Food! I definitely had to make a mention of this since I fall into this strange category of people that love to eat while we simultaneously eat nothing at all (at least that’s how most people view us).
I’ve been vegan for about a year and a half and before my decision to stop eating meat and dairy for spiritual, logical, and health conscious reasons that I won’t go into right now, I would eat any and everything once it tasted great and pretty much considered myself a foodie. Fast forward to now, and I’m pretty much the same except for the obvious restrictions. I still appreciate good food, I’m willing to try new dishes that I’ve never heard of, and local street food holds a special place in my heart.
Coming straight off an early flight from Hong Kong I couldn’t find a thing to eat in their airport, so I was happy to take to the streets with my new crew to get some kinda food. My first experience seen above was a local fruit called Durian, and I definitely won’t forget it. Our local guide said it’s an acquired taste, one that you can probably tell I was lacking. It has a terrible smell, and the closest description I can give about the taste is something akin to spoiled Papaya or maybe a fruity blue cheese flavor. It might not have been my ideal first experience, but we’ll just call that another lesson learned.
While that Durian didn’t quite do it for me, luckily it seems to be a lot easier to find vegan foods around this city than it is for me back home. The dish above is called Sambal Kangkong made with water spinach and a very spicy hot sauce made from a combination of various peppers, garlic, shallots and other spices. I love well seasoned spicy food, I blame all of my D.R. and Puerto Rican friends for getting me so hooked on flavor. This is probably my favorite thing since I’ve gotten here. It has a spice to it that’s not just powerful but cleansing. It’s a must try if you’re passing through this part of the world.
I’ve got a lot more searching to do around here when it comes to food, but one thing is for sure. There’s no way I’m about to starve out here Kuala Lumpur. I’ll let you all know if I find a new favorite dish before I leave.