Amazing Malaysian: Recipes for Vibrant Malaysian Home-Cooking by Norman Musa

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  • Chicken satay skewers (Sate ayam)
    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Main course; Snacks; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: lemongrass; chicken thigh fillets; turmeric; ground cumin; bamboo skewers; coconut milk; red onions; cucumbers
    • Accompaniments: Peanut sauce (Kuah kacang)
    • Categories: Pancakes, waffles & crêpes; Side dish; Snacks; Malaysian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: plain flour; coconut milk; turmeric; pandan leaves
    • Accompaniments: Simple Malay chicken curry (Gulai ayam)
  • Malaysian flatbread (Roti canai)
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Spice / herb blends & rubs; Main course; Snacks; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: plain flour; coconut water; condensed milk; vegetable oil; onions; fresh ginger; coriander seeds; cumin seeds; cinnamon sticks; fennel seeds; whole star anise; whole cloves; cardamom pods; turmeric; chilli powder; tamarind paste; minced beef; potatoes; eggs
    • Accompaniments: Quick curry sauce for dipping (Kuah kari ringkas); Onion relish (Jeruk bawang)
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    • Categories: Sandwiches & burgers; Appetizers / starters; Snacks; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: plain flour; egg whites; onions; garlic; dried shrimp; jicama; beansprouts; carrots; oyster sauce; white pepper; peanuts; fried tofu; fried shallots
    • Accompaniments: Sweet chilli sambal [for spring rolls] (Sambal cili popiah)
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    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Rice dishes; Snacks; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: banana leaves; sticky rice; coconut milk; ground cumin; turmeric; dried shrimp; desiccated coconut; spring onions; shallots; galangal; lemongrass; dried chillies
    • Categories: Snacks; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: floury potatoes; minced beef; ground cumin; spring onions; coriander sprigs; white pepper; fried shallots; eggs; vegetable oil
    • Categories: Snacks; Indian; Malaysian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: split lentils; vegetable oil; onions; curry leaves; cumin seeds; dried chilli flakes
    • Accompaniments: Yoghurt dip (Sos yogurt)
    • Categories: Soups; Quick / easy; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: baby potatoes; chicken pieces; red onions; carrots; cinnamon sticks; whole star anise; green cardamom pods
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    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Spice / herb blends & rubs; Main course; Snacks; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: banana leaves; cod fillets; coconut milk; kaffir lime leaves; white pepper; shallots; dried chillies; galangal; turmeric; lemongrass; shrimp paste
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Grills & BBQ; Main course; Snacks; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: lemongrass; galangal; turmeric; beef sirloin steaks; coriander seeds; ground cumin; ground fennel; bamboo skewers; coconut milk
    • Accompaniments: Peanut sauce (Kuah kacang)
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Snacks; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: black peppercorns; fennel seeds; whole star anise; cinnamon sticks; vegetable oil; shallots; fresh ginger; potatoes; prawns; onions; coriander leaves; spring onions; plain flour
    • Categories: Snacks; Malaysian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: fried tofu; beansprouts; cucumbers; carrots
    • Accompaniments: Peanut sauce (Kuah kacang)
    • Categories: Curry; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: whole star anise; cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; curry leaves; king prawns; mussels; squid tubes; coconut milk; limes; ground coriander; ground cumin; ground fennel; shallots; garlic; fresh turmeric; fresh ginger; dried chillies; shrimp paste
    • Categories: Sauces for fish; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: turmeric; sea bass fillets; tomato ketchup; tomatoes; spring onions; coriander leaves; shallots; fresh ginger; garlic; red chillies
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: garlic; bird's eye chillies; sea bass; oyster sauce; fish sauce; limes; fresh ginger; lemongrass; kaffir lime leaves; coriander leaves; red chillies; spring onions
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: spinach; shrimp paste; garlic; red chillies; prawns; light soy sauce; chilli paste
    • Categories: Curry; Spice / herb blends & rubs; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: pineapple; onions; curry leaves; whole star anise; cinnamon sticks; tamarind paste; king prawns; coconut milk; ground coriander; ground fennel; ground cumin; turmeric; chilli powder
    • Categories: Main course; Malaysian; Portuguese
    • Ingredients: banana leaves; haddock fillets; lemons; kaffir lime leaves; coriander leaves; shallots; dried chillies; lemongrass; galangal; macadamia nuts; shrimp paste; ginger flower puree
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: lemongrass; tamarind paste; monkfish; okra; cherry tomatoes; Vietnamese coriander; dried chillies; onions; shallots; fresh turmeric; fresh ginger; shrimp paste; ginger flower puree

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  • Chicken in chilli & tomato sauce (Ayam masak merah)

    • lilham on September 28, 2021

      I used Sriracha for the chilli sauce. I used only about half the amount specified because my children aren’t great with hot food. This is delicious and will make it into my regular rotation.

