Malaysia Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
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Malaysia Dining - with Wired Destinations
Dining in this multi-ethnic country is a great gastronomic experience. Tourists can find many kinds of excellent restaurants and food vendors almost everywhere in the country. As Malaysia is a melting pot of many different ethnic groups, cuisine here seems to have its own unique variety. Authentic Malay restaurants can easily be found side by side with an array of Chinese, Indian and Thai dining outlets. There are even numerous international fast food chains in major cities and towns.
The traditional Malay cooking style has been influenced by traders from nearby countries in the past, mostly India, Indonesia, China and the Middle East. Food here is commonly described as very spicy and with a number of spices and herbs. Seasoning is very important as it is added to enhance the taste and flavor. Some fresh spices that are used include galangal, chili paste, onions, turmeric and garlic.
Rice is the main dish in a Malay meal. Most rice meals are eaten by simply using fingers, with eating utensils being kept to a minimum. Fish and other seafood are similarly important in Malay cooking. Beef is popular as well; however, never expect to have pork in a traditional Malay dish as it is against religious beliefs.
Indian traders and migrants have played an important role in Malaysian cuisine since the 19th century. Some of them started to set up trade in the food industry of the country. Indian food in Malaysia is divided into two mainstreams, namely the Southern and the Northern cuisine.
Northern Indian cuisine is mostly rich in meat and taste. Some dishes can be made of other ingredients such as yogurt and ghee. Southern Indian cuisine uses coconut milk, mustard and chili. Spices are the core of Indian cooking; however you will never see curry powder in any Indian dish. Some commonly used spices are cumin, chili, fennel, fenugreek, turmeric, clove and cinnamon.
An abundance of Indian restaurants and stalls are located around the country. Local Indian hawkers have also created unique dishes that are not found elsewhere, even in India. One famous example is the “mee goreng” which is a combination of Chinese yellow noodles with tofu, bean sprouts and shrimp. There is a huge variety of Indian dishes that will surely satisfy your palette, so don’t miss out to try some of them.
Cantonese food is the best known Chinese food in Malaysia. The food is usually stir-fried with a little bit of oil to ensure a crisp and fresh meal. One famous Cantonese specialty is Dim Sum, a small basket of little snacks that is usually had for lunch or a weekend brunch. Dim Sum and Cantonese restaurants abound in Malaysia. Another famous Chinese cuisine is the Szechuan food, Shanghai and Peking cuisine. Szechuan cuisine is known as very spicy, with a lot of garlic and chili. Beijing cuisine, famous for the Peking duck, is a bit less intrusive than Szechuan food. It is mostly eaten with a hot steamed bun, noodles or rice. Shanghai cuisine is not widespread throughout Malaysia. Hakka and Hainan cuisine are a lot easier found in food centers around major cities, with the most popular dishes being the Yong Tau Foo (stuffed seafood), Popiah (traditional spring rolls) and Char Kwey Teow (fried noodles).
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