nasi lemak gelato
Image credit: Cielo Dolci Facebook

Address:
Whimsical – Gelateria & Cafe 

D2-G5-05, Publika Shopping Gallery, 1 Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
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!

nasi lemak soft serve
Image credit: Skream Facebook

Address:
Skream Soft Serve
33-A, Jalan PSK 1, Pekan Simpang Kuala, Alor Setar

Opening hours:
1400 – 2200, Monday Closed

Price: ~RM 10

Selangor

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.

porcupine rendang
Image credit: Emily2u.com

Address:
Restoran Lembah Bernam
Jalan Main Canal, Tali Air 9, Sekincan, Pasir Panjang, Selangor.

Opening hours: 
Mon – Sun : 1100 – 1700,  Friday Closed

Price: 
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.

black pepper venison
Image credit: Restoran Lembah Bernam Facebook

menuAddress:
Restoran Lembah Bernam
Jalan Main Canal, Tali Air 9, Sekincan, Pasir Panjang, Selangor.

Opening hours:
Mon – Sun : 1100 – 1700,  Friday Closed

Price: 
1kg – RM 80
500 g – RM 40
300 g – RM 24

Kuching, Sarawak

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.

sago grub

Image credit: mysabah.com

barbecued sago grubs
Image credit: Wikipedia

You can find these grubs being sold in Sarawak’s local markets.

Address:
Pasar Serikin 

Serikin, 94000 Bau, Sarawak

Opening hours: 
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:

jungle fern and ginger flower
Jungle fern stir fried with wild ginger flowers
pig intestines stir fried with pineapples
Pig intestines stir fried with pineapples
chicken cooked in bamboo
Chicken cooked in bamboo leaves
chicken and tapioca leaves soup
Chicken with tapioca leaves soup. This dish is commonly served during Dayak festivals.

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.

tuak ice cream
Image credit: The.Dyak Facebook

Address:
The.Dyak
Sublot 29, Panovel Commercial Complex, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kampung Kenyalang Park, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Opening hours:
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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