Malaysia photo diary…aka Food Safari!

sa-carSo we were recently in Malaysia for a whirlwind trip to finally wind up the month long festivities that was Jinn’s little sister’s wedding! Crazy hey? But between dinners and meet-and-greets (Jinn’s parents both have massive extended families) we managed to fit in a spot of shopping, sight-seeing and as you can see – a whole stack of food! Malaysia is well-known for its culinary delights and boy oh boy I tried my bestest to sample them all!

Top 10 things to eat in Malaysia:

  1. Char kway teow – flat rice noodles stir-fried with delicious whatnots like Chinese sausage and scrambled egg
  2. Wonton mee or its East Malaysian sister kolo mee – thin egg noodles that are cooked just al dente served with a delectable soy-based sauce and little pork dumplings
  3. Roti canai – Indian flat bread that is just oh so fluffy accompanied by curries-of-the-day (Great for breakfast! Really!)
  4. Teh tarik – another delicious Indian concoction, black tea sweetened with condensed milk
  5. Laksa – which differs in taste depending which region it comes from – Sarawak, Penang, or curry laksa – they’re all good!
  6. Chee cheong fan – so simple yet oh so mindbendingly awesome, rolls of thick flat rice noodles served with plum-based and chilli sauces and a sprinkling of sesame seeds
  7. Ice kacang and ice chendol – icy desserts in a coconutty sauce, perfect for the hot humid weather
  8. Poh piah – simmered local turnip wrapped with chilli sauce in a thin rice flour skin
  9. Muah chee – sticky rice dumpling filled with crunchy peanuts mixed with white sugar and sesame seeds, one of my personal faves!
  10. Nasi lemak – coconut rice, spicy tiny deep fried fish accompanied with a curry
  11. Satay – self-explanatory and universally worshiped by all
  12. Bah kut teh – juicy pieces of pork spare rib cooked in a herbal soup and served with a bowl of steaming white rice
  13. And don’t forget to sample the local tropical fruits – jackfruit, rambutan, longan, mangosteen…and if you’re brave – durian!

Huh? Did I say top 10? Well, there’s just that much amazing food to eat, I’m sure there’s still some that I’ve missed. What are your must-eat foods that you would travel the world for? roti-teh-2 roti-teh-1 roti-2 roti-4 grandparent-handsang-pow2outfit1-3 outfit1-4+jinn egg-tartnoodle-2jinn-outfit-4sa-amelie2botan-6 botan-7 botan-colours2 monkey-paulmonkey-9botan-colours1 monkey-dude-1 botan-colours4 mee-goreng-man assam-laksa cheong-fan ice-kacangmarket-bananassarah-camerakhoo-lionkhoo-catstreet-art-5 penang-streetart-1 streetart-2

***Street art in Penang by Ernest Zacharevic

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Hello there 2013…and we’re back!

nye-3We spent New Year’s Eve partying on down in Penang! (We were there for the continuation of the wedding bonanza extravaganza that was Jinn’s little sister’s wedding!) As usual the weather was hot and humid but that didn’t stop throngs of locals and tourists flocking to Gurney Drive (one of the main shopping/eating streets) to join in the festivities. As the tunes were pumped out, hijinks and crazy dancing ensued as we celebrated what 2012 had been and welcomed in the brand spanking new 2013, full of promise and big dreams.nye-1 nye-2 nye-4 nye-5 nye-8 nye-7 nye-6

***What I’m wearing – colourful sequin top by Gorman (sold out but try this), deer print shorts by Sretsis (love these), cheap-o yellow sandals from Hong Kong markets (these clogs are cute!), neon pink studs by Kate Spade (here they are in square form), one-of-a-kind custom made purple balloon hat by me.

***What he’s wearing – tribal print t-shirt by Topman.

Bitten by the Brooklyn Flea

Obsession#2 – vintage cameras!

One Saturday during our holiday, we decided to see what the fuss was about flea markets. After initially setting off in the wrong direction, then trying to find a nonexistent subway station, and then of course having a minor domestic quarrel, we found the Brooklyn Flea – a flea market of pretty legendary proportion. All bickering and foul moods were forgotten as we wandered through the rows of clothes, records, knick knacks, and even stalls from local designers with clothes and accessories selling items with a vintage/organic feel. Not to mention some pretty delicious locally made food and drink as well! Mmmm, horchata…

Can anyone spot the Catherine Holm?

After catching flea market fever, we decided to check out another along the Brooklyn waterfront the next day. More amazing trinkets were to be found, and to top it off there was a wonderful view of Manhattan in the background.

Check out the skyline!

If you ever do get the chance to go to New York, you MUST leave the bright shiny stores of Soho and 5th Avenue (I know that’s difficult!) and get yourselves elbow deep in the vintage clothing, animal skulls, old coins, organic (probably homegrown) hemp products, and local designer fare that can only be found at flea markets. I highly recommend the ones found in Brooklyn and Williamsburg – the “Brooklyn Flea” and “Artists and Fleas”. You’ll find yourself surrounded by families with young children, people searching for a bargain, and of course a bevy of hipster cool kids (the number of top knots, Ray Bans and bow ties does noticeably rise as you near the market!).

Oh and I did mention we were obsessed with vintage cameras! Well here’s our haul from the fleas…

Can you pick which one’s actually a pencil sharpener? Comment below if you can!

***What I’m wearing – mustard cable knit sweater by Co via Urban Outfitters (similar), chambray shirt by Anthropologie, sunglasses from past season by Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar), rose necklace by Anthropologie

***What he’s wearing – day 1 – burgundy crew neck sweater by Hawkings McGill via Urban Outfitters, light green backpack by Herschel – day 2 – dark blue and white checked shirt from past season by Industrie (similar)

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