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Malaysia has a food waste problem because the citizens are used to throwing food away without thinking.
just last year, New Straits Times reported that Malaysians threw away 4,081 tons of edible food.
The Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) found that last year 24% of food waste, such as leftover vegetables and meat, could still be consumed.
Education Officer N.V. Subbarow of the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) said the amount of food thrown could potentially feed 12 million people three times a day.
He suggested that Malaysians try to make new meals from the leftover food to reduce food waste and food loss in the country.
Here are some recipes to try if you have food leftovers or food that is about to expire. As always, these recipes are only guides and you can adapt them to your taste.
1. Instant noodle chicken murtabak
Foods needed: Maggi (or equivalent), chicken, eggs, carrot, mozzarella cheese
Nothing screams comfort food other than Maggi goreng. This recipe is great if you have instant noodles, eggs, and vegetables that you need to use up quickly.
There are several variations of the dish, so have fun experimenting with the recipes here. One of the recipes listed is a recipe from Khairul Aming!
2. The Malaysian style kebab
The food you need: pita bread, minced meat, carrots, onions, leafy vegetables such as cabbage or lettuce
The Malaysian-style kebab is not served on a skewer; it looks more like a dorayaki sandwich made with pita bread. The other ingredients you need are oyster sauce, mayonnaise, chili sauce, tomato sauce and black pepper.
Those who made it said it smells and tastes as good as it looks. Find out for yourself through the . to follow recipe here.
3. Refreshing salad
Foods needed: Japanese cucumber, corn, honey cherry tomatoes, yellow onion, feta cheese, olive oil, honey, black pepper, coriander, dill, black olives
Salads can look bland and taste the same. However, with this homemade recipe you see salads in a different way and it is so easy to prepare. You just need to cook the sweetcorn.
To make the salad, all you need to do is mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. If you want to “spice” it up a bit, you can use an alcoholic dressing.
4. Sandwich with beef and cheese with fries
The food you need: white bread, cheese, roast beef, chips/sweet potato fries
This one recipe is a great way to quickly use up leftover white bread and chips. The result is a delicious and sinful meal that you may even want to cook from scratch the next day. It’s great for brunch, dinner or a late night snack. We don’t judge.
5. Seasoned French toast
The food you need: bread or rolls, eggs, milk, vanilla ice cream, maple syrup or honey
To make the spiced French toast you will need cinnamon, but you can also opt for a regular ‘non-seasoned’ version. This one recipe is great if you need to quickly use up leftover milk, bread rolls, or the last drops of your maple syrup or honey.
6. Banana and Honey Muffins
The necessary food: bananas, eggs, milk
Like the avocado, bananas ripen either too slowly or too quickly. If the bunch of bananas ripen quickly at home, you can mix it all with milk and vanilla ice cream to make a banana milkshake, or you can make yummy muffins.
For this recipe you will need baking powder, self raising flour and an oven.