25 Mouthwatering Dishes Of Malaysia

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One of the best things about living in or visiting Malaysia is the food everyone says. It is cheap and plentiful. I wanted to share with all of you some of the absolutely delicious dishes that Malaysia has to offer. I know many of them are meat based and I am not promoting meat, but there are vegetarian versions of all of them. Some of the vegetarian versions are more delicious and more healthier than their meat counterparts. If you have not been to Malaysia before and you’re planning for a visit, the food here will definitely keep you coming back many say.

These 25 mouthwatering food showcase just how rich and varied Malaysia’s culinary tradition is. For friends who are vegetarian, like I am, please don’t worry. There are quite a number of vegetarian restaurants in Malaysia such as Kechara Oasis, who can make some of the food listed below using vegetarian alternatives.

I hope you enjoy feasting your eyes on the dishes included in this article and do let me know your thoughts and experiences of Malaysian food in the comments section below.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

1. Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa is a spicy fish-based rice noodle soup. It is one of the most famous dishes from Peranakan cuisine. This type of food is a fusion of both Chinese and traditional Malay cuisines that developed amongst the Peranakans, who are the descendants of Chinese migrants who settled in parts of Malaysia and whose culture intermingled with that of the local Malays. It’s an extremely popular and widespread dish in Malaysia. You can find it everywhere, especially on the streets of Penang, one of the 13 states of Malaysia.

Asam Laksa consists of fish, shredded cucumber, onions, pineapple, red chillies, common mint, lettuce, daun kesum (Vietnamese mint) and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). It’s mostly served with thick rice noodles and some prawn paste for flavouring, though some might find this a little uncomfortable due to the strong taste.

Vegetarian versions of this dish can be found at Be Lohas at KLIA2, Water Lily Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Beyond Veggie in Kuala Lumpur and Veggie Planet in Melaka.

 

2. Rojak

Rojak

Rojak

Rojak is a traditional salad dish made from various fruit and vegetables. It’s usually served with a generous amount of prawn paste, though this may not be suitable for people who can’t stand the strong taste. In Malaysia, there are four different types of rojak: fruit rojak, rojak Penang, sotong kangkung and Indian rojak.

Fruit rojak typically consists of cucumber, pineapple, jicama (or Mexican turnip), bean sprouts and deep-fried tofu (tau pok and you tiao). The dressing for this rojak is usually made from belacan (shrimp paste), water, sugar, lime juice, chilli and topped up with crushed peanuts.

Rojak Penang is quite similar to fruit rojak except that it usually includes extra ingredients such as guava, jambu air (java apple), raw mango and squid fritters. The dressing for this rojak is thicker, with an almost caramel-like consistency.

Sotong kangkung is a popular dish throughout Malaysia and can easily be found at many food stalls. This rojak consists of sotong (cuttlefish) and kangkung (water spinach), cucumbers, bean curd, peanuts, chilli and sauce.

Indian rojak, also known as mamak rojak or pasembor, has a thick peanut sauce that is both sweet and spicy. Ingredients for this version include boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts, cucumber. Some types of Indian rojak also include bean curd, deep fried dough fritters, prawn fritters or cuttlefish.

Rojak is a common dish, being sold in restaurants, mamak stalls, mobile vendors in food trucks, or even at road-side stalls.

 

3. Roti Canai

Roti Canai

Roti Canai

Roti Canai is a type of Indian-inspired flatbread that can be found throughout the many ‘mamak’ stalls in Malaysia. These stalls are famous for their Indian-style dishes and developed from the Muslim Tamil immigrants who settled in Malaysia. In Chinese it’s sometimes referred to as “flying bread/ 飞饼” due to the process of spinning and tossing the dough before cooking. Most of the time, it’s also referred to as “印度煎饼”, meaning Indian pancake. Traditionally, Roti Canai is serve with dhal (lentil curry) or any other type of curry popular in mamak stalls, such as fish curry, chicken curry, mutton curry, etc. Another popular way that Roti Canai is served is with a generous sprinkling of white sugar, a favourite for those with a sweet tooth.

