Sunday, November 16, 2008

Variety is the spice in Malay Foods

Before I came here to U.S., I was living in Malaysia with my Aunt and her family. Her husband is a British National and is an Expat. These people likes foods and eating out; and while there I get to taste different culinary. I came to like Malay Foods for they are spicy and yet very delicious. These are the foods I miss most which I couln't find anywhere here.

The traditional culinary style has been greatly influenced by the long-ago traders from neighboring countries, such as Indonesia, India, the Middle East, and China.Malay food is often described as spicy and flavorful as it utilizes a melting pot of spices and herbs.

Nasi Lemak - a rice cooked with coconut milk and served with anchovies, nuts, cucumbers, a chili paste known as sambal and a choice of curries.

Kangkung belacan' is kangkung wok-fried in a pungent sauce of shrimp paste (belacan) and hot chilli peppers. Various other items are cooked this way, including petai (which is quite bitter when eaten raw; some older generation Malays still eat it as is) and yardlong beans.

Ketupat and rendang is the most delicious cuisine which is served normally on Hari Raya festival.

Rice is the staple diet in any Malay meal. It is often served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supper too. Most meals are eaten by using your fingers, and eating utensils are kept to a minimum. All dishes are served at the same time, accompanied by a refreshing drink. Fish is popular in Malay cooking, as with other seafood such as shrimps and cuttlefish. Beef and mutton are very popular choices but never pork as it is against their religious beliefs to eat pork. The other popular white meat is chicken.


  1. naku miss ko tuloy ung adobong kangkong natin!!!

  2. sarap nyan.. miss ko dinadobong kangkong hehehe..

    ate am following this blog too

  3. Maus, Danah, and Rose, yup, ako rin eh na miss ko rin ang adobong kangkong :-), try making the dishes yourself and you'll enjoy it.

  4. favorite ko din yang adobong kangkong... yummy. seems like the Malay diet is very close to Filipino

  5. you are righ, pretty close, PCHI. the only thing i don't like about them is that they use their hands when eating even on public places, unlike us, we keep it private when we want to use our hands eating :-)



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