Anthony Bourdain, Asia, Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Georgetown, Hermann Hesse, Jalan Penang Road, Jooi Hooi Cafe, Line Clear Nasi Kandar, Malaysia, New Lane Hawker Stalls, Penang Island, Salman Rushdie, Spice Garden, Spices, Sup Hameed, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
During the time I was in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Georgetown on Penang Island in Malaysia, I didn’t recognize the big impact it would exert on my life. But as my memory takes over from those experiences with the Straits of Malacca, I know that I’ll never be the same again.
Not only are the peoples and religions of China, India, Pakistan, Burma, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka all mixed up with the remnant of former British Malaya in a dazzlingly vibrant textile of culture. What is now apparent, to the world’s intangible benefit, is a vibrant and alive composite cuisine that, for me, changed my taste forever. There is no going back. I’ve crossed a food Rubicon because of Malaysia.
Salt and pepper will never be the same again.