Nama | Artisan Raw Foods

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I got a bit bored of writing about Malaysia so let's pop back to London today to talk a bit about healthy eating and that kind of stuff. This month hasn't been a great month for me in terms of eating well. Orlaith and I have been passing colds back and forth since we got back from Malaysia and my energy has been slightly zapped, plus being on a major budget, eating well got pushed way down my list of priorities.

In a week (or two) I'm going to be doing a cleanse and a couple days of juicing, and after attending some yoga classes over the last fortnight (I had to absolutely force myself to go to a couple of them) I can feel myself slowly getting back into the right mind set.

I went out for lunch with a vegan friend the other day. I always enjoy eating out with her because I get an 'excuse' to eat healthier, whether my mind's into it or not. This time we went to a raw food restaurant in Notting Hill called Nama. I was really interested to taste their food but the menu scared me a tiny bit.

My friend recommended the raw pizza for me and she went for the Thai curry. When our plates arrived at the table I was a bit confused by my weird looking pizza dish. That's not a pizza I was thinking to myself.  One bite into my raw pizza and I was totally hooked. It was delicious! No, it doesn't taste like a pizza but I wasn't really expecting it to. But it did taste very good. And a taste of my friends raw curry confirmed it: Raw food is really good!

I'll definitely be heading to Nama again to try more delights from their menu.  There's nothing nicer than coming away from a delicious lunch knowing that your body's probably healthier than when you went in.  Visit Nama's website here to find out more about their food.

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Malaysia Food Guide | Kuala Lumpur + Selangor

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While in Malaysia I was lucky enough to be hanging out with the (best) locals so I was taken to a lot of great food places I wouldn't normally have known about because they wanted to give me the best Malaysian experience, and they really did! So, here I am, sharing my knowledge, so that if you ever go you can rock it like I did.


Malaysia Food Guide | Kuala Lumpur + Selangor


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Sushi Zanmai
One Utama, Petaling Jaya 47800, Selangor (+ other locations)
Sushi in Malaysia, just like in Canada, is VERY cheap! When we went to Sushi Zanmai, not only was it very good, but it was so very cheap! If I lived in Malaysia I would eat sushi a lot more than I do in London!


Sakae Sushi
Bangsar Village 2, Kuala Lumpur (+ other locations)
Another good sushi place. This is more the Yo! Sushi of Malaysia. Food comes around on a conveyor belt but you also have the option of ordering from the menu. They have iPads at every table where you can place your order digitally and then, very promptly, the order is brought to you.  I stuffed my face for pennies!


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Nasi Kandar Pelita
No. 149, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur 50450 (+ other locations)
Nasi Kandar Pelita is a popular mamak restaurant. From a stall you choose your rice, your sauce, and what you have with it eg. chicken, daal etc. Mamak food has Indian influences so if you like curry you'll like Mamak! Nasi Kandar Pelita was voted 'Best Cheap Eats' in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2012 and was shortlisted in the 'Best Hawker/Mamak' category in 2010 and 2011, which it won in 2010. 


Taj Curry House
11 Jln Ss 12/1B, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Taj Curry House is another great mamak restaurant. This place offers more of a 'service' environment and the food was great. We had a few trays with lots of small dishes so we could try a bigger variety of things. It was a great way to do it and there was nothing I didn't like.


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MG's Vegetarian Cafe & Bakery
47, Jalan USJ 10/1A, 47620 UEP, Subang, Selangor
I came here looking for some mild Western food for Orlaith. Most of the menu was Asian/Malaysian but they did have a couple of options that were good for Orlaith. She choose a breakfast egg burger with chips, and I had an udon noodle/tofu/mushroom dish which was really tasty and one of the only mild dishes I ate in Malaysia. 


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SkyBar
Level 33, Traders Hotel KL, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50088
We had a fun night in SkyBar. Just like the one in LA it's in a great location, is overpriced and has a swimming pool which is illuminated in the evening. The drinks there were very nice and they do a great range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. However the food there was one of the worst things I've eaten in a long time! Which surprised me because it was so much more expensive than anywhere else we ate during my entire trip. The view of KL from the booths, overlooking the twin towers, at night is spectacular. And so were the girls who thought the place was a catwalk. We were hoping one might fall into the pool but were left disappointed.


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Sri Nirwana Maju Banana Leaf
43 Jalan Telawi 3, 59100, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
The food at Sri Nirwana Maju was just SO good! It's an Indian restaurant and instead of plates you eat on banana leaf, and the idea is to stuff yourself until you can eat no more. Well, that was our idea anyway. Sri Nirwana Maju was shortlisted 'Best Indian in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2010, 2011 and 2013. It was shortlisted 'Best Banana Leaf' in 2012. This place is the bomb and can get very busy! Park in the mall across the road, Bangsar Village.


