Top 8 Malaysian Food Trends of 2017

2017 is coming to an immediate close, and while we’re not sure what will be on the table for 2018, it’s dire that we don’t forget about the food that made this year what it was for us Malaysians.

1. Cheese, cheese, and more cheese

From cheese ‘Bak-kut-teh’, cheese beverages, cheese-y chicken stews, to cheese chicken pizzas, it’s pretty obvious Malaysians, defying all Asians-don’t-eat-cheese stereotypes, are avid fans of cheese.

2. Korean Fried Chicken

Although KyoChon has been around Malaysia for some time, our love for Korean fried chicken has only been growing stronger and stronger ever since, seeing as Korean fried chicken joints have been popping all around Malaysia in 2017, but who’s complaining? Korean fried chicken is one of the best fried chickens out there, and absolutely perfect for any occasion.

3. Nasi Lemak Burger

Ahh… the Nasi Lemak burger trend. Malaysia’s love for Nasi Lemak is widely known and appreciated, seeing as it was turned into a dress, a cake and a condom… yikes! But that aside, the Nasi Lemak burger is a trend that deserves to be brought over to 2018, it’s just that awesome.

4. Salted Egg Yolk Chips

Malaysian’s love for salted egg yolk chips hasn’t quite died down yet since the trend begun earlier this year. These crispy, crunchy, addictive chips began when a Singaporean brand started manufacturing them in waves, and when Malaysians caught whiff of it, we fell head over heels in love. Come on, it’s salted egg yolk, what’s not to love?

5. Unicorn-inspired desserts

These desserts are all too beautiful to eat! Look at them, it’d be a shame to destroy such a gorgeous treat, but destroy we shall because they are absolutely delicious too. The unicorn trend is a trend that not only involves dessert – take a stroll around the mall and you’re bound to set your eyes on unicorn-inspired stationaries, house decorations, pillows and just about anything.

6. Poke Bowls

The rise of ‘poke bowls’ only begun earlier this year, when people started finding them around town in places like The Fish Bowl, Serice, and Paperfish. They’re healthy, easy to eat and also very convenient to just grab and go. Poke bowls are also a nice addition to the diets of those who are obsessed with counting calories.

7. ‘The Best Cheesecake in Town’

Best cheesecake in town

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Anybody who’s been to The Tokyo Restaurant in KL knows about their signature cheesecake that is known as the ‘Best cheesecake in town’, since the restaurant opened up earlier this year in February. Since then, waves and waves of people have been heading over to try the cheesecake, and most of them seem to agree with the daring claim.

8. Colourful Instagram-worthy drinks

Ever since Dream Color first opened up in Sunway Giza, and recently IOI City Mall, people have been heading over in waves to get their hands on one of their whimsical drinks that are not only Instagram-worthy, but healthy and delicious. It’s no wonder why people went gaga over it, they’re absolutely gorgeous!

Which food trend do you think will bring Malaysians to their knees in 2018? Tell us all about it in the comments section!