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Malaysian Food


Since there is such diversity within Malaysia, the food can be broken in the three groups: Malay, Chinese and Indian.  Malay food, like many Asian countries, consists of rice (staple food) eaten with meat, fish and vegetables.

An essential ingredient in most Malay states is coconut milk.  Since Islam is a major religion, pork is a forbidden meat as well as the flesh of predatory animals and birds, rodents, reptiles, worms.  If an animal is slaughtered for food, it must be done in accordance with Islamic rites.  As with Malay food, Chinese (Malay Chinese) food is mainly rice served with accompaniments.

The different Chinese cuisines are Cantonese, Kokkiean and Szechuan.  Cuisine from Northern China (Beijing, Shanghai) is also becoming popular.  Finally, Indian cuisine is notoriously hot and spicy.  Unlike Malay or Chinese food, the staple for Indian cuisine is either bread (capati, parratta, puri) or rice, which is eaten with many different curries.  In accordance with their religious beliefs, Hindus not eat beef.  

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