Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Malaysia's delicious food


Malaysia is a real foodie paradise, especially as it's an interesting combination of different cultures: Malay, Chinese, Indian and that mix of Chinese and Malay that is known as Peranakan or Baba-Nyonya cuisine.

When we weren't sightseeing or exploring some aspect of history, or shopping, we were most definitely eating.

When he found out that I was headed to Malaysia, Holger Glaser, Director of Food & Beverage at the Makati Shangri-la, very kindly asked his friends at the Shangri-la resort in Penang and the Shangri-la hotel in Kuala Lumpur for dining suggestions.

I'm sharing their shortlist with Travelife Magazine blog readers so all the foodies reading this will benefit. By the way, Travelife Magazine is organizing a short and sweet weekend tour to Malaysia tentatively set for this November. If you've always wanted to see this lovely neighboring country just two hours away, this may be a good time. Stay tuned to this blog and Travelife's October-November issue for more details. Scroll down to see his recommendations.

WHAT TRAVELIFE ATE IN MALAYSIA
taken with our Blackberry camera

This was the best chicken rice I had on this trip.
It was at Fatty Loh Chicken Rice restaurant
in the outskirts of Penang.


That's Mr. Loh himself, chopping up the juicy chicken.

The Loh family posing for a photo for Travelife.

Some of the Travelife team
enjoying a Baba-Nyonya lunch in Malacca.

Baba-nyonya food is very much like Peranakan culture.
It's a mixture of Chinese cooking styles
and Malay spices.

This is a spicy fish dish from
a Portugese restaurant in Malacca.

We visited a Jonker Road chendol shop in Malacca
for a 10 am fix of chendol; but the shop owner
loaded us with spicy laksa and
a hodge-podge of vegetables and fruits
doused with Rojak sauce.

Shangri-la Makati's Holger Glaser recommends:

KUALA LUMPUR FOODIE PLACES

Chicken rice
Nam Heong Hainanese Chicken Rice
in Chinatown
Tel (603) 20785879

Malay food
Saloma Theater Restaurant
Opposite the Renaissance Hotel

Chinese & Malay food
Madam Kwan Restaurant
KLCC

PENANG FOODIE PLACES

Baba-nyonya food
Mama's Nyonya Cuisine

Laksa
Penang Assam Laksa
at the Ayer Itam Kek Lok Si Market

Seafood
End of the World
at Teluk Bahang

New World Park
at Penang's Hawker Food Court

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