Village Fish Head Noodles | Malaysian Tom Yam

On our Southeast Asian culinary conquest, the gods of food, the old and the new has once again given us a blessing: Tom Yam. As George R.R. Martin once wrote ‘The north remembers’, but little did we know that the neighboring south, Malaysia, improvises. It would be tragic for a typical tourist to order up…

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A Warm Bowl from the Seas: Penang Laksa Origins

Penang, being an island surrounded by coastal waters, means that there is certainly an abundance of fresh fish and other seafood. Aquaculture in Penang has been spearheading the state’s economy — a powerful source of income and employment to its people. Making good use of one’s resources, the people of Penang figured to pour in…

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Bak Kut Teh VS. Humba: Battle of the Braised Pork!

*WARNING: FOOD IS NON-HALAL. CONTAINS MOUTH-WATERING DESCRIPTIONS AND PHOTOS OF MEAT. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK* Asia is the biggest continent of the world. I mean with forty-eight (48) countries, now that’s a lot of people (4.5 billion people as of 2016 population status that is). Asia is so big it’s taking over 29.5% of…

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The Trinity of Hokkien Cuisine: Hokkien Mee, Lor Bak, Otak-otak

Hokkien Cuisine, originally called as Fujian Cuisine, is a native cooking style from China’s Fujian Province. It is known to be subtle yet full of flavor, soft and tender and is widely known to have a particular umami emphasis on its taste. This cuisine is known for bringing out the original flavor of the ingredients…

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? | Chulia Street Night Market

When we were little kids our parents would always warn us (or more likely scare us off) about the horrors of night time. We used to have this routine of looking under the bed, checking the closets, locking the windows and leaving a night light on, afraid of the nightmares and monsters that we thought…

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Penang’s Famous Nasi Kandar: Line Clear

Still rings in my ear what my friend said, “Nothing but the best,” and this rings so true to my experience with Malaysian food. On my first day in Penang, I went to nothing but the best: Nasi Kandar Line Clear. I had plans to meet up with a local to show me around some…

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6 Places to Eat You Absolutely CANNOT Miss When You Visit Kuala Lumpur

In October 5, 2018, I dove into the unknown and started a big trip around the world, at least that is the aim. I’m starting with Asia and seeing how far my money and visas can take me! My first stop is Kuala Lumpur. I never really had the urge to visit Kuala Lumpur, or…

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Claypot Chicken Rice in KL Chinatown

I knew I’d love this already. This reminds me so much of my late brother. He loved hot pots before and he’d never fail to order them from Ding How Dimsum (or any dimsum place in Cebu). Growing up, we’d eat there almost every Sunday after church. It was all routine — we knew what we wanted.…

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Nasi Lemak: Malaysia’s Best

My first meal in Kuala Lumpur: Nasi Lemak. My host explains that this is widely eaten in Malaysia (considered the national dish) but originated from Indonesia. That, in fact, a lot of the Malaysian dishes are inspired from Indonesian cuisine. Nasi Lemak translates to Coconut Milk Rice, served with anchovies, peanuts, boiled egg, fresh cucumber…

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