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Malaysia Food Exploration: Murtabak

On our first night in Kuala Lumpur, by the time we had escaped the airport and reached our hotel it was heading towards 9pm. A bit frazzled (we didn’t fly into the airport we thought we would, couldn’t track down the right bus and suspect we were misled over the taxi), we couldn’t be bothered to head off across town on a food odyssey so popped into the Zam Zam Restaurant (135 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman) next door to have a little something.

We quickly spied that they served murtabak, which is a fried flat bread cooked around a filling. Having scanned the choices available I opted for a small beef murtabak and H decided to have the same but with chicken.


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Thailand Food Exploration: Rotee

Roti is something that may be familiar to you from the breads section of a UK “Indian” restaurant menu. It is a round, flat, slightly layered bread, which is good for soaking up curries.

It clearly shares roots with Roti Canai, something ambrosial I first encountered in Malaysia. This is a puffy, crispy flat bread which is heavenly dipped in dahl, fish curry or topped with condensed milk.

So when we passed a Rotee stall near the lower end of Phra Pok Klao Road, Chiang Mai, by a Siam Bank, I was irresistibly drawn to it. The options were fairly limited, standard (which comes topped with condensed milk), egg (where an egg is broken into it and cooked), banana (filled with sliced banana) and a few other choices which I think were mainly combinations of the above.


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Thailand Food Exploration: Kra Pao Kai/Moo Kai Dow

Our Thai host ordered a very enticing-looking dish for dinner recently, and the next day, we followed suit.

kra pao kai kai dow

Kra pao kai (pictured) or kra pao moo (if pork) translates as chicken (kai) stir-fried with holy basil. The kai dow on the end means fried egg, a popular addition to the dish, but you can leave it off when ordering if you don’t fancy it. The egg aside, it is a light, clean-tasting dish, inexpensive and seemingly very common.