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Malaysia Day 1: Ipoh

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Selamat Pagi from Malaysia. A week ago, my family and I traveled over to Malaysia for the first time. Landing in Kuala Lumpar, we took a two hour car journey over the tropical palm tree covered highways. Our destination was Ipoh, and after arriving we were welcomed with the vast open spaces and flat buildings. 

Our family friend took us to an amazing North Indian Restaurant called Pakeeza as it was famous in the land of Ipoh for it's dishes and I wholeheartedly agree. I can't tell you what we ordered, as all the dishes soon arrived after we sat down, but what we ate was superb. Even though everything was vegetarian, all the dishes were aromatic, spicy and left you wanting more. My favourite were the potatoes and fresh naan bread- I kept on going for seconds too.

The second day after getting a good nights rest, we were taken to a traditional market area- think of your typical Hong Kong tye pye dong areas- loads of different stalls of food under one roof, and the ability to order food from each one of them. We were introduced to the traditional dishes, from Malaysian coffee, Ipoh's famous silky hor fen noodles to the rice rolls- I was stuffed! As the Satay stall wasn't opened when we sat down at 8, after slurping the noodles, they had set up. As our friends praised Malaysia's signature Satay dishes, we felt like we had to order some! The satay chicken was delicious and the sauce was crunchy with a sweet edge. 

After the meal, we had a little wander around the area. I noticed that buildings were decorated with the most artistic and beautiful drawings, everybody looked happy and relaxed on the streets, such a change from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. My favourite part of walking around were definitely the snoozing cats, they looked absolutely adorable as they soaked in the sun. 

Day 2 & 3 coming soon....

- Sophia x

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