Food from Malaysia is easier to eat, than get the name of!
Everyone who has traveled to a foreign restaurant that serves an English menu will invariably notice spelling mistakes. Well … possibly not in the above $3 per meal category.
It would seem the same is true in for Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian restaurants writing in their own language too!
Hence as I sit there scribbling down the name of a dish I just photographed, and ate, it’s not always what it really was!
Indeed, the menu numbering is sometimes a little off too. I always ask to confirm. But as many might recognise from your own travels:
“Sometimes what you ask for, is not always what you get”
In a country as culturally diverse as Malaysia, there could well be several names for the same dish
Likewise even when you do annoy the person serving you by pointing to a menu, and nodding your head or shaking it; they will always confirm with a nod.
The wonders of lost in translation on the road of culinary delights.
The second solution is to sit down with a girl at reception camera in hand, and go back over everything again. Surely she will know what something is called?
Nope, 90% of the people I ask shake their heads. It’s … well … Noodles?
A mix of linguistic difficulties and translation
Indeed, many locals, at the level I travel, eat a much more bland diet. Sticking to their favorites.
Spellings change too as in genuine acts of help people struggle to translate a Chinese dish to Malay, and then to English. The result is often not what we are looking at.
So yes, food from Malaysia is proving to be a harder task to name, than it is to eat! Which I may add, is no problem at all. Malaysia has, by quite a long stretch, the best tasting dishes I’ve had as a whole on this journey.
Yes, Pakistan has the best roast leg of mutton in the world, yes the Philippines is better than Germany when it comes to chocolate cake. But, I’ve not come across a single big wow factor dish like I have in Malaysia.
“So yes, naming aside. As a nation, Malaysia simply has some of the best tasting food in the world”
I’ve made a huge effort to get this all right, but …
Please excuse my naming mistakes. If I am wrong, then please feel free to correct me in the comments! And, I will make the appropriate changes.
Meanwhile join me as I harass waiters and people at reception desks in discovering the real food you will encounter, and be eating, in your travels across Malaysia!
This is an additional post highlighting food from Sabah, Malaysia