Malaysian cuisine is a direct reflection of the diverse ethnicities that have been part of the country’s history. The population in Malaysia is largely comprised of three main ethnic backgrounds – Malays, Chinese, and Indians – and hence the food is heavily influenced by their culture. Let’s have a closer look into understanding Malay cuisine.
In a traditional Malay meal, rice is the main staple. Everything else serves as an accompaniment and side. The sambal is a quintessential accompaniment to every Malay meal.
The sweets and desserts are varied but they have one common ingredient – plenty of coconut milk. This is true of the cuisine in most Asian cultures.
Getting vegetarian food in Malaysia is not too difficult because a significant portion of the population practices vegetarianism. However, finding a 100% vegetarian meal can be a challenge at some places as shrimp paste – or other seafood-based paste – inadvertently make their way into most recipes. However, upon request, most restaurants might present you with an all-vegetarian dish based on their menu.
A multicultural country in every sense, Malaysia has, over the years, adapted cuisines from across cultures, tweaked it and made it its own. Consistencies, key ingredients and spice levels have been adjusted to suit the Malaysians’ taste, and this has resulted in diverse recipes and flavours.
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