A taste of Malaysia
A trip to Malaysia is a case of leaving the guilt at home and packing an appetite, as Yvonne van Dongen discovers.
After a fortnight in Malaysia, I now understand why my Malaysian friends post endless photos of their meals on Facebook. This tedious indulgence is almost forgivable when you’ve sampled the food in this South East Asian nation. Malaysian tucker is frighteningly, fatteningly, fabulously delicious. Even if everything else about the country was a bore, this alone would be reason enough to visit.
Of course it’s not boring but Malaysia does suffer from rampant unplanned development, deforestation and miles of hideous oil palm plantations. I can’t tell you how often I had to avert my eyes from the environmental horrors unrolling before me as we drove through the countryside. It was either that or weep.
But once I’d eaten a sumptuous meal, done a bit of gratuitous shopping and lain my body down on my superior bed in my sumptuous hotel, I’d remember what was so good about this country. It attends to all your base needs.
First, the hotels and resorts are extremely good value. They’re probably under-priced if anything. It’s awonderful place to play-act wealthy. For about