Selamat Pagi (Good Morning) from Malaysia! Syed and I are in Malaysia with our granddaughter, Whitney, and I've invited her to be my guest blogger so you can see Malaysia through the eyes of a first time visitor.
What a special summer trip I get to go on! Malaysia is such a beautiful, amazing, multicultural country! When we flew into Kuala Lumpur, we visited the Petronas Towers and ate at many different restaurants filled with appetizing yet intimidating food.
were enormous! Larger than I ever imagined!
Eating here has been a little challenging for me. My grandparents say to only try a little bit of lots of things. This way, when you don't prefer something, you will not have a big pile of it on your plate!
To get to know the cooking and food here, we attended a local cooking class called LaZat. It was a great class! First, we cooked Otak Otak, which is marinated fish in banana leaves. I am not a big fan of seafood, so that wasn't my favorite dish of the day. Second, we cooked Kari Ayam, or chicken curry. This was very tasty! It contained lots of fresh herbs and spices. We even pounded the shallots, garlic, and ginger ourselves! To go with the Kari Ayam, we fried up some Roti Jala, a type of lacy, thin pancakes. All rolled up and dipped into the chicken curry was complete perfection. To top off the scrumptious meal, we made a Malaysian dessert called Onde Onde. This is made with palm sugar in a small ball of dough like material, and then boiled until cooked. Once it was cooked, we smothered it with fresh shaved coconut! YUM!!! I would have never thought that cooking Malaysian food would be so much FUN!
We are off to visit my Grampa's parents in North Malaysia in Alor Setar, where the food is even more spicy!!!