The Exotic Tastes of Malaysia

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All food lovers are invited to discover Malaysia’s food culture with the upcoming Malaysian Restaurant Week which will happen on June 13-19, 2011. This is a weeklong celebration with participating Malaysian and other Asian restaurants all over the area. This will take place in New York City and restaurants around the Tri-State Area.

This is only the second year of the Malaysian Restaurant Week. With the size of the crowd that have gathered and joined the celebration last year, organizers predicted a larger crowd of food lovers to grace the event. Some of the biggest names in Malaysian Restaurants are participating in the said event: A Taste of Asia and Penang in New Jersey, The Michelin-starred Laut, Penang, and Nyonya in Manhattan, and Connecticut’s Bentara and Forbidden City Bistro. Participants in this area will be serving a special three-course prix fixe menu for $20.11 in line with the weeklong celebration.

Aside from the Malaysian restaurants in the area, other Asian-inspired and Asian cuisine-serving restaurants will also be participating in the event. Among them are The Stanton Social, Ember Room, and Sho Shaun Hergatt. These restaurants are set to offer special Malaysian dishes or any Malaysian-inspired two-course menu. For diners and guests who wouldn’t typically consider eating at Malaysian restaurants, the participation of non-Malaysian restaurants will potentially entice guests to explore and try the Malaysian cuisine. This is also set to inspire chefs and restaurateurs to consider having or adding Malaysian cuisines or Malaysian-inspired dishes to their menus.

Malaysian cuisine reveals and redefines the colorful and rich culture of Malaysia. Although different ethnic groups in Malaysia have their own signature dish, neighboring lands and other cultural groups have also influenced Malaysia’s taste and style of cooking. The diversity caused by this cultural history has brought out the best in Malaysian cuisine. The blend of flavors from other Asian culture such as Chinese and Indian traditions, other Southeast Asian flavors, and Middle Eastern and Portuguese influences make up most of Malaysia’s most exotic yet very rich food tradition.

Being the center of spice trade in Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s taste has been largely influenced by the cultures of the different merchants who were involved in the trade. India may have influenced Malaysian cuisines the most as they have brought their own Indian food tradition to countries in the Southeast Asia, mainly Malaysia and Indonesia. This rich food culture is highly evident in the old as well as modern Malaysian cuisines. Spices and curries are staples in Malaysian cooking. The distinct blend of spicy and sweet flavors made Malaysia’s dishes exotic and very enticing for the food lovers, locally and internationally.

Malaysian dishes actually have different levels of richness and spiciness. Countries outside Asia have come to love spicy foods. This phenomenon already reached the palate of food lovers in the U.S. With the continuous diversity in culture and cuisines, you might wanna have some of Malaysia’s latest offerings. Have a taste of Malaysia at the Malaysian Restaurant Week, a taste of exotic diversity at its best.

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Blanca Valbuena
I am one of the co-founders of FriendsEAT. Obviously, I love to eat. Other passions include A Song of Ice and Fire, Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, and Aldous Huxley.
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