Malaysia, Singapore, & Kuwait

Malaysia

Original Word: Michigan
Nationality: Malaysian
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Population: 29,179,952
43rd largest country in the world.
Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Singapore

Original Word: Noodles
Nationality: Singaporean
Language: Mandarin
Population: 5,353,494
114th largest country in the world.
Capital: Singapore

Laksa (Spicy Soup)

2 large shallots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1 red chile, de-seeded and minced
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oil
4 cups chicken broth
1 small can coconut cream (about 1/2 cup)
lime juice
Serve with cooked rice noodles, cabbage, bean sprouts, cooked chicken, green onions, lime…

1. Mix together shallot, garlic, ginger, chile, fish sauce, and sugar. Make into a paste with a blender. You may need water to help it move.
2. Heat oil in a wok. Fry paste for a few minutes. More if there is a lot of water. It should be thick and be fragrant.
3. Add chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add coconut cream and simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Finish with lime juice.
6. To serve load your bowl with your toppings and noodles. Top it with broth.

This was soooooooo good! It would be great on a cold rainy day. Also, a great potluck change-up. You could make the broth and have everyone bring something different. You could do the same with Pho. I will definitely be making this again. You could even make the paste and freeze it.

Kuwait

Original Word: Oil
Nationality: Kuwaiti
Language: Arabic
Population: 2,646,314
140th largest country in the world.
Capital: Kuwait City

Gers Ogaily (Cardamom Saffron Cake)

2 eggs
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cardamom
pinch of saffron (mixed with 1 tbsp hot water steep for a minute)

Preheat oven 350F/175C. Grease a round cake pan with butter. Beat eggs and sugar. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. It should be like a brownie batter a little on the thicker side. Bake for 20 minutes.

This cake reminded me of angel food cake. It would be great served with tropical fruit because it is dry. It would also be great as an accompaniment to chai tea.

Let me know what you think!

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