What is Malaysian Cuisine?

What is Malaysian Cuisine?

The rich culture, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking landscapes; yes you guessed it right, I am talking about Malaysia. There is so much variety that Malaysia offers in everything from the culture to the buildings, and while we are on the topic of variety, let’s discuss Malaysian cuisine, shall we?

Malaysian citizens are very lucky when it comes to food. The best thing about Malaysian cuisine is its exposure to so many different cooking styles. From Indian to Chinese, you will see an influence of a lot of cultures on the wonderful Malaysian cuisine.

Malaysia is influenced by Indian cuisine because a lot of Indians migrated in the 19th century from India to Malaysia to get jobs. Now you can see a variety of Indian stalls and restaurants on the streets and it isn’t hard to find Indian food in Malaysia. The same thing goes for Chinese food as well.

So without further ado, here is a list of a few Malaysian foods.

1.     Banana leaf rice

The origin of this dish is South India. South Indians use banana leaves as plates and they serve all sorts of food on it.

The rice is served with vegetables, papadum, and pickles. If you aren’t a vegetarian then you can also get meat, beef, or chicken with your rice. A rice fan should definitely not miss out on trying the banana leaf rice.

2.     Nasi Dagang

This dish too is made up of rice. It is prepared by steaming the rice in coconut milk and adding ingredients like spices, fish, eggs, and vegetable pickles.

In some parts of Malaysia this dish is a popular breakfast offering.  A place known as Kampung Ladang in Terengganu is very well-known for its Nasi Dagang.

3.     Bakuteh (BKT)

The literal meaning of Bakuteh is “meat bone tea”. It is made by simmering fatty pork ribs in a broth of herbs and spices for a long time. Some people are often known to simmer the pork ribs in the broth for days even. Some people also add a variety of different ingredients in this dish like mushrooms, vegetables, and tofu.

4.      Hokkien Mee

This is a Chinese cuisine inspired dish. It is made up of thick noodles along with pork, soy sauce, and cabbage. Aside those main ingredients other things can be added as well. This dish is quite popular in Kuala Lumpur.

There is no specific time of the day where you can eat this dish. In fact, it is eaten almost any time of the day. While going out for a party, after coming back from a huge night, breakfast, dinner, lunch.. heck at every minute of the day, really.

5.     Sang Har noodles

This dish is also a Chinese inspired dish. This dish is made by cooking prawns in a Cantonese style thick eggy broth and when they are cooked you can pair the prawns with noodles. The noodles just blend with the prawns and the combination of those two ingredients is just splendid.

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