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September 13th, 2009 by Rose

Remembering Malaysia

I’ll be off for a two-week holiday in Malaysia on Friday. It’ll be the first Aidilfitri celebration I’ve been able to participate in since migrating to Australia 7 years ago and I’m very much looking forward to it.

The last time I was in Malaysia was two years ago – a short trip to Kuala Lumpur and then a longer stay in Kota Kinabalu, my hometown. I pretty much ate my weight in dishes I can’t get out here. Some highlights:


Breakfast with my partner and a friend in Kuala Lumpur – roti canai with curries, dhal and sambal. My friend had this disgusting concoction of tea and coffee with condensed milk (I forget what it’s called).


A must-have for me every time I’m back in KK – chicken soto. I love it with hot chilli sauce and a squeeze of lime. Chicken soto in KK is very different from the sort that you get in West Malaysia. Here, it’s a light, clear broth with vermicelli. In West Malaysia it’s a heavier broth similar to Indonesian style soto served with nasi himpit (“pressed rice”).


Selection of Malay kuih at Bits & Bites, one of my favourite places to get a quick snack. I always get the rightmost kuih on the bottom shelf – glutinous rice flour mochi-like thing stuffed with peanuts and sugar.


Friday lunch at Restoran Seri Malindo. You can get lunch here for about AUD $2, and this place is the more expensive one around.


I had ikan asam pedas (hot and sour fish), stir fried long beans and bamboo shoots in chilli coconut sauce.


Another must have – ngiu chap mee hoon (beef soup with rice vermicelli). It has beef balls, tendon, liver and miscellaneous cow bits. Kind of similar to pho.


Sneaky photo of the ngiu chap mee counter. This is just down the road from my family home.


Durian stall – this is in the same area as the ngiu chap mee place. Fuck I love durians. These are proper ones that actually smell like how durians should smell (I know some of you bastards will say “awful” but I love this stuff OK).


Sunday lunch. Food bought from Restoran Seri Melaka. We’ve been going to this restaurant since I was about 10. Clockwise from top left – deep fried squid, Chinese beef steak, stir fried veggies with black fungus and lemon chicken (no yellow food colouring in this one, bitches!). Not shown: sweet and sour fish.


Beef rojak for breakfast. Yellow noodles, cucumber, beef slices, hardboiled egg and tofu topped with spicy peanut sauce.


Mee bandung at the Marina Resort. Yellow noodles in tomato-based spicy sauce.


Curry laksa at Marina Resort.

I can’t wait to be back!