Food. It's what's for breakfast, lunch, dinner...

Trip Start Aug 25, 2003
Trip End Jul 18, 2004

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Thursday, September 18, 2003

We are now in Melacca, Malasia enjoying one more day here before we hear up to the Taman Negara National Park for some hiking. We've gotten a few email questions on the food here and I thought I'd take a moment to descibe what we've been eating so far.

The most common dishes we found in Bali were Mie Gorang, fried noodles with bits of vegatables and meat (if you want it); Nasi Gorang, fried rice with the same; Nasi Campur, steamed rice with the same; and Gado Gado, steamed rice with vegatables and a peanut sauce. Overall the food all tasted great, with the only issue being that Bali only seemed to have about five vegetables to choose from: carrots, cabbage, spinach, green beans, and onions. I guess this wouldn't be so bad but I'm just not a cabbage fan and that seemed to end up in everything. There was one Warung (cheap restaurant) in Ubud that only served these dishes but they always tasted incredible, so if we had food elsewhere that tasted bland I chalked it up to the cook.

Also, every place we stayed at came with breakfast which was either pancakes or omlettes, both of which were up to par. There was one more common (tourist driven) food we found almost everywhere in Bali, the Jaffle. I finally found out where all the sandwich makers in the world end up.

There were, of course, some highlights beyond the standard fare. We found a food stand in Padangbai where a couple of people had a giant propane heated wok ful of hot oil frying up a bunch of stuff. We went for fried bananas as we had already eaten dinner and they were awesome. The standard of everything tasting better fried stands true over here as well.

The Indonesian beer was not bad, your standard Pilsner, but the sweet blck rice wine we had in Tirta Gangaa was great. After we had it once there we were on a quest to get a bottle, but we never found the same stuff again.

In our brief stints in Singapore it seems like all we ate was noodles. Fried noodles, noodles in soup, it all tasted good to me. The drinks served were much more of an "adventure." In the few hours of our layover there we had "Grass Jely Juice" which did indeed have actual bits of some jellylike substance and was the first to make our list of "worst drinks". "Water Chestnut Juice" was the second to make the list for no reason that I can decribe beyond it tasted bad.

The topper was the ice tea that we got after wandering about the extremely hot and humid midday of Singapore. We sat down in a food court and saw a tantalizing fishtank sized contanier full of iced tea and huge chunks of ice (don't worry, the water is safe in Singapore). We got two large glasses of it, but two our horror it was extermely salty! I don't know if I'll ever look at ice tea the same again.

These "traumas of beverages" were made up for in our second stop through Singapore all because of a bakery we like to call "Bread Talk." Well, I guess they like to call it Bread Talk as well since thats it's name. They had a chocolate bread pastry stuffed with this creamy espresso filling which was possibly the best pastry I've ever had. Sarah agrees and also thought the eclaire there was incredible. I didn't try it but after the espresso pastry I have no doubts about it. Bread talk was also the bakery that brings Singapore the pastry "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Bacon." I didn't try it but I thought the name was worth mentioning.

So far in Malasia all we've eaten is Indian food as there is a large Indian population here. I never realized Indian food was so bread focused (maybe it's just here). So far we've been living off of Roti, a fried bread stuffed with your choice of vegies and served with a Daal curry, or Naan, a bread that I think is baked, which is also served with various curries. We have eaten alot of Indian food and they are starting to recognize us at the Naan place we go to. In fact, I'm thinking about Naan right now... mmm... Naan...

This may seem like all we do is eat and of course that's true, but if we're going to walk as much as we do we may as well eat good too.
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