Apart from the usually style, there are many other variations of Roti Canai, such as Roti Telur (egg bread), Roti Tisu (tissue bread) that is paper thin and flaky, Roti Bawang (onion bread), Roti Telur Bawang (egg and onion bread), Roti Pisang (banana bread), Roti Planta (margarine bread) that is often served with sugar, and many more.

 

4. Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a Malay dish, made from fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan (screw pine) leaf. It’s considered the national dish of Malaysia and you can easily find it everywhere. This dish is also famous in neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Thailand.

The traditional Malaysian version of nasi lemak often contains ikan bilis (anchovies), sambal (a type of spicy paste), peanuts and boiled eggs. Most nasi lemak stalls can also be found serving sambal kerang (cockles) with fried egg, sambal squids, fried chicken, rendang, sambal fish and more. If you’re a vegetarian, you don’t need to worry about this because there are many restaurants such as Simple Life in Kuala Lumpur and Yummy Garden in Jalan Ujong, Melaka, which offer vegetarian nasi lemak. These restaurants substitute real anchovies with vegetarian mock anchovies.

 

5. Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun is a rice noodle roll dish. It is a Cantonese dish and originates from Southern China and Hong Kong. In Malaysia and Singapore, chee chong fun is often served with a black coloured sweet soy sauce. The Penang version of this dish uses a prawn paste, which is also black and sweet but has a toffee-like consistency.

In Ipoh, another food capital of Malaysia, chee cheong fun is often served in two ways, either dry or with a lot of sauce. For the dry version, it’s served with sesame seeds, soy sauce, fried shallots, onion oil, chilli sauce and pickled green chilli. For the version with a lot of sauce, it’s served with curry and mushroom gravy.

While certain locations would have slight variations on how the dish is served, you can find it practically everywhere in Malaysia.

 

6. Apam Balik

Apam Balik

Apam Balik

Apam Balik, also known as ban jian kuih (turnover pancake) is a type of griddled pancake common in Southeast Asia. It’s widely sold at roadside stalls throughout Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.

The batter for the pancake is made from flour, coconut milk, water, sugar, eggs and baking soda. Traditional fillings for the apam balik include crushed peanut granules with sugar, desiccated coconut and sweetcorn kernels. The dish has been declared a heritage food by the Malaysian Department of National Heritage.

 

7. Curry Mee

Curry Mee

Curry Mee

Curry Mee is an extremely flavourful and unique dish that draws from Chinese and Indian cuisine, and can be found in both Malaysia and Singapore. It usually consists of thin yellow noodles and or thin bee-hoon (rice vermicelli) with spicy curry soup, coconut milk, chilli paste and a choice of dao-pok (dried tofu), prawns, cuttlefish, chicken, cockles, and mint leaves.

 

8. Penang Hokkien Mee

Penang Hokkien Mee

Penang Hokkien Mee

Penang Hokkien Mee can be found in Malaysia and Singapore. It is originally from China’s Fujian (Hokkien) province and is a famous noodle dish. Traditionally, it’s served with prawn-based spicy soup, slices of chicken or pork, squid, prawn, fish cake, kangkung (water spinach) and sambal (chilli paste).

It is a very common dish, especially in Penang, and the soup has a very flavourful and rich taste which makes almost everyone fall in love with it.

 

9. Satay

Satay

Satay

Satay is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat. In Malaysia it is often served with peanut gravy, onions and cucumbers. Satay may consist of sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef and more. Satay is often grilled or barbecued over a charcoal fire.

It can be found in food courts all over Malaysia, at roadside food vendors and at pasar malam (nigh market) stalls. With a recent surge in vegetarian options, it can also be found in various vegetarian restaurants such as Kechara Oasis and Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe.

Satay is usually eaten alongside another dish called ketupat. This is rice dumpling, wrapped in palms leaves in the form a diamond shape. It is a staple food, and is usually eaten as a replacement to eating plain rice with your meal. When served with satay, it is removed from the palm leaves and sliced.

