Eating Plant Based in Malaysia Part Two – Detailed Images and Journal
By Molly Patrick
Jun 23, 2018,
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.
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.
My dinner of hummus, lettuce, carrots and fruit. Gotta eat light when you can around these parts!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luanne’s mom’s pineapple curry. Amazing!
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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