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I had to laugh when I was walking down the street in Penang and saw ROCKY, what I assumed was the local knock-off version of POCKY. Then I looked a little closer and noticed that the Glico logo and legal lines were on the boxes, and that these versions are apparently officially licensed. But why the name change? Does “pocky” have another meaning in Malaysian? Something dirty perhaps? I asked my friends and no one knew. Anyone here have an answer?
Update: A few different theories on the name change have come in, the two most popular being that, 1.) “Pocky sounds too much like “pork”, which is not widely eaten in Malaysia, and 2.) “Pocky sounds too much like a Malaysia slang term for female genitalia.
Which is true? Or are both?

I had to laugh when I was walking down the street in Penang and saw ROCKY, what I assumed was the local knock-off version of POCKY. Then I looked a little closer and noticed that the Glico logo and legal lines were on the boxes, and that these versions are apparently officially licensed. But why the name change? Does “pocky” have another meaning in Malaysian? Something dirty perhaps? I asked my friends and no one knew. Anyone here have an answer?

Update: A few different theories on the name change have come in, the two most popular being that, 1.) “Pocky sounds too much like “pork”, which is not widely eaten in Malaysia, and 2.) “Pocky sounds too much like a Malaysia slang term for female genitalia.

Which is true? Or are both?

Filed under Pocky Malayasia Penang

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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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Filed under roti jala Malaysia Penang curry chutney

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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