So far, I've learned three things;
1) the food here is tasty and very cheap, unless you eat in a hotel aimed at Westerners, then its more expensive than in Australia,
2) there is no real distinction between breakfast foods, lunch foods and dinner foods - people eat the same things all day long.
3) alot of foods here are completely unrecognisable - but you might be rewarded if you give them a try.
Green Mystery Drink
I thought I was ordering a banana crepe, but the lady gave me a plastic bag with a green liquid and pink and green floaty things in it! Further inspection revealed that it was a sweet milky fruit drink and the pink floaty things were banana pieces. I never did work out what the green things were - but you know I ate them anyway! :)
|Sitting by the waterfront at Kota Kinabalu with my green 'mystery' drink.|
|This is the lunch that I was served when at a Community Ecovillage. The spike fruit on the left is Rambutan. Also egg, fish and sago root. All served with rice.|
I've met Western tourists here who are just desperate for a Western breakfast, because in Malaysia the locals seem to eat the same sort of things for all meals - rice with curries, meat, vegies etc. You just can't find omelettes or a western continental breakfast. I don't mind that myself, but usually recommend that they go to an Indian cafe and order a Roti. They cost around 2 Ringett (less than $1AUD)
|Roti Telour with Tea. Unless you say 'No susu', they'll always put condensed milk in your tea.|
Chinese 'Kedai Kopi' (Coffee Shop) lunch
As a vegetarian, I have to be quite careful when I eat at a Kedai Kopi, because many of the vegetables are stuffed with meat, and you often can't tell until you've taken a bite.
|Greens, Tofu and bread.|
|Another tea with Chinese Sesame puffs stuffed with red bean|
|Yes, I know this looks far from appetising but its actually quite tasty! Its a sort of pancake bread filled with a peanut paste. Its served hot and wrapped in newspaper. The market girl didn't stop beaming when I bought this from her.:)|