We arrived back in Sydney after an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur, which of course we got little to no sleep on. So, for the rest of the day we all walked around in a zombie state just waiting for night to roll around so we could try to get back on a normal schedule.
A normal schedule for Pat and I involves making popcorn and watching movies in bed, which we took to doing on Saturday night. It was at that first taste of popcorn, the salty and buttery kind, that we thought about how sweet the popcorn was in Malaysia.
But, it wasn’t all sweet, and it wasn’t all fishy or even all Malaysian. We ate and drank plenty of interesting concoctions in Malaysia, and here are the ones for which we actually have a photo record.
The Food We Ate in Malaysia
Fast Food / Western Food
Pat had never had a coney dog before, so of course we had to try it out from A&W, along with curly fries and root beer.
As a sign of the level of customer service in Malaysia, this Burger King stop took 25 minutes to get the order. That has to be some sort of record.
Pat’s stomach was upset a couple of times, so we stuck to Western food on a few days. We had a quite tasty pizza in KL from an Italian restaurant.
Chips & Snacks
Paprika pumpkin seeds are delicious.
We bought these on the way to Penang, but I was sad that they weren’t really “spicy”.
These lived up to the devil face packaging to provide a healthy kick.
Desserts & Sweets
My love for the ais kacang (above) can only be topped by the flavors in the cendol, photo below.
>> Read more about my ais kacang and cendol obsession
The handmade candy shop gave out free samples. Holla, free!
We were served tasty treats each night at the Majestic Hotel in Malacca. These jellies were on the first night.
The sago dessert that Pat ordered is flavored with gula melaka.
Pineapple tarts are quite popular in Malacca, as well as cendol with durian. I ordered by cendol without durian, thanks.
I loved this cookie shop in Seremban. Found some lovely peanut butter cookies to munch on.
Food In / On Banana Leaves
I love the packaging of this market meal.
Here’s what is inside the banana leaf!
Fake Meat Dishes
Faux chicken drumstick, believe it or not. It’s bean curd wrapped around a popsicle stick, battered and fried.
The infamous faux bbq chicken rice meal. One of my favorite things in Malaysia.
High Tea at the E&O Hotel
We had awesome high tea included with our stay at the E&O Hotel in Penang. These are the chocolates provided.
These are the sandwiches and scones provided with high tea. This was my first high tea experience EVER, so you can imagine I have very high standards for future encounters.
Weird Skin Dishes
Crispy, fried chicken skin with a layer of prawn paste underneath. I did not try this.
Crispy pig skin, and only the pig skin (with a layer of fat as well). I just couldn’t eat this. Both of these skin dishes were part of the traditional Chinese meal we ate before leaving Seremban.
Other Food Dishes
The chicken rice balls served in Malacca.
Veggie curry that was sadly made with fish oil or some fishy/prawn flavored ingredient to my utter dismay.
Herbed, Thai fried chicken drumsticks served at the restaurant in the Tropical Spice Garden in Penang.
Laksa for breakfast… I just can’t do it. Pat ate this at 9am.
Delicious, spicy wan than mee, a type of wan than mee that you can’t get everywhere. We found this in the markets in Penang and searched for it everywhere afterwards. It was amazing.
A simple, cashew chicken dish.
A straights of Malacca salad that sort of resembles a healthier rojak.
Tempura that was ordered in Malacca. There is no flavor in this whatsoever.
The Drinks We Drank in Malaysia
Tiger beer is everywhere in Malaysia, and we ordered a tower so we could watch the soccer game in Penang.
Drinking sugar cane juice with a dash of lime as to Pat’s order. Very nice!
Drinks ordered after sweltering in the Tropical Spice Gardens. Lemongrass, nutmeg and rosella flavored sodas.
I have no idea why we bought this Royal Dutch 12% beer. It tasted like vodka beer, which is nasty.
Of course there’s a Tiger beer in this mix. I enjoyed my lychee soda in the middle.
The amazing double-shot coffees that finally tasted of real coffee!
Ice coffees from the markets and requested less sweet.
The reliable Chinese tea. This pot was served after check-in at the Majestic Hotel in Malacca.