How to lose weight in Malaysia Part 3
I have no idea what this is. It was from a Dim sum place near where we were staying before our apartment in Mont’ Kiara and frankly, is not that far from where we live now. Iris ordered it, and I think they brought us the wrong dish, but good god was it great! It was bean sprouts and tofu and something else, I think egg. But the tofu was freaking good. It was almost cheese like in its smoothness and taste but was clearly tofu. I did not take pictures of the rest of our food, or if I did, it is on my camera and I do not remember taking the pictures. We got Shanghai dumplings, which are dumplings stuffed with pork. Good stuff. Then a dish I call pork balls, but they do have a better name. But it is just what it sounds like, pork balls wrapped in some kind of leafy green. They are small, about half the size of a golf ball. We ate them as part of our first meal in KL with Iris’s boss’s family, and they were just as good the second time through. We also had Steamed dumplings stuffed with pork and onions in a creamy red sauce, no idea what kind of sauce. Really good. For desert it was steamed buns stuffed with coconut jam. Really great stuff! At the night market in Mont’ Kiara Iris and I had pastries stuff with coconut jam and it was fantastic as well. It is my favorite sweet so far, although I am kind of partial to the cheap cookies in the Ramadan/Hari Raya section of the grocery store. They tasted kind of bland at first, leading Iris to correctly point out that after fasting all day they are probably amazing. But there are a lot of different kinds and I think we finally hit the jackpot the other night. (Hari Raya by the way is the festival that commemorates the end of Ramadan so it’s kind of a big deal. Iris gets like four days off for it.)
All of it was very cheap, which is a general theme for food here
Now for something different, something I made! We have made two meals in our new apartment, and by we I mean me. This is no knock against Iris at all, she is an amazing cook and her vegan nachos was the only thing I really wanted to have before we left The States. But Asian food, I freaking love and have been trying to cook for the past few years. Well, we live in Asia so it feels natural to be the primary chef so far. Also, she is my sugar mama at the moment, as I still do not have a job so I gotta earn my keep. That means a morning run to keep me looking as good as she wants me to look, followed by lots of cleaning around the apartment, and a meal waiting for her when she gets home! Almost none of that is true of course. I do run, but for me not for her. Frankly I am ridiculously good looking and obviously filled with lots of good humor, so we are okay on that front. And cleaning…well our apartment is tiny. So yeah, I do clean during the day for about five minutes and I am done, unless there is laundry. Which means putting it in the machine and waiting for two hours. It is a slow machine to say the least but it does the job. It also stops us from having to walk to a laundry mat, of which I have seen none since we got here. I think if you do not have a laundry machine you have water, soap, a rock, and a drying rack. Seriously, not being ethnocentric or anything. There are clothes hanging out of windows or on balconies throughout the city. We lived next to a little shanty town. They do not appear to have running water, so it stands to reason that cleaning clothes involves water from somewhere, soap, a rock or hard surface, and the wires running between the huts. (or storage containers: A few of the homes are the storage containers you see on big, well, container ships) So much more to say on the topic of the shanty town but this is all about food!
So that is what I made: Udon noodles (I did not make those but I bought them!) black pepper sauce, bean sprouts, and TWO chilies. Total cost for making this meal was probably about RM10 so about 3 US Dollars. So the chiles….so freaking hot. I got a bag of them at the store for RM3 thinking they might be hot. I tried the type of one before using it in another meal I made and did not take a picture of to see how hot it was. (The other meal was rice and a stir fry involving baby corn, snap peas, bean sprouts, and tofu) And the tip of the chili was not hot at all. So I gave Iris a little bit and she strongly disagreed with my statement of it not being hot. Being a good husband, I of course thought she was just being a whimp. And being a hall of fame husband, I of course told her this. Then I tried a bit more, remembering that it is the seeds that have the heat in chilies. Then I remembered that like a good husband, I should just agree with my wife no matter what and in this case she was right. Freaking hot hot hot hot. So I only put half a chili in the stir fry and it was not hot at all. So for the noodles, I put in two little tiny chilies chopped up. And it was hot, very hot. But a nice slow burn kind of hotness, if there is such a thing. We both loved the meal but could not finish our tiny servings. So apparently how to lose weight in Malaysia is as easy as eating supremely hot food. (I did finish the noodles for lunch today, cold, and it was not as hot and maybe even better!)
A dish from a previous visit to our, or at least my, new favorite restaurant Spicy in Sri Hartamas. This is tandoori chicken. When we told the english couple we were staying with that we went to Spicy, the first thing they asked was if we had the tandoori chicken. We did not, least because I am not a huge fan of chicken. People describe things as tasting like chicken because chicken is bland! But on our second visit I decided to try it. Afterall, they did steer us to this restaurant in the first place. It was pretty good. The chicken was not of great quality. This was the same visit that I wrote briefly about in describing the Teh Tarik so being served fatty chicken fit in nicely with my narrative of the waiter hating us and thinking we were a bunch of idiots. But again, still good. The creamy dill sauce they served with it is fantastic, and a nice compliment to the tandoori crispness of the chicken. Can you put anything into a tandoori oven and it will come out tasting great? Yes, as long as there are no follow up questions, yes for sure.