Category - Malaysian
For a traditional Malaysian meal, rice is viewed the centrepiece of a meal. All other dishes are viewed as an relish or side dish for the rice. Malaysian cuisine bears many similarities to Indonesian cuisine, especially from the regional traditions from Sumatra. Many dishes revolve around a rempah, which is usually sautéed in oil (tumis) to draw out flavours to form the base of a dish. A dipping relish called sambal is an essential recipe for most Malay dishes.
Malaysian cuisine has been greatly influenced by its neighbours especially China, India, Thailand and many other cultures. The benefit being the influences have formed a distinct cuisine. Some regional Malay dishes, such as arisa and kacang pool, are examples of Arabic influence. Nasi Lemak is a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It is commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish.