It was laksa and it was for lunch. Ask me if I had ever used a pair of chopsticks before coming to SE Asia this trip. Ask me if I can use a pair now.
This was my lunch at the Kuala Lumpur Central Market Food Court. I ate there reguarly. There were ten or so restaurants that offered all kinds of wonderful non-western dishes. No pizza, fried chicken or burgers. No beer. Just good old noodles and veggies and strange looking concoctions that smelled funny and tasted yummy, yummy, yummy. This was white rice and chicken curry, sans the chicken. It cost me 1 ringot, about 30 cents. Was it good? It was yummy, yummy, yummy. I almost wanted to give the guy 2 ringots for it, it was so good.
This is a lunch stall. Notice that the health inspector hasn’t been here. I eat at places that are somewhat similar to this place all the time. I’m surprised I’m not dead. But the truth is that the vast majority of people in the city frequent places like this all the time and they’re not dead, either.
This is me having lunch at the KL tower. I really didn’t need the buffet, but what can I say? The food was pretty good and there was plenty of it. If I’m not mistaken I went back for seconds and thirds on the Peking Duck. They also had a chili sauce they were using on the salads that was just simple very, very tasty. The deserts were okay. Asians could use a little help with deserts. You’d think the French would have at least left a good recipe for flan laying around somewhere when they left or the British would have lost a recipe for bread pudding that the Asians could have found.
The KL Tower is a communications tower. I think it ranks in the top 5 as far as the height of communications towers in the world are concerned. It costs over $10 to go up to the observation deck. They have a revolving restaurant that rotates once every 90 minutes and serves a buffet style lunch and dinner. Lunch costs about $20. Dinner costs more.
This was lunch at a little eatery in Chiang Mai. I found it by accident as I was riding my rented bicycle. The dish is called "Khow Soi" or something like that. It something of a curry with two distinct types of noodles. It was extremely tasty, although a little spicy. It cost me $1. I’m going to miss those little restaurants hidden on the backstreets of Chiang Mai that are only open for lunch. There were several of them near what appeared to be the old city hall of the Old Town. No one spoke much English. Sometimes I couldn’t even get the menu translated into something I could understand. I took my chances, I guess. Sometimes, it worked out better than others.
This was the $5 special lunch at the Bangkok Airport. It was the cheapest thing I could find. It was also the healthiest. Interesting how that turned out. I liked Bangkok. I didn’t like the $10-15 lunches at the airport when I was used to eating the simply yummy $1-2 ones in town.
This is what was on the menu at one of the restaurants around Angkor Wat. There was beef, chicken, pork, fish, and something else. I’m nor sure what the something else is, but a closer examination of the picture reveals that it has a tail. perhaps I should have asked what it was but I’m not sure that I really wanted to know what it was. Maybe I’ll just say it was something with a tail.
It’s supposed to be snake and it’s supposed to be what’s for lunch. I don’t know if it was snake or not. I didn’t have it, the guy next to me did. They also had rat on the menu as well as dog. This was a particularly weird eating establishment. We were in Can Tho, Vietnam. Notice the beer. The town has a beer named after it.
Some of the folks had fish for lunch. This is a particular type of fish that is found in the Mekong River. The folks at the restaurant also brought all the fixings for spring rolls and the whole point of the lunch was to make fish spring rolls with fish that were caught fresh from the Mekong River. I watched and ate friend rice. It was pretty cool, though.