Malaysia’s diversified community, being a multicultural country, offers a broad array of drinks to choose from. The influence of this diversity can be traced back to the Sultanate of Malacca era, when traders from Europe, the Arab world, and China brought spices and herbs from their home countries to Malaysia, resulting in the creation of Malaysian drinks that can now be found in local restaurants and food vendors. Had a harsh day at a Malaysia web design company? Treat yourself these drinks to lighten up your day.
- Teh Tarik
In Malaysia, Teh Tarik is widely drank. It’s a national beverage created with a large amount of sweetened condensed milk. Malaysia produces about 7 million kg of tea every year. The word “Tarik” literally means “drawn,” as in pouring tea from one container to another. Watching someone pour scalding tea into another container while “pulling” the tea by moving the containers away from each other without losing a drop is a sight to behold.
- Sirap Bandung
Pink drinks are sometimes linked with strawberries, but this is not the case with Sirap Bandung, a sweet and creamy drink that is just delicious. The pink-coloured drink is made by combining rose-flavoured syrup with condensed or evaporated milk. Sirap Bandung comes in a variety of forms and can be found all around Malaysia. One recipe uses soda water for a fizzy flavour, while another uses grass jelly, also known as Cincau in Malaysia, for texture. This drink is well-known in Malaysia, and it can be found in practically every restaurant. It’s also the drink of choice at Malay weddings and during Ramadhan’s fasting period (Iftar).
- Limau Ais
If you like lemonade, you’ll enjoy this beverage. Fresh lime juice, water, ice, and sugar syrup are all used to make Limau Ais. An iced lime juice drink is the ideal method to cool down on a hot day in Malaysia.
- Kit Chai Ping
If you visit Sabah, make sure to try the Kit Chai Ping. This drink is well-known for its cooling effects, and Sabahans enjoy it on hot, sunny days. The Kit Chai Ping, with its sweet, sour, and salty flavour, is arguably Sabah’s “national drink.” The components for this drink are readily available in Malaysia. It’s made from Kalamansi limes, sugar syrup, water, and Chinese salted sour plums known as Ham Moi by the locals. By adding ice cubes, it can be served chilled. For its popularity, most restaurants and cafes in Sabah serve it. You can simply go into any restaurant there and ask for Kit Chai Ping, and if you don’t want it to be too sweet, add “kurang manis.”
- Grass Jelly Drink
This is a dark drink that is very popular in coffee shops. When coping with tropical heat, it’s a must-have. The drink is made with grass jelly and cooled water that has been mildly sweetened. It’s made by boiling slightly oxidised stems and leaves of a mint family plant with a coagulant, then allowing it to cool into a jelly form. It’s a little bitter and medicinal, but the sugary water balances it out.
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