Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) An aubergine-coloured
hard shell covers this small fruit which is about the size
of a tennis ball Cut or squeeze the purple shell to reach
its sweet white flesh which is prized by many visitors above
all others, in 1898, an American resident of java wrote, erotically
and in obvious ecstasy "The five white segments separate
easily and they melt on the tongue with a touch of tart and
a touch of - sweet, one moment a memory of the.
Juicest most fragrant apple, at another a
remembrance of the smoothest cream ice the most exquisite
and delicately Season flavoured, fruit-acid known all of the
delights of nature's laboratory condensed in that ball of
neige parfumee : Southeast Asians believe it should be eaten
as a chaser to durian. season; April-September.
Papaya (Carica papaya) A New Wor1d Fruit
that was not introduced Southeast Asia until the 16th century.
Large, round or oval in shape, yellow or green-skinned, with
bright orange flesh and a mass of round, black seeds in the
middle. The flesh,. in texture and taste somewhere between
a mango and a melon. Some maintain that it tastes soapy. Season:
Pomelo A large round fruit the size anything
from an ostrich egg to a football with thick, green skin and
pith, and flesh similar to grapefruit, hot less acidic Season.
Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) The bright
red and hairy. rambutan - rambut is the Malay word hair-with
its slightly rubbery but sweet flesh u a dose relative of
the lychee of The Thai word for rambutan is ngoh, which is
the nickname given by Thais to the fuzzy-haired Negrito aboriginals
in the southern jungles. Season May-September.
Salak (Salacca edulis) A small pear-shaped
fruit about the size of a large plum with a rough, brown,
scaly skin(somewhat like a miniature pangolin) yellow-white
crisp flesh. It is related to sago and rattan trees.
Tamarind (Tamarindus indicus) Brown seedpods
with dry brittle skins and a brown tart-sweet fruit which
grow on a tree introduced into Southeast; Asia from India.
The name is Arabic for Indian date: The flesh has a high tartaric
acid content and is used to flavour curries jams, fellies
and chutneys as well as for cleaning brass and copper Elephants
have a predilection for tamarind balls. Season December-February.
tembok -fish, either grilled or steamed
pan suh manok - chicken pieces cooked in bamboo cup and served
with barrio(kelabit mountain rice).
wishing to learn more about Malaysian cuisine, several state
tourist boards offer shot courses in curry-making etc. enquire
at Tourist Malaysia information centres. Tourism Malaysia
publishes a glossy pamphlet called Malaysian Common recipes
providing an introduction to spices and ingredients and easy
to follow recipes to 16 succulent dishes, contact information
A wide variety of Malaysian cookery books is available at
soft drink, mineral water and freshly squeezed fruit drinks
are available. Anchor and , ore widely sold, except in the
more Islamic states of the east coast especially kelantan
and is cheapest at the hawker stalls (RMS per bottle) a beer
will cost RM8-12 per bottle coffee shops Malaysian -brewed
Guinness is popular, mainly because Chinese believe it has
medicinal qualities as it has been successfully sold on the
guinness stout is good for you line. Malaysian tea is grown
in the Cameron highland and is very good One of the most interesting
cultural refinements of the Indian Muslim a the Mamak-man,
who is famed for teh tarik (pulled tea), which is thrown across
distance of about a metre, from one cup to another, with no
spillages The idea is to cool it down for customers, but it
has become an art form; mamak-man appear to cultivate nonchalant
look when pouring. Malaysian satirist Kit leee says a tea-stall
mamak could pull tea in free fall without spilling a drop-while
balancing a beedi on his lower lip and making statement on
economic determinism Most of the coftee comes, although some
is, locally produced Malaysian like strong coffee and unless
you specipy kurang maniss (les sugar) tak maju manis (don’t
want sugar) or kopi kosong (empty coffee, black, no sugar),
it will come with lashings of condensed milk.
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