Malaysia – situated in South East Asia is one of the countries where diversity plays an important role in its own culture. It is recognised for many great things and one of them is food. Malaysian Food is a unique mix of cultures from all around Asia. The food is mainly inspired by Thai, Chinese, Javanese, Siamese, Indonesian and Indian cuisine. These influences manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from the cooking methods and tools used, to the exotic flavours and spices used in dishes.
Malaysia is a multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual country, leading it to an exciting blend of many traditions from around the region.
Malaysian Food is an ensemble of tastes from different heritage. A single dish will inherit different cooking techniques from several cultures making it unquestionably delicious in taste. Malaysians mix and match various styles and tastes from cuisines all around the world to give it an exotic and savoury taste. Thus, giving a burst of flavours from more than one cuisine at the same time.
Across the country, in cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Malacca, you’ll find authentic Chinese food, Indian food exactly as it’s found in India, and home-cooked Malay specialities.
How does Malaysian food stand out from the others?
In Malay cooking, having the correct ingredients is crucial to the success of each dish because every single flavour is a critical part of the whole. If you can’t get the right ingredients, the dish won’t be as authentic and genuine as it should be. Traditional Malay cuisine exhibits a generous use of spices and coconut milk, but it also adopts seasonings and cooking techniques from China, as well as certain aromatics (such as curry leaves) and flavoured rice dishes from India.
In addition to fresh seafood, chillies, curries, coconut milk and plenty of spices, every Malaysian food is accompanied by rice. During special occasions such as Eid al-Fitr (in Arabic) or Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the rice is prepared by sautéing onion, garlic, ginger, and other spices and then cooked with water to make Nasi Minyak or ghee rice.
It is almost impossible to believe that street food is also as tasty as food from restaurants or home chefs. Right from simple to traditional dishes, you will find the streets covered with hawkers providing you with fresh Malay food. There is a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, from Chinese to Indian to Malay.
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