Focus on Malaysian Cuisine Part 4

In reference to the blog post on Part 3, we are going to talk about fruits of Malaysia and talk more on them. Are you a fruitarian or a fruit connoisseur? Well, then Malaysia is

In reference to the blog post on Part 3, we are going to talk about fruits of Malaysia and talk more on them.

Are you a fruitarian or a fruit connoisseur? Well, then Malaysia is the country you need to visit for delicious and exotic fruits that will marvel your palate and mind. You are in for a real treat when it comes to food, with the range of fruits available, Malaysia ranks high in the outstandingly tasty food. Let the country of diversity and food reflect the amazing fruits that it has stored!

An aspect of the Malaysia’s unique cuisine is that fruits are used even in main dishes and it is mostly apt for the palate. With different traditions and cultures, the variety of fruits is huge which adds up to the cuisine that is already loaded with different vegetables and spices.

So let’s discover this cuisine’s fruits that will certainly make you think of turning to fruitarianism!

With the tropical climate, there is abundance of fruits all year round and a huge variety of common and weird fruits are either grown locally or imported and made available throughout the country. These fruits are mostly used as desserts and fruit juices are highly sought after as drinks of different choices helps in a climate that is hot and humid all year. There are also pickled fruits that quite popular and widely available and sold from street stalls and specialist shops. The locals have named several fruits, most notably Alor Setar (buah setar) and Malacca (buah melaka).

There are many fruits that are used to make a popular salad dish called Rojak, the pieces of fruits and vegetables are used in a viscous dark sauce that is made from shrimp paste, sugar, chili, and lime juice. Rojak is usually topped with a generous sprinkling of toasted peanuts.

Below you will find a list of notable fruits that are cultivated in Malaysia and part of the cuisine:

  • Banana or pisang is widely grown and used in many different cultures. Plantain, a variety of banana is used for pisang goreng and there are other parts of the banana that maybe used for culinary purposes.
  • Widely used as a souring agent in Malaysian cooking, calamansi lime is savored on its own with ice and other flavors like green apple juice, pandan leaves and dried preserved plums.
  • Cempedak is a fruit with large and rough pod like body and with its edible flesh, it has a sweet taste and soft texture that is custard-like.
  • One of the most popular fruits in the West Asia, durian is a fruit that has a spiky outer shell and a characteristic odor. This tropical fruit is notable as it provokes strong emotions which is either loving or hating it. Also known as the “King of Fruits”, there are several species of durian that exist throughout Malaysia. The common cultivars come with pale cream or yellow colored, where some varieties that are found in Borneo that are naturally bright red, orange, or even purple in color.
  • Guava also called jambu or jambu batu, it is s crunchy fruit that is often eaten plain or garnished with a tart seasoning mix.
  • Jackfruit or nangka, is an enormous fruit that is similar in appearance to cempedak, but a bit different in texture and taste. The fleshy pod covers each pod is firm and sweet and the unripe jackfruit occasionally used for cooking savory meals.
  • Langsat, this fruit is borne in clusters similar to grapes and resemble tiny potatoes, with a taste likened to a sweet and tart combination of grape and grapefruit.
  • Longan means dragon eyes in Chinese, its related species mata kucing that has a virtually identical taste to be commercially cultivated longan.
  • Mangosteen or manggis in Malay, this fruit is known as the “Queen of Fruits”. This fruit is small and beautiful to look at.

Malaysia has some many treasures that will surprise you from time to time. In the next blog, we will talk about the famous and underrated dishes from Malaysia.

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