 

10. Lok-Lok

Lok-Lok

Lok-Lok

Lok-Lok is a Chinese form of steamboat, in which the food is skewered on a thin stick and immersed into boiling hot stock or soup until cooked. After that, it can be eaten along with a variety of sauces. Typically it is eaten with either a spicy peanut sauce, chilli sauce or sweet sauce to enhance its flavour.

Lok-Lok can be found sold by the roadside, in food courts and nearby lively junctions of Malaysian cities and towns. Lok-Lok includes a variety of bite-sized ingredients such as clams, cockles, pork intestines, pork liver, sausages, fish balls, meat balls, squid balls, shrimps, vegetables, vegetarian mock meat, mushrooms, and even some cooked items such as deep-fried wantons and deep fried bean curd skins.

 

11. Penang Kuey Teow Th’ng

Penang Kuey Teow Th’ng

Penang Kuey Teow Th’ng

Penang Kuey Teow Th’ng is a traditional Chinese flat noodle dish that is served in a bowl of chicken soup or duck soup. The ingredients include fish cakes, fish balls, shredded chicken or duck, chopped spring onions, bean sprouts, and served with chilli sauce on the side. It is truly a delicious, traditional and famous Malaysian dish and there are vegetarian versions of this dish available as well.

If you’re visiting Malaysia on a trip or vacation, you must try out the Kuey Teow Soup in Penang. Its fame comes from the fact that it is so delicious.

 

12. Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is a world-renowned dish that can be found in both Malaysia and Singapore. Char kway teow (flat noodles) are stir-fried over a very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, a small quantity of shrimp paste, whole prawns, deshelled cockles, bean sprouts and chopped Chinese chives. The dish is usually stir-fried with eggs, slices of Chinese sausage, fishcake, bean sprouts, and less commonly with other ingredients. Char kway teow is traditionally stir-fried in pork fat, with crisp croutons of pork lard. Char kway teow is commonly served on a piece of banana leaf on a plate, to increase the aroma of the noodles. Mouthwatering vegetarian versions can be requested and made, as most vendors are accommodating.

 

13. Wanton Noodles

Wanton Noodles

Wanton Noodles

Wanton Noodles is a Cantonese dish that originates from Guangzhou, China and it is widely served in other countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. There are two common versions of this dish that are available. In the first, the noodles are served with a bowl of chicken soup, and in the other, the noodles are served with black soy sauce. Toppings for the dish can include Chinese kale, wanton dumplings, five-spice roasted pork, and spring onion. Wanton noodles can be found at most food courts in Malaysia.

 

14. Otak-Otak

Otak-Otak

Otak-Otak

Otak-Otak is a dish that originates from Indonesia. It is also served in countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. Otak in Malay and Indonesian is directly translated as ‘brain’. Apparently, the dish is named after brains because of its soft and squishy texture.

Otak-Otak is commonly eaten with steamed rice as a side dish. The main ingredients are fish, spices and leek, which are wrapped with banana leaf. You can find the dish in many famous restaurants like Nyonya Colours and Lorong Seratus Tahun. Vegetarian versions made from mock meat can also be found.

 

15. Economic Fried Bee Hoon

Economic Fried Bee Hoon

Economic Fried Bee Hoon

Economic Fried Bee Hoon is a humble dish local to Malaysia and Singapore, and is particularly popular during breakfast hours. Economic bee hoon can be truly economical with a few simple additional ingredients like cabbage and egg.

It is a very simple and delicious dish. There are also other side dishes available to go with economy bee hoon such as curry vegetables, sambal long beans, fish cakes, cabbage and eggs.

 

16. Mee Goreng Mamak

Mee Goreng Mamak

Mee Goreng Mamak

Mee Goreng Mamak, is a simple yet flavourful dish that is quite common and can be found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. In the Malay language, mee goreng literally translates as ‘fried noodles’. The dish is usually cooked with fish, chicken or prawns, chilli, Chinese cabbage, cabbage, tomatoes, eggs, shallots and garlic. You can easily find this dish in mamak stalls all over Malaysia.

