Bahasa Malay to English Food Glossary

Malay dishes

Many Malay dishes revolve around a Rempah, which is a spice paste or mix similar to an Indian Masala.

Rempahs are made by grinding up fresh and/or dried spices and herbs to create a spice paste which is then sauteed in oil to bring out the aromas.

Typical Malay Dishes

Perhaps you have heard of some of these typical malay dishes:

Satay – These delicious skewered meats are a favourite of many and are perfect served with a fresh salad of cucumber and onion plus spicy peanut sauce!

Rendang – This dry coconut-based curry generally features beef gently simmered until tender with hot and tangy spices and cooling coconut milk.

Laksa – This is a noodle dish with a tasty and tangy fish soup which uses tamarind to great effect.

Malay / English Category

Asam Gelugor Tamarind Peel Herbs & Spices
Asam Jawa Tamarind Paste Herbs & Spices
Ayam Chicken Meat
Barwang Besar Onion Fruit & Veg
Bawang Mera Shallots Herbs & Spices
Bawang Putih Garlic Herbs & Spices
Belacan Shrimp Paste Other
Belachan Shrimp Paste Other
Bijan Sesame Seeds Beans & Pulses
Bikji Sagu Pearl Sago Beans & Pulses
Bistik Beef-Steak Meat
Blacan Shrimp Paste Other
Blachan Shrimp Paste Other
Bok Nee Black Fungus Other
Buah Keluak Black Nut Beans & Pulses
Buah Keras Candlenut Beans & Pulses
Buah Pala Nutmeg Herbs & Spices
Buah Pelaga Cardamom Herbs & Spices
Bunga Cengkih Cloves Herbs & Spices
Bunga Lawang Star Anise Herbs & Spices
Cili Padi Bird’s Eye Chillies Herbs & Spices
Cuka Vinegar Sauces & Oils
Daun Ketumber Coriander Leaves Herbs & Spices
Daun Limau Perut Kaffir Lime Leaf Herbs & Spices
Daun Limau Purut Kaffir Lime Leaf Herbs & Spices
Duan Pandan Screwpine Leaf Herbs & Spices
Gula Melaka Palm Sugar Other
Halia Ginger Root Herbs & Spices
Ikan Fish Meat
Itik Duck Meat
Jagung Corn Fruit & Veg
Jintan Manis Fennel Herbs & Spices
Jintan Putih Cumin Herbs & Spices
Kacang Bendi Ladies Fingers (Okra) Fruit & Veg
Kacang Dal Lentils Fruit & Veg
Kacang Hijau Green Mung Beans Beans & Pulses
Kayu Manis Cinnamon Herbs & Spices
Kemiri Candlenuts Beans & Pulses
Ketam Crab Meat
Ketumbar Coriander Seeds Herbs & Spices
Kicap Cair Light Soya Sauce Sauces & Oils
Kicap Manis Sweet Soya Sauce Sauces & Oils
Kicap Pekat Dark Soya Sauce Sauces & Oils
Kicap Tiram Oyster Sauce Sauces & Oils
Kim Chiam Dried Lily Bud Other
Lada Hijau Green Chilli Herbs & Spices
Lada Merah Red Chilli Herbs & Spices
Lada Putih White Peppercorns Herbs & Spices
Lengkuas Galangal Herbs & Spices
Lobak Chinese Radish (Mooli) Fruit & Veg
Pati Santan Thick Coconut Milk Other
Rebong Bamboo Shoot Fruit & Veg
Rebung Bamboo Shoot Fruit & Veg
Santan Coconut Milk Other
Santen Coconut Milk Other
Serai Lemongrass Herbs & Spices
Taucheo Salted Soyabeans Sauces & Oils
Taugeh Beansprouts Fruit & Veg
Teik Kee Dried Beancurd Sticks Other
Terasi Shrimp Paste Other
Terung Aubergine (Eggplant) Fruit & Veg
Timun Cucumber Fruit & Veg
Ubi Kentang Potato Fruit & Veg
Udang Prawn Meat
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