From the time I landed in Malaysia, from every local person, I heard that Malaysians love to eat and they must have a minimum of six meals a day. Some of them were so skinny that I kept wondering where do those six meals go. But it was true that there was always ample food in Malaysia.
Food in Malaysia
At the MITBCA, we used to reach the venue after a heavy breakfast. Only to be greeted by piles of colorful tempting food.
They were not just serving snacks, but a whole range of meals. Then at the mid-morning break, there was more. At lunch, food is expected. But the morning routine repeated at the afternoon tea. After which I was told there would be supper and dinner. Hmm…that makes it six meals a day.
In the evenings I went walking around China Town and Bukit Bintang. And all I saw was food. Carts full, some lined in an inviting way, some raw, some cooked, and some semi-cooked. In the most basic setup, the focus was just that. The aesthetics were provided by the way it was arranged, the way the colors were played with, and the way the aroma filled the place.
The presentation of the food was interesting in both the formal places and the streets. I found the concept of a rotating set of bowls on a formal table very unique. Fruits always came in various shapes and sizes. That made us pick up the camera before picking up the fork but they would call for another post to do justice.
In Melaka, I had this soup that was served with raw coconut. You can eat the pulp of the raw coconut after you have finished the soup. For a vegetarian like me, it was a sheer delight to get these dishes. In my 6 days of stay, I had more Tofu than in the rest of my life. Though I must say on the street there are limited options for vegetarians.
Tweet before you eat
Since we were all bloggers and social media experts, people would first click and tweet and then eat. A case of the tweet before you eat. In fact, a tourism Malaysia official joked that at KL airport we weigh you as you come in and you are not allowed to go back if you have not gained at least 5 kgs. With the amount of food, we got to eat, that’s not too much.
The moral of the story is that when in Malaysia you can get lost in food. If you are a foodie, that should be a good enough reason for you to visit the country. And Malaysia should be on top of your list of to-be-visited places.
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Looks like you had a blast at conference. Congratulations! The food photos looks good. SE Asian food is always colorful. What about vegetarian (no cheese, egg ok) options?
Kusum, Yes, I had a good time. I am a strict vegetarian and do not eat egg. For most part I survived I survived on Tofu. And like I mentioned, on the street it was difficult to get anything vegetarian, except some leafy salads and of course there were lots of fruits.
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In Singapore, I was overwhelmed to see the amount of Vegetarian food (aprt from the Indian restuarants there) – they eat algae, tofu, sea surf and so many under sea based mineral/plants (cooked of course). Also they had many rice based steamed food (equivalents of momos and sweets of jaggery in rice coverings.
That soup in raw coconut reminded me my trip to Kerala. They too serve various dishes like this… I have never been to Malaysia but seems their cuisine is very similar to ours. Isn’t it???
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