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Ask most people what they know about Malaysian food and you're likely to be met with a blank stare. But start naming dishes – chicken satay, beef rendang, laksa – and suddenly they'll realise they not only know Malaysian food, they love it. Who hasn't nibbled on a shop-bought satay stick at a buffet or seen rendang on a pub menu on curry night?
We think it's time this Asian cuisine claimed its share of the limelight, and the good news is that shops around the country seem to agree. Malaysian ingredients and flavourings, such as Kicap Manis (sweetened soy sauce), palm sugar and sambal oelek (a fiery chilli paste) are now widely available, and in Sainsbury's, too. Peter Lloyd, chef at top Malaysian restaurant Spice Market in London, has shared his secrets with us and this is our version of his delicious black pepper shrimp recipe to get you in the Malay mood.
What's your favourite Malaysian dish? Tell us in the comments box below.
Spice Market restaurant in Covent Garden is currently offering a special Malaysian tasting menu for £48 a head.
BLACK PEPPER SHRIMP WITH OVEN-DRIED PINEAPPLE
Serves 4 as a starter