Breakfast is the first meal taken after rising from a night’s sleep, (in essence, to break-your-fast) most often eaten in the early morning before undertaking the day’s work. Well, that’s the definition from Wikipedia.
As for Malaysians, breakfast (sarapan pagi) is one of our happiest hours (especially if it is the breakfast of a holiday!), and we’ve got a variety of breakfast available!
If you’re finding for a nice Malay cuisine for breakfast, 99% of Malaysians would suggest our favourite food of all time, also unofficially known as our national dish, Nasi Lemak! For the benefit of those who are new, it is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and “pandan” leaf. Here are a few suggestions that our MFD agents has personally visited:
Doesn’t this just makes you drool?
This particular Nasi Lemak is from Syed Bistro PJ (No. 13 & 15 Jalan Barat, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel : 603-79555753), your typical mamak restaurant with a 24 hour service! However, Syed Bistro is more known for its Nasi Briyani, which is usually not a breakfast choice, but since we’re on the topic, a little picture wouldn’t hurt! 😉
A super generous portion of Nasi Briyani! Comes with huge chicken/lamb, a while egg, some appetizing ‘accah’ and dhal!
Besides Syed Bistro, many other mamak restaurants out there offers Nasi Lemak but the degree of how good it is definitely varies on a large scale!
Another place we’ve visited for Nasi Lemak is at Seapark, popularly known as Nasi Lemak Bumbung. Take a look at the pictures!
The artistically cooked egg placed on the roof of the fragrant rice gives it the name ‘bumbung’
Happy eating duo hehe
The rice was beautiful, the chicken crispy yet tender and the main ingredient of the dish, the ‘sambal’ wasn’t too spicy, neither was it too mild. To our taste, it was just right! Topping it off with the beautiful teh tarik was just the most satisfying meal. However, this place opens during the night, so it might not be appropriate for breakfast.
For other suggestions on the best Nasi Lemak we would suggest you look into this link!
On to our brethren Indian cuisine for breakfast, we’ve got a wide selection of stuffs! Firstly, and most popular amongst the rakyat is our Roti Canai:
Your typical Roti Canai
It is a type of Indian-influenced flatbread, where you can find it almost anywhere, as long as a mamak restaurant is there, there it will be! It is typically served in these silver trays. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may choose Roti Telur, Roti Bawang, Roti Cheese depending on the capabilities of your local mamak! Of course, Roti is not the only option in these places. Thosai, or Dosa is another popular choice! It is a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and black lentils.
And again, your thosai may be mixed with cheese, onions or egg, depending on the place!
Capati is another popular choice. Also a type of flatbread, but this one is unleavened, originated from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Capati with the chutney and a little sides. Good for all meals of the day!
If you are craving for some Chinese breakfast, here is the most traditional of all kinds:
Half-boiled eggs, coffee, and steamed bread with Kaya and Butter!
You may find these in any Chinese hawker shops. For some, it takes them down memory lane. This simple breakfast that costs less than RM5.00 added the flavour of nostalgia to this agent of MFD. This particular picture comes from a hawker shop opposite Public Bank at Old Town, Petaling Jaya.
Other Chinese breakfast could be consumed for lunch too, if desired. A few examples are Wanton Mee:
Typically served ‘guan low’-styled, (which suggests dry), with some honey roasted pork, ‘choi sam’ vegetable, and soup with ‘wantan’, dumplings
Curry mee, thin yellow noodles or/and string thin mee-hoon (rice vermicelli) with spicy curry soup, chilli/sambal, coconut milk, and a choice of dried tofu, prawns, cuttlefish, chicken, egg, mint leaves and Cockle.
Curiously, curry mee is only found in Malaysia and Singapore. Curry laksa is another favourite (added with laksa soup base). Perhaps it is our special heritage of baba nyonya that gave birth to this special dish!
We are fine with eating light for breakfast, as suggested by our selection of Roti(s) in Mamaks. We are also fine with a nice, big portion of chicken for breakfast, maybe a good fried chicken to top with our Nasi Lemak, or a moderate ones such as a bowl of noodles. Klang’s residences even have Bak Kut Teh for breakfast (a dish which will be highlighted in a separate post), which is rather heavy for the morning. Anything is fine! Everything is loved!
For our multi-racial, multi-cultural society, unity is an ideal that is difficult to achieve, however, if we’re on the topic of breakfast, this website, MFD, sincerely believes that the true integration of society is manifested most clearly here. When it comes to breakfast, we’re simple folks who enjoy every single type of it without any racial prejudices! 😉