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It's always the colors of your Malaysia shots that get to me. What an amazing aqua shade on those doors. -X


Dear Robyn, I have learned so much about the alleys, lanes, markets and stalls of Malaysia from you more than from anywhere or anyone. And I am Malaysian! Thank you, thank you. I am very sure that in your previous life (or lives), you and Dave were Asians and perhaps even chefs or cooks, maybe even Malaysian ones at that! That explains your affinity for asian food. And by the rate you are going, I am pretty sure you and Dave will be re-born in this part of the world. Is this a good thing? Well, I certainly think so. Keep up the good work. You must, somehow, someday, reduce your blog into a gorgeous coffee table book. I would be the first to buy!


I love the frenetic energy that is found in that "golden hour" as the sleepy town wakes up and its residents face the new day.

I wish I could find my Sichuan peppercorns. They're lost in the pantry somewhere. I need them to make my own five-spice powder, and that powder so I can make my own zongzi.


Dear Robyn, Any more goodies from Malacca? Love your blog as it always bring fondest memories for me, food or old buildings in Malaysia. I am from "Sleepy Hollow", that was what Malacca was also known. Many thanks to Dave & yourself for the wonderful images and vividly written blog. Mmmmmm the photo of the Nyonya zong with the cup of Malacca coffee in the background rekindle the urgency to get the first flight home. Regards


Hi Robyn & Dave,

Just discovered your exceptional blog and I can't get enough of it - what a wonderful array of eye candy! I am now going thru the archives, lapping everything up. One thing I have discovered is to NOT read it while hungry. You must have stomachs of iron or steel to be able to tolerate all that street food! But man, everything you write about just makes me want to rush out and try some. Fortunately, that is just not geographically possible - lol!

I do have one question for you both: How BIG are you? I cannot imagine going thru the incredible amounts of food you go thru and not be large as blimps! I'd hate to know that you are both slim or regular sized because that just would NOT be fair ...


Xander - I have to say, Malaysia makes it easy for the photographer. You'd go nuts with your camera in Malacca, Penang, and Kuching.

TJ-thanks for a comment that's especially wonderful, coming as it does from a Malaysian. We do our best.

Nate - I'm with you on the 'golden hour'. When the alarm goes off and it's still dark out I curse Dave, but when we're out the door and dawn's just broken and the streets are quiet and the air is fresh, I thank him (under my breath). :-)

mk- another Malacca post in the immediate future and then one near the end of the month, I think. There are also some old ones, check the 'Malaysia Beyond KL' category in the sidebar. And of course, there will be more Malacca trips in the future. As I said, we are liking that place more and more.

Hi Chi - welcome to EatingAsia. Please don't hate us but we are 'normal' size, with some effort. You can put that down to LOTS of exercise. The amount of time we spend at the table definately necessitates regular trips to the gym. :-)


Hi Robyn,

Though I now live in Perth, I'm from Malacca with a Nonya background. And yes, we still have our family house on Hereen St.

Also, the next time you're in Malacca, try and go to the Portuguese Square for dinner; the restaurant closest to the sea has amazing sambal fish and otak.


oh my, that looks like a nonya version of a 'bak chang'. and the cup of coffee in the background just makes it all complete. give me some!!!


I follow your blog avidly. I'm in love with South East Asia and can't wait to go back!


All your pictures show the real taste of Nyonya!


I heard somewhere (probably from the BIL) that the blue flower tint is getting more and more rare... that many nyonya zong makers are cheating and using blue coloring instead. I'd love to know where else in Malaysia the real thing can be found, because I do so love this version of dumpling! And this particular specimen does look beautiful!

Gabby Malpas

Dear Robyn and Dave - this is not a post for your blog but more a personal message to say thank you for your marvellous reading. My husband and I travel yearly to SE Asia on our hols (we both travelled the region separately 25 - 30 years ago respectively), and love the food. So whenever we go, we are always sure to read up on your recommendations for the region.
Your blog has inspired a lot of my artwork. I wanted to send you a few pics but I don't see an email address or have the ability to do this via this system so all I can do is point you to a URL where you can see some.
Next year I will be spending more time painting 'recipes', and again will be spending much time on your blog for inspriation.
The link is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35618294@N08/sets/72157621845393693/
Thank you so much
Gabby Malpas, Sydney


Hi Gabby -- you are the first reader to tell us that EatingAsia has inspired artwork! Thank you. Hope we continue to do so! I love your paintings.

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