A taste of Malaysian food

When I was in Malaysia, there were SO many famous dishes I wanted to try. But since I was only there for 1.5 days, I had to settle for what I could get!

I mentioned in my earlier post that I attended my sister’s wedding celebration, then after that we went out for supper til 2am. This is what we ate.

Taste of Malaysian food

Top left is a pink drink called, bandung. My mother used to make this for us when we were kids! It is made from rose syrup, condensed milk and ice.

Top right is Teh terik, a hot, sweet, milky tea drink. It’s made from black tea and condensed milk, which has been “pulled” or poured back and forth, from jug to jug in order to froth up the drink.

Bottom left is Roti Tissue, a paper thin and flaky flatbread, sprinkled with sugar and served in a cone shape. Sooo yummy!

Bottom right is Roti Planta, which is the same as Roti Canai but it is stuffed with margarine and sugar. It’s sooo bad, but sooo goood.

Taste of Malaysian food

The next morning, after only 4 hours of sleep, I woke up with a sore head and staggered downstairs for the buffet breakfast. I ate noodles in a fish ball soup, with deep fried tofu, vegetables and fried onions. The broth was so delicious and comforting.

In my early morning haze, I didn’t catch the proper name of this, so could someone help me out? Unless it’s called, Fish Ball Noodle Soup?

Taste of Malaysian food

For lunch, my sister’s Malaysian family took us out to Big Nyonya, a restaurant specialising in authentic Peranakan cuisine, or nyonya food.

During the 15-17th centuries, traders and immigrants from China came to the Malay peninsular (Melaka being the most prominent trading port) and inter-married with the local Malays in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Their descendants are called Peranakans. On of my uncles is Peranakan!

Peranakan cuisine is often called Nyonya food and is a unique blend of Chinese and Malay cusine. It’s pretty hard to find authentic nyonya food in Australia, so I was licking my lips with excitement.

Going anti-clockwise from the top. I ate… Pongteh (a chicken and potato stew), Ikan Cili Garam (fried fish with chili), Telur Cincalok (an omelete with shrimp) and Udang Lemak Nanas (a pineapple prawn curry). It was all so delicious and tasty!

Taste of Malaysian food

But this was my favourite. Nyonya Cendol is a dessert made from finely shaved ice, gula melaka (palm sugar), coconut cream, jelly bits and beans.

Oh my god, I was having multiple foodie orgasms. The ice shavings were sooo unbelievably soft, like snow, but creamy and smooth, the taste was mind blowing, the gula melaka was amazing. Oooh, it was heavenly.

I ordered another bowl, because I’m that kinda girl.

Back Scratcher

Lastly, this isn’t really food related. But it does show a cute picture of me and 9 of my aunties and uncles, in the Nyonya restaurant, crammed together, Asian style, waiting patiently for our lunch to arrive.

While we were waiting I entertained my table with hilarious stories of me (the day before, while touring Melaka’s streets) being chased out of antique shops by a lady with a feather duster, me almost being knocked over by a truck… and how I found the coolest souvenir for my boys!

A retractable metal back scratcher!! My boys have been stealing my salad forks from my kitchen drawer to scratch their backs at night… and I never know if they have washed it before putting it back (very unlikely). So now they can have their own back scratcher, that even comes with a little side pen clip.

Randomness aside.

I didn’t get to taste these dishes I was hoping to try out.

Asam Laksa (spicy curry noodle soup), Otak Otak (steamed fish with spices wrapped in a banana leaf), and Har Mee (Prawn noodle soup).

Oh well, maybe next time. Thanks for having me Melaka! That cendol was the bomb, I’ll definitely be back for more :)

What I Wore: My Sister’s Wedding Celebration

My sister and her brand new husband held a wedding celebration in Melaka, Malaysia. It was basically a huge, family dinner party at a fancy hotel :)

I was a bridesmaid for their official wedding in Perth (the week before), however for this party in Malaysia, I did not have any bridesmaid duties. Which meant I got to kick my heels off early and party hard!!

Hotel Room, Malaysia

Talking about partying hard, when I was checking into the hotel in Malaysia, there was a mix up with my room… so they gave me the freaking PRESIDENTIAL SUITE on the top floor!!

The down side, was that I had to share it with my Aunty. And we had to er… sleep in the same bed.

But it was a PRESI-FRICKING-DENTIAL sized bed. It was humungous!

And if we kept to our side of the bed, there would be a good 1.5m gulf between us. It wouldn’t be too bad.

