Malaysian Chinese cuisine

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Malaysian Chinese cuisine is a culinary tradition that traces its roots to the ethnic Chinese community in Malaysia. This cuisine is characterized by a unique blend of flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques that reflect the multi-ethnic makeup of its population.

History[edit | edit source]

The history of Malaysian Chinese cuisine is intertwined with the history of the Chinese community in Malaysia. The Chinese began migrating to Malaysia in the 15th century, bringing with them their culinary traditions. Over time, these traditions were adapted to local ingredients and tastes, resulting in a unique cuisine that is distinctly Malaysian yet retains its Chinese roots.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

A wide variety of ingredients are used in Malaysian Chinese cuisine. These include soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, rice, noodles, tofu, and a variety of meats, including pork, chicken, and duck. Seafood is also a staple, with fish, shrimp, and crab often featured in dishes.

Dishes[edit | edit source]

Some of the most popular dishes in Malaysian Chinese cuisine include Char Kway Teow, a stir-fried noodle dish; Hainanese chicken rice, a dish of poached chicken and seasoned rice; and Bak Kut Teh, a pork rib dish cooked in broth. Dim Sum, a style of Chinese cuisine prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates is also popular.

Eating customs[edit | edit source]

Eating customs in Malaysian Chinese cuisine often involve communal dining, with dishes served in the middle of the table for everyone to share. It is also common to use chopsticks and spoons for eating, with some dishes requiring the use of hands.

Influence and recognition[edit | edit source]

Malaysian Chinese cuisine has had a significant influence on the broader Malaysian culinary scene and has gained international recognition for its unique blend of flavors and techniques. It is now enjoyed by people of all backgrounds in Malaysia and is increasingly gaining popularity around the world. Template:Asian-cuisine-stub


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