'Malaysian' on Serious Eats

Roti Jala

Roti canai is probably Malaysia's more famous roti, but the lacy, crepe-like pancakes known as roti jala are even prettier—and much simpler to make. A simple batter of eggs, coconut milk, and flour is drizzled in concentric circles onto a hot pan, cooking in seconds and then folded to form a loose, netlike pancake whose nooks and crannies are ideally suited to mopping up curries and sauces. More

Beef Rendang

One of Malaysia's better-known dishes is beef rendang, a slow-cooked dry curry deeply spiced with ginger and tumeric, kaffir lime and chilis. (You'll find chicken, vegetable, and seafood rendang as well.) 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. More

Onde-Onde

To learn about other Malaysian starters and desserts, click here. [Photographs: Chichi Wang] The batter for this chewy, soft dough can be made with either water or sweet potatoes. I like the extra bit of sweetness that comes from using... More

Beef Short Rib Rendang

Learn more about how to make rendangs here. [Photograph: Chichi Wang] When I dined at Fatty Crab, my favorite dish by far was the Beef Short Rib Rendang. Meltingly tender, deboned chunks for beef short ribs were nestled in a... More

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