Malaysia: Winner for best multicultural food. With its fusion of Malay, Chinese, and Indian culture, Malaysia offers a big variety of food and drinks. You should seriously consider visiting Malaysia just for the food.
- Best dishes: Chicken tandoori, naan, and satay (Malaysian meat on a stick)
- Best beverage: Teh. Hands down, my favorite drink of the trip. It's a strong, black tea mixed with sweetened condensed milk. I wish we were all drinking iced teh on the beach right now.
- Best dining moment: My friend Samson, a meat-on-a-stick connoisseur, ordering thirty (thirty!) sticks of satay to go along with his lunch.
- Worst thing I put in my mouth: ABC Special. This cold dessert featured shaved ice topped with green and pink syrup, sweetened condensed milk, creamed corn, and peanuts. Please tell me this was a joke they played on the tourist and not a real dish that people eat on purpose.
A meal with friends in Penang. Satay on the bottom left.
Chicken tandoori and naan -- awesome Indian food in Malaysia
Bags of teh and lemonade
ABC Special: not so special.
Thailand: Winner for best overall cuisine. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
- Best dishes: Pad thai, a chicken curry soup whose name I forgot, banana rotee, mango sticky rice
- Best beverage: strawberry smoothies at that one place by our hostel
- Best dining moment: Walking through our neighborhood on our first day in Thailand and finding our favorite tiny little restaurant.
Gloria and I at our restaurant. I have the curry soup and she has pad thai.
In Thailand, we ate a lot of meals at our conference hotel.
Vietnam: Winner for most coffee shops. (Vietnam may not have the MOST coffee shops, but we frequented them most in Vietnam)
- Best dishes: Pho (a noodle soup dish), fresh spring rolls, fried prawns with butter and garlic
- Best beverage: This may not be truly Vietnamese, but I had a delicious iced caramel latte.
- Best dining moment: Downing a collective 96 scoops of ice cream at Fanny's ice cream buffet in Hanoi. That was seriously a happy night.
Pho and Fanta
What was this stuff called? It was good.
Tickets to the ice cream buffet!
The Samson Tang Method for eating mangoes
Cambodia: Winner for best fruit shakes and smoothies.
- Best dishes: Loc loc (a stir-fried meat dish), most of the desserts I ate at the Khmer buffet in Siem Reap
- Best beverage: Mango smoothie
- Best dining moment: Watching traditional apsara dancing while feasting at the Khmer buffet
Coconut shakes in Phnom Penh on the eve of the lunar new year
Apsara dancing at the buffet
Food is a huge part of traveling and experiencing a new culture, which is my excuse for devoting so many words and pictures to this topic. Hungry? :)