I haven’t posted Malaysian recipes for a while, so much so that sometimes I question myself if my blog’s name still fits its recent content. Malaysian food is my native cuisine and the passion, love, and enthusiasm I have will never change. Truth be told, I’ve been trying to save my Malaysian recipes, for the possible opportunity to work on a Malaysian cookbook in the future.
As most of you know, my Chinese cookbook will be released in Fall 2011 (most likely in September). I had wanted to write a Malaysian cookbook, sharing recipes and dishes that define the enormously diverse and scrumptious but underrated cuisine. Malaysian food is the unsung hero of Asian cuisines, as pointed out by Guardian UK recently. It’s too bad that the publishers in the US are not keen on a niche and somewhat unknown Malaysian cookbook. With the recent praises in the US media about Malaysian cuisine, such as Saveur 100 about kaya—a quintessential Malaysian concoction of coconut and egg jam, I hope that one day I’ll be able to shop for a deal to get a Malaysian cookbook published here in the United States.
Anyway, I digress…
Daging masak kicap or soy sauce beef is one of the beef dishes I often make at home. It’s an easy Malay recipe but the taste is absolutely delicious. It takes only a few ingredients—a tender cut of beef, soy sauce, and sweet soy sauce. I use shallots as an aromatic but onion is equally fine. I love drizzling the sauce over my steamed white rice, with a side of sambal belacan for a truly homey Malaysian meal. Do try out this soy sauce beef recipe!