 

17. Economic Rice

Economic Rice

Economic Rice

Economic Rice is commonly known as mixed rice and can be found in countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. It does not refer to a specific dish and can be found in various food stalls. Depending on the vendor, there can be anywhere between 10 to 20 side dishes available to go with steamed rice. Economy Rice is predominantly thought of as a Chinese food. The dishes are very affordable, thus the name Economic Rice.

 

18. Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh is a very popular Teow Chew dish that originates from China. It can also be found in Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Southern Thailand and Indonesia. Bak kut teh translates directly as ‘pork bone tea’. It is usually boiled with Chinese herbs, garlic, star anise, cinnamon, mushroom, choi-sum, tofu sheets and dried tofu puffs. It is often served with steamed rice and youtiao / yau char kwai (strips of fried dough) for dipping into the soup. There are many restaurants in Malaysia, especially in Klang, Kuala Lumpur, that specialise in Bak Kut Teh as it is so popular.

 

19. KL Hokkien Mee

KL Hokkien Mee

KL Hokkien Mee

KL Hokkien Mee is Kuala Lumpur’s own unique black-coloured charcoal-fried noodles. The noodles are fried with lard, garlic, pork, pig’s liver, shrimps, squid, and cabbage. Broth is slowly added throughout the frying process, allowing the noodles to adsorb the stock slowly, thereby giving the noodle dish a very thick texture. Generous amounts of dark soy sauce is also added to the dish.

 

20. Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar is a popular northern Malaysian dish which originates from Penang. It consists of steamed fragrant rice and it’s normally served with a variety of curries poured over the rice and side dishes. The rice can be accompanied by fried chicken, rendang, lamb, fried fish, fried prawns, fried squid, cubed beef and more. Vegetarian side dishes usually include eggplant, okra, lettuce, and deep-fried bitter gourd. The variety of curries and side dishes gives nasi kandar a rich and diverse taste.

 

21. Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang is a Malaysian and Southern Thai dish. It is made from rice steamed in coconut milk and fenugreek seeds which gives it a unique fragrance. Other ingredients that accompany the rice include fish curry, hard-boiled eggs, pickled vegetables and chicken or beef rendang. This dish can be found along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia like Kelantan, Terengganu and Southern Thailand.

 

22. Nasi Briyani

Nasi Briyani

Nasi Briyani

Nasi Briyani (briyani rice) is an Indian mixed rice dish made with basmati rice and includes a mixture of spices, yoghurt, meat and or vegetables. The ingredients and spices used may include nutmeg, pepper, cloves, ghee (clarified butter), cardamom, bay leaves, cinnamon, coriander, mint leaves, ginger, onions, and garlic.

There’s a huge variety of nasi briyani such as muhroom briyani, beef briyani and vegetable briyani. Most of these can be found in mamak stalls or Indian restaurants throughout Malaysia.

 

23. Cendol

Cendol

Cendol

Cendol is a traditional dessert that originates from Indonesia. The standard ingredients for this dessert include coconut milk, worm-like pieces of green jelly that are normally made from rice flour and green food colouring derived from pandan leaves, shaved ice and palm sugar.

Cendol is quite a common dessert dish and can be found all over Malaysia. These days it is also served with a variety of additional toppings such as red beans, grass jelly, corn kernels and glutinous rice. With the most recent trend, cendol can even be found served with durian flesh and jack fruit.

 

24. Ais Kacang

Ais Kacang

Ais Kacang

Ais Kacang literally means ‘ice beans’ and is a popular Malaysian dessert. Ais Kacang was traditionally made of only shaved ice and red beans. But with the current diversity of ingredients, ais kacang also comes in bright colours with various toppings such as fruit.

It’s often served with attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, cubes of agar-agar (jelly), peanuts, and ice cream. A final topping of condensed milk, evaporated milk and/or coconut milk is drizzled over the mountain of shaved ice along with some syrup bandung (rose syrup). There are quite a number of varieties of ais kacang available all over Malaysia, and in some versions, instead of coconut milk, it’s served with gula melaka (palm sugar).

