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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Wantan Mee So Good, It’s God-Level.

It’s been 5 months since I first tried this god level wantan mee stall and I still wonder why tourists don’t flock this place. In fact, I can remember every time I came here (about 4 or 5 times now) I was the only non-local dining. It blows my mind that in this day and…

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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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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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Feel at Home at Aunty Manju’s Home of Banana Leaf

Seems to always be a FEAST here in  Malaysia. I love the people. I love the food even more. A newfound friend took me out for some really good Indian food. He mentioned something about banana leaves so I had imagined food being cooked in them. Turns out, it’s like the boodle fight back home in…

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Win Hen Seng: Pork Noodles to Die For

Win Heng Seng’s pork noodles is a treasure of Kuala Lumpur and stumbling into this place made my day. My local friend and I were exploring town, slowly finding our way to ICC Pudu, where more local treats awaited us. The market used to be where Tun Razak Exchange is currently developing the land for…

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Bukit Bintang’s Secret Wan Tan Mee Stall

Now, I don’t know how much of a secret this place is because I always see the Wan Tan Mee stall PACKED with customers. However, they are mostly locals so it may be quite a secret to tourists. I was fortunate enough to have a foodie friend in Kuala Lumpur and he was the perfect…

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