Traditionally, a Malaysian's everyday meal would normally consist of rice, one meat dish or seafood dish and a vegetable dish. There is no rule to the number of dishes served at a meal but it can vary from 3 to 6, the most. Another point to remember is that Malaysian meals are not served as separate courses - all dishes are served together and eaten with rice.
Rice and noodles occupy a place similar to that of bread or potatoes in most European diets. Being the staple food and thus the basis of every meal, its cooking has been developed to a fine art; whether it is plain, boiled or prepared as part of an elaborate dish, it must always be cooked to perfection.