10 snacks worth stocking up on in Malaysia

Stopping at one is impossible when it comes to these addictive snacks from across the Causeway.

10 snacks worth stocking up on in Malaysia
10 snacks worth stocking up on in Malaysia
30 Jul 2018

10 snacks worth stocking up on in Malaysia

We all know that the way to a Singaporean’s heart is through his or her discerning stomach. Just ask anyone who has braved the Causeway jam for a steaming claypot of peppery bak kut teh or fiery curry fish head in Johor Bahru! And let’s not forget perennial Malaysian favourites like roti canai, wanton mee and Penang-style assam laksa - we just keep heading back for more.

Of course, no self-respecting foodie will go on a day trip without returning with their favourite tidbits. Here, we list the best ones worth bagging home.

Red Chef green tom yum soup noodles
Red Chef green tom yum soup noodles
30 Jul 2018

Red Chef green tom yum soup noodles

While you’ve probably had green curry, have you ever tried green tom yum soup? Malaysian brand Red Chef’s (think of them as the KiKi of Malaysia) twist on a classic Thai dish has fans of instant ramen clamouring for more. Red Chef prides itself on using local and natural ingredients such as green chillies, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves for an authentic and hearty soup base. For extra oomph, add your own choice of seafood and coriander leaves.

Another fiery must-try from Red Chef, these Penang-style noodles were sixth on the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition list on popular instant ramen blog, The Ramen Rater. Simply throw in fresh shrimps, bean sprouts and a hard boiled egg to make it restaurant-worthy. Bonus: It comes with crunchy fried shallots too!

Price: RM12.90 (approx. S$4.40) for 4 packets
Where to buy: Most major supermarkets

Kawan frozen paratha (original)
Kawan frozen paratha (original)
30 Jul 2018

Kawan frozen paratha (original)

For days when you’re too lazy to head out to your favourite prata joint, Kawan will save the day. Not only are these frozen Indian flatbreads affordably priced, the fluffy treats are surprisingly delicious and buttery for frozen fare -- just pan fry them on each side for a minute or two until they turn golden brown. No curry to have them with? Enjoy yours with a sinful sprinkling of sugar crystals! Tip: Bring along an insulated bag to store them.

Price: RM5 (approx. S$1.70) for 5 pieces
Where to buy: Most major supermarkets

Salt & Lemon Candy
Salt & Lemon Candy
30 Jul 2018

Salt & Lemon Candy

Despite sporting Japanese characters on its packaging, this hard candy is actually from Malaysia. Some have said that its salt and lemon flavouring has medicinal properties and will treat mild sore throats, but don’t count on that. Its sour yet savoury flavour is, however, pretty refreshing. You’ll find it available everywhere, from small provision shops to chain supermarkets.

Price: RM6 (approx. S$2) for 150g
Where to buy: Most major supermarkets or snack stores

Hajima Maki Durian + Sesame Siamese Rice Crackers
Hajima Maki Durian + Sesame Siamese Rice Crackers
30 Jul 2018

Hajima Maki Durian + Sesame Siamese Rice Crackers

Depending on whether you’re a fan of durian, this snack may be a real treat or turn off. But for those who love the pungent fruit, these rice crackers are sure to please. Handmade from Thai jasmine rice, topped with crunchy sesame seeds and flavoured with the king of fruits, Hajima’s offering packs a punch with every bite. A fail-safe alternative, however, would be the crowd-pleasing Garlic Butter flavour.

Price: RM3.29 (approx. S$1.10) for 35g
Where to buy: Tesco, multiple locations

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn (Almond Roca)
Pop! Gourmet Popcorn (Almond Roca)
30 Jul 2018

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn (Almond Roca)

No one says no to popcorn, and definitely not when they are handcrafted in Seattle with a decadent mix of butter toffee, almond roca and buttercrunch. And while it isn’t exactly the healthiest thing to munch on, it is free from gluten and artificial ingredients. You won't want to go back to regular popcorn after this. 

Price: RM6.51 (approx S$2.20) for 198g
Where to buy: Jaya Grocer, multiple locations

888 Milk Tea 3-in-1
888 Milk Tea 3-in-1
30 Jul 2018

888 Milk Tea 3-in-1

888's 3-in-1 Milk Tea may just be Malaysia’s best-kept secret for teh tarik lovers. According to the brand, premium tea extracts are used to create this bold and aromatic beverage. It’s often out of stock, so don't hesitate if you’re lucky enough to spot it! Tip: Go easy on the hot water to avoid dilution, each sachet is probably good for half a regular mug.

Price: RM10.50 (approx. S$3.55) for 10 sachets
Where to buy: Most major supermarkets

Fat Sunday Black Sesame Cookies
Fat Sunday Black Sesame Cookies
30 Jul 2018

Fat Sunday Black Sesame Cookies

For something less sinful, try Fat Sunday’s black sesame cookies. And don’t let its “burnt” appearance put you off -- these little balls of goodness by the Kuala Lumpur-based food start-up are seriously addictive. Sweet yet savoury, the cookies contain organic chia seeds and sesame seeds, resulting in a delightful crunch with every bite.  

Price: RM36 (approx. S$12.15) for 550g
Where to buy: Jaya Grocer, multiple locations

Manjun Laverland Crunch Habanero Korean Seaweed
Manjun Laverland Crunch Habanero Korean Seaweed
30 Jul 2018

Manjun Laverland Crunch Habanero Korean Seaweed

Add a fiery kick to your rice, porridge or even noodles with this Korean seaweed snack! We like how it’s baked instead of fried, making it a healthier alternative. And it’s good on its own too -- enjoy the crispy treat with an ice-cold beer during late-night soccer matches or gatherings with friends. 

Price: RM24.51 (approx. S$8.30) for 9 packets
Where to buy: Most major supermarkets

Kow Kow Snacks Spicy Roasted Peanut
Kow Kow Snacks Spicy Roasted Peanut
30 Jul 2018

Kow Kow Snacks Spicy Roasted Peanut

Simple yet oh-so-satisfying, this classic snack from Malaysia is one that appeals across generations. Think quality roasted whole peanuts coated with a layer of fiery spice -- do indulge with caution! Local ingredients used include fragrant chilli padi paste and coconut milk.

Price: RM1.59 (approx. S$0.55) for 50g
Where to buy: Most major supermarkets

Ahmad Tea (Green Tea)
Ahmad Tea (Green Tea)
30 Jul 2018

Ahmad Tea (Green Tea)

Keeping your health in check? Green tea is well known for its numerous benefits, so it will really do you good to pick up this economy-sized pack Ahmad Tea, which isn’t available in Singapore. The UK-based brand’s range of teas are known for their delicate and light flavours, and their pure green tea is no exception.

Tea leaves used are sourced from China's Golden Triangle, between the Jiangxi, Anhui, Zhejiang province, so you can be assured of its quality. Plus, with one hundred tea bags going for RM22 (~S$7.50), what’s not to love? Tip: Do note that these tea bags do not come separately packaged — buy only if you drink copious amounts of the stuff!

Price: RM22 (approx. S$7.50) for 100 teabags
Where to buy: Most major supermarkets

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