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Easy Malaysian side dish/app?

Having friends over for dinner this weekend, one of whom is vegan. Thinking of slightly adapting Ottolenghi's mee goreng recipe to make it 100% vegan. I am looking for a simple, preferably make-ahead Malaysian and vegan side dish or appetizer to make the meal more complete. I am utterly unfamiliar with this cuisine (though I have made the mee goreng recipe before and liked it quite a lot) and need suggestions! Coming up with a vegan menu is a bit of a challenge for me but I also enjoy the challenge! Thanks in advance.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

asked about 2 years ago
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Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

Here is a link to the mee goreng recipe, in case it's helpful: http://www.ottolenghi.co...

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added about 2 years ago

Wikipedia says street vendors commonly serve it with Nasi Goreng. But, instead of that you might want to go for a hearty appetizer, then serve fresh fruit for dessert. The internet has recipes for vegan potstickers and vegan lettuce wraps, which are both fun ways to start a meal. Either way your vegan friend will love you for serving such a delicious main course.

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

soup as first course. Vegetarian Curry Mee (flavor profile similar to Thai curry or chicken soup). Can also beef it up (sorry about pun) with tofu, mushroom, seitan (wheat protein). http://trenklea01.wordpress...

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

Oops! Just read the Ottolenghi mee goreng recipe...it's too close to the soup. Save Vegetarian Curry Mee for another day.

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added about 2 years ago

Mee goreng is normally a complete meal on its own. But, you can put slices of fresh cucumber, tomato, lettuce, crispy shallots, and lime on the side; krupuk udang (savory shrimp fried cracker - if you can find it in Asian market, or any Asian savory cracker), sambal, sweet soy sauce, and also Malaysian pickled vegetables. Those would be plenty sides!

If you want to make it more ommph, I would add a Malaysian dessert after the dinner, such as Pandan Chiffon Cake that uses relatively familiar technique. There are two recipes in food52, but I haven't tried any. You can also google the recipe too.

*If you can find sweet soy sauce, you should be able to find pandan flavoring (easier) or pandan leaves (tastier) in that shop.

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added about 2 years ago

Forgot she is a vegan. For dessert, it can be 'malaysian banana fritters', or 'mung bean soup', 'black gelatinous rice pudding', or 'sago pudding'. All those only requires 1 pot.

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Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

Thanks very much for all the great ideas. The fresh veg/Asian cracker/pickled veg idea was just what I was looking for -- tasty, authentic, make ahead and EASY! Found a recipe for Malaysian spicy pickled vegetables that looks great, went to the Asian market today for the ingredients. Our friends are taking care of dessert, so though the suggestions are great, I'm covered there. Thanks again!

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added about 2 years ago

You're welcome! =D