When I ran a Malaysian restaurant in London, diners often asked for different dishes that make up a complete Malaysian meal. This is one of many combinations for a successful dinner party. I have chosen this particular menu as most of these dishes can be prepared way beforehand, needing only to be warmed up when it is time to eat.
All the dishes recommended here have different qualities to them in terms of taste and presentation. People often look for variety—different meats and vegetables, and after several heavy courses, I prefer finishing up with a light, refreshing fruit rather than another heavy dessert.
Chicken Satays are a delicious and popular finger food. Remember to serve them with the Satay Sauce – they go together like cookies and cream.
If you are not planning on having the barbeque going during your party, you can cook the Satays beforehand. Cover them with foil so they don’t get too dry and leave them in an oven on the lowest heat possible. For additional moisture, fill an oven-safe container with water and put it into the oven together with the Satays.
5. Accompaniment – Plain White Rice
Cooking plain rice is simple, and it goes well with just about anything. Eat it with the main course and salad.
This is a great accompaniment during a Malaysian meal. The distinct taste of the sambal belacan will bring back memories for those who have travelled to the Orient and tasted the spiciness of the food there. If you have guests who are averse to spices, here’s a non-spicy variation of this recipe. Cut a cucumber into thin slices and add a half teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of sugar. A small, thinly sliced onion is optional. Add 1 tablespoon lime juice into the salad, mix well and garnish with some cilantro.