This September, discover the rich and delicious taste of Malay cuisine that is as diverse as it is tasty! Savour this rich cuisine that encompasses a wide variety of vegetables, meats, spices and other ingredients that are filled with wonderful flavours. Here are six of some of our favourite dishes that you can try at home this Hari Raya Haji!
The fragrant Nasi Lemak is a favourite amongst many and often eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner! There is nothing quite as satisfying as a scrumptious plate of Nasi Lemak – the aromatic rice can even be eaten alone with sambal! Try Chef’s Eric version with homemade Ikan Bilis Cincalok and you’ll be grabbing for seconds!
Also known as Mi Kuah, Mee Rebus is a noodle dish that consists of yellow egg noodles cooked in a spicy, slightly sweet curry-like gravy. Perfecting the sauce can be a challenge, so here is the secret! Chili paste and spice paste are fried till fragrant then combined with dried shrimps and peanuts. Ingredients for gravy are then mixed together and brought to boil. The noodles are blanched and covered in spoonfuls of sauce. You can adjust the spiciness according to your liking!
3. Ayam Rendang
Ayam Rendang is a popular Malay dish – a chicken stew with different spices and coconut milk that is full of flavour! Cook it low and slow for the spices to blend and for the chicken to become tender. Serve it with coconut rice or white rice – the gravy alone is enough to leave you wanting seconds!
Love spicy and sour food? This Assam Fish Curry is definitely a dish you have to try! It has plenty of flavour profiles – addictively spicy, sour, sweet and savoury. It’s also loaded with vegetables (think eggplants and tomatoes) and is so satisfying with rice! Unlike your usual curries, this Assam Fish Curry does not call for the use of coconut milk – so you don’t have to feel guilty about having an extra portion!
The perfect dessert to end heavy meal, this Pandan Custard Agar Agar is light, refreshing and can be kept in the fridge for days. The pandan paste adds a lovely fragrance and a hue of green to the agar agar! Agar is a gelatinous substance that produces a firmer texture than gelatine and sets relatively quickly at room temperature. Try this recipe by Chef Julie Yee for an agar agar that is delightfully smooth with a hint of pandan and coconut!
Throwing a party? These easy-to-make hot Buffalo wings are crispy and flavourful – always yummy to snack on! Serve it with Blue Cheese Sauce for a mouth-watering appetizer. They only take half an hour to prepare and make for a great appetizer for any get-together!
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