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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A week in paradise: The Perhentian islands

After our short stay in  Kuala Lumpur, we flew to Kota Bharu, took a taxi to Kuala Besut and a boat to the Perhentian Kecil, or small perhentian, where we settled in for a week. We had originally had planned to stay here for 4 days and get our Scuba diving qualifications, but we fell in love with the peaceful and beautiful island and kept extending our stay.

We signed up for the Scuba course with Quiver Diving, on Coral bay, and we absolutely loved it. Coral bay is very small, with a few resorts, some beach front restaurants and a few dive shops, but you can easily access the larger long beach with a ten minute walk across the island. Our timing was ideal, a week before monsoon season started, and while the weather wasn’t great, we had the bay almost to ourselves. Our diving class was just the two of us and we had an absolutely fabulous instructor.By default we stayed at the Shari-La resort for about $13 a night for a private room with cold shower and AC. It’s right off the jetty and adjacent to Quiver, so it was extremely convenient, but a little dirty, and we were pretty sure that a rat shared the room with us.

Other than Scuba diving, our days here were filled with reading books, delicious BBQ and fruit shakes, snorkelling, and waiting out the early monsoon storms in our only slight sketchy hotel room. Of all the islands we have visited on this trip, this was one of our favourites. We loved it because it was quiet, no vehicles, no touts, and no partiers and the diving was amazing. You could walk right off the beach and find coral in a five minute swim. It was the perfect place to learn and I hope to return someday and check out the dive sites when I’m not so concentrated on remembering to breath.

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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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Petronas Towers: Kuala Lumpur

I have more to say about Australia, the wonderful food, the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, but for now I’m going to skip them and hurry to catch up! Our first stop in South East Asia was Kuala Lumpur, which is Air Asia’s main hub and very convenient to travel from. We were only there for two days and spent most of our time in our guesthouse researching where to go Scuba diving the next week. We did make it to the awe inspiring Petronas Towers. While we skipped the trip up with its hefty price tag and early wake up time, $20 and 7am, we spent an hour

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Paradise

While my recent posts may lead you to believe we are enjoying the beautiful west coast of New Zealand right now, we are actually relaxing on a beach in Malaysia.

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Malaysia was a last minute addition to our trip, added after a friend who lived here for two years gave us some excellent advice. We’re currently taking our scuba diving certification here and enjoying the sun, beach and abundant fruit shakes. We can’t believe how lucky we are.

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