An Asia Foodie(s): Lot 10 Hutong Edition

An Asia Foodie(s): Lot 10 Hutong Edition I met my mom in KL a few days ago, and we celebrated Diwali with 2 amazing meals at the “Hutong Heritage Food Village” food court in the high-end mall Lot 10 in Bukit Bintang.  We were among the first people there for brunch when the food court … Continue reading

1200 Strokes in the Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea is part of the Indian Ocean southeast of the Bay of Bengal, and bordered by the west coast of Thailand and peninsular Malaysia. The island of Langkawi, Malaysia’s most popular beach destination, straddles the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Melaka, off the northern state of Kedah near the Thailand-Malaysia border.  Langkawi … Continue reading

Will the Real Penang Please Stand Up?

As the most Chinese city in Malaysia, the most modern colonial heritage city, the most diverse small town where everyone knows everyone, the most beautiful-dirty well-preserved-dilapidated quiet-crowded civilized-rude place in the third world, it’s no wonder that Penang has some identity confusion, á la a certain white rapper. Moving from a hotel on Gurney Drive … Continue reading

An Asia Foodie: Penang Top 10 Edition

Wow… what a month.  I was afraid that Penang’s food wouldn’t live up to my very high expectations, or that it would be difficult to find the really good stuff.  I would like to thank the internet, the World Heritage office and their awesome “Penang Food Trail” map, and the owner of siTigun Cafe for … Continue reading

Hawk ‘n’ Roll

Some Malaysian hawkers are nationally famous, can claim 2nd or 3rd generation family ownership, and are cleaner than many restaurants.  Other hawkers are terrible cooks and don’t always wash their dishes between customers. In Penang, there are roadside hawkers, but most hawkers park their carts around shared open-air dining spaces located throughout the city.  These … Continue reading

Bad Reputation

Is the Lorong Selamat char koay teow hawker Penang’s Soup Nazi?  I moved to New York when the Soup Kitchen restaurant that inspired the iconic “Seinfeld” episode had already become the Original Soup Man chain, in whose restaurants the soups are served with a single Tootsie Roll that often gets soaked with soup leaking from … Continue reading