Malaysia: Jalan MacAlister

Malaysia is known for its hawker stalls.  CK and I had horrible luck with finding night markets in SE Asia.  We did, however, manage to find the stalls on Jalan MacAlister:


I think we got there a little too early because the street was still fairly quiet.

We saw someone eating fried chicken at the border between Thailand and Malaysia and the smell of that chicken stayed with us.  So when we saw a cart that made fried chicken, we made a beeline toward it.

The chicken was re-fried to order:


Basically that meant giving the chicken an oil bath.  Blech.  I don't even think the oil was hot.  The chicken came our soggy and cold and just kinda gross.

Disappointment.

CK spotted someone drinking this green beverage and stopped to ask what it was:


The guy wasn't exactly helpful in his description, so CK just pointed at his table when we got around to ordering.  I still don't know what it was.  It tasted like sour plum and that wasn't cool.

Dinner took a turn for the better when we were brought our char kway teow or stir-fried rice noodles:


When I eat noodles, I like them nice and thick.  And cheap.  This one was all three.  And delicious to boot.  Just look at how plump those shrimp are.

Of course we couldn't leave with only a plate of kuay teow under our belt, so we added a bowl of assam laksa:


We didn't make it to the number 1 assam laksa place in Penang (a bit too far for us), but this one was pretty damn good.  CK loves anything sour, so this fishy noodle soup was right up her alley.

Out of curiosity, we also ordered a char koay kak or stir-fried turnip cake:


The turnip cake came in little cubes and was tossed with shrimp, bean sprouts, chives, and peanuts.  Yummy.

Looking at all these food pics makes me miss Penang.  And Asia in general.

Sigh.

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