February 9, 2023

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Top 4 Underrated Places for Good Food in Malaysia

When it comes to food, Malaysia is one of the best places to visit in Asia or in the world. Malaysia might not have its own Michelin Food Guide like its neighbour Singapore but the local food is listed by many popular websites in the world.

The local food in Malaysia is unique as the country is multi-racial and multi-culture. You can find local Malay food, Chinese food, Indian food, Peranakan food and many others. Even the Chinese food you can find in Malaysia is unique and different from the rest of Chinese cuisines in the world.

Penang had been listed by CNN as one of the Asia’s 10 greatest street food cities while Ipoh took the 5th place as Best in Asia for 2016.

While Ipoh and Penang strive as one of the top cities in Asia, there are a number of underrated towns in the country offering good food that many are not aware off. The underrated towns for good food in Malaysia are Taiping, Kuching, Johor Bahru and Kuantan.



Taiping is one of the most beautiful towns in Malaysia. Located in the state of Perak, the town has the first train station and prison in the country built by the British. The sleepy town is more popular with its mirror-like lake as well as the quiet Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill).

The local you can find in Taiping is different than Ipoh even though both towns are only one hour apart. You can find local delicacy like chicken rice, cendol, rojak, spring rolls, seafood and more. Thus, the thing about Taiping is the food prices are still low compare to other towns in Peninsula Malaysia. The town is a small town so you can even walk from one place to another.

Make sure you do not miss the Taiping Night Safari Zoo by the lake as well as the scenic view of the town on top of the Larut Hill.


Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak and it is also known as the ‘cat city’ (the meaning of Kuching in Malay). The city is blessed with many good local food which is only available in this place. Some of the recommended local food includes kolo mee (dry noodle), Kampua noodle, Foochow Kompia (a localised bagel), seafood and Bilin (wild vegetable). You can find most of these popular local food in the city centre.

With the popularity of cafes, Kuching is now blessed with many good coffee places too. You can also find many hipster café in the city. Now who said Kuching has no good food?

2.Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the capital city of state Johor. The city is just next to Singapore and a popular weekend getaway for Singaporeans. You can find many Singaporeans shopping and looking for good food in Johor Bahru.

There are not many people know that the city is blessed with some of the best hawker food in the country. The southern city of Peninsula offers a different variety of street food than the other states and that makes it a unique food haven.

Some of the most try food in Johor Bahru includes mee rebus, oyster omelette, seafood, beef noodles, bakuteh, ikan bakar (grilled fish) and many more


Pahang is the largest state in Peninsula Malaysia and popular with its national park and rainforest. Kuantan is their capital city and it offers more than just a beach city. You can find many local good food in this largest city of East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia.

Food like curry noodle, satay, chicken rice, cendol, nasi lemak and cendol are some of the popular food in Kuantan. You can also find dried seafood in the city and the salted fish is highly recommended.

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