The monsoon season is approaching and nothing speaks louder to Malaysians than comfort food.
Admit it, anything and everything we do revolves around food – our majlis-majlis will always be filled with a buffet spread, we lepak at mamak stalls all the time, and we often belanja people food.
Now that the rainy season is coming back again, we can expect plenty of cold and wet days in the next few weeks. Of course, we can always rely on our awesome Malaysian food for comfort during this cosy weather.
I mean, check out this hearty list of comfort food; I’m sure you’re tempted to have your favourites right now even if it isn’t raining yet!
Nothing warms the soul like a hot pot of boiling soup containing various meats and seafood. The best part about steamboat is that it’s meant to be shared so you will have to meet up with all your friends to enjoy it. 😉
Malaysia’s no. 1 favourite chocolate malt drink is none other than MILO. This has been everyone’s favourite since young!
Aside from just making it into a drink, we usually get very creative by topping our breads with the powder, or adding a dash of it into our Maggi curry soup to give it that extra ‘oomph’! Milo dinosaur is still the best tho.
3. Maggi soup with egg
If you prefer a piping-hot bowl of soup and noodles that’s more budget-friendly, then this is for you. Of course, to make it all the more delicious, just pop an egg in!
4. Sup kambing
Oily, peppery, and spicy. You can’t get anything better than some mutton soup on a cold, rainy day. I’m craving for some already…
5. Bak kut teh
Have you ever had bak kut teh on a cold day? No? Well, it’s time you do so because this herbal pork dish could not taste better anytime else.
No, this isn’t an ad for the coffee brand we’re all familiar with, but really, Malaysians know coffee as Nescafé.
7. Bubur cha cha
Love porridge with a hint of sweetness? Then trust this breakfast-cum-dessert dish to satiate your cravings!
8. Butter & kaya toast with half boiled eggs
This typical breakfast meal also doubles as a great snack during rainy days. What else could keep our bodies warm and toasty if not for the freshly-toasted bread, fatty butter and hearty soft boiled eggs? Perfect combo imo!
The delicious spices of this amazing dish will absolutely warm us up physically but the amazing flavour will also warm our hearts. Whether you like chicken, fish, mutton, or vegetable curry, they always taste perfect when paired with rice, noodles or bread. It even tastes good on its own!
10. Tau fu fah
11. Banana leaf rice
Eating from a plate or bowl is so overrated nowadays. It’s all about going back to nature and rediscovering cultures these days. Thus, there is no better way to learn about someone’s culture than through their food!
12. Nasi lemak
Nasi lemak is the king of all dishes in Malaysia. This fatty goodness can be consumed anytime of the day because who can actually say no to it? Best of all, the spicy sambal and steaming hot rice will guide anyone to a food stupor.
Next thing you know, you’re in food coma wonderland while the rain drums away on our roofs. Bliss.
Porridge is a typical dish we eat when we’re sick because a bowl of this usually contains all the carbs, protein and vegetables we need. Besides, the watery texture makes it so smooth to swallow.
Eating this can easily heal our soul!
14. Claypot yee mee soup
The sensational sound of the sizzle alone is a spiritual remedy to anyone who needs an instant pick-me-up.
15. Yong tau fu
Yong tau fu comes in many different forms that most people don’t know about. There’s the Hakka version, the Ampang version, as well as the Ipoh version.
However, in whatever style you prefer, yong tau fu during a rain storm is loooooove.
16. Roti banjir
Roti canai is every Malaysian’s staple, but flooding it with dhal, curry and sambal brings the dish to an all-new level of comfort food. If you’ve never tried this, then you’re missing out a chunk of your life.
Well, as much as we want to sing ‘rain, rain, go away, come again another day’ when it’s raining cats and dogs, deep down inside we just know the pouring sky is always welcomed.
The next time it’s raining outside, grab any of these comfort food and revel in our local sweater weather!
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