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Day 135: Saying Bye to the Relos with Traditional(?) Chinese Grub

Day 135:  The Relos

Day 135: The Relos

Sunday night was our last evening in Seremban (so it wasn’t quite a week like I had thought it was going to be), so of course, we had a huge family meal.

It was from a Chinese restaurant, one of Grandma Choy’s favorites, and we had 3 giant tables of people there to partake in the festivities. There were people I knew, people I just met a few days before and people who Pat didn’t even know in the sea of participants. So, you can imagine the food was plentiful.

family chinese dinner

Course after course was brought throughout the next couple of hours of some of the most authentic Chinese dishes I’ve ever been served. I thought that some of the meals we got in Sydney were interesting, but boy… they do not stand in the same light as the ones that were created in this restaurant to the likings of Grandma Choy! Please, don’t get me started; let’s just say I could really only fully enjoy about two, along with the red bean soup dessert, but I wasn’t alone at least.

fried chicken skin with prawn paste

fried chicken skin with prawn paste

It was later explained by Pat’s dad that this type of food — some of the most unique concoctions (fried chicken skin with prawn paste underneath??) — is the type of food that Chinese people would order and eat when trying to impress others.

Fair enough. I’m impressed that our ideas of impressive food are so extremely different.

Overall, it was another truly unique experience on this Malaysian holiday, one that could only be topped off with a stop at a relo’s home so they could all eat durian (ah!).

I forcefully declined the offer. They don’t make signs like this in hotels for no good reason:

hotel no durian


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6 Responses to Day 135: Saying Bye to the Relos with Traditional(?) Chinese Grub

  1. Tijmen May 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Fried chicken skin with prawn paste does sound like an interesting combination, was it any good? 🙂 And whats up with banning of Durian in hotels in Asia, I have seen the sings before on photos. Do they really smell that bad?

    • Brooke May 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      I hate prawn flavored anything so I stayed away from that dish! Also, durian DOES smell that bad. It’s very pungent — reminds me of a lingering scent of gas in the air, so if you have it in hotels, it smells up the place so that everyone has to deal with it. YUCK

  2. kelly March 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Hi Brooke,

    It is a pity that you do not like prawn because I have had the fried chicken skin with prawn and it was delicious. Many Cantonese restaurants in NYC, HK, and Shanghai serve it as well.

    I traveled to KL recently and can’t say that I am a fan. It was not a very walkable city.


    • Brooke March 27, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      I also felt it was hard to get around in KL. We took taxis everywhere — luckily they’re not too expensive 🙂 Did you get to anywhere else in Malaysia?


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