Kitchen Tips

Kitchen Essentials – Malaysian Must Have

Malaysian cuisine is flavourful, spicy and alluring. The ingredients used are a mix of indigenous spices and delicate flavours from the nearby South Asian countries. Even more interesting are the kitchen essentials used by them to cook a meal.

Every kitchen has its share of essentials without which the cook is bound to feel lost. When inside a Malaysian household kitchen, here are the tools which you will spot.

A chopping board


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A chopping board is a must in every kitchen. But the specialty of the boards used by Malaysians is its sturdiness. As they love to cook meat with the bones on, the cutting boards have to be solid and sturdy.

The boards are generally made using thick slabs of wood. However, heavy-duty plastic ones are now being used extensively in order to save trees. Boards made of bamboo are popular as well.

Mortar and Pestle

Mortar and Pestle - kitchen utensils for malaysians

This traditional equipment is still used in every Malaysian household. Spices and herbs are milled using mortar and pestle instead of blenders.

Mortar and pestle are traditionally made of stone or wood and are believed to enhance the flavours of the spices. However in present times one can also find ceramic and glass ones which are brittle, and cannot be used for heavy grinding. Plastic mortar and pestles are also available.


Bamboo Steamer - malaysian kitchen utensils

Steaming is one of the healthiest way of cooking food. It not only uses zero oil but also helps save fuel. Learn how to cook with bamboo steamers.

Malaysians love to steam food in classic bamboo streamers which allows them to stack up layers of food at one go. This method of cooking also saves a lot of time.

The steamers are placed in a wok with boiling water and mostly used to make Dimsums and Momos.


Seasoning and Caring For Your Wok - kitchen utensils

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Every South Asian kitchen is incomplete without a wok, same goes with Malaysian kitchens. Be it for boiling, steaming, braise, fry or deep frying food, a wok is used to do it all.

It is a round bottom pan made of iron or aluminium and is used to make fried rice, noodles and stir-fries. It comes in different sizes and needs to be cured before use. Here’s how you season and care for your wok.


Chinese Clever - must have kitchen utensils for malaysians
Chinese Clever or Chopper

A cleaver is a large knife which resembles a rectangular-bladed hatchet. It is largely used as a kitchen knife to chop, slice, dice etc., and has a multi-purpose use. and is used for almost everything in the Malaysian kitchen. It is mostly intended for hacking through bone. The knife’s broad side can also be used for crushing in food preparation. It is also used to open a coconut.

These Malaysian must have kitchen essentials are what keep the kitchens in Malaysia up and running.

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