Typically infused with savoury spices and herbs and enriched with coconut milk, Malay cuisine includes popular dishes such as nasi padang (rice with a variety of dishes) and skewers of satay (seasoned grilled meat) served with peanut sauce and slices of onions, cucumbers and ketupat (rice-cakes).
Most Singapore Malays in Singapore are Sunni Muslims, and faith plays a central and prominent role in their lives. Prayer is one of the most important tenets of Islam, and Muslims pray five times a day in a ritual known as ‘salat’. As part of their belief system, Muslims also consume halal food, which refers to food that has been prepared according to Islamic practices. The month of Ramadan is considered to be the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar. During this period, Muslims would fast from dawn to sunset.