Noodles have played a massive part in cuisines in many parts of the world for thousands of years. It's no different in Malaysia, and Malay noodles are an extremely important part of the countries culture. However, to the modern world, the origins of noodles all seem arguable. Some say that Italians invented them, while others claim the noodles to be Chinese. Not so long ago, however, a 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles was discovered in China as the earliest example of this widely popular food.
There are many different noodles worldwide, each with its distinctive shape, flavoring, and cooking technique. As a dish that's extremely popular around the world, noodles typically have a specific, local flavor to them, as well as distinct regional characteristics.
There are many kinds of noodle dishes in Malaysia, and most of them have their own unique stories and origins. We will look at some interesting information about the history of noodles and the yummiest recipes you should know if you plan to visit this beautiful country.
It is sufficient to say that there are thousands of types of noodles worldwide. We can classify them according to the type of noodle, shape, molding process, moisture content, different seasoning ingredients, and much more. Noodles are mostly made from two components: wheat and rice. Most noodles are made of flour (powdered wheat). Another particular type of noodle takes rice as the main ingredient, but they can be made from wheat, buckwheat, and different starches derived from potato or sweet potato.
Noodles with wheat as a base are prepared mainly from three essential ingredients: flour, water, and salt. Malaysian cuisine is heavily influenced by Chinese, Indian, and Thai flavors, but they also have their variation of prevalent noodles in the country.
We'll have a look at the six most popular types of noodles dishes in Malaysian cuisine: Char Kway Teow, Mee Goreng, Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Hainanese Chicken Noodle Soup, and Lor Mee.
A staple in Malaysian cuisine is rice noodles (kway teow), which can be found in a variety of dishes such as stir-fried noodles (bak kut teh) and curry noodles (laksa). Below, you'll find a list of the six most popular Malay noodle dishes worth every penny.
Char kway teow is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Malaysia. There are numerous regional varieties, but it is usually made using flat rice noodles, eggs, shrimps, bean sprouts, chives, and sausage as the main ingredients. All the ingredients are typically fried and coated in dark soy sauce, while some versions of the dish also incorporate shrimp paste, garlic, fried pork lard, chili paste, and sometimes even wheat noodles.
This noodle soup is a comfort for the soul. It's one of the most classic dishes found in Southeast Asian countries. It was developed under different culinary traditions, which led to numerous regional varieties that differ in flavors and ingredients. The main characteristic of the Laksa curry noodle dish is its spicy and rich broth.
Mee Goreng Malaysian fried noodles is a dish that is made with soy sauce, vegetables, and various proteins. It's often served with lime juice. It may be enjoyed as an appetizer or as an entree. This dish can be eaten by itself or with other dishes such as rice, egg, omelet, chicken chop, seafood mix curry, or mutton curry. It can also be used in stir-fries such as Penang char kway teow, mentioned above.
Hokkien Mee is a dish that is best served with lard, cabbage, squid, pork, rice cake, and prawns as main ingredients. The noodles are prepared so that they seem to be half raw. This dish is popular in Malaysia and sells well in Singapore and Brunei. It's also available in many other countries worldwide, like Australia and China.
Hainanese Chicken Noodle soup Malaysian is a dish that is very popular in Malaysia and Singapore. It is a Chinese-style noodle soup, which has its origins in Hainan. It can be served in various ways, with different toppings and fillings.
The most common toppings for this dish are chicken broth, thick noodles, boiled chicken chunks, fried garlic or shallots, and sometimes chopped spring onions or coriander leaves. The ingredients vary according to the region the dish was prepared in.
Lor Mee is a Malaysian noodle dish made popular by the Hainanese immigrants. This dish is cooked with pork slices, shrimp, and boiled eggs. It is mixed with rice noodles and served in a clear or yellowish soup bowl. There are many variations of Lor Mee, but one thing remains the same - it's all about the noodles!
To better understand the recipes and enjoy all those superbly delicious noodle dishes in Malaysia, we will have to learn a couple of words, so please check the table below for the list of ingredients and different food-related words in Malay.
|green onions||Bawang hijau|
|chili paste||pes cili|
|instant noodles||mi segera|
|fried tofu||tauhu goreng|
|pork lard||lemak babi|
|soy sauce||sos soya|
|lime juice||jus limau|
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