Food Instead of Booze in Malaysia

Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Kek Lok Si Temple, Malaysia

You know a city is supremely interesting when you choose seeing all sorts of sights – none of which involve having a cocktail! (Although, I did ask about finding toddy – a fermented beverage well known in the region. But no toddy found us this stop.) This was our visit to vibrant Penang, Malaysia.

Kek Lok Si Temple, Malaysia

Kek Lok Si Temple – the largest Buddhist temple in southeast Asia.

Batik, Panang, Malaysia

Batik, Penang, Malaysia

A fabulous batik factory as far away from the tourist trap areas as possible.

Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malysia

And our favorite thing to do – walking the streets, exploring local grocery stores, and wandering into lively side streets. We savored Asam Laksa, an amazing traditional Malaysian soup. A fish base with tamarind, cucumber, onion, mint, lettuce, pineapple, rice noodles and some heat. Very memorable.

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