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The MalaysianFood.net 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 Ibu Roti [Malay], Fatt Fun [Chinese], Pulichanthi [Tamil]

Yeast. It also refers to Ferment.



Spice Paste, Masala [India]

A mixture of spices, or a combination of herds and spices. The spices can be dry or fresh. It can also be a combination of dry and fresh ingredients, such as fresh chilies, onions, garlic or ginger. The ingredients are ground into a fine paste by using a mortar and pestle, or an electric blender or food processor. The benefit of using an old fashion granite mortar & pestle, is that no unnecessary liquid need be added. With an electric blender or food processor, a little water or liquid is usually required to get the it going.

Rempah Campur : Allspice. Yoke Tau Khau [Chinese].



Pau Choy [Chinese], Muttar Kosai [Tamil]

Taste. It also refers to Feeling or Opinion.

Merasa : To taste.
Merasai : To taste, To feel, To experience.




Bamboo Shoot. Bamboo shoots are usually available in cans, and used mostly in restaurant cooking. fresh bamboo shoots, though rare, may sometimes be available.




To Boil or Blanch.

Mee Rebus : Blanched Noodles
Mendidih : Boiling.




Scraps or Leftover.




Fried Food.

Merendang : To fry.




A salad made of fresh fruits and vegetables, dressed in a special sauce.




A general term for Bread.

Roti Canai : Also called Roti Paratha or Roti Prata. An Indian specialty, it is a flaky flat bread or pancake, usually served with a side of curry.




Sago Palm.





Daging Rusa : Deer Meat or Venison.


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