Nasi Lemak : Coconut-flavored Rice Meal – is rice cooked in coconut milk made aromatic with pandan leaves [screwpine leaves]. It is typically served with Sambal Ikan Bilis – fried dried anchovies cooked in a dry sambal sauce, and garnished with cucumber slices, hard boiled egg and roasted peanuts. Traditionally packaged in a banana leaf, it is usually eaten as hearty breakfast fare.
Satay : BBQ Sticks – This famous meat-on-a-stick appears on menus from New York to Amsterdam. The secret of tender, succulent satay is, of course, in the rich, spicy-sweet marinade. The marinated meat; chicken or beef, are skewered onto bamboo sticks and grilled over hot charcoals. Some satay stalls also serve venison and rabbit satay. A fresh salad of cucumbers & onions are served together with a spicy-sweet peanut sauce for dipping. Ketupat, a Malay rice cake similar to Lontong, is also an accompaniment to satay, great for dipping in satay sauce. Dee’lish
Laksa : Noodles in Tangy Fish Soup – Thick rice noodles are served in a tangy fish soup/gravy. Not at all fishy, the soupy gravy is made with mackerel and lots of aromatic herbs. Fresh garnishing of shredded cucumber, lettuce, pineapple, onion and fragrant mint leaves finishes the dish. In general the term Laksa refers to Malay style laksa, sometimes called Malay Laksa. There are slight variations in different parts of the country. The key ingredient is tamarind, used as a souring agent, giving it a tart tangy taste. This version of laksa from the ‘hawker food capital’ – Penang, is especially famous and well known as Penang Laksa or Penang Assam Laksa.
Lemang also tradisional food.
Nasi Biryani : Indian style Rice Dish – Basmati rice is first saute’ed in ghee [clarified butter] and cooked with the world’s most expensive spice, saffron. The dish is assembled by layering the flavorful rice with tender pieces of spiced-cooked lamb, mutton or chicken, with a garnishing of slivered almonds and raisins. This ‘delicacy’ dish is served as a main course on special occasions, such as weddings and celebrations. In Nasi Kandar restaurants [local Indian-Muslim restaurants], nasi biryani refers to the rice only cooked without the meat, and is a choice of rice [instead of plain steamed rice], to eat with your selection of curries and side dishes. Nasi Biryani is also sometimes spelt Nasi Beriani.
Roti Canai : Indian Pastry Pancake – Indian in origin, this popular pastry pancake is an all-time favorite appetizer on menus in Malaysian eateries all around the globe. Roti Canai [pronounced Chan-nai], it’s name originating from the region of Chennai in India, is also known as Roti Prata [also spelt Paratha]. A side of curry is served for dipping the flaky pancake, usually a Malaysian Chicken Curry.
Naan : Whole-wheat Flatbread – soft bread made from whole wheat flour. The dough is rolled out and then slapped on the inside of the tandoor or clay oven, near the top where it cooks very quickly in the fierce heat. It is sometimes sprinkled with chopped garlic; Garlic Naan
Fujian cuisine is a traditional Chinese cuisine. Many diverse seafoods are used, including hundreds of types of fish, shellfish and turtles, provided by the Fujian coastal region . Woodland delicacies such as edible mushrooms and bamboo shoots are also utilized. Slicing techniques are valued in the cuisine and utilized to enhance the flavor, aroma and texture of seafood and other foods. Fujian cuisine is often served in a broth or soup, with cooking techniques including braising, stewing, steaming and boiling.
Yong Tau Foo : Tofu stuffed with Fish Mousse – Tau Foo means tofu or soy bean cakes in Chinese dialect. Deep fried tofu cakes and vegetables – bitter gourd, whole red chilies, zucchini – are stuffed with a fish mousse or pate, then steamed or boiled and served with a dipping sauce.
Bak Kut Teh : Pork Rib Tea – A very popular Hokkien herbal soup [also spelt Bakuteh] which in English is translated as ‘Pork Rib [Pork Bone] Tea’, traditionally served for breakfast as an invigorating tonic to start the day with Ewe Char Koay [Chinese crullers]. Pork ribs are long simmered in a ‘tea’ of Chinese medicinal herbs and whole bulbs of garlic, often with dried shitake mushrooms added for earthiness. A chicken version Chi Kut Teh [also spelt Chikuteh] is also popular. Bak Kut Teh, containing all the essential herbal ingredients usually available only in ethnic Chinese medicinal shops, are very convenient for ‘brewing’ an authentic-tasting, aromatic and nutritious Bak Kut Teh at home!
Fish & Chicken Clay pot : Fish, usually Garoupa is simmered with chicken in a clay pot – a hearty & delicious dish to eat with plain steamed rice and a side of hot sauce or fresh sliced chilies in soy sauce.