Our First Malaysian Road Trip!

We just got back from a 4d/3n road trip–our first ever in Malaysia. Renting a car was easy and about the same price as in Europe, but a little more than in North America. The total price including the rental of a GPS came to about $45–50 per day. We got a local car called…

Kampung Baru Night Market

Having a couple of free hours and looking for something interesting to do, we took a walk to the Petronas Towers, got on the subway and went one stop, to the other side of the freeway. That’s a bold step you understand. Within the freeway ring of downtown are towers, malls, expats, and all manner…

Banana Blossom!

Our hawker down the street offers a full table of raw herbs and vegetables (collectively referred to as ulam) as condiments.  On most days the ulam array includes banana flower, simply steamed and left to cool. They have usually oxidized by the time they make it to the table for lunch, and some petals have…

My Makan Malay Part I: Tempeh

Chances are if you know what tempeh is, you think it’s something vegans and health nuts eat. Well OK they might, but California is not where tempeh originates. Tempeh is a traditional and humble ingredient in Indonesian and Malaysian food. And like all good things in life, tempeh is fermented. It’s started by a lactic…

And we become mall rats

I don’t like malls. I actually quite hate them. I was never knocked out by them, even as a teenager (not that we had one in Pitt Meadows). But under normal circumstances you’d have a hard time finding me in one of those sterile, soulless, lifeless crapholes. I think I went to the mall once…

Move over chai!

Do you like chai? Then you’ll love teh tarik. Even you’re “meh” on chai like I am, you might still like teh tarik. Literally “pulled tea,” teh tarik strongly resembles non-masala Indian chai although there is a version with ginger (teh tarik halia). It’s milky and sweet like chai but the tea is “pulled” from…

Between Bayernhaus and Brussels Cafe, We’ve Got KL Covered

It doesn’t take us much beer to get happy these days. Give us an $8 Hoegaarden and a $10 Hacker-Pschorr Animator and consider us tickled. Finding tasty alcoholic beverages in any Muslim country can be a real challenge. But thankfully, KL has a vibrant blogging community. One of the local blogs happens to be devoted…

Why We’d Rather be in KL

So, we’re camping out in KL. Cool city, very underrated. Telling people you’re gonna live here isn’t anything like telling them you’re gonna live in Paris. No one’s jealous (no one threatens to visit you either). Lots of people are confused or disappointed. Hey, if I wanted to live in Paris I’d be in Paris….

Al-Amar

In the mood for high caliber Lebanese food in KL? You might wanna go to Al-Amar, in the Pavillion shopping plaza in Bukit Bintang. We went during off hours but the only other patrons in there were speaking Arabic. One family was having a shisha session, mom included but not child. The atmosphere is upscale…

"Little Penang"

“Little Penang” 4th floor in KLCC mall has mediocre food. I ordered the prawn set menu, which included 3 dishes one of which was not prawn but a chicken skin roll that is pawned off on all the set menus. It looked like a chicken sausage wrapped in chicken skin. I gave it a taste…

Return to Asia

So what is it like being back in Asia, and in Kuala Lumpur in particular? Well, we’ve been here a week and barely left our neighbourhood. It’s not that our hood is pure genius. It’s adequate, though. There is a row of food stalls in the alley out front of our building to provide us…

the Kuala Lumpur story

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to post as we’ve been incredibly busy. After an epic two day multi-leg extravaganza we arrived in Kuala Lumpur. Why KL? Why not. Sun’s always wanted to visit and we knew that the food would be incredible. It was. I was totally out of it when we…