Malaysian cuisine is the original fusion food. Bringing together culinary influences from native Malay, Chinese and Indian cooking, it offers an exquisite melting-pot of flavours.
Rice or ‘nasi’ is the staple diet in most Malay meals and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Popular rice dishes are nasi lemak, nasi goring, and nasi dagang to name a few. These are often accompanied by a selection of side dishes which are usually very spicy and heavily laced with aromatic flavours. Common ingredients are lemongrass, ginger, garlic, kaffir lime leaves, fresh and dried chillies, galangal and pandanus leaves. Rich coconut milk is often used to give a creamy texture and sambal is added to spice up a Malay meal.
Popular Malay cuisine includes satay, rendang and laksa. You can also expect a huge selection of sweet and savoury Malay desserts such as kuih (cakes), bubur (porridge) and ais kacang to complement your dining experience.
To find out more about Malaysian ingredients and recipes, visit www.malaysiakitchen.co.uk