Chinese merchants and traders have long ago been linked to the Malayan Peninsula in the South China Sea.
The natural port of Malacca was a strategic trading post and a vital link to other traders from far across the globe. In order to establish trade and diplomatic ties, the rulling Chinese Emperor ordered a royal entourage to escort Princess Hang Li Po to marry the Sultan of Malacca. This historic juncture marked the first Chinese settlers in the port town of Malacca on the Malayan Peninsula.
The Chinese brought with them not only their skills, culture ,languages and customs but also the various provincial styles of Chinese cuisines.
Chinese Cuisine in Malaysia is mainly Cantonese, Hokkien, Hainanese, Teochew and Hakka Styles of cooking. Chinese cuisine is generally milder compared to Malay or Indian fare. But thanks to the influence from this multi ethnic country, Chinese cuisine in Malaysia, has taken on a spicer touch, often reinventing classic Chinese dishes. Many Chinese dishes are unique in Malaysia and not found in China.
In Malaysia, there are countless Chinese restaurants, hawker stalls and Chinese coffee shops which all offering a bewildering array of food.