Most Malaysians, especially those with a busy schedule, prefer to eat out. However, it’s not the best choice for your health and your wallet.
Consider cooking at home. Even if you can’t fry an egg, it’s never too late to start. You don’t have to strive to become as good as a chef. You only need to master the basics of cooking to survive (especially if you live on your own). Here are 35 easy common foods that you should be able to cook by the time you turn 35:
1. FRIED EGG
No meal is complete until there’s a fried egg by the side!
2. MAGGI MEE
Bored with your bland Maggi? Spice things up a bit (literally) by adding more ingredients. Try our ‘Maggi mee goreng in 15 minutes‘ recipe!
Every typical Malaysian, regardless of race, normally eats with sambal. Try our ‘spicy belacan chili dip‘ recipe!
Broth is very useful and can be used in so many cooking! You can either nourish your body with a good dose of our ‘homemade vegetable broth‘ or use it as a basic ingredient for a dish.
Want something quick yet yummy? Soup is your way to go! We have a good collection of homemade soup recipes for you to try!
What would we be without a good bowl of porridge during the cold/flu season? Try our ‘savoury oatmeal congee in 5 minutes‘ recipe!
Pancakes are one of the favourite first meals of the day. Good news, health freaks, try our ‘gluten-free banana pancakes in 5 minutes‘ recipe!
Bored with the same old Caesar salad? Try our ‘Thai spicy salad‘ recipe!
9. SAMBAL PETAI
Not everyone is keen on sambal petai, but for those who do, it’s surely an addictive treat.
Also one of Malaysians’ favourite snack during tea time. Try our ‘Vietnamese spring rolls with shrimps‘ recipe!
11. FRIED CHICKEN
Everyone’s favourite (even the health freaks), you can never go wrong with this meal! Try our ‘Nam yu/ red bean curd fried chicken‘ recipe!
12. FRIED FISH
This is also one of the must-haves on the dining table, and one of the easiest to cook.
13. GRILLED FISH
Contrary to popular belief, grilled fish can be prepared within minutes!
14. STIR-FRY VEGGIES
One of the healthiest meals, this dish can be cooked in less than 10 minutes!
If you feel like eating Italian, try our ‘tomato pasta in microwave‘ recipe!
16. BBQ CHICKEN WINGS
Also another healthier alternative to fried chicken, BBQ chicken wings are the favourite of many!
17. BRIYANI RICE
This one may take a while (about 2o minutes), but it’ll all be worth it. Try our ‘nasi briyani‘ recipe!
18. FRIED RICE
Another favourite among many Malaysians, fried rice is also one of the easiest, quickest, and most versatile to make.
19. CHICKEN RICE
Also the favourite among many Malaysians, chicken rice is perfect if you’re cooking for family or having friends over for lunch or dinner. Try our ‘chicken rice meal for 4‘ recipe.
20. WANTAN MEE
This meal can also be done within 15 minutes! Perfect for a rainy day too.
21. ROAST CHICKEN
What’s the healthier alternative to fried chicken? Definitely roast chicken! Try our ‘roast herbed chicken on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes‘ recipe!
22. CHICKEN/BEEF/MUTTON CURRY
Great to be eaten with rice, bread or even noodle!
The spicy/sour-tasting soup is easily found anywhere, but it’s a lot cheaper if you cook it yourself.
24. CHICKEN/BEEF RENDANG
You don’t have to wait until raya to enjoy the dish. Rendang is actually nice to eat during tea time as well.
25. CHILLI CRAB
One of Malaysia’s best known dishes, chilli crab is a must for foodies.
26. ‘ASSAM PEDAS’ FISH
A typical lunch time dish.
27. ‘MASAK LEMAK’ DISHES
Not everyone is into kampong-style food, but if you happen to like one, a masak lemak dish is a must.
28. ‘DAGING MASAK HITAM’
The Malay version of western-style steak, daging masak hitam does taste somewhat like a typical steak, only spicier.
29. ‘SARDIN TUMIS’
Not only can the dish be eaten with rice for lunch, it’s also delicious to be enjoyed during tea time with bread.
30. CHICKEN/BEEF/SEAFOOD PAPRIK
This Thai dish is also easily found almost everywhere, but a home-cooked one is a lot better.
31. NASI KERABU
The blue coloured meal looks simple but is actually quite fulfilling.
32. NASI LEMAK
Yes, it’s possible to make Malaysian national dish in half an hour if you can multi-task. One of the many tricks is to make ikan bilis in microwave.
Store-bought and delivery ones are quite expensive now (especially with GST), so how about making your own pizza? If you have absolutely no idea how to make one, start with our tips on many ways of making pizza at home. Next, try our pizza recipes, the mini pepperoni pizza and quick petai pizza (both in 15 minutes!).
34. WESTERN-STYLE STEAK
Don’t let the meal intimidate you; cooking steak isn’t as hard as it seems. Try our ‘wagyu steak‘ recipe!
35. ASSAM LAKSA
Assam laksa is surprisingly hard to make, according to some people. But since assam laksa is everyone’s favourite, it’s worth the try.
What do you think is missing in the list? What should be eliminated?
Some of the above foods could also be found in the ‘Malaysian Meals In 30 Minutes‘ cookbook.
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