Category Archives: Malaysia

Stingray, it’s whats for dinner…

One of the local delicacies in Malaysia and SE Asia for that matter is Stingray. Local groceries have them stacked high packed in ice next to the shrimp and fish, but you can get them at any local food court. Stingray-7

I”ll take that one …

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Here we are, this guy cooks a good one. He wraps the stingray pieces in foil with some cabbage and onion, adds his special sauce and bakes it for a few minutes.

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Put a wing piece over rice, oh so good. The meat is white, delicate, and similar to flounder, a little bony so be careful.

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So good …

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Christmas in Malaysia

It’s 90 degrees, the Christmas tree glitters in the heat of the night, “White Christmas” is heard whispering from the speakers at one end of the park and as I walk further away to get a better shot of the towers the Muslim Mosque at the other end of the park is blaring a call to prayer. On the week eve of Christmas, I find this very ironic however; it is a wonderful testament to Malaysia in its most earnest attempt to be part of the modern world.

Merry Christmas to all…

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Merry Christmas to you and yours and to all who read or not…

Nobody is a just a somebody…

The young lady asked why I wanted to take her picture “I’m just the cleaning lady.” She said.

I took the shot and turned the camera around for her to see. “See how beautiful you are. Nobody is just a somebody.” Not sure she understood what I meant by that phrase but she did blush and smile.

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I am in the KL Convention Center (KLCC) Park waiting for my partner Ms. E. to get her hair done in the shopping mall under the Petronas Towers. “Two hours?” I asked. “It takes two hours to get your hair done?” I wanted to explain that I can get my haircut done in 15 minutes, wash, cut, quaffed, but instead and avoiding an argument I took off around the park and took a few pictures.

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At the convention center there is always something going on. Today, an autoshow, all the major brands were on display, BMW, Citron, Proton, Lotus…

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KL Auto Show-22-PFBeauty comes in many forms such as the young lady that rakes leaves in the park or in the latter glamorous automobiles, acknowledge it for what it is.

Doctors smoke more Camels than any other cigarette.

I would not do this after dark but walking the back streets of Kuala Lumpur during the day is quite enjoyable, a little urban exploring, get some pictures, see how the locals live and always see sights not on any tour map, for example, this morning we are on our way to an old bookstore.

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Here we are. The book store is literally packed to the front door, floor to ceiling.

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I was impressed with the extent of the books in this little store. My big find was this 1947 Popular Science magazine.

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The back cover advertisement tells it all. The US had just come out of a World War, the Baby Boom was just beginning, the prosperity of the 1950’s was just around the corner, and people now had expendable income. R.J. Reynolds capitalized on many aspects of what was happening in the US at the time, women smoking, doctors where the experts, and celebrities pushed every product imaginable.

I wanted to find out what happen to Jerry Ambler so I Googled him. He died of an auto accident in 1957, not cancer like many of these celebrities did.

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Curry Fish Head with sautéed lettuce…

This is our bill from dinner the other night, cannot read a damn word of it, more on the meal in a minute.

BillOne of my favorite buildings in downtown Kuala Lumpur is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Built in 1897 and designed by A.C. Norman in the style of the Mughal, Persian architecture, the building housed British government offices until after World War II.

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Curry Fish head

Thirty minutes drive south of Kuala Lumpur (KL) through the back streets of the city, away from the upscale hotels and modern neighborhoods is a borough known as Puchong where we are about to experience a local delicacy, Fish-head curry.

FishHeadSoup-13 FishHeadSoup-11-2Puchong is mostly a Chinese community with a myriad of local restaurants that rarely see any foreigners. This restaurant is known for good Fish Head, it’s not a fancy place, plastic chairs, open to the outside, with a queue quickly forming it’s an indication this place is good.

FishHeadSoup-3One thing I noticed when I moved here to Malaysia is that there is no salad, as we know it in the West. The Malaysian’s do eat lettuce, it’s just sautéed, steamed, and mixed with oyster sauce, very good.

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Whenever I go to Puchong children point at me because I look so out-of-place, restaurant owners ask my companion Ms. E if I need a fork and spoon, and some places dust off the English menu, if they have one, and set it in front of me. As awkward as all this is and as culturally different as it can get, this is why people love to travel.

Giant Shrimp and what to do with them…

These are the biggest shrimp I have ever seen, ridiculous Frank-en-shrimp. I’m at a local night market in Kuala Lumpur and I come across these baby’s, Penaeus monodon, or Giant Tiger Prawns. Indigenous to SE Asia waters they grow to about 14 inch in length, these are only about 9 inches and for scale, I put a normal shrimp next to them.

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Best shrimp recipe…

  • Garlic sautéed in olive oil
  • Add breadcrumbs
  • Add Parsley
  • Pepper, Salt, splash of white wine. Reduce.
  • Drizzle on split shrimp
  • Sprinkle on Parmesan and Mozzarella
  • Broil for 3-5 minutes

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Yut Kee

Its Sunday morning ugh… 10am, a SHOUTING MAN hands me a cup of coal-black coffee, a welcomed relief after one too many cocktails last night. The SHOUTING MAN points us to a table, seated we share a board with four other unknowns after a long wait in the queue, a queue I have driven by many times at many different hours of the day, it is always present.

At first appearance the Yut Kee restaurant in downtown Kuala Lumpur looks a little, well, scary. My thought, why not move to a better location and the answer is this, you don’t change something that’s been working since 1928.

You smile and nod to your unknown table guests and then enjoy Roast Pork roll served with homemade applesauce and maybe some soft-boiled eggs, or you might try something called a Chicken Chop. The food is comfort and well prepared, for two of us, $7 US.

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Address:
35 Jalan Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur.  GPS: 3°09’22.2″N 101°42’00.1″E

Worth the visit but come early. Next we are going to burn a car to send to the afterlife…