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After a wonderful Malaysian meal at the newly opened RASA last night, my friend Aik Wye introduced me to his homeland’s answer to the Hot Toddy… hot tamarind tea and cognac! It was a most welcome revelation as the snow had just started to fall outside…

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Roti Jala

I’ve eaten differet kinds of roti all over the world, but had never even heard of Malaysian roti jala until I hit Penang. I found it for the first time at the breakfast buffet at the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang where I was staying…

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"Jala" means "net", which you realize is the perfect name for this flat bread once you get a glimpse of what it looks like…

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Roti Jala has a crepe-like texture made by drizzling a thick batter on a hot grill into these doily-esque shapes…

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This Malaysian delicacy is savory however, typically served with curries and chutneys, as you can see here…

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Mutsumi cooked up a number of Singaporean and Malaysian dishes last night at one of our “Taste of Our Travels” dinners, where we  use recipes and ingredients we bring back from the countries we visited. She surprised even me by preparing an incredible take on Hainanese Curry Rice later in the meal!!

Mutsumi cooked up a number of Singaporean and Malaysian dishes last night at one of our “Taste of Our Travels” dinners, where we use recipes and ingredients we bring back from the countries we visited. She surprised even me by preparing an incredible take on Hainanese Curry Rice later in the meal!!

Filed under Singapore Malaysia home cooking chicken curry

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How to Open a Mangosteen

Mangosteen has officially become our new favorite fruit. We’re obsessed with it! And while we were in Penang our Uncle Ng showed us the easiest way to open one…

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Did you know that the number of “leaves” on the bottom of a mangosteen tells you how many pieces of fruit are on the inside?

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So there should be six pieces inside this one.

Supposedly, it’s good luck to find an eight-leafed mangosteen!

To easily open one, you interlock your fingers and place the mangosteen inside them, the bottom facing you…

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You then simply slowly apply pressure on the fruit using the palms of your hands…

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And it should slowly start to tear open…

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Revealing the white, fleshy fruit inside…

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From there you just use your fingers to peel off the rest of the skin…

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Six pieces, as “promised”…

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Ready to eat and enjoy!

Filed under Penang Malaysia Koh Samui Thailand mangosteen fruit

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McDonald’s Malaysia’s Chicken McRib

Yes, such a thing exists…

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I post this with trepidation, as I fear all my Malaysian friends will never speak to me again knowing I came to Penang, one of the food epicenters of the known universe, and went to a McDonald’s!

But heavy rain all evening meant the night markets and hawker centers, which aren’t covered and enclosed like in Singapore, were all mostly closed.

And edible anthropologist that I am, how could I not try this culture crossing concoction?

Here’s a look…

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Taa-daa! Just like a normal McRib, except made from processed chicken…

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It’s like a bigger, unbattered Chicken McNugget that’s been “grilled” instead of deep fried..

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Do chickens even have ribs?

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Just like the version back home, they formed the rib shapes here as well…

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And if you really like it, you can get a double!

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We took a few bites, and truth be told, it wasn’t half bad. The texture of the chicken patty was a little chewier than what I expected, but with the BBQ sauce and onions it tasted pretty much like the McRibs we get back home once a year.

And don’t worry… I’ve already had four other authentic and amazing Malaysian meals today!

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