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The Malay we know in the Western world as a separate breed is nothing more than a Kulang asil sub-variety. There are no Malays in Malaysia. Although Malaysians do breed gamefowl but the breed was quite small and light. Normally for gaff or knife type breed. Malay is breed for naked heel. The physical features of the Malay are identical to the large Kulang Asil found in the south of India (Kerala and Tamil Nadu states). These are also high stationed and they have walnut combs too. Anyone comparing present day pictures from the south of India with the breed known in the West as Malay will confirm that we can speak of one and the same gamefowl type. Some of these birds are also known as "Desi" and produced mating Asil with local (sometimes non-gamefowl) poultry breeds. Malays in India reach heights of up to 85 Cm (33 Inches) and weights between 4.5 to 6 kg (9.9 to 13.2 Lbs). Today, in the West the Malay is mainly kept for participation in poultry shows by breeders. It is considered a hard-feathered, gamefowl breed. The Malay has an upright stance, a well muscled form and a large skull with a cruel expression. Nowadays they are selected to be better egg-layers than in the 1970s with 70 to 120 eggs annually for a young hen and older hens laying only 30 to 55 eggs.
Malay Chicken is a tougher meat than many other breeds. Because of this, the Malay chicken is often double boiled in herbs or is stewed, and recipes often call for curry, garlic, cumin, turmeric, etc. The Malay carcass may be hung in the kitchen at room temperature for 12 or 24 hours. The meat may also be cubed for soaking in buttermilk, as the milk acid helps to cut the fibrils in the meat. Some chefs uses unripe papaya in cooking's for to shorten cooking time and tendering the meat. There are a few that substitutes unripe papaya with paracetamol (official records needed).
Cockfighting has long been associated with the Malay, even with the coming of Islam, is still continued in certain parts. Chicken fighting is mentioned in the Hikayat Raja-raja Pasai, written in 1390.
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