Malay cooking incorporates ingredients such as lemon grass, pandan (screwpine) leaves, and kaffir lime leaves. Fresh herbs, such as daun kemangi (a type of basil), daun kesum (polygonum or laksa leaf), nutmeg, kunyit (turmeric) and bunga kantan (wild ginger buds) are often used.
Traditional spices such as cumin and coriander are used in conjunction with Indian and Chinese spices such as pepper, cardamom, star anise and fenugreek. Seasonings play an important role in Malay cooking as they often enhance the food taste and flavors. Many of the seasonings are not dried spices but are fresh ingredients such as fresh turmeric, galangal, fresh chili paste, onions, and garlic. A combination of fresh seasonings and dried spices are normally pounded together to make a fine paste and cooked in oil. Fresh coconut milk is often added.
We at Lusiana Catering specialized in Malay food preparation. For example spicy beef (photo) is the combination between Chinese and Malay cooking. We also can cook mutton curry, mutton rendang and masalla (Indian food), plus Chinese dishes. Wanna try (subject to terms and conditions), do contact us at Kampung Pandan Dalam (Ampang). Cheers!