Malaysia Trip 05 / 06

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Food, food and more food

Today some of Doug's parents' friends took the three of us out for lunch at a Malaysian restaurant to sample some more of the local cuisine. As Rich and I eat pretty much anything it is good as we don't have to take part in the ordering process we just get tasty food put in front of us and have got therefore got to sample a lot of new things. On the menu today was a turnip based rice dish which you wrap in lettuce leaves with chilli, a fish curry, deep fried chicken with some sort of tasty sauce and the most amazing spring roll I have ever eaten in my life. We also got to try some traditional Malaysian desserts including a kind of sweet porridge, bananas in coconut milk and a kind of rice pudding made with black rice. All were very sweet but good.

Doug needed to go and pick up some new contact lenses and have some new glasses made so we went over to Bangsar where his optician is and then went for drinks at Coffee Bean. If you think there are a lot of Starbucks and other coffee houses in England it is nothing compared to over here. Everyone seems to have a serious addiction to the ice blended drinks they do and so the streets are lined with Starbucks, Coffee Bean and San Francisco Coffee particularly in the city centres. I have no idea how they all afford to stay open as the competition must be crazy.

Later in the evening Doug and I played some squash before Shirley and Carl came over with dinner. It is extremely hot in the squash court over here and you start to sweat bucket loads after about 30 seconds. It is even harder for me as Doug is very quick around the court and seems to be able to get to everything so he makes me run around a lot. Still, it is good for the fitness and despite the amount I am eating I swear I've lost a bit of weight since I got here.

Shirley and Carl arrived with battered prawn rice, some sort of beef and chilli dish and a vietnamese noodle soup for us to tuck into and then we watched a film before heading out for some more food. I don't know what I'm going to do when I come home as I have got quite used to eating four or five meals a day here as we are up around the clock and tasty food is always available. Supper this evening was tandorri chicken and double cheese and garlic naan all served with a variety of sauces. Particularly good was the coconut and curry leaf chutney which cuts through the spicyness of the masala sauce very well.

We sat and watched the Luton v Liverpool game after dinner which left Rich happy but Doug and I disappointed as at 3-1 we were looking forward to texting Bish with praise for the mighty Hatters.


At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Matt
I am not sure how you are managing to fit in any more eating after your first ten days. If you have lost some weight it will be a miracle. Have a good time at the beach but don't get too much sun

At 7:10 AM, Anonymous smithers said...

glad to hear of your support for the mighty hatters bradfields!
Managed to do a bit of short-lived gloating at bish before half time, then it all went horribly wrong! Still, I was very impressed by the way we played and at least we managed to put 3 past them, which many premiership clubs have failed to do this season! One of the best cup-ties i've seen in a long time to be honest but in the end the Hatters didn't have the energy to hang on!
No golf for us this's too damn tried to snow yesterday, which i'm sure you'll all have a good laugh about!
Hello to all and keep enjoying the food!


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