Food from Malaysia: Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak from Malaysia

Nasi Lemak, the national dish of Malaysia! Popular in Brunei, Thailand and Singapore, it’s Malaysia that lays full claim to Nasi lemak. And, perhaps there’s a reason for that. If cooked well, Nasi Lemak is downright great. What is nasi lemak made from? Nasi lemak means “fatty rice”. It get’s this name as the rice …

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Food from Malaysia: Gulab Jamun (milk balls in sweet syrup)

Gulab jamun from Malaysia

Ever so sweet Gulab Jamun! There is sweet, and then there is gulab jamun. Few sweet treats can match the tooth shockingly good sweeter than sweet syrup soaked milk balls known as gulab jamun. Where does gulab jamun come from? Originating in the middle east gulab jamun quickly became immensely popular in the indian subcontinent is the …

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Food from Malaysia: Char Siu (barbecue honey pork)

Sweet Char Siu Barbecue pork from Malaysia

Char Siu, or Char Siew in Malaysia, is barbecue honey pork I don’t really have a taste for sweet meat. However, char siu, if made well, can really hit a good spot. Originally from China, char siu has many names including char siew, chasao, char siew rice, and chasao. I find in West Malaysia it’s more commonly …

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Food from Malaysia: Roti Canai

Roti Canai from Malaysia

Roti Canai, one of the best travelers breakfasts ever … I like big filling breakfasts. The type of food that will keep me going throughout a long morning, or even into the afternoon. In South East Asia this has been a big problem for me as breakfasts are usually quite light. And, the bread in South East Asia is …

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Food from Malaysia: The best Tandoori Chicken in the world?

The best Tandoori chicken in Malaysia

Tandoori Chicken was never my favorite dish, until I had it in Penang, Malaysia Tandoori Chicken always tasted a little bland, sometimes sweet, and often times burnt, to me. I’ve had it in various parts of the world, including India / Pakistan. I keep going back to ordering it as every now and then though. For every …

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Food from Malaysia: Claypot noodles (without the claypot)

Claypot noodles from Malaysia

What is claypot noodle soup from West Malaysia? Traditionally clay pots were soaked in water, food placed inside them and then heated to cook the food. The process uses no fat, and due to the steaming process the food retains a lot of its nutrients. This technique dates back to Roman times, and is still used throughout …

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Food from Malaysia: Banana Leaf Rice

Banana Leaf rice from Malaysia

Banana Leaf Rice from Western Malaysia I think this must come in as my number two favorite meal in Peninsular Malaysia. And, I have to say, like many things in this part of Malaysia, it’s a hit in miss affair to get a version of Banana Leaf Rice that tastes “great” every-time. I have found such a place. It’s …

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