  • Chicken in soy sauce & honey (Ayam masak madu)

    • lilham on May 29, 2021

      I used bay leaves because I don’t have access to curry leaves. The dish is sweet and savoury and reminds me of soy sauce chicken from m childhood. I love this and will make again.

  • Simple Malay chicken curry (Gulai ayam)

    • lilham on May 08, 2021

      The author said this curry is slightly thicker than is traditional. I don’t know what this dish should taste and look like. However, what I got was a thin curry, nothing like what I have expected from the description. The taste is pleasant but not amazing.

  • Spicy & sour beef stew (Singgang daging)

    • sir_ken_g on March 26, 2016

      This was my first try for this book and it was excellent - full of flavor. I followed it to the letter except that I used cross cut beef shank and so it needed longer simmering...probably improved it.

    • meggan on January 29, 2018

      I made this with chuck stew beef which turned out fine. This was good served with rice but I did fish out all the aromatics before serving as I hate getting a bite of lemongrass stringies.

  • Chicken satay skewers (Sate ayam)

    • sir_ken_g on May 09, 2017

      Great dish. Must be some blender if you can powder lemon grass.

    • Frenchfoodie on June 21, 2019

      Seriously good, serve with peanut sauce from this book too.

  • Anchovy egg-fried rice (Nasi goreng ikan bilis)

    • meggan on March 27, 2021

      Frying anchovies makes the kitchen smell like hell but the rice is good and simple. The anchovies are fun to eat whole and gross out your kid.

  • Rice pudding with dark coconut sugar syrup (Sago gula melaka)

    • Nichill on November 14, 2016

      I was impressed with how straightforward this was. Trying to make an egg-free dessert without going to the shops, it was quicker than most rice puddings, and the contrast of the sauce and pudding, in both colour and flavour, was delightful. I wouldn't eat the pudding without a sauce: it would be too rich.

  • Malaysian Portuguese devil's curry (Kari ayam devil)

    • kitchen_chick on May 02, 2018

      Delicious. I love the sharp, strong chili and vinegar flavor that forms the backbone of this dish. The recipe makes a large amount, so I cut it in half to feed two and still have leftovers for lunch the next day.

  • Nyonya vermicelli noodle salad (Kerabu bihun Nyonya)

    • kitchen_chick on May 13, 2018

      Though not listed in the ingredients, the photo in the cookbook includes tomatoes and quartered hard boiled eggs, and they are good additions to this salad. Galangal or ginger can substitute for the ginger flower purée. I will probably increase the amount of shrimp next time

  • Chilli paste (Cili kisar)

    • kitchen_chick on April 27, 2018

      Recipes uses 15g dried chiles and claims to make 8-10Tbs. 15g of dried chilies only made around half that at best.

  • Aromatic chicken curry (Kari ayam)

    • FritB on July 24, 2016

      Nice curry. I added parsley, chive and lime

  • Fried spiced chicken (Ayam goreng berempah)

    • Frenchfoodie on August 21, 2023

      Delicious. Juicy and tasty, easy to prep the night before and, when cooked in a casserole dish, generated a lovely sauce. I pushed the spice paste under the skin of my chicken legs.

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  • ISBN 10 0224101544
  • ISBN 13 9780224101547
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  • Published Feb 18 2016
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Imprint Square Peg

Publishers Text

Malaysian food is incredible. Think vibrant, healthy dishes with dazzling flavours and textures. With over 100 recipes - using ingredients that you can find in any supermarket - this is the ultimate guide to cooking Malaysian food at home. Try an authentic satay, an aromatic curry, a laksa, or simply the perfect fluffy coconut rice.

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