New Foods List – July

7/2: Nasi Campur – Rice with odds ‘n ends. Bits of various unidentified meats. Surprisingly tasty and mega cheap.
7/4: Mie Ayam, Deep Fried Banana Fritters – Mie Ayam is a chicken noodle meal, and it was super good. Well seasoned and, yes, it had veggies in it. This particular one also had a meatball at the bottom, but it was for taste only, not ingestion. I hate bananas, so I did not particularly enjoy the fritters. Even now, thinking about it makes me nauseous.
7/12: Beef Sichuan – So very good. Similar to Mongolian Beef back home, but not quite the same. I wanted a second plate but that would’ve been gluttonous.
7/13: Mushroom – They came on the side of a dinner, and they were covered in black pepper sauce. Not as bad as I feared…the texture didn’t bother me so much. They were thinly sliced, though, and as there weren’t many my judgment on fungus is still reserved.
7/15: Chicken Satay – Wow, a meat-on-a-stick I didn’t care for. The peanut sauce that makes the Satay just doesn’t agree with my culinary palette.
7/16: Curry Chicken – My first impression of curry sauce is that it tasted faintly of licorice. It wasn’t bad in small quantities, and this is only the beginning of my curry experience.
7/20: Indian Buffet – the owner of our homestay in Kuala Lumpur took us to one of his favorite Indian restaurants and I ate off of a banana leaf. I can’t honestly say what all I had, but here’s a partial list: rice, vegetable medley, red chicken drumstick, several curry sauces (including a mint one) and what must have been a pickled lime. It was eye-opening, for sure, but I’m not sure that I particular enjoyed all of it. The lime was surprisingly refreshing.
7/22: Apple Honey Soy Milk – What an odd combo! It was better than I expected, tho I prefer to stick to water for the time being. It’s so hot here that, to quote Will Ferrell, milk is a bad choice.
7/23: Satay Beef Stomach, Chinese Donut – I tried the Satay again, still not sold on it. Beef stomach was the closest thing to beef as I know it that I’ve had in Asia. The donut was a long baguette-like donut fried in a wok on the street. It was unremarkable, but good.
7/24: Cheese Tart – Not sure why they’re called a tart. It was a little pastry, pretty tasty, but Indi enjoyed it more than I did. This is true of most cheese items anyway.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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