Naoko Kensaku

Geminian Rat. Carried by an Aries Bear.

Generic Food Post!

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. How true. You certainly get that in Malaysia. In the Chinese Coffeeshops alone you’ll find Chinese, Indian, Malay food and if you’re lucky, even Western food, which are sometimes a rarity during lunch hour. In any case, you can find food to satisfy even the most discerning palate in Malaysia.

Around my college area in Taman Mayang, which is in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, there are about 13 shops (some are hawker stalls, others coffeeshops and even cafes). That’s quite a lot, considering that the area is less than 1.5 kilometres in radius. However, some of the food are not suitable for everyone, simply because of one simple word, “Halal.” This word means a lot in Malaysia.

With the main religion being Islam, there is a demand for food that are not only delicious, but meets the standards set by Jakim, the Islamic Department in Malaysia. ‘Halal’ implies that these foods meet Islamic standards. These are found quite readily but they tend to be the same kind of dishes. For non-muslims like me, sometimes we prefer non-spicy food.

Well, make that all the time for me. I can’t stand spicy food due to a bad experience when I was a kid. Besides, eating non-spicy food has given me a chance to enjoy other foods that are not so spicy and enabled me to taste them without adding anything. Some people cannot eat food without adding a ‘hint’ of spicyness to it, whether it be chillies or pepper. That destroys the experience, I believe. It’s a very sad thing.

That’s all for now about Malaysian food. Ahh… In some places they say that you eat to live, not live to eat, but with so many varieties and tastes and scents to experience, you’d be foolish to miss out! Well, unless you’re on a strict medical diet, which sorts of restricts you.

Bye!

FIRST POST!

Hello! Welcome to my blog. This is just a brief intro about myself, and I hope that you won’t be too critical of me.

I’m an 18 year old Eurasian of Portugese and (mainly) Chinese descent. My grandfather is a Portugese while my grandmothers (both of them) are Chinese. My mother is also a Chinese, which means that I grew up with a very large dose of Chinese culture. Yet I went to national schools and a private mixed secondary school which was located near one of the centers of cultures in the capital city.

Not only that, I am an avid reader of Greek and Roman Mythology, went through a rather short phase of Egyptian Mythology not long ago, know a little about the myths and legends of most races in Malaysia, and well, I love anime too. So be warned! My ramblinsgs are quite varied and rather well… rambly.