Thailand’s Weird Food: Thai Pancakes

These ubiquitous pancakes are made of a thin dough, deep fried in oil and butter, and served with whatever topping and stuffing your heart desires. The most popular is banana and chocolate, but at most restaurants you can get any fruit or sauce. They cost anywhere between 50 cents and a dollar, and are absolutely delicious. Every morning on Koh Lipe we picked up a banana nutella pancake and shake from a little booth for a total of $4. They also make excellent post-bar food, and are available from carts on most Thai islands.

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Malaysia’s weird food: Roti Bom

I’m sure this is not an everyday food in Malaysia, and it might have been a speciality of just this one Sydney based Malaysian restaurant, but it was so delicious I can barely stand to remember it. A roti, wrapped into a spiral, covered with a liquid sugar mixture, fried and served with ice cream. Absolutely heavenly. The crispy sweet top, the many layers of soft, melty roti, this may be the perfect desert.

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Malaysia’s Weird Food: Roti Canai

Words can’t describe how much I loved this flatbread served with curry sauce. So yummy. We ordered it almost every meal, and at 50 cents a serving, why not? It got to the point where the waiters would just bring it without us asking. I miss you Roti Canai!

 

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Australia’s Weird Food: Kangaroo

When we were on the Great Ocean Road, we stayed for three days at a villa that we had found on Groupon for a great price. It had an amazing view, a comfortable bed, and best of all, a kitchen and a BBQ. The perfect time to finally try some Kangaroo! It was so nice to cook for ourselves on a real stove, so we went all out. Here’s our meal, with Kangaroo kebabs and sausages.
The Kangaroo was delicious and so tender. It was also the cheapest meat in the grocery store! Kangaroo is something I would definitely eat again next time I’m in Australia.

 

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Japan’s weird food: Ryokan meals, Kaiseki

Last winter I went with Scott and my parents to a Ryokan in Kurokawa, Kagoshima. Kurokawa is a tourist town for mostly Japanese tourists, and is full of onsen, hot spring baths. It is very traditional and is every bit as picturesque as you would imagine a small town in the mountains of Japan would look like. Our ryokan, a traditional Japanese hotel, had several onsen on it’s property, including one next to a waterfall and one in a cave.
At ryokan, they bring your meal to you in your room, and it’s at least 17 courses of traditional Japanese food. First came sashimi and some traditional appetizers.  Basashi, two hot pots, a grilled fish and some oden followed.
A chestnut, some ginger, shrimp, snail, red bean and a plum.

The food was absolutely amazing and so beautifully presented.

Sashimi, tempura, grilled fish, and a hot pot of beef and vegetables with cheese.

Of all the places we visited in Japan, Kurokawa in the winter is number one on my list of places to revisit. It was absolutely magical.

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Australia’s Weird Food: Giant BACON!

We were amazed at the size of bacon here. When you buy it in the grocery store, it’s regular bacon and Canadian bacon, still together! You can also get them separate, but why would you?
This is the best bacon ever. We bought some for an outdoor BBQ on the sunshine coast. These BBQs were available in every public park, for free!

Even Scott is shocked at the size!

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