Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa - Worlds's Best 50 Food!

Fancy spicy sour tangy noodle dish!

Asam Laksa is no doubt a dish every Malaysian are familiar with or have eaten before. It is a national pride due to its explosive rice noodle fish-based dish in combination of tangy, spicy, and savoury flavours

Asam is the Malay word for any ingredients that makes a dish tastes sour. This type of Asam is commonly known Asam Gelugor, Asam Keping which originate from a perennial fruit known as Garcinia. This large rainforest tree is native to the tropical climate in Malaysia and other parts of South East Asia.

Asam Laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles. The main ingredient for asam laksa is the thick fish broth, normally ‘ikan kembung’ (small mackerel) cooked in chillies, spices, asam, ‘bunga kantan’ (torch ginger flower). To bring out the aroma and flavours, Asam Laksa is typically garnished with finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, lettuce, pineapple with few common mint leaves. Depending on individual taste buds, a dab of ‘petis udang’, a thick spicy sweet aromatic shrimp paste can be added.

You either love or hate it, but Asam Laksa has garnered so much popularity it has been named by CNN as one of the World’s Best 50 Foods! https://my.asiatatler.com/dining/penang-assam-laksa-voted-as-world-best-on-cnn-global-list-of-best-foods

Teh Tarik (Malaysia Special Pulled Tea Drink)

Teh Tarik is and has always been a favourite among Malaysians.

Teh Tarik is a rich creamy hot tea with a special aroma and flavour that tantalizes your taste buds. Available at every coffee shop or kopitiam, tea stall, breakfast joint, eat-out and cafe, and this hot tea beverage is considered the national drink of Malaysia. With the ability to pull together a multicultural nation, Teh Tarik is truly a national drink and holds a special place in the hearts of Malaysians and enjoyed by the people of neighbouring countries.

Teh tarik can be consumed by everyone at any time of the day and anywhere. Malaysians will normally take teh tarik during breakfast and tea time, with a meal of roti canai and curry.

The key is in the preparation:
Black tea, sugar, milk, together, these ingredients sound like they make for an almost standard cup of tea, but there is something rather special about its preparation. After combining these three-main ingredients, the tea is then ‘pulled’, which means the tea mixture is poured from one jug to another jug repeatedly. Tea pulling is not just for showmanship, but it more to introduce air into the tea, to create a nice froth layer on the top of the tea, and also to ensure all the ingredients are well blended.

Drink it or leave it?? LOL… for sure you don’t want to miss trying a cup of this best ever drink once you step in Malaysia.  Although it’s great to go to Malaysia , you don’t need to travel so far to experience this traditional and delicious drink… it is available right here in Aberdeen at Selera Malaysia Bistro. Give it a try. You’ll love it at the first sip!