Food & Dining, Malaysia

Fall in Love with Multi-ethnic Culture of Malaysia

Malaysia is a country with diverse culture owing to various ethnic groups making this beautiful country their home. Malaysian people are prominently Chinese, Thai or Indonesian. There are also many Indians and Filipinos as well who reside in this country. These inhabitants have blended well into Malaysian culture with inputs from their own countries, creating a multi-ethnic culture for Malaysia that you can only marvel at.

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Malaysia has amazing cuisine that uniquely blends foods and flavors of these countries, to create its own signature cuisine. Likewise in many countries, food forms an important part of the cultural scene in Malaysia, reflecting various influences of its bio-diverse inhabitants. For food lovers there is a wide range to choose from when it comes to satiating their taste buds. Right from traditional to modern, you can find every kind of cuisine while you are in Malaysia.

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Malaysia’s tropical climate makes it possible for fruits and vegetables to be amply available throughout the year along with pork, meat and seafood that are extremely popular. Ginger, garlic, lemongrass, chilies, coconut milk, tamarind and kaffir lime leaves are some common ingredients that you can spot in Malaysian Food that is prepared in its own unique way despite regional influences. Apart from these ingredients, Malaysian food involves different methods of cooking that make it all the more unique. Various other spices like coriander, cumin, fenugreek, star anise, cardamom also add unique flavors to different curries that are made here.

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Some popular dishes of Malaysia that you can never miss are Nasi Lemak, Sambal Belacan, meat stew or rendang and Serunding. Satays or Temasek are special Malaysian barbecues have also gained immense popularity worldwide as one of South East Asia’s signature foods. Dim sums, Char Siew, Bak Kut Teh are a few famous dishes that have made their way to Malaysia from China. Steaming and stir fry are popular cooking methods that have been adopted from China. Cantonese food is also a much loved option by the Malaysians. Similarly Mamak food of Malaysia has its roots in India. Teh Tarik, Murtabak and Rojak are some examples of such food. Curries, banana leaf rice and different breads like parathas and chapattis are also easily available in Malaysia.

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And never forget the Malaysian specialties like Char Kway Teow or the spicy noodle soup ‘Laksa’ while you are here. Malaysian desserts are equally delightful and creative. You can choose from Sago Gula Melaka, Lapis Legit, Kueh Bahulu, sweet coconut rice balls along with other varieties of sweet dishes made from rice flour and coconut. If you wish to soak in the local flavor of this amazing country, then tasting its cuisine is perhaps one of the best ways to do so.

Malaysia is certainly a food lover’s paradise where you can indulge your taste buds endlessly. You can choose to eat in fine restaurants or even street side eateries and yet expect the best. A hearty sumptuous meal is something you can look forward to while you are in this South East Asian cultural haven.  Whether it is Indian, Indonesian, Chinese or Thai, you can expect lip smacking food everywhere in Malaysia where you will be spoilt for choice.