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Tous Les Jours
39-41 Jalan Telawi 3, Kuala Lumpur 47500 (+ other locations)
When I first arrived in Malaysia breakfast was a bit of an issue for me. In a country that eats heavy, spicy food for breakfast I really struggled. Tous Les Jours was my saviour. They do french pastries, earl grey tea and lots of other light, western food for breakfast and lunch. Orlaith couldn't eat much of the spicy Malay food in general so I'd usually run into Tous Les Jours to grab her a sandwich for lunch while we tucked into chilli filled meals. They are literally all over the place so you're sure to find one in any shopping mall or main street.


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Restoran Fatty Crab
2, Jalan SS 24/13, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Fatty Crab was one of my very favourite restaurants I ate at in Malaysia. They sell a variety of seafood but they are famous for their crab. It's the first time I ever ate soft shell crab and it was so good. We had it with nasi goreng and it was covered in a finger lickin' spicy sauce. I knew this was going to be a good place even before I went because BOTH my friends are allergic to crab but they ate here anyway!


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Murni Discovery
39-41, Ground Floor, Jalan USJ 9/5P, Subang Business Centre, Subang Jaya 47620 (+ other locations)
Murni was the very first place I ate at when I arrived in Malaysia and I was impressed by the food. We ordered nasi goring tom yam and roti hawaii which were both fantastic. The green drink is called Apple Assam Boi and was very refreshing but next time I wouldn't pair it with spicy food because it's sweet and tasted a bit strange together.

On the subject of drinks the national drink of Malaysia, Teh Tarik, should be tried. It's a special type of tea (you can find it pretty much anywhere and is translated to 'pulled tea'). Also, Milo is huge in Malaysia. You can get 'Milo Ice', 'Hot Milo' and even 'Milo Dinosaur' and they serve it in every restaurant and cafe. Milo ice is my favourite, especially on a hot day, aka every day.


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Malaysia | A Day Trip To Melaka

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One day we woke up early, jumped in a rented people carrier and set off for Melaka (also known as Malacca). Of course we stopped off for a typical Malaysian breakfast before the long journey. By this time I was used to having heavy and spicy food in the mornings, as is the Malay way, and I enjoyed a hearty nasi lemak (one of my favourite Malay dishes which I really need to learn how to cook).

I can't believe this will be the first time I write about the food in Malaysia, because if you know me you know I love (and slightly obsess over) my food. And the food I had in Malaysia was absolutely and undeniably amazing. But I held off until now because I've dedicated a whole post to Malaysia food coming soon. This one falls out of the category because Melaka is a totally different state and no one's crazy enough to drive three hours to eat. I mean no one apart from us!

After breakfast we all piled back in the car and drove for around three hours before arriving at my friends grandma's house where we had a snooze before sitting down to a beautiful home made lunch. 

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Coconut Shakes

After spending some time relaxing, and dealing with Orlaith's only big tantrum of the holiday, we set off to a place near Pantai Klebang to taste a very well known Malaysian drink called a coconut shake. After trying and disliking coconut water I wasn't sure what to expect from this drink. But in the coconut shake the water and the flesh of the coconut are mixed with vanilla ice-cream (and because we got the 'special' which had an extra scoop of ice-cream on top) so the main taste was the ice-cream with a small side of coconut flavour. It was good!

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Durian Fruit

After our refreshing shake we stopped at a stall at the side of the road where they sell a traditional Malaysia fruit, durian. I'd already experienced the smell of durian and I certainly wasn't looking forward to tasting it. Durian is banned from commercial flights and hotels because it's so stinky. I was even told a story about how, many years ago, a friend of the family had a durian fruit in his London hotel and the police arrived after receiving a complaint about the smell of a dead body coming from inside of the room. However, people who have grown up with the fruit mostly like the smell (you guys are weird).

So, I tried it (Orlaith also had a tiny taste) and while it didn't taste as bad as it smells, it still didn't taste good to me, at all. The texture also felt strange because it's creamy inside the fruit. So, I said I'd try it, I did, and I'll never try it again thank you very much. And fingers crossed that smell never passes my nose again too!

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Sungai Duyong Ikan Bakar

With a lingering durian taste in my mouth we drove to a seafood restaurant called Sungai Duyong Ikan Bakar which is famous for it's amazing food. I hadn't had much seafood so far so was really looking forward to this next meal. We ordered a selection of calamari, prawns, fish, crab and cockles. And to accompany everything we had coconut rice and noodles. It was all very good but my favourite dish was the calamari. Gotta love a good calamari dish!

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Colourful Trishaws Of Melaka

On our way back home (in Subang Jaya) we stopped off at the main square in town to experience a ride on a Frozen & Hello Kitty themed trishaw which was lit up and blaring out music. Our trishaw driver was into reggae so we got to jam to some Bob Marley and Shaggy on our journey. We only took a short ten minute ride but you can do one hour tours of the town. It was funny and ridiculously touristy, but something to definitely do with kids. Orlaith had the best time!

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