The one unexpected dish Malaysians crave?

By Jonathan Cheng


Malaysia is a bustling melting pot where people of various ethnicities and religions unite. Being one of the most multicultural nations in the world is beautifully reflected in our food. It goes without saying, Malaysians have one thing in common: our insatiable craving for each other's cuisine

 

If we said "Malaysian food", what comes to mind? Pretty sure it would be Nasi lemak or Roti Canai. Correct?

However, there is that one underrated dish most would not think of at first but once we reveal it, most of you would immediately start drooling over it.

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Can you guess? Here's a hint. Its sauce has a creamy and viscous texture that drips slowly over any meat, making for an Insta-worthy photo. Let me clue you in a little more, its key ingredient is milk. Now, are you picturing what it is?

Either you have figured it out from the image or would have agreed it to be the most underrated food ever. It is buttermilk chicken (or any meat at all)! For the sake of simplicity, we're just going to call it buttermilk chicken.


To kick your buttermilk chicken up a notch, try adding curry leaves and every Malaysian's favourite, cannot-live-without ingredient, chili padi to create a tantalizing aroma. The chicken can be made more tender by marinating them overnight but did you know, buttermilk itself makes meat more tender. Like thicker sauces? Throw in some cornstarch. Whatever your preferences are (hey, we won't judge), buttermilk chicken is an absolute comfort food which serves as a mood booster to those drowning in school or work.


We're not done with the topic of butter yet. A recipe which is much more well-known globally would be butter chicken or murgh makhani. A simple Google search about butter chicken and this is the one that will most likely show up on the first page. It is made with several key ingredients like spices, yogurt-marinated chicken, cream, tomato paste, garam masala etc. 




The final type of butter chicken would be the famous buttermilk fried chicken with origins in the USA. Hold up. Where is the buttermilk sauce? As the name suggests, there is no sauce, but instead, buttermilk fried chicken is prepared by marinating the chicken in buttermilk to tenderise it. The result? Tender, flaky, crispy, with a hint of sweetness plus everything we love about fried chicken!


What is one thing all 3 types of butter chicken share in common?

If you want to satisfy your cravings with any type of butter chicken and have the perfect meal on a gloomy day, an overnight marination is highly recommended.


No time to do all of that? At Hawkr, we have 5 passionate home cooks that can satisfy your buttermilk cravings by delivering straight to your doorstep. As long as you are in Klang Valley, we deliver for only RM4.99!