Malay food, in general is rich with herbs like lemongrass, tamarind, dried and fresh chilies, ginger and garlic. Malay dishes may be distinguished in to a few ways of cooking namely masak merah (tomato sauce), masak lemak (coconut milk), masak asam (sourish tamarind) and masak pedas (spicy). Popular dishes that cannot be missed are including nasi lemak (coconut milk steamed rice), sambal belacan (shrimp paste with pounded chilies), beef rending (dried curry) and serunding (beef floss). Satay, or barbequs meat over a stick, is originated in Malay cuisine has presence in restaurants around the world today.
Christmas dinner in Australia is somehow just like the traditional English version. However, Christmas will come in heat with the Southern Hemisphere's summer; hence, meat, chicken and turkey are served cold with cranberry sauce, side salads or roast vegetables accompanied by Christmas pudding and mince pies on Christmas Day. It is common to get a picnic or even a barbecue out-of-doors on this occasion as being a popular method of avoiding the temperature from the oven.