Was a middle eastern kind of day. Started with fresh fruit and juice and samosas and pakoras for lunch at some local street vendors near the KL sentral station. With ramadan, there are some really delicious eats all around and there are pockets of indian and middle eastern disricts so finding something traditional is easy. This is tabouleh at a local restaurant but there wasn’t much in the way of bulgar, it was more like a parsley salad but still not bad. Also got to try this local mango and yogurt smoothie that had raisins, apples, and bananas as a garnish with a thin streak of strawberry syrup, quite nice after a hot day.
Monsoon season still hanging around malaysia. Woke up to some pretty smoke and smog filled skies and now im headed to the mall because the rain is coming down too hard. Seems they love their shopping here and with malls measured in square km why not?
And here comes the lightning and thunder…
Staying safe indoors, plenty to eat.
Wanted to post this earlier but the post disappeared. Had my first meal in malaysia at a local food area. Had fried pork in the sauce they usually use on walnut shrimp (mayonaise and condensed milk with sometimes honey and lemon juice for those who were curious) with cucumber and lettuce. Wasn’t great but was filling and the pork had god flavor. Didnt get sick but I also got a few mosquito bites so we’ll see how I am a week from now.
It’s hot, but not unbearable.
The first day was rough. Most places in the city are pretty easy to manage with english but on the outskirts of the city, its pockets of ethnic groups and I ended up in a mostly chinese area so they knew I wasn’t from around there. Also it seems like the locals don’t really wear shorts or slippers so I’ve been rocking shoes and jeans which hasnt been friendly to the humidity.
KL also has a big muslim population. Just got here for ramadan. As I write this I can hear the last calls for prayer over a speaker. Miss my girlfriend, miss the states, but I know I’m growing from this experience. More to come.
First take on fine dining I got to try in the city. Vietnamese noodles with a peanut sauce, shallots, jicama, cucumber, green apples and peanuts. Also had a pretty gnarly pasta e fagioli that had this weird sauce that was a cross between a hollandaise and a bechamel. Yellow and flavorless, the noodles were also cooked in the local tap and totally tasted of a slight off metallic flavor, I think I was the only one to notice.
Also had some manta ray and some frog but those pictures will come up later. Easier getting around, but all still quite new
Landed in kuala lumpur after a long 4 hour flight. Never knew how confusing the world could be even when just the second language on signs is english. It’s been a lot of smaller culture shock moments like seeing all the ladies in head coverings and walking into the bathroom and finding a hose next to the toilet. Will update more on my first day later once I get settled in, pretty excited to meet someone to take me to some good local eats.
Worst breakfast ever. Stale croissant, flavorless eggs, steamed hash brown mix, this breakfast was pretty knarly. In all fairness to china air though, the dinner was pretty good. Seafood pasta was a bit sketch, but smoked salmon with a potato salad and a really well done cheesecake made up for it.
In taipei right now waiting to board on my last leg to kuala lumpur missing my girlfriend like crazy. Nervous and excited, we’ll see how things are when I land in malaysia.