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Nate @ House of Annie

A Truly 1Malaysia dish!


wow, just wow. I really really want to eat those fritters and puffs.

Thank you for the wonderful post.

The addition of potato to a noodle dish is to me quite intriguing, have you seen that in other noodle dishes / regions in your travels?


This post makes me hungry! I love "Malaysia-on-a-plate" sounds like a delicious combination of cultures.


Re Albert's last comment - I rather think the combination of curry, potato and noodle is (curry potato)+ noodle, rather than potato+ (curry noodle)
Curry dish cooked with potato in Indonesian (specifically)curry powder is what I grew up with in Taipei.
Though of course, the addition of potato to a noodle dish may be common overthere, curry regardless.
If chips & spaghetti counted as potato & noodle, then yes, it is common here in UK especially in children's meals. Weird!


This post makes me hungry too :)


the puffs are known locally in malacca as epok sayur or kuih badak (the latter name refers to a different delicacy in some other regions)

Teri Y

I never knew about Peranakan Indians. Have always only known about Peranakans from the marriage of Malay and Chinese cultures, so this is very interesting to learn as an adult Malaysian.

The kari mee is very intriguing. Looks like it could be called Indian rojak noodles!


I'm yet to eat malay food so this was really informative to me!

I've eaten roti and dahl, but come on... I'm almost feeling stupid sharing this as I'm pretty sure it's nowhere near authentic stuff

Anyway, great post!


I love these puffs - we used to call them patties in India. I assume it is the British who brought them over - influenced by the french. Either way, i am glad they did. I devoured them growing up and now I make them here in the US.


Many thanks for the new round of posts on Malacca. I'm heading there later this year and appreciate the tips.


Delicious-looking variation on curry puffs!

One correction, though: most south Indian Malaysians are not vegetarian, any more than the Chitties are. The majority of us are Hindu and don't eat beef, but we eat poultry, fish & seafood, and even (in some cases) pork -- all the non-vegetarian options you'll encounter at your average banana-leaf lunch (which is, to me, quintessentially Malaysian Indian).


What a great Malaysian dish. Thanks for sharing this post.


Hi Preeta -- it wasn't the puffs that struck me as Indian-influenced, but the noodles with their distinctly Indian-ish (not Malay-ish) curry. But yes, I know how annoying it can be when folks assume all Indians (or all Buddhists) are vegetarian! We'd just come from a mtng with a Chitty community member who took pains to point out that unlike most other southern India-origin Malaysian Indians Chitties are definately NOT veg.


No no, that's my point! I know Chitties are not vegetarian, but neither are the vast majority of other south Indian-origin Malaysians! I'm not sure why your Chitty contact thinks we are!

Virginia Osborne

Those fritters and puffs look amazing. I had seen something similar in recipe contests at one point or another but wasn't aware it has a Malaysian origin. I definitely need to check into more of this style of cuisine.

Virginia O

Paleo diet

I’ve been dreaming of making this recipe since my recent issue of Bon Appetit came in the mail! Thanks for confirming the fact that I’m making it soon. :)


We visited Kampung Chitty last July while spending a few lovely days in old Chinatown in Melaka. It was well worth the long, hot walk. The Kampung is a beautiful little place - so quiet, peaceful and green compared to the nearby parts of Melaka. And the neighbouring temples are amazing. We remember a lovely elderly lady offering to bring us water after looking at us hot, unacclimatized Australians looking like we were going to die as we walked by her house in the midday sun.


I passed by this spot yesterday but the stall looks to be gone - no sign of an off-duty stand, either. Luckily, we managed to find the same fried dumplings at a different stall (delicious!)

The cook told us that the name of the dumplings in Malay translated to "rhinoceros vegetable" in English!


Oh gosh, sorry to hear that! But thanks very much for the update.

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