We’ve been blessed with such a diverse culture in Malaysia that it’s no surprise that it has shown in our cuisine. Every ethnicity in this country has their own special dishes but since Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we have listed out the Malaysian-Chinese dishes that we all have grown to love.
1. Hainan Chicken Rice
A classic, the Hainan Chicken Rice is one of the go to meals for lunch. Simple but packed with a punch.
The chicken is roasted/steamed slowly and is left to cool while the rice is cooked with chicken broth. When it is ready to be served, the chicken is cut into slices and the dish is garnished with cucumbers and scallions. It is also served with a spicy sauce that is made from red chillies, garlic, ginger and lime juice.
Watch the video below for the recipe.
2. Hokkien Mee
This dish originated from Kuala Lumpur and is often a go-to for a late night meal.
Although presented in other ways in Penang and Singapore, the hokkien mee’s most common form is stir-fried. The dish consists of egg noodles that are stir-fried with egg, prawns, squid and dark soy sauce. It is then garnished with vegetables, sambal and a wedge of lime.
Here’s a simple Hokkien Mee recipe
3. Yong Tau Foo
Enthusiasts are usually spoilt for choice when eating Yong Tau Foo- from fish cakes to stuffed peppers so most of the time, we end up over-piling our plate.
There are two ways to enjoy this dish. You can either have it with soup or have it steamed or fried with dipping sauce at the side.
Why not make it at home, here’s a recipe for yong tau foo.
4. Wonton Mee
A crowd favourite at the hawker stall, wonton mee isn’t only served with wontons but also roasted chicken.
This dish’s concept may be simple but it is absolutely delicious. Egg noodles and wontons are mixed with sweet soy sauce then topped with chicken and chilli sauce at the side.
Click on the video below to see how to make wonton mee.
The popiah may look simple but it’s not only packed with tons of flavours but also super filling. It originated from the Fujian province in China but has gained popularity not only in Malaysia but its neighbouring countries as well.
It is usually filled with shredded vegetables like turnip and french beans, sliced tofu, shrimp and if you like it spicy, some even has spicy sauce in it.
Here’s a simple recipe on how to make popiah.
6. Dim Sum
Perfect for a Sunday brunch, dim sum isn’t only pleasing to the tummy but also heightens the love in all our relationships as it is often enjoyed with a big group of family and friends.
These bite-sized portions of food are often served steamed in small baskets. But the variety has definitely doubled over time, with the existence of many fried dim sum.
At first you may feel like you won’t get full from eating dim sum, but trust us, the fullness with creep up to you.
Want to try and make it at home? Watch the video below to know how.
Malaysians has been blessed as we are all exposed to different types of food. As we’ve learned to live in harmony, these foods can be found with halal certification so that everyone can enjoy it.