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Here Are 22 Foods In BM You May Have Been Spelling Wrong All This Time

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Here’s a list of foods that you’ve probably never known the official spelling for in Bahasa Melayu (BM):

These spellings are legitimate according to the Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka (DBP).

1. Kuetiau

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Many were left conflicted last year when finding out that flat rice noodles are actually spelled as ‘kuetiau’ in BM, not ‘koay teow’, ‘kuay teow’, or ‘kuew tiaw’.

2. Mihun/bihun

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No, it’s not ‘mi hoon’ or ‘mee hoon’.

3. Nasi himpit

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Most of us know these steamed rice cubes as ‘nasi impit’, but we did not know they’re officially called ‘nasi himpit’.

4. Serondeng

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We were also convinced that meat floss was definitely spelt ‘serunding’ in BM!

5. Bergedel

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These delicious potato-stuffed balls are actually called ‘bergedel’, not ‘bergedil’.

6. Popia

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There is no ‘h’ in ‘popia’. Only stir-fried turnips and other goodness.

7. Bubur caca

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Take note that this dessert is not spelt ‘bubur cha cha’, guys.

8. Putu mayang

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It is also known as putu mayam or idiyappam in English or Tamil.

9. Tose

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DBP recently pointed out that the formal spelling for thosai in BM is ‘tose’.

10. Martabak

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11. Capati

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It’s ‘capati’. Remember this formal spelling if you ever need to answer an exam paper.

12. Roti perata

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This all-time favourite order is formally spelt as ‘roti perata’, and not ‘roti prata’ as we think it is.

13. Tanduri

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14. Nasi beriani

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15. Susyi

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We bet you did not know that there was a different spelling for sushi in BM!

16. Wafel

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As with many borrowed words from English, waffles are spelt ‘wafel’ in our national language.

17. Sandwic

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18. Kroisan

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The spelling of French and Italian foods in BM can also get really different from what we expect. Take note!

19. Lasagne

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20. Spageti

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21. Bifstik

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‘Bifstik’ sounds like a really cute word compared to beefsteak in English!

22. Kopi O beng

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Interestingly, this was the only kopitiam drink order that was in the dictionary.

Let’s keep practising spelling our beloved food right in Bahasa Melayu! 😀

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