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Malaysian Food: Indian Banana Leaf

When I first came to Malaysia I didn’t like eating with my hands, but didn’t understand why. My Malaysian friend demanded an explanation, but the best I could come up with was mom and dad telling me not to play with my food while I was growing up. She just shrugged that answer off as ridiculous. Well ok, let’s have a go then:

The restaurant featured here is the most famous banana leaf restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. It’s called Saravanaa Bhavan and centrally located near the Indian market in Masjid Jamet.

Malaysian Food: Roti Cheese

Anyone vaguely familiar with Indian food knows about their delicious breads: Naan, Chapati, Pashti, Tandoori, Roti…The list goes on. It turns out that the Malaysians have adopted Roti as a classic breakfast, and I quickly found myself addicted to this little custom.


And the absolute king of the roti options is roti cheese. The beauty is that you can add anything to the inside that you please, like mushrooms and onions.

Yes it’s such a simple delight, practically a grilled cheese sandwich, but when you get it done by someone who knows what they’re doing, you’re in for a real treat. Make sure to watch the guy toss the dough around: it takes some serious skill to get it just right!

Since this is the classic breakfast, you’ll want all the fixins. A plate of fruit, “Nescafe Ice” and some type of curry, my preference is for Daal Curry.

Roti can be found on every corner of every block, but one place that’s got it down is the restaurant just outside the Wangsa Maju LRT station in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a bit of a haul to get out there, but I think it might even be worth a special trip.

Malaysian Food: Chinese Style (Fried Noodles)

The plethora of Malaysian delicacies tend to take a stylistic twist on the versions you can find in their native lands. Malaysians seem to have a way of making the originals fattier and juicier, or in short, much more delicious. I wanted to try the Malaysian stylings on a dish I’d grown quite accustomed to in China: fried noodles.


Right away, everything looked in proper order: ramen noodles, green beans, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, and baby corn.

I was intrigued by this little variation though: oyster sauce. Processed oyster sauce is one of a very short list of foods I simply can’t do, so I was a little nervous. After the handsome reward of that first bite I learned there was no need to worry in the first place. I washed this mee hailom with yet another teh ice, that delicious Malaysian milky tea.

You can find fried noodles nearly everywhere, but this particular dish was enjoyed at the restaurant just outside the Wangsa Maju LRT station in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian Food: Middle-Eastern Style

Today I felt like I’d already sampled enough of Malaysia’s big three (Malay, Indian and Chinese) foods, so we decided to take a look at another side of Malaysian eatery: Arabic cuisine.


We figured we might as well go all out for a full Middle-Eastern lunch experience.

A plate of chicken shwarma with a generous portion of Arabic bread to shovel it in, Malaysian Ice Tea (with milk), and a kiwi/mint shisha for full-effect. You can be sure this meal dealt maximum pleasure doses: taking it slow, savoring every flavor, reflecting on the day and enjoying good conversation. This is what eating and the Good Life are all about!

I’ve been on a rigorous mission to get fat in Malaysia. There can’t be too many other places where it’s so damn easy to do so! A good two hours of Arabian bliss pass by, we reach the end of the glorious meal and I check my belly for expansion: maximum capacity, but still a long way to reaching that fatty goal (damn)!

Good Life Rating = 5
Cause they wouldn’t call gluttony a sin if it didn’t feel so good.

Malaysian Food: ABC Special

Malaysians have all kinds of simple culinary wonders, and even the drinks and deserts will rock your world. The ABC drinks can be found all over the place. ABC=air batu campur, translating into mixed ice. Vendors do it anyway they please, and unfortunately this round featured my drink without avocado.


Pictured here we obviously have the shaved ice, with that oh-so-sweet syrup we’re practically addicted to, red beans, peanuts, jelly fruits and vanilla bean ice cream.

Good Life Rating = 4
Since I’ve got a special place in my heart for anything food or drink-related that makes me happy.

My Malaysia Travel Map

Amazing trip to Malaysia, September 2012


Diving in Vietnam and Malaysia

These shots were taken during dives at Phu Quoc, Vietnam; Perhentian Islands, Malaysia; Sibuan Island, Malaysia. These are all reef dives and lack major animals, but this was the first time I’d seen a turtle and an octopus!

Malaysia (Photos)

My trip to Malaysia was one of unending happiness. The beaches, the food and the people stood in sharp contrast to my experience in the concrete jungles of China only a few weeks before.

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands: Backpackers’ Paradise

If you’re looking for Malaysia’s ultimate party/chill-out island, then look no further than the Perhentian Islands in the northwest state of Terengganu.


The best place to make camp is at the small island’s Long Beach. As one traveler put it, it’s 200 meters of beach with 300 backpackers.


With so many friendly people down to party, you’ll find it hard to not make friends here.


Mohsin Chalet has the best and one of the cheapest dorms to stay in.

To reach the Perhentian Islands, catch a ferry from Kuala Besut for RM70 return. Go straight to Long Beach and head for the end opposite the big jetty. Look for the trail going away from the beach and take the first left to find Mohsin Chalet. A bed in the dorm costs RM30.

See the second half of my video from Hong Kong & Perhentian for a look at the small island’s gorgeous cliffjumping spot.

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