Adventure in Malaysia!

We’re in Malaysia for a while! This is to keep friends and family up to date with pictures of the cool things we find and experience (and eat).

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More Food

Yet more things we’ve eaten.  As a blanket statement, the food is is excellent, so all of this either tastes as good as or better than it looks.  Some of the Indian or Thai or Chinese dishes are things we also used to eat at home, too.

Nasi Lemak and Kuih

This is a pretty iconic Malaysian breakfast (though you could eat any of it any time of day and nobody will look at you funny).  Nasi Lemak features coconut rice, hard boiled egg, anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and sambal (chili paste with other spices).  The kuih are squishy rice and coconut steamed dessert things (you get to eat them any time of day, not just after dinner).

Bak Kut Teh

“Meat Bone Tea” in Chinese.  It’s pork rib soup with lots of spices.  There’s no actual tea in it, “tea” in the name refers to the tea you’ll be drinking with it because it’s a fairly fatty dish.

Roti Tisu

Roti means bread (in a general sense of anything made from bread ingredients, not just the loaf kind), tisu means… tissue.  It’s a super-thin-and-crispy fried bread, topped with sugar and in this case chocolate sauce.


Bread folded around ground lamb, onions, and spices.

Tandoori Naan

Naan is a different kind of bread, it’s baked and puffy (fluffier than pita bread, and no pocket).  A tandoor is a cylindrical oven.  The naan is probably baked in the tandoor, but the chicken (it’s orange because of the spices, and hiding under the pile of onions and carrots) decidedly is baked in the tandoor.  Plus dipping sauces for the bread.

Nasi Biryani

Nasi means rice.  Biryani is a mix of rice, spices and meat and/or vegetables.  Go ask for biryani at an Indian food restaurant if you haven’t had it, they’ll probably have it on the menu or be able to make it.

Green Curry with Rice

Green curry is my favorite among the main types of Thai curry.

Golden Purse

The ties are green onions.  Inside is a wonderful mixture of minced vegetables and spices (and maybe chicken? I can’t recall offhand).

Matcha Ice Cream

Matcha (green tea powder) ice cream!  I like matcha ice cream anyway, but what made this special is that it is soft-serve (YUM).


They’re just a little fried snack, served with all kinds of things.  They’re especially good with mint chutney (most things are especially good with mint chutney).

Honey Chicken, Rice, and Green Curry

Nothing super-exotic here (yes, green curry again, it’s been one of my favorite dishes for years), but SO GOOD!


We visited the historic city of Malacca (also spelled Melaka), which is in the state of Malacca (easy enough to remember).  Upon arriving, we noticed some things that seemed familiar…

Bendera Melaka

This is the vertical hanging version of the flag of Malacca (Note: picture found on wikipedia, I didn’t take this one).

It was such a good idea, they used the same font and everything…

For those who didn’t immediately make the connection, that flag looks very much like the Texas state flag, and the “Don’t Mess with Melaka” banner is nearly a direct copy of the “Don’t Mess with Texas” version.

Stuff I didn’t take pictures of: the Jonker Street Night Market and the food we ate there, including sausage on a stick, fried potato on a stick, chicken on a stick (aka satay), and yogurt ice cream in a plastic egg.

I did take pictures of the historic stuff we visited though.

Christ Church. Apparently you go to Malacca and take pictures of this building, because it is old and bright red – though it looks brown in this picture because of the shadows.

Queen Victoria’s Fountain

Cannons on top of a rebuilt portion of the old fort wall.

Those same cannons from the outside.

The wall, but wait! There’s something up there!

It’s a baby monitor lizard!

Literally after turning around from taking a picture of the little monitor lizard, there was a MUCH bigger one.

I will admit to being a little jealous that it got to go swimming (it was starting to get pretty warm out)

The Melaka Malay Sultanate Water Wheel

The Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum – the boat is the museum.

We ate at the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch, and they sat us at a table practically underneath this.  That’s right, we traveled half way around the world to eat food sitting next to some clothes that came from Detroit.

St. Paul’s Church, up on St. Paul’s Hill.

We liked this tree, we aren’t sure if it’s significant in any way though.

A’Famosa Fort – the only thing left standing is this gateway.

Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum – unfortunately it was closed, but it’s a really neat wooden building (most buildings in Malaysia aren’t wood)

St. Francis Xavier Church

Kuala Lumpur (very briefly)

We went to Malacca by way of Kuala Lumpur (KL).  It’s not really on the way (we actually had to backtrack to get to Malacca after going to KL), but we had not been to KL and they’re both in the same direction.  We wanted to get a look at the famous Petronas Towers in person, but didn’t have a whole lot else we wanted to do in KL so we didn’t stay very long.

We were impressed by some of the dedication to advertising.

This is what we actually got out of the car for in KL.

Singapore Botanic Gardens Again

This time we got a chance to go to the orchid garden as well.

Tioman Island Scenery

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Tioman Island Food

So the first fish Josh ate on Tioman he kind of… inhaled.  About the time he was finished with it, he declared that we needed to have another one, so he could have a picture of it.  So we ate fish (well, seafood) for dinner every evening, and remembered to take pictures of it BEFORE digging in.

Driving To and From Tioman Island

Ships at Danga Bay

Danga Bay (Teluk Danga) is in Johor Bahru.

Scuba Diving on Tioman Island

It was awesome! Our instructor Joseph Kuah took these underwater pictures.  I’ll post other pictures from the island later.

Desaru Beach