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How to Make a Malaysian Spinning Top

Top spinning is popular in Malaysia, a country where The Voice of the Martyrs works. The video is from the website of SDOK, a member of VOM’s family of missions in the Netherlands. It shows how to make a paper top. Can you follow the instructions just by watching the video even if you don’t understand Dutch?

Malaysian/Indonesian Recipe: Chicken Satay



Chicken satay is a favorite food in Malaysia and Indonesia. Slice 2 pounds of chicken into strips 1 inch wide and about 4 inches long. Mix 2 tablespoons curry powder, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon honey.

Coat the chicken strips with the mixture, and let them set in it for at least 30 minutes. Thread the strips onto skewers, 2 to 4 pieces per skewer. Bake the skewered meat in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. (They can be grilled if desired.)

If you want sauce for dipping the cooked meat, combine 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, one 14-ounce can of coconut milk, 1½ tablespoons of lemon juice, ¼ cup of soy sauce, ¼ tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and ¼ teaspoon of chili sauce. Mix until smooth.

Malay Food and a Recipe

Many Malaysians eat rice every day. They often use meat more as a flavoring than as a main dish. They put meat in soups and stews and cut it into pieces before it is served.

Malay kids in some areas play a game using rice cakes. They stretch a long rope across a yard and hang 8 to 10 rice cakes from the rope on long strings or ribbons. The rice cakes are hung from the rope two or more feet apart from each other, and one child stands in front of each rice cake. When a leader gives a signal, the race starts to see who can eat their rice cake first without touching it with their hands.

Banana fritters are a popular treat in Malaysia. To make them, combine 1½ cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. In a separate container, mix 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Then mix the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients. If the batter is too thick, add water a little at a time until it is the thickness of pancake batter.

Heat enough oil for deep frying until hot. Slice 4 to 6 bananas lengthwise, and dip them into the batter to cover them completely. Deep fry the bananas until golden brown. Serve warm.

Internet Connections


For many years, most Malaysians have believed “to be Malay is to be Muslim.” The government has encouraged all Malays to think the same way. But today, little by little, it is becoming more acceptable to be “different” in habits and customs.

The Internet is one reason for the change. Malaysians make connections with new people and different ideas on their computers. (Do you think any Malaysians might be reading this site? Visit our map to see!) Pray that Malaysians will connect with people who share the truth of Jesus.

Source: Malay World Prayer Fellowship

Valentine’s Day Parties Discouraged

Some strict Muslims in Malaysia would like Muslim youth to stop celebrating Valentine’s Day. They believe the celebrations are against Muslim teachings and lead people to sin. Others in Malaysia think that nothing is wrong with the celebrations. Every year as Valentine’s Day approaches, people on both sides of the issue present their ideas in newspapers and other media.

Strict Muslims in several other countries also try to discourage people from observing the day. Last year, Valentine’s Day was banned in Iran. The government made it illegal to print or produce Valentine’s Day cards and gifts with pictures of hearts on them.