 

25. Durian

Durian

Durian

Durian is a very popular fruit in Southeast Asia. Known for its unique and strong smell, as well as its texture, it is called the ‘king of fruits’. Durian has a very spiky and green coloured outer layer which is inedible, however the seeds are covered in a yellow coloured flesh which you can eat and has a thick custard-like texture.

Durian has such a strong smell that it has been banned from certain restaurants and even hotels. Durian is one of the food that you either love or hate.

 

Vegetarian Options

For those of you around the world who are vegetarian, you can also experience Malaysian cuisine. The restaurants listed below have a number of vegetarian dishes cooked in the traditional style. This is just a small list and vegetarian restaurants can be found in all major cities and towns.

 

Kechara Oasis Jaya One

Address:
63 & 67-P1, Block D,
The Suites, Jaya One,
No 72A, Jalan Universiti,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Website: http://www.kecharaoasis.com
Phone: +6012 8188 384
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm

 

Kechara Oasis Viva Home Mall

Address:
Lot 2.08 2nd Floor,
West Wing,
Viva Home Mall,
85 Jalan Loke Yew,
55200 Kuala Lumpur.
Website: http://www.kecharaoasis.com
Phone: +6012 8188 384
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm

 

Be Lohas, KLIA2

Address:
L2M-19, Level 2M,
Terminal KLIA2,
Jalan KLIA 2/1,
64000 Sepang.
Phone: +608 7878 165
Opening hours: 6am – 12am

 

Water Lily Vegetarian Restaurant

Address:
23 Jalan Tun H S Lee,
50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: +603 2070 6561
Opening hours: 10am – 9:30pm

 

Beyond Veggie

There are approximately 14 Beyond Veggie restaurants in Malaysia.
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm or as regulated by the malls the restaurants are located in.

 

Veggie Planet

Address:
41&43, Jalan Melaka Raya 8,
Taman Melaka Raya,
75000 Malacca.
Phone: +606 2922 819
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm

 

Simple Life

There are around 11 Simple Life restaurants in Malaysia.
Opening hours: as regulated by the malls the restaurants are located in.

 

Yummy Garden Food Court

Address:
16-A, Jalan Ujong Pasir,
Melaka.
Phone: +6012 601 5677
Opening hours: 5pm – 5am

 
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  1. wan wai meng on Jan 2, 2017 at 2:28 am

    The variety and combination of food that we have in Malaysia is staggering and it is a reflection of the cultures that are prevalent in Malaysia. Malaysia is unique it has three dominant cultures, Chinese, Indian and Malay, and all three cultures are established and have the biggest populations in Asia. The fusion of all the foods creates dishes and foods that are very unique to Malaysia.

    Ancient Malaya, was a focal point of Chinese and Indian traders, another influence that has not been mentioned are Arabian traders, there is also quite a significant influence of Arab culture within Malaysian food.

  2. Anne Ong on Nov 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    We’re all very lucky to be Malaysians with so many types of delicious Malaysian food such as Rojak,Satay,Nasi Lemak,Prawn Mee,Curry Mee,Otak Otak, which my mum recently made,and we suddenly got an idea we don’t actually can exclude the fish because we only love to eat the eggs fillings.Another favourite dish that my mum loves to cook which is very hard to find in Malaysia.”Perut Ikan’,it’s a hot and spicy dish cooked with preserved fish stomach,prawns and lots of herbs and vegetables. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article! 🙂

  3. Anne Ong on Nov 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    We’re all very lucky to be Malaysians with so many types of delicious Malaysian food such as Rojak,Satay,Nasi Lemak,Prawn Mee,Curry Mee,Otak Otak, which my mum recently made,and we suddenly got an idea we don’t actually can exclude the fish because we only love to eat the eggs fillings.Another favourite dish that my mum loves to cook which is very hard to find in Malaysia. It’s a hot and spicy dish cooked with preserved fish stomach,prawns and lots of herbs and vegetables. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article! 🙂

  4. Samfoonheei on Nov 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Here in Malaysia ,we are lucky to have so many varieties of delicious dishes every where and every corner of a residential area. 25 mouthwatering dishes Of Malaysia .like nasi Briyani.,durian,cebdol and so forth..will definitely attracts people from different countries to try it.looking at those beautiful pictures makes me mouth watering. Many years back when i am younger i loves those dishes but not now .Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the post.

