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Malay cuisine is known for its vibrant and diverse flavors, eclectic influences and rich history. Generally, Malay cuisine refers to food from Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Mindanao and Southern Thailand. It is within these areas that food enthusiasts will find some of the most interesting and complex flavors in the world. Malaysia specifically is comprised of 13 states, and is home to predominantly Malays, Chinese and Indians, but the population is a wonderful hub of cultures and ethnic groups, making the gastronomy here an exciting blend of spices, flavors and cooking techniques. Historically, Malaysia was part of an incredibly successful spice trade, most records of which date back to the 15th century.(theculturetrip.com)
Tom Yam Soup, Malay Sizzling Beef, Roti Prata, Coconut Rice, Indian Nasi Goreng
If you love Thai food, Indian food and Chinese food then you will love Malaysian cuisine!
This can be a spicy food eaters heaven with the delicious exotic masterpieces of flavor so be prepared.
Don’t get me wrong you can ask for mild spicy dishes, but to me when you do that, you lose about 10-15% of the flavor.
Enough with the foreplay..
Let’s dive in and talk about it..
So the weekend has arrived and it’s Saturday and a little chilly out so I am looking for a warm soup that packs tons of flavor that will get my temperature rising in my mouth and my body.
What better soup than a Tom Yam soup from Banana Leaf!
The soup is described as a hot & sour soup with seafood, mushrooms, lime juice & lemon grass.
We chose chicken rather than seafood since my wife is allergic to it and dove right in.
The aroma in itself will open your sinuses and bring you as much delight as smelling cookies in an open house.
I begin my slurp from my spoon and it brings instant warmth to my body with flavors of Malaysian spices and tender chicken slowly moving down my throat.
Next arrives is the Roti Prata which is multi-layered home made Indian bread dipped in curry sauce.
The bread is thin and light; with the curry being filled with so much thrill in taste that you want to drink it by itself.
Each dip into the curry sauce is a surge of electricity in taste and perfection!
Next up is the main dish Malay Sizzling Beef with Coconut rice on the side.
Just looking at this sizzling scrumptious delight makes my legs quiver..
I take the spoon in my hand and begin to offload these sizzling treats onto my plate as the smoke rises in a harmonious fashion.
I can’t hold back so I dive right in..
Oh my goodness! This is sooooo good!
The beef is super tender and can melt in your mouth by itself, the sauce is just out of this world which is black pepper sauce, anaheim chili, red bell pepper & sweet onion. Yum!
To cool it down I take a bite of the coconut rice..
Massive flavor from the coconut flavor and rich texture of the rice attack my palate!
Then I combine the beef and the rice for the complete explosion of rich exotic flavors in my mouth..
Bite after bite.. Moan after moan..
If you have never tried Malaysian food then I suggest you find the nearest location near you and have at it. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run! Keep hope alive!
Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!
Trevis Dampier Sr.
Melissa Pearce (2015) Malay Cuisine: Blending Spice And Culture Retrieved from http://www.theculturetrip.com/asia/malaysia/articles/malay-cuisine-blending-spice-and-culture/