Wrapping up in Malaysia

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Published on: September 25, 2011
 

I’ve got a couple hours to kill in the airport waiting for my flight home so I thought I might as well do a quick summary of my journey though Malaysia. Although I am having to make do writing this on my phone.

In my two weeks spent here in Malaysia, I can safely say I’ve gone through the complete spectrum of ‘food quality’. I’ve eaten things so good I could eat them for lunch, breakfast and dinner (in some cases, supper too). I could eat some of the food everyday of the week and never get tired of it. But I’ve also had food so bad I had to eat it again, just too confirm that I hated it that much! Some of it might also be responsible for a dodgy case of the runs mid-way through the trip.

If you make it to this part of the world, there are two vital tips I can give you. “tidak mau ice” learn to love this phrase, it will save you many hours stuck on the toilet. Practice in front of the mirror, because you are going to need to repeat this phrase often and usually to the same coffee shop girl who happens to be hard of hearing. Maybe its selective deafness, maybe they want to make you suffer? Whatever the reason, learn this phrase. It means “want no ice”. Most of these shops just freeze tap water, yes it might near 40 degrees but you really don’t want to face the consequences of drinking anything with that ice.

The second tip I can give you. If you are invited to a wedding, you are busy. You have to shampoo the dog or you drank the ice. unless the dinner is at a top class hotel or restaurant, forget it. By all means pay your respects, give them a gift, but avoid that dinner. Having to cook for up to 800 people means, low quality, cheap ingredients. For me it was the source of some of the worst food I had ever had. Imagine canned fruit (longan in this case), tipped into a pan with the brine. Add
a few lotus seeds, chuck in a spice or two, heat it up and that qualifies as the dessert course. Now imagine that ‘quality’ 8 times over and you have yourself a typical Malaysian wedding dinner.

On the plus side, I’ve come away with great ideas for future recipes. Some I can simply recreate, others I will use as a base for something else. Of course I’ve had a fantastic holiday too, spending time with the family is its own reward.



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