From Bonnie Scotland we head some 6,580 mi South east to Malaysia. A country I have never visited ad neither had Ian, but one day we we would like to.
The Malaysian Federation is commonly known as Malaysia is situated in South-East Asia. There are thirteen states and also three federal territories. The land is around 300,000 square kilometres. Near to The South China Sea and bordering Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. East Malaysia shares land and nautical borders with Indonesia and Brunei and a maritime border with The Philippines. Its capital is Kuala Lumpur and by 2015(this year) the population was estimated at over 30 million. Malaysia is the 43rd inhabited country in the world.
The country is multi cultural and multi ethnic and this plays a large part in the politics of the country. The country declares Islam as the state religion, but do allow freedom for non Muslims…The government is closely linked and modelled on our UK Parliament and the legal system based on common law…
The cuisine from Malaysia is a mixture of traditions and practices and reflects the multi ethnic build of its population. The inhabitants of Malaysia can almost be split into three cultural groups, Indians, Chinese and Malays. The rest of the inhabitants comprise of native peoples, which include Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia, the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia, the Peranakan and Eurasian creole groups, along with large numbers of ex-pats and foreign workers. The gastronomic style today is principally a mishmash of customs from its Chinese, Indian, Malay, Indonesian and traditional Bornean inhabitants. There has been a little influence from British food, Dutch and Thai. This has ensued a beautiful combination of flavours which has put Malaysian food apart from any other. It is also normal to find varieties of the same dish because Peninsular Malaysia shares a history with Singapore and because of the location and closeness to Indonesia. So its common to see Satay – which I adore – Laska, Rendang and Sambai in any of these countries.
I opted for a traditional chicken curry for tonight’s dinner – again needed to be simple as it is a week night and we didn’t want to be all evening in the kitchen. Malaysian Chicken Curry (Kari ayam)