Australia’s love affair with Asian food continues to go from strength to strength, and this season’s hottest culinary trend is shaping up to be Malaysian. With its multicultural mix of flavours and cooking styles, its close proximity to Australia and the rise of Malaysian restaurants and ingredients on our shores, our fascination with all things Malaysian shows no signs of abating.
Here we’ve listed five reasons why we think Malaysian food will be the hottest culinary trend of the year.
Long before ‘fusion’ became a dining fad, the land of Malaysia is a multicultural melting-pot. The people of Malaysia were mixing things up in the kitchen, combining the traditional Malay food with Chinese influences and Indian specialties. Over past few hundred years, they’ve even created two unique cuisines: the blend of Malay and Indian dishes known as Mamak, and the Chinese-Malay inspired Peranakan fare. Today, Malaysia celebrates all of these cultures and cuisines with a colourful, multifaceted food scene and a tolerant, unified society that’s the envy of other nations.
Malaysians love to eat, which explains why they may enjoy up to five or six meals a day. To accommodate all of this feasting, street food stalls and hawker markets are popular across the country. But this is no sausage roll from the 7 Eleven style snacking… we’re talking about serious eats, available at any time of day. Sit down to a breakfast bowl of curry mee, enjoy a lunchtime serve of sambal prawns, have a mid-afternoon snack of satay skewers, dine on beef rendang for dinner, then finish with a supper of kapitan chicken curry – and that’s before you’ve even thrown in the sweets! Find five must-try Malaysian street Foods here.
From the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur to the historic streets of Ipoh and the fabulous culinary scene of Penang, Malaysia is a must-visit for lovers of food and culture. Throw in the idyllic beaches of Malaysia’s stunning islands and the jungle thrills of Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia, and it’s easy to see why Malaysia should be on every savvy traveller’s bucket list.
From Hawker Hall and Little Peddler in Melbourne, to Lazy Suzie and Mamak in Sydney, Malaysian restaurants have been among the hottest openings in Australia of late. We can’t get enough of the bold flavours, exotic spices and intriguing ingredients that pepper our favourite Malaysian dishes, such as laksa, char kway teow and roti canai.
Not only do we enjoy Malaysian food when dining out, we’re also keen to try making it ourselves. A new raft of quality Malaysian ingredients and sauces have arrived on our shores, so it’s never been easier to make authentic Malaysian dishes at home.
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