Malaysian staple traditional food

Guest post by Angelina

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural cultural country with Malay, Chinese and Indian contribute as major group. Hence, Malaysian dishes are derived from regional and multiple cultural influences. However, rice and noodles tend to be staple food among the different groups. Apart of rice, there are also some popular traditional foods that you must taste when at Malaysia.

Malay food
Kuih-muih, is a famous night market (pasar-malam) food that are consist of cakes, pastries and sweetmeats. It is normally sold at street stall and hawker as snack throughout the day. It is an important traditional feature shared by Malay and Peranakan (Nyonya) communities. Examples of famous kuih are Onde onde, kuih talam, pulut inti, otak-otak, and dodol. Onde onde is small round balls made of glutinious rice filled with sugar (normally brown or palm sugar) and rolled in fresh grated coconut.

onde onde

Indian food
In Malaysia, Indian food such as Chapatti, Naan and Maggie Goreng Mamak are commonly found in Mamak stall. Chapatti, bread originated from Punjab can be considered as the best seller Indian food. It is made of flour dough, water, oil and salt. The dough is flattening into disc shape and heating over a very hot frying pan for few minutes. It is best to serve with vegetable curry, chicken curry (gulai), sweetened milk or sugar.

Chinese Food
Malaysian Chinese traditional foods consist of Bak Kut Teh, Char Hor Fun, Sin Chew Fried Meehoon, Oyster Omelet and others. Sin Chew Fried Meehon is a rice noodles/vermicelli dishes stir fried with various ingredients such as chicken, fish cake, bean sprout, carrot, tofu and other vegetables. Rice noodles used are also known as rice vermicelli in United State, Mifen in Chinese community, and Meehon in Singapore and Malaysia. This Sin Chew Fried Meehon is popular in different area in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor and Perak state.

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sin chew fried noodles - Chinese food

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