The Malaysia I met over 10 years ago is certainly not the Malaysia it is today. Both Penang Island and Kuala Lumpur have rapidly developed into bustling cities with a rich and diverse culture and so much more to offer! An interesting thing to see was that many diverse cultures live and interact relatively well with one another. The Malay, Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures, and many others, all form part of Malaysian culture. Of course, the abundance of the English language (something we do not often experience in Thailand) is due to the previous British colonial influence.
It has taken a bit of time for me to publish this post – I thought that giving a detailed account of the 5040 minutes spent in Malaysia would be too long and too much of an information overload. So, keeping to the theme of my blog, I have picked some highlights…
“Make sure that you come hungry because I am going to feed you!”. I knew that we were in for a treat when Sashi responded with this message when I told her that I was visiting KL City. She lived up to her promise and took us on an adventurous street food tour that left us in a blissful food coma!
Our evening started in the SS2 area at a local restaurant where Sashi introduced us to a KL born dish, chili pan mee, which consists of hand pulled noodles with chili and shrimp paste, minced pork, fried anchovies and poached egg! Deep fried tofu with cucumbers and peanuts and deep fried wontons (dumplings) were also part of the appetiser! (Yes! Appetiser!).
After the amazing appetiser, we moved on to another side of SS2 and tried something totally new! Do you fancy a DIY all you can eat food truck experience? It’s called a ‘loklok’, which is a street version of a steamboat setup. From fresh greens to all kinds of sausages and bacon wrapped everything to delicious seafood, it’s all on sticks and easy to manage. You Just pick a stick you like and either pop it into a pot of boiling water on the truck or hand it to the lovely gentleman in charge of the flaming hot grill. Once done, there is an assortment of sauces and spices to choose from, I went wild!
We swiftly moved onto what’s apparently the most famous alley for a late night dinner in the PJ area. When you find yourself sitting at a table in a narrow alley, watching a restaurant kitchen that operates as fast as the speed of light, know that you are at Bumbung Nasi Lemak!
We couldn’t have done a Malaysia food tour without tasting Nasi Lemak – a Malaysian national dish/delicacy consisting of coconut rice with Sambal Ikan Bilis (an anchovy sauce), egg, peanuts and cucumber. To the eye it looks simple and straight forward, but to our taste buds it was a complete burst of flavor! A must try!
Full speed ahead!
When I said food coma, I was not joking! To be honest my sweet tooth couldn’t resist when Sashi said, “There’s an amazing ice cream place uptown in a neighborhood called Damansara, you have to try it!”
And that is how we ended up in a food coma, Malaysian style! Fun was had!
Asia is the land of temples, each with their own history and beautiful architecture depending on the culture or religion. We try to visit as many temples as possible and appreciate the beauty that comes with each one.
A Chinese Temple, Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Island.
A teacher is also a student of life!
“Sometimes you have to let life turn you upside down, so you can learn how to live ‘right side up’.” Anon.
If you are on Penang Island and want a fun adventure, go to the Upside Down Museum! My cousin Reo (@minimalistfleur) and I had a great time!
A top highlight in KL was getting off the Hop-On Hop-Off bus at the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world!
Ps: photo cred goes out to my cousin and travel partner Reo! 💕