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Roti Can’t-I

Roti Can’t-I

I wish I had paid more attention. Not that it would be helping me now. But I didn’t fully appreciate roti canai while I was in Malaysia, eating it every third day or so. Roti canai (pronounced chahn-eye) is a flatbread with a crispy outside and flaky, soft layers inside. It is a Malaysian...

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And the Winners Are…The Best and Worst of Malaysian Food

And the Winners Are…The Best and Worst of Malaysian Food

Looking back on three weeks of exotic and interesting vegetarian and vegan Malaysian food and drink, it is difficult to choose the best and worst of what I sampled. Overall, everything was delicious and complex. The curries were rich, flavorful and varied. The drinks were refreshing after tromping through hot cities and humid jungles....

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Let the Testing Begin!

Let the Testing Begin!

After three weeks of spicy Malaysian curries, chewy roti and refreshing drinks, I am back in the real world. Nobody is cooking for me. I cannot sit at a table and have more fake mutton rendang. My fridge is empty (although there is now a new stash of dark chocolate from Malaysia and Japan)...

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How About a Tree-top Canopy Walk?

Okay, I’ve done it. I faced my fears. And they won. Today was the one activity I’ve been dreading this entire trip. Swim with sharks? No problem. Navigate a new city, avoiding drive-by purse snatchings? No problem. Eat fermented tofu sauce? No problem. Do a canopy walk? No way. I’m afraid of heights. It...

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Malaysian Cooking Class

Malaysian Cooking Class

Finally, the thing I had been most looking forward to–our cooking class. We were staying at a sort of hotel in a village in the countryside, in small huts built on stilts, in the style typical to the state of Perak, where we were. The largest hut in the center was just for meeting...

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Lovely Leeches

Lovely Leeches

Taman Negara, or National Park, in Malaysian, is one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Now a protected area, it is home to numerous species, including elephants, tigers, bats, monkeys, and the one animal that gets more mention than all the others put together…leeches. We spent three humid days in the jungle, home...

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Sharks were the least of my worries…

Sharks were the least of my worries…

We spent three idyllic days on Tioman Island, 30 miles off the eastern coast of Malaysia, in the South China Sea. A speedy ferry whipped us over there, where we were deposited at the end of a long jetty (pier) and walked about 2 miles to the end of the beach in the town...

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Goodbye, KL

After more delicious food, including lots of mock meats (we had delicious “goose” and fish, complete with nori for the skin), we said goodbye to KL and took a long-distance bus for 6 hours to Mersing, an ocean-side town on the eastern coast of Malaysia. But this was no long-distance bus ride like any...

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Cinderella’s Stepsisters at Breakfast

Cinderella’s Stepsisters at Breakfast

Once again I went to a local vegetarian eatery, Blue Boy Vegetarian Center, to try a different dish. This morning I had “curry laksa,” a bowl of noodles in a spicy coconut milk-based broth. Toppings included bean sprouts, faux fishcake, char siu, fried tofu, and something resembling an omelette, made from yuba, sheets of...

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I’m starting to talk like a Malay, lah!

One of the things you hear a lot both here and in Singapore is a fluency with several languages. Specifically, English, Indian languages, Chinese languages, and Malaysian/Indonesian, which are basically the same language save for a few different words and phrases. Singapore actually has four languages that all signs are posted in, and here,...

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