With Ramadan fast approaching, it’s time to start scouring the Internet for recipes that will impress and sate the appetites of your family and win the approval from your mother-in-law.

Instead of buying food from the Ramadan bazaar for the first day of the season, try whipping up a feast – it will definitely win you some brownie points with her. Though the saying is ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,’ I personally think that this idiom should be changed to ‘the way to a Malaysian’s heart is through their stomach.’ Because our culture is so food-centric, it’s not so farfetched to believe that we can actually win the approval of mother-in-laws with a couple of great tasting dishes.

As our website has thousands of recipes, we have picked out a few that we feel would be appropriate for this season.

1. Bubur Lambuk Ayam. Click here for recipe.


During Ramadan, bubur is a popular starter for Iftar meals. Rather than going out to buy some bubur, why not impress your mother-in-law with homemade bubur? It will be a great way to start off the first Iftar meal and the Ramadan season. Bubur is prepared differently across the states of Malaysia, but here’s a recipe for a savoury version of the dish – Bubur Lambuk Ayam.

2. Ayam Masak Merah. Click here for recipe.


Like Nasi Lemak, Ayam Masak Merah is a huge hit among Malaysians throughout the year. Ayam Masak Merah is typically sold together with a helping of Nasi Tomato at the many Ramadan bazaars. Try our recipe, which is full of flavour, and impress the entire family.

3. Kepala Ikan Merah Asam Pedas Melaka (Malaccan Spicy Fish Head). Click here for recipe.


Spicy food is always a yummy addition to the dinner table. The Malaccan Spicy Fish Head offers a lovely blend of spices and flavour that will delight all at the dinner table. This recipe is also a great alternative to Ayam Masak Merah or Rendang, if you’re looking to change things up a bit.

4. Beef Serunding. Click here for recipe.

Amy Beh serunding

Serunding is a must have for this festive season. It’s a side dish that’s traditionally eaten with lemang, ketupat or lontong but it’s also eaten with rice or bread or in a bun these days. This dish will definitely impress your mother-in-law as it demonstrates the amount of effort and dedication that you put into cooking up a delicious dish for your loved ones.

5. Sambal Prawns. Click here for recipe.


Sambal prawns is one of the ever-growing list of popular dishes in Malaysia. There are many ways to cook sambal prawns. This dish is great whether it’s served with rice, roti jala or anything else you feel like having.

6. Special Fried Chicken. Click here for recipe.


A classic and simple dish that can be prepared easily. There’s also a dipping sauce to go with it.

7. Bread Pudding with Custard Sauce. Click here for recipe.

Bread pudding

Sweeten the deal by making this bread pudding with caramel sauce.

8. No-bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake. Click here for recipe.

No-bake Chocolate Cake

Here’s a Malaysian non-baked dessert called Kek Batik, named for the cake’s resemblance to the fabric.

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