I assured my aunty that I don’t roll around when I sleep. Plus I don’t snore. That’s what my husband tells me anyway (unless he was lying?).

Melaka, Malaysia

This was the view from the top floor. Hello Melaka! I wish I could have stayed longer!

Wedding Outfit

Here’s my outfit, carefully laid out the bed.

My dress is a gorgeous navy blue lace Majestic dress from Review Clothing. It was completely sold out last month, but they seem to have re-stocked it.

I got it on a sale ($100 off if you spend over $250), the dress was originally $279, and it ended up being $179. Actually my mum bought the dress for me as a gift, thanks mum xxx! And the same sale is on online right now! They do free shipping throughout Australia too. Review has some really pretty bridesmaids dresses! I also liked and tried on this dress and this dress :)

Handbag by Tory Burch (from Shopbop) used as a clutch.

Earrings by Mezi. Strappy heels by Koo (from YesStyle)

Sis Wedding Malaysia

I love the fitted cut of the dress, and the sheer cap sleeves. I’m wearing a size 6, and it fit me perfectly, yay!

Sis Wedding Malaysia

The Cheng girls! Me, with my sister and my mum.

It was such a fun party! We hooted with laughter! We drank all the champagne! We all danced until 12am! Then a bunch of us went out for supper until 2AM!

By the time I went back to my room, had a shower, took off all my makeup and crawled into the PRESIDENTIAL BED, it was 3am. My Aunty was already sleeping, thankfully she was still on her side of the bed.

The bed was so large, so soft and so luxurious, that I fell into a warm, delicious sleep… where I dreamt about Roti Canai for breakfast haha!

Exploring Jonker Walk, Melaka

My sister (and her new husband) recently held their second wedding celebration in Melaka, Malaysia.

I have heard so much about the port city, but I’ve never been there before. It is about 2 hours away from Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur, and it is famous for its rich culture, historical buildings and amazing food.

Unfortunately I was only in Melaka for 1.5 days and I only had 2 hours to do some sight seeing.

Exploring Jonker Walk, Melaka

My tour guide dropped us off at one end of Jonker Walk – a long street lined on both sides with 17th Century heritages buildings, which are now a bustling jumble of shops selling antiques, trinkets, souvenirs, textiles, food, local crafts, textiles, drinks, snacks, toys, clothes and more.

It felt like one big crazy marketplace!

Exploring Jonker Walk, Melaka

The street is narrow, full of cars, rickshaw bikes and parked motorcycles. The pedestrian path is also crowded, cluttered and a bit of a nightmare (not stroller friendly at all!) and sometimes you just have to walk on the road and get beeped by cars.

I almost stepped in front of a moving truck! The truck driver rolled his eyes at me, but gave me a sympethic smile, as if I was a stupid tourist. Oh yeah, I _was_ a stupid tourist!

Apparently on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the street is closed off to traffic and becomes a “weekly night market” full of hawker stalls and shops.

I wish I had enough time to visit and try all the food.

Exploring Jonker Walk, Melaka

I found so many cool antique shops. I wanted to take a photo of one particular, beautiful ceramic vase, but the shop lady chased me away (with a feather duster!) when I pulled out my camera and asked her for permission to take a photo.

Sigh. So I crossed the road and took a photo of myself in their mirror. Not quite the same.

Doesn’t the outside of the antique shop so quaint and full of treasure hunting promise?!

Exploring Jonker Walk, Melaka

I started to get hungry.

Apparently THE thing to eat at Jonker Walk is the famous Chicken Rice Balls.

But the queues to Chicken Rice Ball shops were really long and I suspected that the shops offered a very touristy version of the delicacy, so I settled for some fresh wonton noodles made by a kind uncle, who was very patient with my fumbling for the correct change.

It was so fresh and yummmmy!

Exploring Jonker Walk, Melaka

There were heaps of shops with random plastic toys. I knew my kids are a bit old for these sort of toys, but I took this photo to show them the crazy jumble of colours and objects hanging from the ceilings. And to point out… “Look at the plastic eggs!”

My boys would have been in hysterics over such random juxtaposition.

Exploring Jonker Walk, Melaka

I found some gorgeous tiled verandas!

Outside each building was a mishmash of old and new building surfaces. There were old mosaic tiles, crumbling dragon columns and polished concrete slabs! Beautiful!

Exploring Jonker Walk, Melaka

Jonker Walk is definitely worth a visit. I wish I had more time to explore and enjoy the delicious mix of old and new world sights.

And I wish I had a ride in a Hello Kitty rickshaw! Missed out!