Eating Plant Based in Malaysia Part Two – Detailed Images and Journal

eating plant based in malaysia

This is called “Roti Tissue”. It’s a very thin, crispy bread that’s tall and shaped like a cone.  It’s served  with various curries and lentil dhal.  Roti Tissue is sweet and salty.  People usually order it for guests and tourists.

roti tissue

Oh, Roti Canai, how I love you so. You had my heart from the moment we met.

Roti Canai (pronounced cha nai) is like a flaky tortilla that is served with curry and dhal.  It is served for breakfast or for a snack.  It is not WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) but it is vegan if they use oil instead of ghee.  Still, it’s white flour and has no nutrients (apart form the dhal that I flood it with).  But I don’t care. When I’m in Malaysia, I eat it and I LOVE it!  I mean, look at my face as I’m about to dig in, it’s a face of pure happiness!

Luanne’s breakfast (in front of mine) is called Nasi Lemak. More about that shortly.

molly patrick clean food dirty girl roti canai and nasi lemak

My dinner of hummus, lettuce, carrots and fruit. Gotta eat light when you can around these parts!

hummus and fruit

I found this hummus at a regular grocery store. When I’m home I never buy hummus because I always make my own but when I travel, I buy store bought and chose the one with the least amount of ingredients.

hummus or hommus

Lettuce, hummus, carrot taco.  Here’s the deal. When you travel and don’t have access to a full kitchen, getting simple staples at the grocery store is an easy fix for a nutrient packed snack or meal. Hummus, veggies, canned beans and fruit are some of my go-tos.

hummus carrot and lettuce

We attended a catered dinner, hosted by one of Luanne’s friends. I ate vegan mutton made out of mushrooms, along with asparagus, tofu and brown rice.

catered vegan dinner

Mamak Stall lunch. Even when you are at non-vegan restaurants, there will always be tofu and vegetable options. It’s so refreshing to be in a place where everyone loves tofu.

My lunch of turmeric cabbage, eggplant, potato curry, curried beets with coconut and tofu with bean sprouts.

vegetarian lunch

Luanne’s mom, Jenny is one hell of a cook.  And, lucky me, she has veganized a lot of her staple recipes so I can enjoy them. This is a delicious dish she makes called Siamese Mee Hoon.  It has thin rice noodles, fried shallot, strips of tofu, lots of green onions and served with a side of sambal (chili paste). This dish will be in our Malaysian Meal Plan coming out later this year.

siamese mee hoon malaysia

Luanne’s mom’s pineapple curry. Amazing!

pineapple curry malaysia

When I’m home, it’s steel cut oats all the way.  When I travel, I’ll take what I can get.  These are really handy to have in a plane or on a day trip because all you need is a bowl or cup and some hot water.  Nutrient dense, no.  Better than eggs, yes.

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8 Comments

  1. Hondo on June 23, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Loved reading about your trip fuckery! Great pictures!

  2. Laura on June 23, 2018 at 10:04 am

    “We’re all just people who want to be heard, loved, accepted and well fed. ” YES, YES, YES! Everyone should be required to travel. It changes your entire life.

  3. Kathleen Ballanfant on June 23, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I absolutely love the travel stories! Food in Malaysia looks sooo good. When you send some recipes our way, can you please use ingredients that are easy to find in the US?

  4. Sadie on June 23, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Your Dirty Girl travel stories (and Photos!) are wonderful. Thank you.

  5. michelle on June 23, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us, loved all the foody pics and ordered the book, have a wonderful week you two.

  6. JoAnne Lowe on June 24, 2018 at 4:59 am

    My appetite has been whetted for both travel and your upcoming Malaysian meal plan! Thanks for sharing your travels and wonderful pics of your ’round the world food!

  7. Lilian Poberezny on June 25, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Great stuff.
    Loved reading your journal and seeing the photos. ?

  8. Alexa on June 25, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    This journal put a smile on my beautiful face. I hope to visit Malaysia soon. Anyhow, healthy food is always good. Thanks for sharing your Malaysian travel. Looking forward to more of this.

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