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Nothing brings Malaysians together more than food. Celebrate Merdeka at home by cooking your favourite Malaysian dishes.

1. Malaysia: Recipes From a Family Kitchen by Ping Coombes 

Winner of 2014 MasterChef UK, Ping Coombes—along with fellow MasterChef winners, Adam Liaw and Diana Chan—are passionate about introducing the world to the complex and rich flavours of Malaysian and South-East Asian cuisine. Coombes' cookbook is the ultimate beginner's guide to some of our favourite Malaysian dishes, such as chicken curry, chilli pan mee and chilli crab with fried mantau. She provides a comprehensive explanation of essential ingredients that can make or break a dish, from kicap manis to kaffir lime leaves. 

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The best way to learn how to cook the best Malaysian food is to learn it from the older generation but their 'agak-agak' or intuitive cooking style that comes from decades of experience can sometimes be difficult to follow. As a solution, we recommend these cookbooks that provide easy recipes for beloved Malaysian snacks, dishes and desserts from all around the country. 

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2. Penang Local: Cult Recipes From the Streets That Make the City by Aim Aris and Ahmad Salim

Part cookbook and part travel journal, Penang Local takes us to food lover's paradise. Find easy recipes for beloved local dishes, including char kuey teow, laksa and cendol, to recreate at home, while exploring the multicultural influences that shape this vibrant and historic Malaysian island. 

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3. Kristang Family Cookbook by Chef Melba Nunis

The Kristang community has its roots in Melaka, since the Portuguese colonised the coastal city in 1511. And at the forefront of keeping the unique culture and cuisine of this creole ethnic group of mixed Portuguese-Malaccan people alive is Chef Melba Nunis. Her award-winning cookbook features more than 60 recipes of the most famous Kristang dishes, from fiery debal curry and black sotong sambal to indulgent sweet sago biji gula melaka and pang su see (Eurasian sweet potato buns). 

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4. The Best Of Chef Wan: A Taste of Malaysia by Chef Wan

Malaysia's official food ambassador and past recipient of the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Chef Wan's cookbook is as friendly and approachable as his on-screen personality. Cook your way through 138 recipes of his favourite Malaysian dishes and once you graduate, you can take on volume two of this cookbook!

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5. Malaysia's Culinary Heritage by Hamidah Abdul Hamid and Kalsom Taib

Hamidah Abdul Hamid and Kalsom Taib are the dynamic duo behind Gourmand Award-winning cookbook, Johor Palate: Tanjung Puteri Recipes, which celebrates the best of Johorean cuisine, from the signature laksa johor to nasi ambeng and mee bandung muar. This year, they have returned with a brand new cookbook of 230 delicious recipes, which explore traditional Malaysian dishes and their interpretations which vary from state to state. 

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