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Real Food Adventure - Malaysia Overview
Travel to Malaysia to explore the unique cuisine of this South-East Asian country. Indulge in the food of Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Penang and experience cooking classes, market visits and restaurants in among fascinating cultural activities.
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Experience Malaysia’s exciting cuisine while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang.
Taking influences from China, India, Thailand and Europe, Malaysia enchants its visitors with a spell of diverse flavours and gastronomic delights. Spicy chili, fragrant lemongrass, sumptuous coconut and tangy sauces combine to create the perfect balance of tastes and textures. Journey to the food stalls of bustling Kuala Lumpur, where chili crab and fish-head curry might be on the menu, then venture to the rural kitchens of the Baba Nyonya people to discover traditional recipes bursting with flavour. Spend time in the tranquil Cameron Highlands, experience traditional life on an island homestay and eat your way through the bustling port of Melaka. Take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure through Malaysia and enjoy the sights, colours and cuisine of this unforgettable region.
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Malaysian food has been heavily influenced by centuries of migration and trade. Chinese, India, Portuguese, Dutch and the native Malay - Peranakan. No where is that more evident than in Kuala Lumpur. If you arrive early, grab a map and talk to the hotel staff about things to do in KL. Combine the markets of Chinatown, Indian food and traditional Malay arts and you have the heart of Kuala Lumpur. You might be tempted to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the Orang Asli Museum and the evening is best spent at the night market sampling the many different cuisines on offer and bargain hunting amongst the many stalls.
Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, all seeking wealth or an opportunity to control the Straits of Malacca, a vital trading route between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Today, Melaka's wealth of historical sites remind visitors of times gone by and its multicultural past is revealed in its distinctive cuisine.
Head into Malaysia’s hill stations, where the country’s best tea is produced. Take a sampling tour around the tea plantations and be sure to try the renowned white coffee. Afterwards, indulge in an iconic Cameron Highlands steamboat dinner. Simply choose meats, seafood and fresh vegetables, then plonk them in the spicy soup simmering in the middle of the table and watch dinner cook before your eyes.
Located on a picturesque lake just outside of Kuala Kangsar, a stay in the traditional home of some long-time Intrepid friends offers a truly memorable cultural experience. Join your homestay hosts in the kitchen, learn about Malay dining culture and dine on a banquet of mouth-watering regional delicacies.
Penang - Malaysia's prized island - has a beautiful coastline, wonderful cuisine and its colonial heritage is still present in amongst the modern skyscrapers that tower over Georgetown. Penang Island was the first destination of the colonial British in 1786. They invited Chinese, as well as others from all over Asia, to live on this island in the tropics. Today, this exotic blend of cultures still exists and the World Heritage site of Georgetown contains a fascinating blend of religious places of worship. Refuel with a tasting excursion through Georgetown. First, get interactive with the locals (and your food) at a Yum Cha breakfast before heading to the local market to bargain for fresh produce. Get cooking and practice the skills you learnt in the Nyonya cooking class, our local hosts will be on hand to shout out which fresh herbs from the garden will suit the dishes best. Sit down to eat this delicious home cooked meal and cheers to a wonderful food adventure.
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