• Melissa Kartini

Souvenir Ideas from Malaysia

Updated: Dec 4, 2018

As locals, we can sometimes take the great things we have for granted. So the next time you're off buying souvenirs for your foreign friends (or suggesting some to them), rather than taking the usual route, why not give some unconventional alternatives a try? Goodness knows we all have more than enough keychains, bookmarks and pens collecting dust in our cupboards.

Instant white coffee

When it comes to souvenirs, I think we can unanimously agree that food souvenirs are one of the best souvenirs that you can get someone. Which is why this particular gift is perfect for your recipient-to-be.

Thanks to a special roasting technique, Malaysian white coffee is something that is loved by all for its unique taste (that margarine-y taste at the end!) and aroma. Grab a pack of this to gift to your friends. They'll love you for it.

Instant teh tarik

Ah, Malaysia's iconic milk tea, teh tarik. If we could only haul the authentic ones overseas, we would. Alas, much like the case of white coffee, instant is the way to go for this one.

Thankfully enough, the instant version of teh tarik is pretty damned good, so you needn't fret about its taste when you present a pack of instant teh tarik to your friends.

Batik and songket

If you're looking for gifts that your friends could use, then perhaps you could give batik and songket a try. Malaysian batik are known for their bold, vibrant prints and colours while songket are brocades of silk or cotton with silver or gold threads interwoven into them.

These traditional Malaysian textiles are often fashioned into a variety of items. For instance, clothes, purses, tablecloths and pillowcases. A wonderful choice if the person you're buying gifts for is a woman.

Durian chocolate

Durian has got to be the world's most divisive fruit, and for good reason. Known for its pungent scent that can last for weeks on end, this fruit is often banned from public places such as trains, hotels, and airplanes!

A tragedy for durian lovers who'd love to bring a batch of durians overseas, but not all is lost. A creative alternative is buying durian chocolate, which is something you'd be able to get past customs at the airport.

Curry paste, spices and sauces

Bring back a taste of spicy Malaysian cuisine by buying curry pastes, spices and sauces from the supermarket. To make things even better, many of these are easy to prepare, which means you can enjoy Malaysian cuisine with very little fuss!

Half-boiled egg cooker

Did you know that the half-boiled egg cooker isn't exactly a universal thing? No? Well, now you do.

Which makes a half-boiled egg cooker the perfect unconventional souvenir gift to give to someone who loves half-boiled eggs. All you have to do is pour hot water up to the indicator line, then wait for all the water to drip to the bottom. At the end of it, you'll have the perfect half-boiled eggs. Yummy!

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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