Tag Archives: Southeast Asia

Sugar Bombs of the World: Malaysia’s Teh Tarik

In fact, I had this drink at an Indian restaurant in Batam, Indonesia, but that island, as close as thirty-five minutes to Singapore by boat,  is so filled with unscrupulous Singaporeans – like the city-state itself – that it remains … Continue reading

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Idiosyncratic Indonesia

Oh, looks like we’ve been down this alliterative avenue before.  However, this time, we’ll paint Indonesia in a more playful light. I’ve gathered three photos that have amused me since coming across their subjects in Java last year…although one of those … Continue reading

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Buffet

Nearly every Saturday during my sophomore year of college, my roommate and I would subject ourselves to a take-no-prisoners Indian buffet.  Was it good?  It had its moments, not the least of which was the grueling walk back to the … Continue reading

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Kajang, Malaysia’s Satay City

Whether or not you want to spell it satay, sate, şiş kebap, or шашлы́к, at the end of the day it’s a few pieces of something, often meat, with a skewer poking through the center. Naturally though, when in Southeast … Continue reading

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Incredible India, Malaysia, Truly Asia and Incapacitated Indonesia

In April 2005, after flying from Hong Kong, the first thing that I noticed on my inaugural visit to Jakarta, Indonesia was the plume of of kretek, or clove-cigarette, smoke idling right outside of the arrivals hall of Soekarno-Hatta Airport.  … Continue reading

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Was it Potable?: Ais Kacang, the Food Pyramid of Shaved Ices

Sweet corn.  Evaporated milk.  Red kidney beans.  Agar-agar.  Azuki.  Ice cream.  Fruit syrup.  Peking duck.  Patatas bravas.  Sole meunière.  Where do the toppings stop??   Well, if you knew from the first few ingredients that this was ais kacang (bean ice), … Continue reading

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Five Orders of ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง Please. Mango Sticky Rice? You Know It Well.

Mango sticky rice, or khao niao mamuang (khao niao being glutinous rice). It’s just about the only Thai dish I think about, besides the ful and pickles on Soi Arab.  And if you said, hey, what’s up with that?  You’d … Continue reading

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