Malaysia 2014: Day 4

15 05 2014

This was our last day in Langkawi, so we woke up and packed for the airport, but did a little more sightseeing before we left.  Our first stop was a quick peek at the Rice Garden Museum.  Kedah, the state that Langkawi belongs to, is a top rice producer for Malaysia.

Rice growing in a marshy paddy

Rice growing in a marshy paddy

The rice paddy and it's caretaker

The rice paddy and it’s caretaker

Rice, rice, rice!

Rice, rice, rice!

Then we stopped for breakfast.  How I miss Malaysian breakfasts!

Another take on the roti pisang (banana pancake)

Another take on the roti pisang (banana pancake)

Fresh watermelon juice

Fresh watermelon juice

Then we stopped at Eagle Square.

The giant eagle statue, a symbol of Langkawi

The giant eagle statue, a symbol of Langkawi

Before we entered the airport, we stopped at a roadside stand for laksa and cendol.  Laksa is a fish noodle soup, the flavor of the fish is mild and sort of like tuna.  Cendol is a dessert soup and one of my favorites!  It’s made of ice and coconut milk with brown sugar, red beans, bean sprouts and corn.  Yes, I realize that sounds weird to Americans, but it’s delicious!  The stand was on a strip of beach alongside a road that separated the ocean from the runway.

The setup, with tables and chairs right on the beach!

The setup, with tables and chairs right on the beach!

Coconut to drink, I miss these, too!

Coconut to drink, I miss these, too!

Laksa, with a hard-boiled egg at the top

Laksa, with a hard-boiled egg at the top

Yummy cendol

Yummy cendol

The view from our lunch table.  Just left of center you'll see a steep rise in the mountains.  This is where the cable car is located, so sometimes it is in the clouds!

The view from our lunch table. Just left of center you’ll see a steep rise in the mountains. This is where the cable car is located, so sometimes it is in the clouds!

The flight back to KL took about an hour, and was a little rough but had great views!  On the way back from the airport we stopped at a travel station and had lunch again.  I wasn’t arguing.  Travel stops are sort of like food courts, with a large assortment of vendors and items, and the usual facilities.

Food stalls

Food stalls

Nasi ayam, or chicken and rice with soup.  Very good!

Nasi ayam, or chicken and rice with soup. Very good!

More cendol, this time with ice cream.  Even better!

More cendol, this time with ice cream. Even better!

If you’ve paid attention (and admittedly it took me a while to pick up on this), you’ll notice that other than straws, you haven’t seen any disposable tableware.  Even inexpensive restaurants, street vendors and travel stops use real plates and metal silverware.  It’s a little more labor intensive, but SO much better for the environment than our overflowing trash cans full of paper, Styrofoam and plastic!

After lunch Arie and I checked into the hotel in KL and were soon picked up by our friend Sook Chin for dinner.  We were joined by a fun group of girls for an Indian dinner.

Banana leaves for plates

Banana leaves for plates

Dinner came with a set list of sides, and then meat or vegetable dishes added in.

Dinner came with a set list of sides, and then meat or vegetable dishes added in.

My plate skipped the cucumber side, but I had green beans, dried peppers, along with rice and a vegetable curry topping.

My plate skipped the cucumber side, but I had green beans, dried peppers, along with rice and a vegetable curry topping.

This cuisine is often eaten by hand, with bits of several dishes gathered, formed into a bite with rice, and eaten.  It’s trickier than you’d think!  The secret to keeping your fingers from getting completely dirty is to only use your fingertips, but it’s difficult.  I ended up with most of the nails on my right hand stained curry yellow!

After this we went for a girl’s night out.   What, you expected pictures?  It was so much fun, with a group of lovely, hilarious ladies.  I learned that girls night out is much the same in any culture: talking about men, sometimes tormenting a few, dancing to bad 80’s music, and giggling about it all the next morning!

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