The Ultimate List of Popular Chinese Dishes Written In Chinese, English & Malay

Have you ever experienced this before?

You enter a Chinese Muslim restaurant, flip through the menu, and immediately notice that the menu is written entirely in Chinese! That is pretty common in China and if you go to certain restaurants, the menu may not even come with any pictures so that makes it all the more difficult for you to order something if you can’t read Chinese characters.

Would you experience that in Malaysia?

The good news is probably not since most of the menus in Chinese Muslim restaurants in Malaysia do come with English, Malay, or both languages translations. Bear in mind that the translations could sometimes be slightly off.

What’s the big deal then?

Well, we know how frustrating it could be to enter a restaurant and not knowing what to order simply because we don’t understand the menu. So we thought, why don’t we come up with a comprehensive list of popular and commonly found Chinese dishes in all three languages?

Not only do you get to learn the Chinese, English and Malay names of your favourite Chinese dishes, we hope that by doing this it will make it easier for you to order your food the next time you enter a Chinese Muslim restaurant. Maybe this would entice you to try other dishes too!

Do take note that some of the English translations are based on the commonly used names often found in Chinese restaurants and menus. For the ones that are not available, our translations are based on the closest possible meaning. The same goes for Malay translations too.

This post will be updated and revised regularly, so make sure you bookmark it for ease of access.

Last updated on 20 April 2021.

Noodles

ChineseEnglishMalay
1.羊肉辣皮子拌面Spicy Lamb Meat Fried NoodlesMi Goreng Kambing Masak Cili
2.过油肉拌面Dry Noodles With Sautéed MeatMi Goreng Daging
3.土豆丝拌面Shredded Potatoes Fried NoodlesMi Goreng Masak Dengan Kentang Hiris
4.干煸炒面Stir Fried NoodlesMi Goreng
5.丁丁炒面Ding Ding NoodlesMi Goreng Ding Ding
6.兰州牛肉面Lanzhou Beef Noodle SoupMi Sup Cara Lanzhou
7.炸酱面ZhajiangmianMi Goreng Masak Taucu
8.云吞面Wonton Noodle Mi Wantan
9.油泼扯面Biangbiang NoodlesMi Biangbiang
10.担担面Dan Dan NoodlesMi Dan Dan
11.凉皮Cold Skin NoodlesMi Sejuk
12. 炒粿條Char Kway TeowKewtiau Goreng
13.滑蛋河Flat Rice Noodles in Egg GravyMi Hong Kong, Mi Kungfu, Mi Kantonis
14.板面Hakka Flat Noodle Soup (Pan Mee)Pan Mi
15.福建炒麵Hokkien MeeMi Hokkien

Dishes

ChineseEnglishMalay
1.辣子鸡Sichuan Spicy ChickenAyam Masak Sichuan
2.大盘鸡Big Plate ChickenAyam Pinggan Besar
3.香辣虾Spicy ShrimpUdang Masak Cili
4.蒜香牛肉Beef Cubes In GarlicDaging Lembu Masak Bawang Putih
5.香辣鸡块Spicy Cubed ChickenAyam Masak Cili
6.羊肉炒烤肉Barbecue Fried LambKambing Panggang Goreng
7.土豆烧牛肉Stewed Beef With PotatoesDaging Masak Dengan Kentang
8.过油肉菜Wonton Noodle Mi Wantan
9.牛肉加沙Jia Sha Style BeefDaging Masak Jia Sha
10.红烧丸子Braised MeatballsBebola Daging
11.黑木耳炒肉Black Fungus Fried With MeatCendawan Hitam Goreng Dengan Daging
12.牛肉什锦肉Mixed Vegetables Fried With BeefSayur Campur Goreng Dengan Daging
13.凉拌牛肉Beef SaladSalad Daging
14.香辣鸡瓜Spicy Chicken FeetKaki Ayam Masak Cili
15.木耳山药Sautéed Chinese Yam With Black FungusCendawan Telinga Masak Dengan Keladi Cina
16.家常豆腐Home-Style TofuTauhu
17.酸辣茄子Sour & Spicy Fried EggplantsTerung Goreng Masak Masam Pedas
18.酸辣土豆丝菜Sour & Spicy Fried Potato StripsKentang Goreng Masak Masam Pedas
19.西红柿炒鸡蛋Fried Eggs With TomatoesTelur Goreng Dengan Tomato
20.木耳油白菜Black Fungus Cooked With Chinese CabbageCendawan Telinga Masak Dengan Kubis Cina
21.青椒肚丝Green Capsicum Cooked With TripeLada Benggala Hijau Masak Dengan Babat
22.紫菜蛋花汤Egg and Seaweed SoupSup Telur dan Rumpai Laut
23.麻婆豆腐Mapo TofuMapo Tofu

Dim Sum

ChineseEnglishMalay
1.点心Dim SumDim Sum
2.包子Steamed Buns, BaoKuih Pau
3.馒头Chinese Steamed Buns, MantouRoti Mantou
4.云吞WontonWantan
5.餃子DumplingDumpling
6.鍋貼PotstickersDumpling
7.粽子Sticky Rice DumplingsKuih Chang
8.糯米雞Lotus Leaf WrapLo Mai Gai
9.烧卖ShaomaiShumai
10.肠粉Rice Noodle RollChee Cheong Fun
11.春卷Spring RollsPopia
12.虾饺Shrimp DumplingsDumpling Udang
13.凤爪Chicken FeetKaki Ayam
14.萝卜糕Radish CakeKuih Lobak Putih
15.马拉糕Chinese Steamed CakeKuih Kukus
16.蛋挞Egg TartTart Telur
17.煎䭔Deep Fried Sesame BallsKuih Bom
18.芋角Taro DumplingsDumpling Keladi
19.豆腐花Soybean PuddingTau Fu Fa

Dessert

ChineseEnglishMalay
1.八宝粥Eight Treasure PorridgeBubur Kacang, Buah-Buahan Kering, Bijirin
2.八宝饭Eight Treasure Rice PuddingPuding Pulut, Kacang, Buah-Buahan Kering, Bijirin
3.红豆汤Red Bean SoupBubur Kacang Merah
4.绿豆汤Green Bean SoupBubur Kacang Hijau
5.冰糖雪梨Steamed Pears With Rock SugarPir Kukus
6.杏仁豆腐Almond JellyAgar-Agar Badam

Noticed that we missed some dishes? Let us know in the comments section and we’ll add it to the list, insha’Allah!

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