The cuisine of Malaysia, has European and Asian influences with flavor combinations drawn from Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Chinese recipes. There is, however, a definite Malay undertone in all of its dishes.
The Malaysian diet consists of Halal meats, poultry, fish and most seafood, as well as beef are commonly found in curries and stews. Rice is the staple of so many Asian regions and Malaysia is no exception. Nasi Lemak, a rice dish flavored with coconut milk and pandan leaves is one of the most popular dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Favorite Dishes: Nyonya Chicken Curry & Kangkong Belacan
The Chinese influence in Malaysia formed the origins of the Nyonya cuisine. A rich chicken curry is one of the main dishes of this new cuisine. Made with fennel, coriander, turmeric, shrimp paste among others, the sauce is a wonder to behold – and taste.
Malaysian stir-fried water spinach and shrimp paste sounds simple enough, but this dish offers more bang for your buck than you would expect. Its pungent shrimp paste and heat from the chili form a flavor explosion on your taste buds, leaving you to wonder, how can a vegetable dish taste so feisty!
Where to Find Them: My Nyonya Gallery
Located on Dagu Lu in Jing’an, this restaurant has been open for over a decade and its authentic take of Nyonya cuisine is the main reason for this longevity. Chef and owner Joanna is dedicated to maintaining the quality and home-style Nyonya flavors, and refuses to ‘localize’ the flavor to please the local clientele.
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