  5. Echeah on Nov 20, 2016 at 3:03 am

    OMG I’m salivating big time looking at these pics! Indeed Malaysia has the best food in the world! Ok I may be biased, but I have not come across anyone, friends, colleagues, family who had said our food was nothing to shout about. In fact almost everyone has said they love our food. It’s not only Malaysian food. All kinds of cuisine can be found here. However, it is our best kept secret, because Malaysia has not done a very good job of marketing it.

    Japanese food, Thai food, Italian food, they are world reknown. But “Malaysian food”? We have a long way to go.

    There are even countries fighting over the origin of cuisine and making claims on them, I wonder with wide eyes. Whoever does a better job of marketing gets to stake their claim on them.

    Whatever they claim to be theirs, well I still say the Malaysian version always wins hands down. Our food is good and cheap to boot.

  6. TekLee on Nov 20, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article. The pictures makes me mouth watering. Yes, Malaysia is a mix culture country, the beauty of it is it results variety choices of food. Like Nyonya food is the result of mix culture and mix race. I like at least one type of food in every race, I like nasi briyani, nasi lemak, char kuey tiow, curry mee, asam laksa & apam balik. I can eat five to six pieces of apam balik with empty stomach! 🙂 Now I am vegetarian, I still eat nasi lemak with only rice and peanuts. It is because what I like about nasi lemak is not the sambal, but the fragrance rice. And I can eat vegetarian curry mee. There’s a stall in a restaurant behind Gompa where an Indonesian kakak (sister) selling vegetarian curry mee is very nice. I am proud to be Malaysian. I know more than one language, I know more than one culture, and I can taste more than one type of food. _/\_

  7. HelenaC on Nov 19, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Malaysian food is the best! We have varieties and I love all! Proud to be Malaysian.
    Oh and we also have super good vegetarian restaurants too, my favourite is Kechara Oasis and Loving Hut at Sri Petaling. Super good!

  8. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 18, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Aside from the fact this list ignites the tam chiak (Hokkien for ‘glutton’ hehe) in me, it brings back some very fond memories of my childhood as I am sure it does for many Malaysians reading this. One of the reasons is because some of our biggest festivals revolve around food. Chinese New Year? Reunion dinner. Hari Raya? Buka puasa in a neighbour’s open house. Deepavali? Murukku.

    Malaysian cuisine is actually a perfect reflection of our society. Our nation is a rojak (fruit salad! Item #2 on the list) of cultures, traditions and races, bound together harmoniously by a common sauce. In the case of rojak, it’s the sticky sweet black stuff and in the case of Malaysia, it’s a love of food! 🙂

    Not only that but the various cuisines have influenced one another. Indian curries for example, have been assimilated into Chinese cooking to take on a milder taste, while the Chinese have adapted Western recipes to appeal to more Asian palates (Hainanese chicken chop, anyone?). So in Malaysia, food has become a platform for us to learn about one another’s cultures, as we swap stories and bond over a plate of nasi lemak (coconut rice) at a 24 hour roadside stall.

    I’m proud to be Malaysian and proud that we have welcomed one another with open arms, and integrated the unique customs and traditions of each race to form our Malaysian way. We invite the world to Malaysia…come sit with us and share a cup of teh tarik (pulled tea) and see how you too can become a part of this multi-cultural society! 🙂

  9. Alice Tay on Nov 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I am grateful that I am a Malaysian as I am free to enjoy all of my favourite foods especially Nasi Lemak, Curry Mee, Mee Goreng and many others.

