While it’s still far from being August, we thought we’d start early in celebrating being Malaysian, by exploring the various food in our community that is enjoy by all races.
This article will be part of a series of many.
Starting off in the line-up, it’s our local favorite – Nasi Lemak, hailed as a national dish with no restriction on when it’s suitable to be consumed as any time of the day is good for it!
The name can be translated as rice fat, which doesn’t make sense as it is because it isn’t mean to be directly translated. LOL. Anyway, short way to put it – it is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and “pandan” leaf.
In the picture below – Nasi Lemak with fried chicken, of course this one is quite like the premium side of the nasi lemak variants. A cheap one could cost less than RM 2 (in some places, less than RM 1) and comes with a similar mix of content but at a far smaller scale, usually without chicken.
Up next – a common beverage among Malaysians – Milo, aka chocolate milk here in Malaysia. You could order it iced or hot.
The picture below is the Coco Dinosaur (I think it was previously known as Milo Dinosaur), which is an exaggerated form of the drink. You could order “Milo Ais Kau” (Milo Iced Thick) at Mamak stalls but it’s very unlikely they’ll give you 2cm thick powder on the top of the drink like this. 😛
I’ll leave this wiki to explain the origins of Milo and all but regardless of its origins, it’s a Malaysian favorite.
Lastly – Cendol. It’s a local desert, a mixture of coconut milk, jelly like noodles made from rice flour with green food coloring (usually derived from the pandan leaf), shaved ice and palm sugar. Other ingredients such as red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly, creamed corn, might also be included. Again, I’ll leave the Wiki to detail it for you.
That’s all for now.
For Malaysians, you probably know all these stuff by now. It’s probably even part of your weekly consumption. 🙂 Even as you dine, we hope you remember that THIS is part of being a Malaysian.
As for those who are not – well, do drop by this site from time to time and get to know more of our food. There will certainly be dishes that tickles your fancy.