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Day 97: How is Brooke going to do in Malaysia?

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Day 97: Purple Sweet Potato Dessert. I'm Adventurous.

Day 97: Purple Sweet Potato Dessert. I'm Adventurous.

This question was asked last night by one of Pat’s family members, and I know it is a valid one.

It was Patrick’s brother’s birthday, so we met the family out at a Chinese restaurant for one of those communal meals that I loathe simply because they are too communal and because I am often left with few items I would actually enjoy eating.

Some people think, “Oh, communal. Fun!”

No way man. I’ve figured out that the hatred for sharing food probably stems from a massive revulsion to random people’s saliva. I mean… the idea of old food particles, plaque, disgusting and slimy, perhaps contagious, saliva from random people entering my food path really and truly grosses me out. It’s something I’m only able to overlook when I like someone or am drunk — that is all.

It’s one of the reasons I really enjoy food dishes having serving utensils especially for them. But no…

Even there, those serving utensils are often not used. Instead, previously used chopsticks are stuck right in the mix, and at each plunge or stir I am sent wildly into an internal frenzy. Each plunge is a punch in the gut that makes me want to scream until finally it gets so bad I almost explode saying, “Oh my god, can you PLEASE JUST USE THE FREAKING SERVING UTENSILS AND STOP POLLUTING MY FOOD WITH YOUR SALIVA!!!”

But I can’t. It’s the way they’ve always done things, which is the complete opposite to how I was raised. I used to think it was more of a germaphobia thing, but I really think it is just the idea of someone’s smelly, stringy saliva entering my mouth. Seriously dry heaving at the thought.

In addition, certain food textures drive me nuts, especially things that are slimy or mushy. Weird meat parts are like the epitome of gross, and I’m sure if my burgers were served with bits of those in the mix I would totally give up meat. I like to think I’m adventurous. The truth is I’m not adventurous with food.

So, this is one of those things I know I have an issue with but just can’t resolve, and it makes these food adventures really freaking hard sometimes — and that brings us to Malaysia.

If I were on a trip by myself, I would simply get what I wanted and then stop at the shops to buy “safe food” bits when needed. However, I will not be on this trip by myself; I will be with Patrick’s family, and eating is probably the number one priority.

I hear stories of eating 6 meals a day. Pat’s grandmother has already worried me with ideas of fish maw soup.

How am I going to do in Malaysia?!

That is a really good question…

My prediction is that I will have some pretty unsatisfying dinners, or that I will simply stuff myself with roti. It’s now less than a month away until we find out!

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8 Responses to Day 97: How is Brooke going to do in Malaysia?

  1. Lynda April 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I just had to laugh at this, I won a trip to KL and I leave next week… I’m the pickiest eater in the world so I’m freaking out a bit… I think I will live on roti and satay… (and Maccas) hahaha. Textures etc freak me out too… for example, I can eat a roast potato but I can’t stand mashed potato!

  2. Camels & Chocolate April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    OK, not to freak you out, but the worst food I’ve had in my life was in Malaysia!!! (And I’ve traveled through well over 80 countries, too!) Granted, my husband and I were in Malaysian Borneo and not on the mainland, so maybe there’s a difference?

    And if you do end up going over to Borneo and need travel tips, let me know! We found the Internet devoid of helpful info in planning our own trip, but now I consider myself a pro on Borneo…for the most part =)

    • Brooke April 10, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      I just checked and I don’t think we’re going to the Borneo side, although I would like to… not my trip to plan unfortunately 😉

  3. Erica April 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    I used to be more of a germa-phobe after working in a tattoo shop for a few years (latex gloves and green soap on EVERYTHING) – but for some reason when it comes to food, all my fear goes out the window.

    Good luck to ya girlie.

  4. Adam @ SitDownDisco April 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Malaysia is one of my favourite places in the world to eat! I love the diversity, quality and price of the food! Yes, there is occasionally some nasty stuff that doesn’t suit the western palate, but in the main, I find it quite easy to stomach. I don’t like guts either and I’ve only ever had them on my plate once or twice! If all else fails, just ask for char kway teow. Everyone loves that.

    • Brooke April 10, 2011 at 11:30 am #

      I know what I like, but Pat’s family doesn’t seem to… they all like what they like and can’t think about someone thinking otherwise… therefore, I’m always kind of forgotten when it comes to them ordering stuff. sigh

  5. Roy April 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    I found people in Malaysia quite careful about hygiene. There are serving spoons and serving chopsticks.

    There is so much diversity of food in Malaysia. But if you really can’t stand any of it there’s always McDonalds 🙂

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