Malaysian cuisine

Malaysian foods, recipes and cuisine. Find out about typical Malay dishes as well as regional specialities in Malaysia. Malay food originates from the Malaysian Peninsula and some of the islands close to Sumatra and Borneo, and is also influenced by neighbouring lands. The variety of cultural influences on Malay food has resulted in a rich and exotic cuisine. It is usual in Malay cooking to use plenty of fresh herbs and spices such as ginger, garlic, lemongrass and chillies, and less well known spices such as daun kemangi (a type of basil), laksa leaf and kunyit basah (turmeric root). In Malay cooking fresh and dried spices are often used to make a rempah, a spice paste that is used as a base for many dishes.

Apam Balik – Malaysian Peanut Pancakes

Apam balik is a type of pancake from Malaysia. Apam Balik is usually sold at specialist roadside stalls throughout Malaysia. This version is for the original recipe which is quite a thick batter. Make your own adjustments to the recipe ingredients, including the fillings as you go.

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Ayam Percik – Grilled Chicken in Coconut Sauce

Typically a dish made from grilled marinated chicken basted with spicy coconut milk gravy. This beautifully seasoned chicken is very popular and sold at roadside food stalls all over the state of Kelantan in Malaysia.

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Bai Qie Ji – White Cut Chicken

White cut chicken is a traditional Cantonese dish eaten at Chinese New Year to symbolise happiness, prosperity, and marriage ; And yet is comfort food in everyday Chinese home cooking.

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Cendol

Cendol is a traditional dessert originating from Southeast Asia which is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (where it is known as mont let saung), Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand.

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Egg Banjo

During World War 2, a popular filling snack with British troops was an “Egg Banjo”, a sandwich of 2 thick slices of bread (buttered or with margarine where possible) enclosing a runny fried egg, accompanied by a mug of “gunfire” (hot, strong, sweetened tea with milk).

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Indian Rojak – Pasembor

In Malaysia, mamak rojak (or Pasembur) contains fried dough fritters, bean curds, boiled potatoes, prawn fritters, hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts, cuttlefish and cucumber mixed with a sweet thick, spicy peanut sauce.

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Laksa Lemak

Laksa lemak is usually made with a fish-based gravy (with vegetarian food stalls omitting fish) and is heavily influenced by Thai laksa (Malay Laksa Thai), perhaps to the point that one could say they are one and the same.

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Nasi Lemak with Dried Anchovies Sambal

Nasi lemak (Jawi: ناسي لمق) is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish.

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Nyonya Hot and Sour Noodles in Fish Soup – Penang Asam Laksa

Assam Laksa is truly an exceptional dish – an intoxicating noodle soup dish with the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, sour, salty, and savoury flavours. This is not a dish for the meek and mild – this is an assertive and robust dish that will jolt your tastebuds and get your blood pumping.

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Peanut Sauce

Peanut sauce, satay sauce, bumbu kacang, sambal kacang, or pecel is a sauce made from ground roasted or fried peanuts, widely used in the cuisines of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Suriname and Africa.

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Peranakan Cuisine

Nonya cooking is the result of blending Chinese ingredients and wok cooking techniques with spices used by the Malay/Indonesian community. The food is tangy, aromatic, spicy and herbal.

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Pork Floss – Rousong

Pork floss is a seasoned, shredded dry pork food with cottony texture. Its usage is very versatile. It can be used as topping for congee or filling for sushi rolls, breads and pastries. It also can be eaten as snack.

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Prawn Crackers

Prawn crackers, also known as prawn chips and shrimp puffs are deep fried crackers made from tapioca flour and prawns that serve as flavouring.

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Sambal Belacan

Belacan sambal is traditionally a condiment but can also be used as a ready-made sauce to stir through seafood or served on the side of fish curries. It can also be eaten with plain rice.

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Sambal Cincalok

Sambal Cincalok is a Malaccan condiment made of fermented small shrimps or krill, used as a dipping sauce for fried or grilled fish, as an ingredient in vegetable dishes and as a marinade for meats.

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Satay Daging – Malay Beef Satay

Satay is indisputably Malaysia’s “King of Street Foods”. It is enjoyed by people from all walks of life, regardless if you is looking for a light appetiser or a complete meal. It is the perfect item to order, especially when you’re out with a group of friends.

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Sayur Lodeh – Vegetable in Coconut Milk Soup

Sayur lodeh is a popular vegetable in coconut milk soup in Indonesian cuisine. Common ingredients are young jackfruit, eggplant, chayote, melinjo, long beans, tofu, tempeh all cooked in coconut milk soups and sometimes enriched with chicken or beef stock.

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Sri Kaya – Coconut Jam

Kaya, also called Srikaya or coconut egg jam, is a coconut jam made from coconut cream and eggs which are flavoured by pandan leaf and sweetened with sugar.

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Sweet Chilli Sauce

Sweet chilli sauce is a popular condiment in Western, Thai and Malaysian cuisine. It is commonly made with chillies and some sweetening ingredient such as fruit or a refined sugar

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