I’ve been eating heaps of Malaysian food now that I have Patrick in my life, and it isn’t always a bad thing — just when all the food is prepared with seafood. Tonight we went to dinner with his family over to Alice’s, a restaurant way up in the North Shore of Sydney with some decent grub, and of course the topic of our impending Malaysia adventure gets brought up.
I’m really excited for this trip, even though I won’t have much control over anything, because it should be an interesting insight into the culture and an overall cheap holiday. Life is inexpensive, food is tasty, Pat’s extended family lives there and it’s going to be my first step into Southeast Asia (finally, right?!).
Only, the tickets aren’t even booked yet and every meal and every family conversation feels like I’m being prepped for what’s to come.
“Oh yeah, if you order this in Malaysia, it’ll be like…”
Which is cool; I’m grateful, but I sometimes like the idea of just being surprised when I actually step foot in the country. I think they are all just trying to make sure I know what I’m in for, and it is a bit more personal since I’ll be hanging out on their turf.
So, what can I expect for my 2 weeks in May in Malaysia? Glad you asked:
- Sticky, sweaty humidity.
- Cheap hotels with amazing buffets.
- Teh Terik and other beverages made with heaps of sweetened condensed milk.
- Roti and curry and lots of it.
- Cheap food markets.
- Good shopping.
- A train ride down the coast.
- A meeting with Pat’s great uncle, a former prized hunter.
- Laksa for breakfast?!
- Visits to Penang, Seremban, Kuala Lumpur and Malaka to name a few.
Do you see a trend for this list? Almost everything involves food, and that pretty much sums up the relationship with my boyfriend’s family: it revolves around eating. I’ve been told I’ll be putting on weight during our trip, but I beg to differ after hearing his grandmother talk about how she wants to order $60 bowls of weird seafood surprise. Uhm… no thanks? Supposedly the surprise is fish maw.
Have you been to Malaysia? Did you love the food? Will I die by not being able to choke down seafood?