If you love Malaysian food or Vietnamese food, then these recipes are for you! Check out this list of some of our favorite Malaysian and Vietnamese inspired dishes.
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1. Karipap: Malaysian Curry Empanadas
It is believed that curry puffs were created by the Malay people from the Malays Peninsula and they closely resemble the Portuguese empanada. They are widely available at Malay or Indian street food stalls, cafés, and marketplaces. In Malaysia, curry puffs are a snack enjoyed by every person of all ages. These Karipap: Malaysian Curry Empanadas by Daphne Goh can be eaten for breakfast, as afternoon snacks, or as entrée. They are also perfect as finger food for parties and guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
2. Vietnamese Pho
Source: Vietnamese Pho
This amazing vegan Vietnamese Pho by Jenny Connelly will be your new favorite dish! If you have any soup leftover, it tastes just as great the next day or you could even try freezing it for a day you don’t fancy cooking.
3. Murtabak: A Malaysian Treat
Source: Murtabak: A Malaysian Treat
This delicious Murtabak (a Malaysian treat) by Vaishali Honawar is made with vegan sausage, is cooked with a mixture of spices and onions. Contrasted with the crispy-thin overlay of bread, it is deliciousness itself.
4. Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich
Source: Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich
Banh mi sandwiches are some of the best Vietnamese street food you can eat and these bad boys are no exception. The baked tofu is perfectly textured and the marinade is outstanding. When you throw that on a bun and add some homemade slaw, you got yourself some tasty sandwiches. You have to try this Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich by Molly Patrick!
5. Golden Pineapple Curry
Source: Golden Pineapple Curry
The inspiration for this dish hails from Malaysia. Traditionally served with prawns and made with plenty of oil, this version is oil free and uses tofu (because tofu is boss). Any dish in Malaysia or Indonesia that has the word “Lemak” in it is guaranteed to be rich and delicious. This Golden Pineapple Curry by Molly Patrickis no exception.
6. Crisp and Crunchy Vietnamese Vermicelli Veggie Salad
Bun or rice vermicelli is a staple in Vietnam that is found in many dishes including soup. This Crisp and Crunchy Vietnamese Vermicelli Veggie Salad by The Kind Cook is flavored with mint and basil. The dressing is a lovely flavor combination of red chili, lemongrass, lime and rice wine vinegar. This salad or “goi” is a perfect summer meal or side dish.
7. Malaysian Butternut Squash Laksa
Source: Malaysian Butternut Squash Laksa
Laksa is a spicy noodle soup, popular in both Chinese and Malaysian cuisine. A good laksa broth is balanced by warm spices, spicy chili peppers, creamy coconut milk, fresh lemongrass, and a squeeze of lime juice. This Malaysian Butternut Squash Laksa by Maikki Vasala incorporates roasted butternut squash, making this noodle dish ideal for cold days.
8. Vietnamese Pho With Mushrooms and Tofu
This Vietnamese Pho With Mushrooms and Tofu by Sofia Von Porat is warm, filling, and fragrant. The mushrooms and tofu provide the bulk of the protein and the vegetable broth and soy sauce combine to make a delicious base. Most Vietnamese people enjoy this dish for breakfast, which you are welcome to do as well, or make it if you’re in need of a quick and easy lunch.
9. Char Kway Teow: Malaysian Stir-Fried Rice Noodles
This Char Kway Teow: Malaysian Stir-Fried Rice Noodles by Rosalie Livingstone is savory and salty and comes together fairly easily. Although the original version of this dish contains lots of meat and egg-based ingredients, this version is just as delicious.
10. Bahn Xeo: Vietnamese Pancakes
These Bahn Xeo: Vietnamese Pancakes by Aisling Tuck are just like savory crêpes except they are thicker and more delicious. The turmeric gives them a lovely color and ties the delicate mixture of flavors together seamlessly. The additional crunch from the fresh vegetables makes these pancakes irresistible.
11. Nasi Goreng Cina: Malaysian Fried Rice
Molly Patrick‘s Malaysian Fried Rice is one of the easiest things to whip up. The most important part of this recipe is the ginger, garlic, onions, and the sauce. Apart from that, it’s versatile. If you have other veggies in your fridge that you need to use, feel free to add them or substitute them for any of the veggies in this recipe. You can also make your rice a day ahead. It not only saves time but day old rice has a nice texture because it is dryer than rice right after it is cooked, which helps absorb the flavors more.
12. Banh Cuon Chay: Vietnamese Steamed Rolled Cakes With a Mushroom Filling
Bánh cuốn chay are steamed, rolled rice cakes originating from Vietnam. This recipe for Banh Cuon Chay: Vietnamese Steamed Rolled Cakes With a Mushroom Filling by Lan Pham Wilsonguides you through all the steps, from making your own rice crepes, to making the mushroom filling, and the garlicky soy sauce. The rice cakes are delightfully light and the filling is deliciously savory. Drizzle these rice cakes with the homemade sauce and serve them as an appetizer with an extra bowl of sauce for dipping
13. Seitan Satay With Spicy Peanut Sauce
This is a delectable veganized version of chicken satay that far surpasses the stuff you would get out of a grubby paper delivery bag. This homemade Seitan Satay With Spicy Peanut Sauce by Johanne Rosenthal is smokey, moist, and delicious and the spicy peanut sauce is creamy and delicious – plus it doubles as a marinade for the seitan so there’s less work for you.
14. Bahn Mi Portobello Burgers
Source: Banh Mi Portobello Burgers
Vietnamese food is spicy and sour and sweet. A Banh Mi without the meat and the mayo was essentially a pickled veg sandwich which is no fun. These Banh Mi Portobello Burgers by Sasha Gilltaste similar to the real thing with all plant-based ingredients!
15. Spicy Curry Laksa
Source: Spicy Curry Laksa
Laksa is a spicy rice noodle soup that’s popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and other Southeast Asian countries. There are many different regional varieties of this soup, but curry laksa is distinct for being especially rich and savory thanks to the use of coconut milk. This Spicy Curry Laksa by Tiana Haines is simple to make, nourishing, and full of fresh, vibrant flavors. You have to try it!
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