Call us biased, but Malaysia boasts the best street food in the world thanks to multiculturalism. Some dishes, such as nasi lemak and char kuey teow, are best enjoyed at rickety tables and chairs on the side of the street, whereas others, like apom balik and keropok lekor, can be eaten standing up or on the go. But 'dapao' or 'bungkus' culture is also huge here, which means that any meal can be packed to go for enjoyment in your own home.
1. Ais Kacang
Ais kacang literally means 'iced beans', a name that harks back to the dessert's humble beginnings, when it comprised of just shaved ice and red beans. Nowadays, the cold dessert comes with all sorts, such as red syrup and/or Gula Melaka, corn, cendol, grass jelly, agar-agar, peanuts and, if you're lucky, attap chee, the fruit of the Nipa Palm. Penang has the best ais kacang, hands down.
—Nicole Andres, Account Director, Tatler Malaysia