Malaysia: Recipes and Cuisine

Country | Malaysia | Petronas Towers

Malaysian cooking draws from a wide variety of influences including Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai and Nyonya. Rice and noodles are staple starches. Numerous spices, lemongrass, galangal and coconut give a unique flavor to many dishes. Chicken is probably the most popular meat, with beef, goat, fish and seafood also popular.

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Malaysian Recipes

Char Kway Teow

Pastas | Char Kway Teow

(Malaysian Singaporean stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp)

Char kway teow, which means "fried flat noodles," is a popular and cheap dish found in Malaysia and Singapore. Hearty and filling, it started out as a poor laborer's meal. Over time its popularity has spread. Read more »

Curry Laksa

Soups | Curry Laksa

(Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)

Street vendors in the Southeast Asian nations of Malaysia and Singapore can often been seen hawking their own version of a local favorite, curry laksa. This flavorful noodle soup, also called curry mee, is made with a rich, coconut milk-based sauce that is scented with a rempah paste and served with any number of toppings. Read more »

Mie Goreng

Pastas | Mie Goreng

(Indonesian stir-fried noodles with vegetables)

For a quick, nourishing meal, Indonesian mie goreng is a great choice. Also spelled mi or mee goreng, this stir-fried noodle dish is a great way to use up items in the fridge. Use your imagination! Popular in Malaysia too. Read more »


(Malaysian vegetable salad with peanut sauce; see Gado Gado recipe)

Penang Hokkien Mee

Soups | Penang Hokkien Mee

(Malaysian spicy shrimp and pork noodle soup)

Hokkien mee is actually the name for three different noodle dishes found in Southeast Asia. This recipe is for Penang Hokkien mee (槟城福建虾面) as it is enjoyed in Malaysia's modern, urban and diverse Penang state on the country's northwest coast. In Penang, Hokkien mee is a steaming bowl of noodles and rich shrimp broth, studded with sliced pork, shrimp, vegetables and chiles. Read more »

Rendang Daging

Meats | Rendang Daging Image

(Indonesian beef simmered in coconut milk)

Rendang is a "dry" meat curry that originated in the Padang cuisine of west-central Sumatra. It has become popular throughout the Indonesian archipelago, as well as in Malaysia and Singapore. Rendang is an intensely flavorful dish often served on special occasions. The ingredients used to season it vary widely from region to region. Pick and choose as you have available. Read more »

Satay Ayam

Poultry | Satay Ayam

(Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut sauce)

Satay is a great Indonesian street food that has become popular throughout southeast Asia, especially Singapore and Malaysia. Most often made with chicken, beef or lamb, satay is commonly served with sambal kacang, a spicy peanut sauce, and acar ketimun, a simple cucumber pickle. Sometimes spelled sate, sateh or saté. Read more »

Sayur Lodeh

Ingredients | Cabbage, Chinese Image

(Indonesian vegetables in coconut curry)

A variety of vegetables are simmered in a milk coconut milk curry to make this popular Indonesian side dish. Also popular in Malaysia. Read more »