Dim Sum and Ramadan


Yesterday in the Malaysia paper: “25 arrested for not following religious rules.”
Ramadan is a religious happening for Muslims around the world. Muslims are supposed to fast during the day to bring them closer to God and appreciate how fortunate they are. Ok, good, but if you break the rules and eat when you are not supposed to, you get arrested, fined, and thrown in jail for up to six months! It’s hard to believe we live in the 21st century. The Islam religion controls every aspect of a Muslims life and if they want to quit and change religions, that is not possible. Any and all Malaysians born in Malaysia are Muslims and they must follow the religion and the Quran. The only way to be a non-Muslim is to leave the country.
This is my Quran ,well an interpretation of “the Quran” given to me by a Muslim friend. Ineteresting reading.
Anyway, we must all be tolerant and I have to give it to Malaysia, when it comes to living and working with so many cultures and religions, they are doing it very well. I don’t think the US could ever be this broadminded. 
I imagine Ramadan is a difficult time for Muslims, from sun up to sun down for the next 30 days, one has to refrain from any impure deeds, food, water, sex, smoking, and I imagine by the end of the month I’m going to see some pretty grouchy Malaysians. There are exceptions for pregnant women, sick, the elderly, and young children.
Today a colleague of mine wanted to take me to lunch. He is a local Chinese which makes it all the better as he can speak the language. He said this was one of the better Dim Sum establishments so I was looking forward to it. Located in Puchong, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, this place did not disappoint.
This is Restoran Yuen Garden Dim Sum
  This Dim Sum was so good. Dim Sum are steamed dumplings filled with pork, fish, shrimp, any number of items. You sit down at a table and a cart comes around with all types of dumplings, usually two to three per steamer, you point to what you want and the attendant adds it to your bill.
Dim Sum ready to be steamed.
This is Chu Cheong Fun. A silky rice paper dumpling filled with roasted pork, sitting in a slightly sweet broth served with a dab of chili paste.
I can’t wait to go back.

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