Must Try Malaysian Recipes

Malaysia is where Asia’s greatest cuisines meet and mingle. For your information, the Malaysian cuisine is a combination of Malay, Chinese and Indian food and because of these diversity that make it very unique. If you ever have a chance to visit Malaysia or eat in a Malaysian restaurant anywhere, try some of these dishes.

1. Satay – marinated chicken or beef skewered onto bamboo sticks and grilled over hot charcoal and served with ketupat (rice boiled in coconut leaves) and served with sliced cucumber, wedges onion and peanut sauce for dipping.

2. Beef Rendang – hot, dry spiced dish of coated meat with tangy spices and simmered and cooked in thick coconut milk. This dish is a must in all Malay homes during any festivals. To be eaten with rice or ketupat (rice cooked in coconut leaves).

3. Roti Canai – one of the most popular breakfast dishes in Malaysia. It is Indian origin. This pastry pancake is served with curry for dipping.

4. Fish Head Curry – usually head of red snappers, groupers, cooked in spices, curry powder, chillies and coconut milk.

5. Nasi Beriani – this is Indian style rice cooked with ghee and saffron. Served, layered with spiced cooked chicken, mutton or lamb garnished with almonds and raisins. Can get this dish in any mamak (Indian muslim) restaurant.

6. Tandoori Chicken – mildly spiced spring chicken cooked in traditional Indian clay oven.

7. Kurma – mutton or chicken, mild not hot compared to curry, cooked with mixture of spices. Can be eaten with plain rice or nasi beriani.

8. Chicken Rice – one of the most popular dishes among Malaysians. Whole chicken Roasted or poached. Cut to pieces when cooled. Eaten with rice cooked with chicken Broth. Always eaten with chilli sauce, ginger and lime juice as dipping.

9. Chilli Crab – fresh crabs fried with chilli sauce. Can be eaten on its own or with rice.

10. Indian Fried Mee – Indian fried noodle, which you cannot find in India. Fresh yellow noodles stir fried with tofu, eggs, bean sprout, fresh tomato and tomato sauce. Certain spices are added to give it the unique Indian flavour.

Try them and you will experience the uniqueness of Malalysian cuisine.

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