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Day 141: The Food We Ate and the Drinks We Drank in Malaysia

Day 141:  Enjoying salty, unsweetened, popcorn.

Day 141: Enjoying salty, unsweetened, popcorn.

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

a and w coney dog
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.

slowest burger king KL airport
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
Paprika pumpkin seeds are delicious.

spicy curry chips
We bought these on the way to Penang, but I was sad that they weren’t really “spicy”.

spicy garlic chips
These lived up to the devil face packaging to provide a healthy kick.

Desserts & Sweets

ais kacang malaysia dessert
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

handmade candies
The handmade candy shop gave out free samples. Holla, free!

jelly dessert at majestic hotel
We were served tasty treats each night at the Majestic Hotel in Malacca. These jellies were on the first night.

sego with gula melaka
The sago dessert that Pat ordered is flavored with gula melaka.

tarts and cendol
Pineapple tarts are quite popular in Malacca, as well as cendol with durian. I ordered by cendol without durian, thanks.

cookie shop in seremban
I loved this cookie shop in Seremban. Found some lovely peanut butter cookies to munch on.

Food In / On Banana Leaves

banana leaf envelope
I love the packaging of this market meal.

inside banana leaf envelope
Here’s what is inside the banana leaf!

indian banana leaf restaurant
I can totally dig eating off banana leaves!

Fake Meat Dishes

faux chicken drumstick
Faux chicken drumstick, believe it or not. It’s bean curd wrapped around a popsicle stick, battered and fried.

faux bbq chicken rice
The infamous faux bbq chicken rice meal. One of my favorite things in Malaysia.

High Tea at the E&O Hotel

high tea chocolates at E and O penang
We had awesome high tea included with our stay at the E&O Hotel in Penang. These are the chocolates provided.

high tea sandwiches e and o penang
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

chicken skin prawn paste
Crispy, fried chicken skin with a layer of prawn paste underneath. I did not try this.

pig skin
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

pat dressed his chicken rice balls
The chicken rice balls served in Malacca.

veggie curry and rice
Veggie curry that was sadly made with fish oil or some fishy/prawn flavored ingredient to my utter dismay.

fried chicken from tropical spice garden penang
Herbed, Thai fried chicken drumsticks served at the restaurant in the Tropical Spice Garden in Penang.

morning laksa
Laksa for breakfast… I just can’t do it. Pat ate this at 9am.

spicy wan than mee gurney penang
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.

cashew chicken
A simple, cashew chicken dish.

straights salad like rojak
A straights of Malacca salad that sort of resembles a healthier rojak.

tempura malacca
Tempura that was ordered in Malacca. There is no flavor in this whatsoever.

The Drinks We Drank in Malaysia

tiger beer tower
Tiger beer is everywhere in Malaysia, and we ordered a tower so we could watch the soccer game in Penang.

sugar cane juice penang
Drinking sugar cane juice with a dash of lime as to Pat’s order. Very nice!

spice garden drinks
Drinks ordered after sweltering in the Tropical Spice Gardens. Lemongrass, nutmeg and rosella flavored sodas.

nasty royal dutch strong beer
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.

double shot coffee from majestic hotel malacca
The amazing double-shot coffees that finally tasted of real coffee!

coffee ice from markets in penang
Ice coffees from the markets and requested less sweet.

chinese tea presented at majestic hotel malacca
The reliable Chinese tea. This pot was served after check-in at the Majestic Hotel in Malacca.


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10 Responses to Day 141: The Food We Ate and the Drinks We Drank in Malaysia

  1. Laura May 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    So many interesting dishes! Though, I’m with you- I wouldn’t have eaten the skin dishes.

  2. Adam @ SitDownDisco May 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    I was going to comment on one of the photos and as I was scrolling down, I wanted to comment on more and more at which point I forgot about the first photos. So now all I can say is that it all looks great! Will try and partake in some myself soon.

  3. Heather May 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    No laksa for breakfast?! 😉

    Looks yummy — well, just about everything! I don’t like my coffee overly sweet but I do want to try a coffee with the sweetened condensed milk. Had a teh tarik at Mamak and really liked it so would probably live off of those 🙂

    Bet you’re glad to be back at Little Gem though 🙂

  4. Tijmen May 25, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    The pig skin looks nasty, I don’t think I would eat that as well. The high tea on the other hand looks like something to keep eating 😛 I wonder where that Royal Dutch beer comes from, they definitely don’t sell it here in Holland.

  5. ayngelina May 25, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Evil potato chips – awesome!

  6. Mario Bros June 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Malaysia is great, I wish I was there, very delicious food and beautiful place.

  7. Emm December 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    You missed out Kuching! We have really really great food! 🙂


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