Malay Recipes

Food from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Mindanao (Philippines) and Southern Thailand.

How to cook: Spicy mung bean sprouts and tofu

A variation of the chili eggplants. The same spice paste is used but this dish has more crisp to it. The fried tofu cubes add body and volume to the dish; the mung bean sprouts add a lightness and sweetness that is as refreshing as a sunny tropical day.

For best results, do not overcook the mung bean sprouts. They are best eaten while still lightly crisp. »

How to cook: Sambal kangkong with shrimp paste

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Having just recently discovered the myriad of kangkong recipes in various Asian cuisines, my kangkong world has expanded by leaps and bounds. How was I to know that by simply changing the spelling of kangkong into kangkung or by splitting kang kong … »

How to cook: Chili eggplants

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On Asian Food Channel, there is a Malaysian cooking show that I can watch with the audio off. Yep, the talkies are in Malaysian but there are subtitles. I love that show although I can't even remember its name. The cook is a middle-aged woman who … »

How to cook: Steamed sticky rice and pork wrapped in banana leaves

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The Chinese zongzi -- sticky rice wrapped in leaves then steamed -- has many variations all over Asia. Some are savory while others are sweet. Although bamboo leaves are traditionally used for zongzi, elsewhere in Asia, other leaves like lotus and … »

How to cook: Nasi ayam panggang (roast chicken rice)

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If you're a fan of Hainanese chicken rice, you'll like this roast version of the rice and chicken combo. The Malaysian roast chicken rice is a dish that consists of marinated and roasted chicken served with rice cooked in broth with herbs and spices. … »

How to cook: Balinese Beef Strips (Daging Masak Bali)

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It's simple to prepare and the ingredients are inexpensive (stewing meat is a lot cheaper than loins and rounds). But when you taste the dish, you wouldn't think it's simple and cheap. The flavors are complex and deep (hot, spicy, a bit sweet and a … »

How to cook: Mi Goreng (fried noodles)

Mi Goreng (fried noodles)

A dish descended from the Chinese chow mein. It's mi goreng or mie goreng in Indonesia; mee goreng or mi goreng in Malaysia. It is ubiquitous in both countries, and in Singapore too, where it is often sold as hawker food. Whatever the spelling, it … »

How to cook: Rice, biryani style

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If I had saffron water to drizzle over the rice after cooking, and if I had used cashew nuts instead of peanuts, this would be a more authentic biryani. Well, whatever "authentic" means considering that biryani is found in the cuisines of more than a … »