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10 Authentic Malaysian Recipes to Try at Home

Expand your Asian cooking repertoire with 10 authentic Malaysian recipes to try at home, from hawker-style dishes to slow-cooked Malaysian curries.

Deep-fried belachan chicken wings

Malaysia’s answer to KFC, these crunchy fried chicken wings are marinated in shrimp paste for a savoury flavour hit.

Deep Fried Belachan Chicken Wings Recipe

Assam fish curry

A punchy blend of sour and spicy flavours, Assam fish curry gets its kick from tamarind, lemongrass and chilli.

Assam Fish Curry Recipe

Roti canai and dhal curry

This flaky, buttery bread of Indian origin, roti canai is best enjoyed with a bowl of gently spiced lentil dhal curry.

Roti Canai and Dhal Curry Recipe

Char kway teow

A Malaysian national favourite, char kway teow is found in hawker stalls across the country, teaming wok-tossed rice noodles with plump prawns, egg and sweet sausage.

Wed - Malaysian Char Kway Teow

Malaysian beef rendang

A must-try on any trip to Malaysia, beef rendang is a slow-braised curry of beef and coconut, redolent with spices.

Beef Rendang Recipe

Mee rebus

This street-food favourite combines a curry-spiced gravy with colourful toppings, such as hard-boiled eggs, sliced chillies, fried tofu and crunchy bean sprouts. Mee rebus is perfect for snacking on the run.

Mee Rebus recipe

Nyonya-style chicken curry

Known as kapitan chicken curry, this richly spiced Malay curry is flavoured with coconut milk, cinnamon, star anise and lemongrass.


Chicken satay

Follow the scent of chargrilled meat to find Malaysian chicken satay skewers, cooked over hot coals and served with a peanut dipping sauce.

Chicken Satay – BBQ Satay Stick

Pork belly stewed in bak kut teh

The herb and spice blend, bak kut teh, adds aroma and flavour to this traditional braised pork dish.



Don’t let the name put you off: although ‘otak-otak’ means ‘brains’ in Malay, this steamed dish is actually a tempting blend of fish, herbs and spices.

Otak-Otak Recipe

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