The Food of Malaysia

Traditional Malay cuisine is a melting pot of a variety of neighbouring influences, but the overriding feature is spicy, flavourful dishes that incorporate a variety of fresh herbs and seasonings, pounded with dried spices to create concentrated pastes.

The Food of Malaysia

Being in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is known to have a very diverse and rich culture. This most definitely is seen in the diversity in Malaysian cuisine, with not only Malay influences, but also strong Indian and Chinese influences as well. Some popular Malay dishes consist of Nasi Lemak (coconut milk steamed rice), Sambal Belacan (shrimp paste with pounded chillies), and Beef Rendang and Beef Serunding.

Indian influenced Malaysian food is known as Mamak cuisine, with notable dishes including Teh Tarik (tea with milk) and Murtabak and Rojak (mixed fruits and peanut sauce).

Finally, some Cantonese and Chinese dishes that have become prominent in Malaysia are various stir frys, char siew (sweet barbecued pork), bak kut teh (herbal soup), dim sum, and many sweet and sour dishes.

No matter what route you are going for in the variety that Malaysian food offers, you can’t go wrong with any of these dishes.

Pilot’s Malaysian Recipes

Roti Canai

Beef Rendang

Char Kway Teow

Laksa Melaka

Masak Lemak Gulai Kiming (Yellow Fish Curry)

Main image: Getting Ready for the Saturday Night Market, Dennis Sylvester Hurd, Flickr Creative Commons

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