There are several myths about Malaysian food wide-spread on the internet and in all the ways possible. Starting from iced lime tea to crispy rendang. You need to know to avoid getting completely roasted with these myths! Malaysia is basically a country of immigrants. The cooking recipes and styles of Indian, Chinese, Eurasian, and Malay have influenced the dishes here. Some dishes come as the perfect fusion of a few or all of the cultures mentioned above while others are distinctly Indian, Malay or Chinese.
Hence, it would be fair enough to find people complaining about not getting authentic Malaysian food at a restaurant. The complaints or the arguments in this regard are purely invalid. Based on what I learned from my experience of operating a Malaysian restaurant, here is a list of specific things people tend to get wrong about food from Malaysia.
Chicken Rendang – Not A Crispy Dish
Chicken Rendang is a dry curry stew. It is cooked slowly in fragrant spices and with coconut milk. What makes this dish popular is its tender meat and creamy sauce. Contrary to popular belief, this dish is in no way crispy. Once, Zaleha Kadir Olpin- a Malaysian-born chef was eliminated from a cookery show. This is because her Rendang was not so crispy. Then, the news exhibiting a wrong notion about this dish spread quickly on the internet.
ABC Is Not A Spelling
In Malaysia, ABC is the acronym for Air Batu Campur, and it is in no way a spelling. Air Batu Campur is a local dessert consisting of sweet syrups and shaved ice along with toasted peanuts, evaporated milk and kidney beans. Refreshing and colorful, you cannot help but have a full bowl of this dessert during summers.
Malaysian Food Dishes Are Unhealthy
What on Earth had led people into thinking that Malaysian dishes are unhealthy? There are many taboos regarding the extensive use of coconut milk in many Malaysian recipes. Also, people inquire about how to enjoy Malaysian cuisine without taking a toll on their diets. However, the reality is different. It has been proved that the majority of the ingredients used in preparing Malaysian dishes were better for their positive health effects. Take, for instance, coconut milk, which is the main ingredient in most of the Malaysian dishes. It helps people in losing weight. Another fact that contradicts this infamous belief is that there are very few obese people in the Malaysian population. You will not find weight problems in this part of the world.
Everything Should Be Served Hot- Malaysian Food
No, not at all! This is not true about the food culture in Malaysia. Many Malaysians like to have their dishes at room temperature. They maintain proper warmth while serving snacks and spices. Proper cooling is maintained for the chicken while serving the most favorite Hainanese Chicken recipe. Hence, it will be nothing but cold when you savor it.
Roti Prata And Roti Canai Are Different
There is absolutely no difference! Roti Canai in Malaysia is the same as Roti Prata in Singapore. Among the way, there is a lot of difference in the way the dough is folded after flipping. However, the taste and the texture of Prata and canai are the same.
Hopefully, the above details will change your perception of the misconceptions associated with Malaysian food.