We stayed in Malaysia exactly 10 days. But thanks to the family and friends of Kurt, we discovered so many things… and food is an important part of these new experiences!

As in the rest of Asia, the base of the meal is rice. The specialty in Malaysia is the rice cooked in coconut milk. It’s called Nasi Lemak. It’s generally accompanied with some spice, some small fried fish, and dry beans. And served wrapped in a big banana leaf. The taste is really good, with a sweet coconut flavour. It’s even nice for breakfast!

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Of course we also eat a lot of the traditionnal Nasi Goreng (fried rice), or try glutinous rice for breakfast. This one is sweet and sticky.

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A typical way to eat meat, is in brochettes. They are called Satay. The meat is seasonned, put on a stick and grilled. We tried chicken, beef, mutton and cuttlefish… all were wonderful

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Around Melacca, and more generally near the sea, it’s typical to eat fried fish. This kind of restaurants are called Ikan Bakar (Grilled fish). First, you choose the fish and seafood you will want to eat among 10 or 15 different kinds. Then, they cook each fish of seafood in a particular way: fried, grilled, steamed, … and finally you receive all your dishes on the table.

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Another way to eat fish, is in a soup, as we did in the state of Perlis (extreme North of Malaysia). It tastes varey similar to our famous “bouillabaisse” (Marseille’s fish soup).

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And of course, you know the famous shrimps chips we can find in Europe, to dip in sauces… here it’s called Krupuk. And you cook it at home: you buy the paste, made of fish, create the shape and size you want. And throw it into boiling oil, for half a minute. It expands, becomes full of air… and it’s ready to eat.

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For breakfast, we can eat the Nasi Lemak, or the glutinous rice presented before, but there is also a kind of crepe, with egg, butter or sugar: Roti Planta. Finally something typical and sweet for breakfast. They have a very particular way to stretch the paste before cooking it.

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As for fruits, we have a wide choice in Malaysia. Of course there are watermelon, pineapple, bananas everywhere. But also wonderful mangos, passionfruits, and more weird fruits, such as rambutans, mangostins, or more…

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We also enjoyed the drinks in Malaysia. There are giant fruit juices!! And also a homemade roselle syrup. The roselle is a flower that Kurt’s parents grow in their garden. The flower is collected, and cooked in boiling water. Some sugar is then added, and this infusion is served very cold… a pure delight! And the cooked flowers can be eaten as if it were a vegetable. Nothing is lost!

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But of course, the best part of this food route in Malaysia was to share our discoveries with the people around.

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