Having never really spent much time in Asia before moving here, everything was an eyeopener… How MSG is available next to the salt and pepper on your table, how the girl who delivers your Tiger beer must be in Tiger branded clothing, how double parking is a thing, how double double parking is a thing, how “la”, “can” and “cannot” are now part of my daily repertoire, how insanely cheap everything is… the list goes on and on and on.
One thing I was prepared for however was how eating was an inherent part of the South East Asian culture… and more specifically, the Malaysian culture. This just makes me happy. Living in a city where you eat the most amazing food ALL day for $1 Australian dollar – it’s hard to not be!
In a quick 6 months I have explored KL, Penang, Langkawi, Phuket, Redang, Krabi, Singapore, Ko Yao Yai and Hong Kong. By explored I really mean – eaten my way through. Here is the first chapter of my life in Asia…
My rules for eating well in Asia:
1. Sit only on plastic chairs
2. BYO napkins
3. Ensure you are the only Westerner in sight
4. Bonus points for a stray cat wandering through your legs
5. Fresh coconuts should be available to order
6. You should be uncomfortably hot