Malaysian Curry - A case of Many Different Flavors

Malaysian Curry - A case of Many Different Flavors

Malaysian curry is not just about a meal of delicious curry. It's much more than that - it's about the influences from the many different cultures present in many Asian countries and how they come together to create a dish that has so many different variations that each one of these variations is a full-fledged national dish in its own right. Malaysian curries typically are made using either curry powder or curry paste, and ones that are rich in turmeric, coconut milk, shallots, ginger, toasted shrimp paste (belacan), chilli, and garlic. Tamarind is also often used to add a tinge of sour to a curry.

 

Curry lovers and specialists in traditional medicine claim that these ingredients are very beneficial to our health. There are studies that have been done that posit that these eating these ingredients provide for many health benefits. To get a better glimpse of what each ingredient offers you, you can read up on the health benefits of curry.


A brief look into Malaysia's history

The world famous Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) - Malaysia's most famous landmark.
The world famous Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) - Malaysia's most famous landmark.

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia that is rich in natural resources like rubber, palm oil and tin. Malaysia was once known as Malaya but this was changed to its current name after Sabah and Sarawak (these two states had earlier been part of Borneo) joined the 11 original states in 1963. Singapore joined Malaysia as well in the same year, but broke away in 1965, leaving the current 13 states. 

 

While Malaysian curry might have origins that can be traced back to traders from India, it took on a life all of its own once it found its way onto Malaysia's beautiful shore. Culinary influence by the Malays, Chinese and Indian communities in Malaysia, not to mention that of the other minorities all transformed the Malaysian curry into what it is today - no longer just ONE Malaysian curry, but a huge variety of them, each one a unique dish in its own right. These Malaysian curries are different from state to state, even within the regions in each state. And Malaysians would have it no other way. Diversity is the spark of life, and the more curries they are, the more there are for everyone to enjoy.

people of malaysia
people of malaysia

Indigenous Malaysian cuisine has been influenced by Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nyonya,and many other cultures, which has created an entirely new and rich cuisine that is unique and stands well on its own. Many Malay dishes revolve around the use of a "Rempah", which is a spice paste or mix similar to an Indian Masala. 'Rempah' are made by grinding up fresh or dried spices and herbs to create a spice paste which is then sautéed in oil to bring out the delicious aromas .