I deliberated for a while over whether to write any posts for Penang or Kuala Lumpur that summarised the places we particularly enjoyed eating. There are so many excellent bloggers in these cities writing about the food scene that the ground is well-trodden, and they all know far more about the cuisine than I do.
In the end, I decided against it for Kuala Lumpur as we were there so briefly and anywhere that we liked got a name-check in the various food-specific posts. For Penang, the same is broadly true, but there were a few extra places that I wanted to mention so I thought I may as well (even though it meant making another map which is my least favourite blogging task!).
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Picture the scene. It is 2008 and H, H Snr and I are gathered together in the Newton Food Court, Melaka, Malaysia. It is a hot and sweaty lunchtime, and I have just eaten a large plate of crispy pork. H and I amble over to a kuih stand (kuih being a term for small snacks, often sweet but not always) and purchase a selection which we take back to the table.
H Snr glances over the plate and his face lights up at the sight of some small, green, coconut-covered balls. “Onde-onde!” he declares with delight, as he eats one with evident enjoyment. Apparently these were a favourite snack from his time working in Malaysia, so we hustled back and bought a load more.
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I have devised a new party game variant. I’d like to introduce you to offal-bobbing.
The way to play: take one bowl of hawker stall soup and delve down with your spoon to explore its depths. If you find a piece of offal, you lose.
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When the heat becomes unbearable in Malaysia, one option is to retreat to an air-conditioned shopping centre.
The Mid Valley Megamall in KL is an immense edifice crammed with shops and food outlets. Connected to it is The Gardens Mall which contains yet more places to spend money, and some good options for food including the Homi Chicken Curry Puff stand.
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To follow on from my South Island recommendations, now it’s the turn of the North Island.
As with the other post, I have not created a map as the places are so spread out it would be a real fiddle to use. Plus I’m lazy…
Continue reading New Zealand Food Exploration: North Island Recommendations