The Best Malaysian Curry Recipes

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By Published On: May 22nd, 2021

Once you unearth the magic of Malaysian food, you’ll never look back. Curries in particular form some of the tastiest treats in the world. NO JOKE, this under-represented cuisine is an exciting melting pot of flavour, colour and texture like nowhere else on Earth. Ready to discover my best Malaysian curry recipes?

Malaysian Rendang - a title image for more Malaysian Curry recipes.

I fell in love with Malaysian Curries many years ago after a trip through Kuala Lumpur and Singapore - I spent most of my time stuffing my face in food courts or slurping my way through all the street food I could logistically handle. In the years since, with countless return trips, I've collected the know-how for all my favourites  - a cornucopia of authentic Malaysian curries. From the amazing, and fragrant kari ayam (chicken curry) to the glorious intense heights of beef rendang, with a few tasty treats in between. Malaysian cuisine is the jewel in the crown of South East Asian Curries, and thankfully all my best recipes are right here!

What is Malaysian Food?

Malaysian and Singaporean food is a rich, complex marriage of cultures and flavour. With its roots in many ethnicities, over time has become the flavourful, vibrant cuisine it is today. A roll-call of culinary heritage from China, India, Borneo, Indonesia, Thailand, Portugal, The Netherlands, UK and Middle East all play their part in shaping this unique, diverse and most importantly, delicious cuisine.

Curry love?!

Who doesn't love a curry!? Malaysia doesn't disappoint - having some of the tastiest offerings in the world. Rich, complex, vibrant and intense marriages of flavour and texture - mind-bogglingly delicious! Here are a few of my best Malaysian curry recipes - inspired by my many trips to Malaysia and Singapore, where I'd while away my day sampling all manner of life-changing offerings. Malaysian cuisine is my favourite in the world and I hope you enjoy my most-loved recipes...

Malaysian Chicken Curry

Malaysian Chicken Curry (Kari Ayam)

A fragrant marriage of South East Asia and India. A wonderful coconut curry that is jam-packed with flavour, colour and texture.
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Malaysian Fish Curry

Malaysian Fish Curry (Kari Ikan)

A wonderful, complex melding of colour, texture and flavour. Tender fish pieces in a rich, vibrant an and fragrant curry sauce - unique to Malaysia.
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Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang

An intensely flavourful national treasure! Beef rendang has ALL the flavour of South East Asia... and then some. Learn how to make this amazing curry.
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Chicken Kapitan Curry | recipe

Chicken Kapitan

A wonderfully creamy, fragrant Malaysian curry - this Nyonya dish is a prized favourite in Malaysia and you'll understand why once you taste its amazingly flavourful sauce. Learn how...
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Malaysian Beef Curry

Malaysian Beef Curry

A rich, intensely flavoured beef curry that will set your taste buds alight with magical South East Asian fragrance. The highlight to any Malaysian feast.
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Malaysian Prawn Laksa

Malaysian Prawn Laksa

Laksa laksa laksa!! It's my ultimate favourite South East Asian Curry dish. It's quite literally liquid gold. It's Malaysia's answer to Ramen - creamy, fragrant soup over rice noodles. Every delicious slurp is a moment to savour. I think about Laksa all the time - I really do!
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Roti Canai with Dhal

Roti Canai with Dhal

A creamy, vibrant and fragrant Malaysian style dhal sits alongside flaky, buttery roti bread. A combination made in South East Asian heaven.
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Chicken cooked in coconut milk with Malaysian aromatics to make Nyonya Chicken Curry (Ayam Kleo)

Ayam Kleo (Nyonyan Chicken Curry)

A rich, heady sauce that's packed with colour and fragrance takes centre stage in this amazing Malaysian Curry. Brimming with personality, Nyonya Chicken Curry is one of the World's greatest - see why...
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Malaysian Curry Powder

Malaysian Curry Powder

A good Malaysian curry needs a good foundation - an authentic curry powder is essential. This recipe is as authentic as it gets - sweet and smoky with anise notes that play an essential role in creating the unique flavour and fragrance of Malaysian cuisine.
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Malaysian Rendang - a title image for more Malaysian Curry recipes.

Did you make one of these delicious Malaysian curries?

How did you go? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to tag @cookeatinsta at Instagram. What's your favourite Malaysian curry?

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