Malaysian Sarawak Recipes

The eyes are the window to the soul, but food is the window to the culture. Malaysia is an eclectic mixture of people from many regions. Substantial influence comes from the Chinese and Indian cultures, dating back to when trade with those countries began in Malaysia. Persian, Arabic, and British are other regions that influence Malaysian culture. This blending of cultures makes the food in Malaysia exciting and unique! I got a taste of this uniqueness at a Malaysian cooking class in Kuching city in the state of Sarawak. Here are two of my favorite recipes from that adventure. See a part of this cooking class in the corresponding video on my YouTube channel.

Sarawak Laksa Chicken

|Serves: 2 persons|Preparation time: 10 minutes|Cooking time: 40 minutes|


• 2 pieces chicken thigh

• 100gram Sarawak Laksa paste

• 300ml coconut milk

• 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised

• 1 stalk ginger torch flower, sliced thinly

• 2 pieces dried tamarind

• 2 teaspoon salt

• 2 teaspoon sugar

• 2 tablespoon oil


1. Heat oil in wok.

2. Add pounded lemongrass and sliced ginger torch flower.

3. Add laksa paste until it releases its oil

4. Add chicken and dried tamarind slices. Fry for about 10 minutes

5. Add coconut milk. Bring to boil before adding salt and sugar to taste.

6. Simmer 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

Nasi Ulam

|Serves: 2 persons|Preparation time: 40 minutes|Cooking time: 5 minutes|


• 500g cooked rice, cooled

• 50g grated coconut meat


• 1 cm piece ginger

• 1 stalk lemongrass

• 3 shallots

• 4 cloves garlic

• 1 turmeric leaf

• 3 kaffir lime leaves

• 1 torch ginger flower

• Any herbs/flower to taste


1. Combine shredded coconut and sliced

herbs with rice in bowl. Toss well and serve

These are only two of the fabulous recipes we learned from the cooking class at the Indah House Kuching. Check out their full class experience for more Sarawak inspired dishes!

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