10 Reasons Why It’s So Hard for Malaysians to Stay Healthy

malaysians cannot stay healthy

According to The Star, Malaysia is 2014 heavyweight champion of Southeast Asia. No – calm your horses – we didn’t ALL win a free gold plated boxing belt (Mayweather did, or did he?…); we’ve instead been blessed with the title of fattest people in Southeast Asia. Confirm more rewarding.

We here at FunnyMalaysia are very concerned with our fellow countrymen and countrywomen’s health. We picked up on the story and have identified the REAL challenges Malaysians, young and old, are confronted with everyday!

You won’t believe it … The fault is in our Foods! And guess what? We are completely surrounded and outnumbered!

How to resist such divine Malaysian Cuisine ?!… Here are the 10 (tasty) reasons why it’s so hard for Malaysians to stay healthy: –

1. If we go to Malacca, we are forced to eat these delicious Chicken Rice Balls

chicken ball rice malacca

607 Calories

2. If we go to Muar, Johor, we can never leave the place without eating Otak-Otak

muar otak otak

18 calories (but we don’t only eat one piece)

3. If you ever do go to Kelantan, you would try Dodol even if you don’t want to because it’s everywhere there (like literally everywhere)


375 Calories (100g)

Do you know there are 9 types of dodols?

Dodol garut is produced in Garut, a regency of West Java province, Indonesia.
Dodol durian contains durian.
Dodol sirsak contains soursop.
Dodol nangka contains jackfruit.
Dodol apel Malang contains apple and is a specialty of Malang city, East Java.
Dodol susu, from Pangalengan, Bandung, West Java. It contains milk.
Dodol China is an Indonesian Chinese version of sweet nian gao with rich coconut sugar.
Dodol Betawi: of the Betawi people, Jakarta, is similar to Chinese dodol.
Kalu Dodol: ('Black dodol') is a Sri Lankan sweet with kithul (Caryota urens) jaggery.

4. Char Kway Teow and Nasi Kandar is always pilihan muktamad when it comes to Penang

penang char kway teow

744 calories (Char Kway Teow)

nasi kandar

922 Calories (Nasi Kandar Ayam)

5. Go Ipoh, we will stuff our stomach with chicken rice, heong peng kueh and dim sum

ipoh chicken rice

607 calories (Chicken Rice)

Then when we are about to leave Ipoh, we would buy this pomelo fruit just to have good conscience and feel healthy.

6. Kajang is all about satay

satay kajang

24 Calories (each stick) + 77 Calories (peanut gravy)

7. Even if we go as far as Sabah, we will whack as much fresh seafood as we can get

sabah seafood

Let’s just say it’s a LOT of calories

8. Not forgetting to mention that we have tons of pasar malams in Malaysia that serve delicious but unhealthy food

pasar malam klang valley-compressed

BTW, here is a list of pasar malams that we gathered for the folks living in Klang Valley..

Pasar Malams in Klang Valley on Monday

Kuchai Entrepreneur Park
SS2, Petaling Jaya
Komplex Perhentian Kajang
Puchong Perdana
Taman Lensen, Cheras
Kampung Baru Ampang
Sri Kembangan Pasar, Serdang

Pasar Malams in Klang Valley on Tuesday

Seri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
Jalan 6, Bandar Baru Bangi (nearby Shell Station)
SS13, Subang (behind 3K Building)
Sungai Long
Pandan Jaya, Cheras
Taman Pertama, Cheras

Pasar Malams in Klang Valley on Wednesday

Kuchai Entreprenuer Park
Taman Connought
Fasa 4, Bandar Baru Bangi (nearby the flat housing area)
Selayang Jaya

Pasar Malams in Klang Valley on Thursday

Oversea United Garden (OUG)
Taman Tayton View, Cheras
Taman Cheras
Taman Ehsan, Kepong
Sri Rampai, Setapak
Pandan Jaya, Cheras
Taman Cahaya, Ampang

Pasar Malams in Klang Valley on Friday

Sri Endah, Seri Petaling
Taman Desa
Taman Segar, Cheras
Fasa 4 & Kompleks Perhentian Kajang
Precint 2, Putrajaya
Taman Kinrara, Puchong
Pandan Indah, Cheras
Taman Putra, Ampang

Pasar Malams in Klang Valley on Saturday

Happy Garden
Taman Midah, Cheras
Puchong Bt. 14
Taman Maluri Kepong
Taman Melur Ampang

Pasar Malams in Klang Valley on Sunday

Happy Garden
Paramount Garden
Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya
SS13, Subang (behind 3K building)
Taman Maluri, Cheras
Kepong (near the KTM station)
Taman Putra, Ampang

9. On top of that, we have Burger Ramly almost everywhere. And we just can’t get enough of it

malaysians love ramly burger

480 Calories (Chicken Burger)

10. Let’s be honest here, the biggest obstacle for us Malaysians to actually go healthy is (sadly) ourselves!

malaysians eating

When it comes to our culture, it’s eating. Certainly we can’t change that, BUT we can learn to control our wild urges!

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seafood diet confirm

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