An Easy to Prepare Malaysian Party Menu

When I ran a Malaysian restaurant in London, diners often asked for different dishes that make up a complete Malaysian meal. This is one of many combinations for a successful dinner party. I have chosen this particular menu as most of these dishes can be prepared way beforehand, needing only to be warmed up when it is time to eat.

All the dishes recommended here have different qualities to them in terms of taste and presentation. People often look for variety—different meats and vegetables, and after several heavy courses, I prefer finishing up with a light, refreshing fruit rather than another heavy dessert.

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    Soup – Malaysian ABC Soup

    Malaysian potato carrot and tomato soup

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    Serve this soup steaming hot - it tastes better that way. If your guests are famished, the potatoes and carrots in this first course will help stave off the hunger. The ABC soup is great for clearing the palate and the gentle scent of the peppercorn is a happy presage of the food to come.

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    Starter - Chicken Satay

    Satay Ayam
    Chicken Satay. © Dennis K H Sim, licensed to

    Chicken Satays are a delicious and popular finger food. Remember to serve them with the Satay Sauce – they go together like cookies and cream.

    If you are not planning on having the barbeque going during your party, you can cook the Satays beforehand. Cover them with foil so they don’t get too dry and leave them in an oven on the lowest heat possible. For additional moisture, fill an oven-safe container with water and put it into the oven together with the Satays.

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    Dip - Satay Sauce

    Sambal Satay
    Satay Sauce. © Dennis K H Sim, licensed to

    You can make a big portion of Satay Sauce days or even weeks before your party. Just store it in the freezer in a microwaveable container. Whenever you need some, microwave the required portion until it is steaming hot. Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl and serve it with the Chicken Satays.

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    Main Course - Sambal Fish

    Sambal Ikan Goreng
    Sambal Fish. © Dennis K H Sim, licensed to

    The Sambal Fish is easy to make and the spicy and sweet sauce will go down well with most guests. If you have children or guests who cannot handle spicy food, serve a portion of the fish without the Sambal Sauce.

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    Fruit - Pomelo

    Pomelos from Southeast Asia
    Pomelo - eat it as it is at room temperature or chilled. © Dennis K H Sim, licensed to

    After a meal composed of several courses, Malaysians tend to finish up with fruits. Pomelos are refreshing and most of all, known to be good for health!