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25 Malaysian Dishes You Should Know

When I first started jotting down notes for this post in Malaysia, it was a list of "10 Malaysian Dishes You Should Know." After a few more days grazing in Penang, ten turned into fifteen. By the time I got to Kuala Lumpur, my list had sambal stains all over it... and five more dishes. (Once you start getting excited about Malaysian food, it's really hard to stop.) Here are 25 Malaysian dishes you should knowlaksa and rendang are only the beginning. More

Snapshots from Malaysia: 10 Sweets To Know

It only takes a first spoonful of dessert soup tong sui, or a first sip of iced coffee or lemongrass juice, to understand that Malaysia has a serious sweet tooth. And their selection of sweets is wide and varied, from chewy glutinous rice cakes to palm sugar-stuffed crepes to shaved ice of many kinds. Check out a few sweet treats to know! More

Snapshots from Malaysia: How to Make Beef Rendang

One of Malaysia's better-known dishes is beef rendang, a slow-cooked dry curry deeply spiced with ginger and turmeric, kaffir lime and chilis. In Malaysian fashion, it fuses sweet, sour, and savory elements, the curry picking up a creamy richness from two forms of coconut and an elusive tang from asam keping, slices of a sour sun-dried fruit. The ingredient list is long, but the process is dead simple; learn how to make it here! More

Snapshots from Malaysia: What Is Malaysian Cuisine?

America gets a lot of credit as a melting pot. But it's got nothing on Malaysia. Walk down a street in Penang and you'll pass an Indian man pulling tissue-thin dough for roti canai next to Chinese women tossing noodles in pork lard. You can eat dim sum for breakfast and mutton curry for lunch. You'll dip coriander-turmeric fried chicken in a Worcestershire-based sauce. Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai; it's how these culinary traditions alternately merge and remain distinct that makes Malaysian cookery so fascinating—and so hard to summarize concisely, a Venn diagram of flavor whose every overlapping sliver is its own compelling story. More

The Ultimate Doughnut in Kuala Lumpur

Photograph by David Hagerman of EatingAsia Robyn Eckhardt of Kuala Lumpur-based food blog EatingAsia isn't much of a doughnut fan, but she finds the ultimate doughnut in the morning market at OUG. What does the ultimate doughnut taste like? When it's still hot its skin is crackly-crunchy, with nary a hint of grease. Inside it's yielding, melting even, almost to the point of mimicking a firm custard. As the donut cools it retains some crispiness, while the interior becomes a fluffy pillow that meets the teeth with a bit of resistance. It smells and tastes of baked grain first, and then of some - but not much - sugar. Unsurprisingly, she and her husband go back for seconds. And... More

In Videos: Kung Fu Finger Smashes Through Coconuts

Opening a coconut can be an arduous task, but if you're Ho Eng Hui, Malaysia's top kung fu master, you can smash through a coconut with just your index finger! Although he broke his finger in 1993, he has been giving weekly demonstrations of his "digit's devastating power" for the past eight years until recently retiring. Watch the "coconut-piercing index finger" in action, after the jump.... More

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