    Few years ago, when I have decided to stop eating meat and be a lifetime vegetarian, I had no difficulty finding vegetarian foods. This is because many vegetarian restaurants have served the delicious dishes that I like the most and most important is the vegetarian foods are healthier and no harm to the animals.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these delicious foods in Malaysia which I can share to my overseas friends.

  10. Adeline Tan on Nov 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Malaysia is a multi racial country. Each race has it own traditions and unique cultures. Foods is one of them that made up these 25 mouthwatering dishes from the photos shown in this blog post.
    I like all of them except the ones with sea foods and meat in it because i am a vegetarian but these can be substitute by vegetarian mock meat and fish and it is equally tasty. I am lucky to be a Malaysian as there is a Chinese saying Malaysia is a Delicious Food Paradise!

  11. Mingwen on Nov 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    When it comes to food, the power of food seem to able to pull all people together regardless of race, religious, gender, skin colour. Just like Kechara Soup Kitchen is doing, ‘Hunger Knows No Barriers’.

    I’m proud to be a Malaysian! I’m not saying that I’m pround because of my country is the best country because obviously it’s not. Some of our leaders of the country have no spirits to build up the country, citizens in the country are not being responsible and do our parts to contribute to the country.

    But.. I think it’s okay for temporarily, many other developed countries are still having the same issue because it’s all about us and purely caused by humans. However, we should somehow rise and shine after having fun in the muds.

  12. Justin Cheah on Nov 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    If i may use one phrase for Malaysia, one of them have to be food galore. Blessed by its multi racial culture, the citizens are left with many years choices of cuisines that all of us can eat on almost anything at a glance. We are indeed in a peaceful and blessed country like Malaysia that allows us to practice our preferred religion freely unlike some other parts of the world where Dorje Shugden practitionerstatus are widely discriminated and ostracised. Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche.

  13. Wylfred Ng on Nov 17, 2016 at 11:27 am

    好好吃的食物。

    马来西亚的特色就是多元种族、多元文化、多元食物。 对于不同食物的接受程度也非常广。 所以在马来西亚我们可以看到不同国家食物的餐厅。

    不过当然马来西亚的地道食物一点也不输其他国家的食物。 马来西亚由于是多元文化种族的国家, 所以某些食物也是拥有不同种族的特色。 比如第一号的啊参律沙就结合了华人和马来人的特色。 当然在不同地区也有不同的特色。 马六甲的啊参律沙就有马六甲娘惹的特色。 所以在马来西亚要吃到不同特色的食物一点也不难。

    这篇文章也提供了很多间不同素食餐馆的名字和地址, 让身为素食者的人们也可以吃到素食版本的美食, 可说是非常贴心。

    谢谢

  14. Sharon Ong on Nov 17, 2016 at 12:27 am

    One of the things I love about being a Malaysian and living in Malaysia is the amazing amount of good food available at all hours of the day. Malaysia is truly a food haven for both meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike as non-meat versions are easily available. These days, many chefs or hawker stall owners are more than happy to whip up a vegetarian or non-meat version of their dishes.

    One of my fav things that did not make this list is the ever satisfying Banana Leaf Rice, served with a tonne of Dhal Curry (Sambar), Pappadums, Fried Chillies and Rasam. Best eaten with fingers and washed down with milky tea (Teh Tarik). Attached is a photo of one of my happy meals. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this list, Rinpoche. Feeling really thankful to be born in a place where food are aplenty and going vegetarian easy and enjoyable.

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  15. Wei Theng on Nov 16, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Wow, i am so hungry after looking at all these pictures! 😛

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these delicious dishes of Malaysia. I love Malaysia cuisine as there are so many varieties due to the multi-cultural & multi-racial aspects of Malaysia.

    Before I become vegetarian, I thought I won’t be able to taste these delicious food anymore if I’m a vegetarian. To my surprise, nowadays for most of the dishes, we can get the vegetarian from vegetarian restaurant or meatless versions from some of the normal too. Eg vegetarian Nasi Briyani, vegetarian Bak Kut Teh, Lok Lok, etc.

