Monday, February 8, 2010

Malaysia, Truly Asia

Alrightey. AWESOME time eating my heart out with my awesome buddies, as we embarked on an unforgettable journey to experience what makes Malaysia, Malaysia - through Food.

Before this, I really didn't know much about Malaysia at all even though I am a Malaysian myself and that's why it was such a blessing for me to experience ALL these food for the first time while learn as much as I could about this beautiful country.

Cause I believe through talking to the people preparing the food, and tasting the ingredients that make up the food, you get to learn a lot about the Culture and History, I'm not kidding.

In each part of Malaysia we visited, what cuisine served or ingredients used most says a LOT about the Land there. And I was actually surprised by how distinct Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka was individually even though they're all a part of Malaysia.

I mean, Australia's great in their own ways and all, but the food in Sydney, Melboure, Brisbance, etc seems almost exactly the same to me. I guess this is what makes Malaysia so unique aye.

Overall, I'm really really thankful to God for literally bringing us together from various parts of the country for this trip and my parents for their continuous support and encouragement for me to travel as much as I can during my life as a student.

Also, would just like to take this opportunity to say a million Thank You to every one who has shared a meal with me since I've been back. Not just for the time together, but for your patience to allow me to take all that time to take pictures of ALL the food before anyone could eat it (not like you had a choice yeah hehe jk).

No but in all true honesty, I really appreciate it cause I know it's a lot to ask. And I was surprised by how understanding people were to wait for me even when they were really really hungry already or even when there was a big group of people who had to wait for me to finish snapping my piks.

So, once again, thanks, EVERYBODY!!!

Hope you're all doing might fineee wherever you guys are.

Warmest Blessings,



(i) Kota Kinabalu:

Pumpkin Cream Prawns. Don't know the name of the restaurant, it's sort of hard place to find and need a true local to bring you there, but for now I'll just call it and say it's @"Airport Highway Restaurant"

Signature Steam Fish

SUPER YUMMY Honey Plum Pork

Salted Egg Crabs

"Mun Ng Bian" aka "Stewed Fish Fins" @Tong Fung Coffee Shop, Inanam

Bowl of fish maw, fish slices, fish skin and fish fins

"Sayap Ayam & Punggung Ayam Panggang" aka "Barbequed Chicken Wing & Chicken Butt" @"Famous" Kundasang Barbeque Stall

Red Bean Ais Krim Potong

"Bak Jok Ha" aka "Steamed Prawns" @Portview Seafood Restaurant

"Dong Fong Luo". Not sure what the translation is so let's just call it the "Chinese Snails"

Soft shelled crabs

"Qing Zhen She Ban" aka "Lightly Steamed Grouper"

Exotic fruits that we got and can be found @Kundasang Local Market. Includes Wild Rambutans, Kampui, Salak, Mangosteens, Bananas.

Beaufort Mee @Beaufort Restaurant, Lido

Salad Prawns

"Tiu Fu Ng Sang" aka "Tawau Raw Fish". A MUST TRY for all local Sabahans and visitors

"Shang Nyuk Mien" aka "Pork Noodles" @Kedai Kopi Melanian, Lintas

Nasi Lemak @Air Asia In-Flight meal

(ii) Penang

Nasi Kandar @Restoran Mohd Raffe

"Sotong Bakar" aka "Roasted Cuttlefish"

Ais Kacang


Pasembor - like deep fried stuff with special spicy sauce

Hot Apple Crepe

Traffic Light Crepe

Loh Mee

Dry Indian Mee

Wet Indian Mee

Penang Hokkien Mee

Penang Char Koay Teow

Famous "Red Hat Lady" Penang Char Koay Teow ;p @Lorong Selamat

Famous Penang Cendol @Penang Road

Penang Assam Laksa

Famous Popiah @Batu Feringgih Hawker Centre

BEST "Huo Jian" aka "Oyster Omelette" I ever had


Roasted Stingray

Chicken Capati


Barbequed Chikky Wings


Roti Tissue

Roti Bom

*Forgot what this is called! GAHHHH. Gotta ask my friend

Chinese Lettuce with Meat Floss

Yam Rice - to go with Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh

German Pork(?) Sausage @Northam Beach Cafe. Might've been chicken, I forgot

German Veal(?) Sausage. Actually, I forgot what this is too. TOO much food, see haha

Philippine Pork and Spaghetti

Beef Noodle Soup

Peanut and Corn Crispy Pancake. FORGOT what they called it in Chinese!! Aghhh. If anyone knows, please correct me

Mixed Mua Chee with Peanuts

Penang Cheong Fun

(iii) Melaka

Chicken with Chicken Rice Balls

Chicken Rice Balls

Red Dates and Bean Pork Soup

Assam Fish Head

Satay Celup Celup @Ban Lee Siang Restaurant

More Satay Celup Celup

Satay Celup Celup dinner

Durian Cendol

Nyonya Chicken. Actually, I really forgot what this dish is called, yikes. But just order the signature chicken dish and they'll know what you're talking about. Super YUM!!! @Ole Nyonya Restaurant


Lemak Prawns

Assam Fish Head

Hainan Satay, i.e. Pork Satays!!!!!!

(iv) Kuala Lumpur

Lou Sang @Purple Cane Restaurant

Tea Soups

Peking Duck

Pan Mee

Cheong Fun

Yong Tau Fu

Char Siew @Wong Kee Coffeeshop, Pudu

The Famous Siew Yoke there - VERY flavourful and moist. Definitely tasted garlic in there, great idea. Gotta try and figure out how they did it without burning the garlic (cause they burn easily). Garlic juice I suppose

Nasi Bojari @Madam Kwan's

Curry Ox Tail Soup

Cendol with Gula Melaka

Glazed Donuts @J. Co Donuts - WAYYYY better than Krispy Kreme! SO light, gosh

Roti KLCC! Exaggerated version of Roti Tissue

Teochew Fish Skin

"Ou Ni" aka "Teochew Yam Dessert"

Buffet Plate #1: Prawns, oysters, octopus, SASHIMIII @Lemon Garden Cafe, Shangri-La's Hotel

Buffet Plate #2: Roast Ribeye, Cheese and Ham Focaccia, Glazed Potatoes, Miso Tuna, Lamb Chop, Braised Duck with Mushrooms

Buffet Plate #3: Wet Fry Mee - SURPRISINGLY GOOOD *claps* for turning simple dishes exceptional

Buffet Plate #4: Egg noodle soup lol

Buffet Plate #5: Roasted Lamb Rack with Mint Sauce, Mushroom and Ham Pizza, Quiche, Spaghetti al Funghi, Chilli Oil Fettucini

Buffet Plate #6: Roast Duck, Sambal Prawns, Curry Fried Prawns, more Wet Fry Mee

Dessert Plate #1: Brownie, Bread Pudding, Soft Mango Cheesecake/Mousse, Creme Brulee

Mango Mousse with Cake and Choc Chip

Dessert Plate #2: Choc and Raspberry Ganache, Jam Custard Dessert, local fruits, Breadstix-sortofathing dipped in Choc and Strawberry sauce

Inside of the interesting Raspberry ganache