Rich, authentic, displaying proudly local ingredients and flavours – Malaysian cuisine has so much to offer! With its diversity and fine balance, Malay cuisine has fans across the world.
Luckily, you don’t need to visit Malaysia right now in order to get a taste of its distinctive flavours. The world is changing rapidly and you know already that international travel is risky now. The good news is that you can still enjoy a part of the authentic experience by opting for properly prepared regional foods by a trusted Halal-certified Singapore catering company.
The Taste of Malaysia
Anyone who has ever been to Malaysia knows the diverse and powerful experience that local flavours can ensure.
If one word was to be chosen to describe Malaysian cuisine, that word would be diversity. Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian influences have all worked together to define the distinctive character of Malay food.
Since Malaysian cuisine is highly complex and diverse, everyone will find at least one dish to appeal to their preferences. Chili peppers, belacan or shrimp paste, coconuts, soy sauce, lemongrass and a wide array of herbs all work together to create a symphony of distinctive but harmonious flavours.
Tofu, seafood and tamarind also have their special place in meal preparation. Rice, the most important staple food in Malaysia, also reflects of the gastronomical diversity and heritage of the region. It can be served as a plain, steamed side dish, it can be compressed, or enrichened with a thick gravy. And needless to say, white rice isn’t the only choice. Locally-grown varieties provide an interesting alternative as far as both texture and flavour are concerned.
Noodles, delicious vegetables grown locally and various kinds of fruits are also incorporated in traditional dishes. Whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian, a lover of seafood or more classic dishes, you’ll discover at least one Malay recipe to fall in love with for life.
Top Malay Dishes to Try
There are dozens of Malaysian dishes to try but if you’ve never experienced this cuisine before, you may want to test out some of the staples before moving on to more obscure dishes.
And when it comes to staples, does Malaysia have a lot to offer!
Nasi lemak is one of the essentials, often considered the number one national dish.
The most fun aspect of this meal is that it comes with many variations. In the most traditional sense, nasi lemak is white rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. In the most basic version you can find across markets, you’ll get a pocket of rice topped with sambal – a yummy chili sauce. In some places, the rice will be offered with a variety of sauces and toppings, giving you a much more complex dish.
Curry and assam laksa are also worth giving a try to. The second variety consists of noodles in a flavourful broth while the first one gives away its secrets right off the bat – you’ll get noodles in a thick and creamy curry. Once again, both recipes come with tons of regional variations. Sometimes, seafood will be added to the broth, sometimes you’ll enjoy a combination of herbs and spices that will bring on a delicious explosion of flavour in your mouth.
Nasi kerabu is another prominent Malaysian rice dish. Beef rendang gives you tender meat in a spicy sauce. The dish gained international popularity after world renowned chef Gordon Ramsey visited Malaysia to get his hands on an authentic local recipe.
Banana leaf rice, bak kut teh (pork rib stew), fish head curry, sang har noodles, satay (barbecued meat similar in style to the Turkish shish kebab) and tanjung tualang prawns paint an even more complete picture of what Malaysian food is all about.
If you are in Singapore right now and there’s no opportunity for you to travel and experience the taste of Malaysia, you can still get a ton of enjoyment locally.
Authentic Flavours Right at Your Doorstep
Eatz Catering is working extra hard at this challenging moment to give clients enjoyment, quality and safety all wrapped in one.
Anyone who enjoys the authentic taste of Malaysia will enjoy the chance to lose themselves in the culinary authenticity by opting for one of the regional Eatz Catering menus.
We make authentic nasi lemak and since it’s such a popular Malay staple, we have developed an entire range of Nasi Lemak Menus. These can be ordered conveniently through our website – just select the menu you’re most interested in and specify the dishes you’d like to get. Once you finalise the order, it will be delivered right to your doorstep.
Our Peranakan Buffet is another delicious choice you can make if you are a fan of Malaysian cuisine. Once again, the selection features culinary staples like nonya chicken curry, curry assam, sambal belachan fried rice, sweet and sour fish with sesame seeds and others.
We always pay homage to authentic flavours by picking the right ingredients and sticking to traditional recipes. It’s our promise to you that you’ll get to immerse yourself in the authentic feel of Malaysia by ordering our food and not even leaving your home.
Check out our range of balanced, internationally-influenced menus to learn more about the Eatz Catering food preparation philosophy and to pinpoint your favourite. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a particular question or would like to inquire about the prospects of customising your order.