    The best part is, we also have a lot of different desserts and my favourite Durian! LOL!

    Malaysia is truly an heaven for food lovers. 🙂

  16. Fong on Nov 16, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Malaysia is so diverse culturally, it is truly a melting pot of cultures with the various races having their own peculiar fetish and favorites. All these are but a reflection of their roots as well as a mesh and integration of other cultures into their own.

    This speaks of certain level of acceptance and tolerance. Without these qualities, Malaysia would not have the harmony and peace that is prevalent despite the differences.

    We all love our diverse food in Malaysia, we all love our culture, we all love Malaysia.

  17. Kb Thapa on Nov 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Malaysians are a lucky lot. Here in our multiracial community, we have exposure to all sorts of cuisine. Chinese, Indian, Malay.. you name it, we have it. Some of these ethnic cooking styles might be more bland or less spicy than others, but I have to say that all are equally interesting in their own way. In Malaysia i don’t miss my Nepalese food plenty of food to eat he he he

  18. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing mouthwatering accounts of these 25 mouthwatering dishes. It can be safely said that food unites Malaysians.Almost everyone of us grew up on assam laksa , nasi lemak, curry mee, the rojaks, roti canai, apam balik, ais kacang,cendol, satay ,char koay teow and the like. These are absolutely delicious, and a conversation among Malaysian friends , when they meet, normally starts with “Do you know where we can go for the best assam laksa in town..?”

    Malaysians , when they travel, will hunt down Malaysian or Peranakan restaurants so that they can have a go at these dishes and satisfy their insatiable appetite for them. The first thing they do, after their plane lands in KLIA, is to head for their favourite haunts selling their favourite local dishes.

    Fortunately, there are vegetarian restaurants that serve equally delicious versions of these dishes. These include Kechara Oasis Jaya 1 and Kechara Oasis Viva Home. Nice to enjoy our favourite dishes without having to be involved in any taking of life.

  19. Stella Cheang on Nov 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Reading through the list of 25 Mouthwatering Dishes Of Malaysia is like reading out loud our very own personal favorite food list! I dare say many of us would not hesitate to admit to liking most if not all of the food. We are very lucky to be living in Malaysia where the food culture is a strong blend of cutlery varieties from the Indian, Chinese and Malay heritage. Many of these dishes are available in vegetarian options; and my top choice would be the curry mee at Kechara Oasis. The combination of thick rich curry soup and the soup-retaining-tofu-pok is just heavenly. Thank you Rinpoche for this mouth-watering article.

  20. Sarah Yap on Nov 16, 2016 at 4:12 am

    I would say that the food in Malaysia is truly unique, a result of the rich history of Malaysia being the main trading port in SEA for centuries. So many people of different cultures have visited this country in the past (and today), bring with them the best of their cultures, and what culture doesnt come or related with food lol. I suppose for this reason, Malaysian food has evolved in so many ways, and incredibly rich in flavor.

    Great sharing. I have always been proud of Malaysian cuisine, especially the ones made by Malacca Straits Born Chinese haha.

  21. Vivian Ong on Nov 16, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. The food listed are indeed very tasty. I do hope that the tasty will have it’s vegetarian version in the near future. This article also shows that Malaysia is a multiracial country and citizens get along very well with one another.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  22. Lin Mun on Nov 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    It is mouth watering reading this article. Some of my favourite food are in the list too 🙂

    Although the food are mostly non vegetarian but for those who are vegetarian, we have options too. Just go to the vegetarian restaurant listed above.

    I tried some of the restaurant mentioned. The taste and choices are good too. So we don’t have to kill in order to have delicious food. Stop suffering, killing and help the environment by being a vegetarian.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 07:03 AM
    and stopped animal sacrifice at these temples. http://www.drukpa.com/about-us/our-yogis/the-three-divine-madmen 99%ppl focus on jab jum DrukpaKunley…
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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html

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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
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Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
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Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
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Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
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Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
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@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
6 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
6 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
6 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
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