Malaysian Recipes

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Malaysian Barbecue Chicken Wings

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This is a Malaysian barbecue recipe that I came up with myself. It is very delicious, especially with chicken wings.

Simple Malaysian Fried Chicken

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This is my mother's special, yet simple, recipe that is loved by my family. Chicken marinated in garlic, oyster sauce and curry powder, then fried.

Sherry Chicken Curry

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Outside of an Oriental restaurant, this is one of the best!

Malaysian Beef Rendang

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This dish has a unique flavor, and by varying the amounts of sugar and chilies a whole range of effects can be produced. Serve over rice.

Satay Sauce

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This is a basic Malaysian/Thai Satay Sauce - Its wonderful!

Pumpkin Kaya

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A tweak of the traditional Malay jam, this jam is instead made of pumpkin. Healthy and smells as good as it tastes. It's well worth your time. It's best eaten fresh as a spread on bread.

Malaysian Nasi Lemak

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Delicious Malaysian coconut rice, served with anchovy hot chile sauce, fried anchovies, fried peanut, sliced cucumber or tomato and hard-boiled egg. If you do not have tamarind juice, substitute with same amount of lemon juice.

Durian Puree Cheesecake

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Durian (aka King of Fruits) is one of my favorite fruits and can be bought at most Asian supermarkets. This exotic fruit is very aromatic and one must have an acquired taste for it, but it adds a nice touch to cheesecake. I incorporated durian into my usual cheesecake recipe and it came out delicious!

Spicy Tomato Chicken (Ayam Masak Merah)

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This is a Malay/Indonesian dish which is spicy and sweet at the same time. Recipe was passed down to me by my mother-in-law, and although it doesn't quite taste the same as the way she makes it, my husband loves it!

Malaysian Mango Chicken Curry

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This Malaysian inspired mango dish always has people wanting more.

Penang Pork Satay

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I'm not exactly sure how much pork satay they eat in Penang, but I'm confident that your average pork-loving Malaysian would enjoy this explosive combination of flavors. Use a fairly large chunk of pork, because it doesn't take long to develop that beautifully brown, crusty exterior on the grill. Or in a broiler turned to high. Or in the oven at 500 degrees! Serve over rice with peanut sauce and cucumber salad.

Mutton Varuval (Malaysian Indian-Style Goat Curry)

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This recipe is the star dish every Diwali at my Indian relative's home in Malaysia. I had to beg my husband's aunt to give up her secret recipe so we could make it for our wedding. Serve over rice or with Indian breads such as naan or chapati.

Inspiration and Ideas

Devil Curry

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This is a relatively hot curry which is usually served during Christmas and other special occasions by the Cristao (pronounced Cristang) community in Malacca, Malaysia. They are descendants of the Portuguese invaders who married locals during their reign in Malaysia. This recipe uses candlenuts and galangal; candlenuts are hard tropical nuts used in Southeast Asian cooking and available in Indian or Asian markets. Galangal is a rhizome similar to ginger with a hot, ginger-peppery flavor, used primarily as a seasoning. It is also available in Asian markets.

Chicken Curry III

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Chicken curry with ginger, garlic, coconut milk, yogurt and potatoes. Malaysian in taste, deep brown in color, and since it simmers with the potatoes it makes for a complete dish! Serve with hot cooked rice and other veggies, if desired.

Mee Goreng

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'Mee' is noodles and 'goreng' means fry in Malay (Berhasa). This is a favourite dish of southeast Asians. The amount of tomato and chilli sauce can be adjusted to your taste. Bean sprouts, snowpeas, and even shrimp are also great in this dish.