makan-makanThe Glossary














The GlossaryThis glossary is mainly in Malay i.e. Bahasa Malaysia. However, many food ingredients or terms are better known in local Chinese or Indian dialects. This is because of Malaysia's multi-ethnic population, and its culturally diverse cuisine and cooking styles. Certain ingredients are used exclusively, or more frequently in different ethnic kitchens, while some foods may be forbidden due to religious beliefs. Wherever possible, spelling variations, similar names in English, or in other countries nearby and afar, shall also be included in the glossary.


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also called Cempedek [Malay], Mung Kat [Chinese], Palap Palam [Tamil]




Fun [Chinese]

A general term for Rice that is cooked or steamed.

Nasi Goreng : Fried Rice.
Nasi Lemak : Coconut Rice Meal.
Nasi Kunyit
: Turmeric Rice.
Nasi Minyak : Ghee Rice.
Nasi Tomato : Tomato Rice.



Wong Lai [Chinese], Annasi Palam [Tamil]

Pineapple. Pineapples are often used in cooking to add a citric or sourish taste to a dish.

Air Nenas : Pineapple Juice.



also called Kelapa [Malay]



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