Now we’re cooking
Hi there, it’s that time of the week again. This week’s column is going to be really interesting as I am planning to try to cover the religions and foods that are unique in Malaysia.
Malaysia is a unique country as we have three main religions and at least 30 minor ethnic groups (most of the minor ethnic groups can be found on the Borneo Island) nearly living under the same roof in peace and harmony. The Borneo Island is on the east side of the South China Sea, whereas the capital is in the Peninsula on the west side of the sea. The three main religions are Muslim, Buddhism and Hinduism. Nearly all the schools in Malaysia have students from these three main religions in each classes to emphasize cultural bonding.
As for foods, we have a wide range of foods. Being a multiracial country on the equator, we have a diverse cuisine. You could have authentic Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines as well as western foods. I got asked if there were any fast food outlets in Malaysia and I would like to say there are a vast amount of fast food chains — from McDonalds all the way to Chili’s and Starbucks. The “must-eat” foods while you are visiting Malaysia are the ‘nasi lemak’ (steamed rice cooked with coconut milk served with hard boiled egg, anchovies and cucumbers), ‘roti canai’ (a bread grilled on a stove which you could fill in with anything, most people like it either with some curry or with eggs) and bak kut teh (pork cooked with ginger gravy)
Any suggestions about topics you would like to know or want me to talk about, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until my next column, have fun. Bye bye.
Sivesh Sangar is an exchange student from Malaysia studying at Chugiak High.