Monday, February 1, 2010

Malay sans Malaise

I guess you're wondering what all the delay is in writing updates to our blog. It's just that we've been so busy relaxing and taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of Malaysia that we hadn't got around to informing you, our impatient readers.

Pangkor Island:
Bummed around the beach pretty much the whole time - the only exception was when we hired a scooter for a few hours and drove around the island. we took a short leech-infested walk up to a rope bridge and rubber plantation. There was no opportunity for standing still on this excursion as the moment you did - leeches were on to you in seconds! We had a most memorable last night, watching the sunset, eating dinner on the beach. I had a great time watching Miriam attempt to eat a serving of chilli crab and almost wearing some of it due to her less than delicate eating method.

The main attraction here is the food - voted (by someone important) as one of the worlds best eating places. Today we sampled a local dessert called Ais Kachang which was shaved ice, topped with some black and white jelly things, red beans, syrup and sweetcorn. I don't think I'll be ordering it again but it was worth trying.... Penang is also a great place to walk & sit around to do some serious people watching. We did a night time walk the other night that took us past some great colonial buildings and the esplanade was full of families doing whatever families do on an esplanade. Tomorrow we're heading on a bit of a hike out of the city - we'll let you know how it goes....


  1. Sounds like fun! I tried a dessert very similar to yours when I was in South Korea. I think the only difference was the lack of sweetcorn in mine and it wasn't too bad with that subtraction. What was pretty gross, though, was getting fruit salad put on top of your cereal--only to find out that their fruit salad included tomato!!!! Yeah, avoid that...

  2. I remember a dessert in KL which was like a fruit salad with a satay sauce. My tastebuds couldn't take the extreme sensations (and I'm pretty liberal in my taste).
    - By the way, we're expecting Indian cooking lessons when you finally pay Adelaide a visit.


  3. Was wondering how you were both doing! Things going OK here, missing you both!