Food Adventures in Malaysia: Day 7, Langkawi
Day 7. When we were stuffing ourselves with delicious Russian Food in Harbor Park, Langkawi, on Day 6, we spotted this great little French Bakery & Bistro next door. It was full of pastries, rustic breads, sandwiches, and soups, and we knew we had to eat there. So, what better time for French pastries than breakfast! We headed in to start our day off right. Boy were we ever glad we did.
The Loaf Langkawi Bakery & Bistro, Harbor Park, Langkawi
Upon entering, our eyes were overwhelmed by the beautiful display of pastries and breads. Not only our eyes, but our noses were overwhelmed as well. The air was full of sweet sugar mixed with sour doughs and savory cheeses and meats. Heaven.
They had these cool little wicker basket trays that you grabbed and loaded up with whatever pastries you wanted, then took to the counter to pay. They were around $1 a piece, but who cares when they look and smell this good. We payed at the counter and then took our seats at a little table all dressed in crisp fresh linens. Let the pleasure begin!
I only grabbed a couple of pastries because I wanted to try their breakfast curry. But my buddy Ian loaded up and gorged himself on the pastries. That made it nice because I got to get little sneaks of tasting off his. They were all amazing, and the two I ordered were exceptional. I ordered a sweet maple butter cake that completely blew my mind, and also a savory pastry roll which had a chicken sausage inside and then was covered in loads of gouda cheese. Oh my gosh I wish I had one of those chicken sausage cheese rolls right now!
To wash this deliciousness down, I ordered an amazing Lemongrass Mocktail. It was made with lemongrass syrup, lime soda, and lime bitters. I can’t even tell you how the lemon grass flavor exploded in my mouth. It was incredible! I must try to repeat this. So so good! Garnished with lemongrass and a lemon wedge, it was simply beautiful.
Then, at last, the mighty Breakfast Beef Curry arrived. Wow! This stuff was so savory! It was very heavy and full of warm spices like star anise. The freshly made bread served in giant toast fashion was used to sop up the curry gravy, and was absolutely delicious. The soft boiled eggs were completely raw with the exception of a thin little cooked white membrane around the shell. Hilary told me they have something like this in Korea and you’re supposed to pour the egg in the hot curry and mix it around to cook. I did this with one of the eggs, and it actually was quite nice. It added a nice hardiness to the beef and tomato curry. This was by far the richest, most hardy curry I’ve ever had, and would gladly eat it again.
Langkawi Riverboat Tour and Eagle Feeding
Late morning, after breakfast, we did the River/Mangrove Boating Tour. This was cool in an entirely different way than the Island Hopping Tour. I think it was more my style than the island tour, but they were both very cool.
The tour, which lasted several hours, took us up this gorgeous bright green river, with tropical Asian forests and mountains on all sides. There was something really cool about cruising up this river in Asia in a long boat. This was the first chance I’ve had to see mangrove trees. They were pretty awesome.
After awhile of cruising, we stopped and starting throwing out chicken for the eagles. Again, I’m not totally comfortable with this concept, as it certainly is teaching the eagles dependance upon man, and could eventually threaten this rare eagle population. But it made for good pictures and close up views of these majestic creatures.
From here, we headed up the river again and soon came to this tiny little gorge passageway. I loved it! It seemed barely wide enough for our boat to slip through, but in actuality, there was probably 5 feet on either side of us. Still cool though.
Langkawi Riverboat Tour Crocodile Cave
Shortly after passing through this, we arrived at Crocodile Cave. Now this was fun. We took our boat straight into the cave. It was barely tall enough to fit us in. Our driver was an expert at missing the massive stalactites. It wasn’t a very long cave, but it was the first time I’ve ever taken a boat through one!
It’s important to note that Malaysia doesn’t have any crocodiles. Once through, our driver paused to show us why it was called Crocodile Cave.
Langkawi Riverboat Tour Fish Farm
They told us we were going to this fish farm, but it was totally not what I expected at all. I figured it would be the same old boring “look at these baby fish growing in tanks” sort of place I remember touring on middle school field trips. Not so here my friend. This place was awesome! It was full of all sorts of tropical fish that were swimming around in big nets hanging in the river. I’d never seen anything like it in my life before. Archer Fish, Skeletal Fish, Corral Fish, Puffer Fish…..wow!
The archer fish would shoot water at the pieces of bread this guy put on the wooden post to knock it into the water. Their accuracy was pretty amazing. He also had us put it on our finger and lower our hand about six inches above the water so the fish would leap out and grab it right off our finger. Fun. What hungry little fish!
They called these Skeletal Fish. Can’t imagine why. They were about 8 inches long.
This is a Corral Fish. They would surface for the bread, going chomp chomp chomp until he would drop the piece of fish in their mouths. We all were given turns feeding them. Pretty fun indeed.
I forgot what this was called, but it was crazy fast swimming around in its tank.
A deadly puffer fish, much bigger than I expected…. almost 3 feet long!
Finishing up the riverboat tour, we went out into the Andaman Sea, where we could see Thailand off in the distance. It was really amazing, but I can’t come up with the words to explain how or why. It’s hard to make out in this picture, but Thailand is the faint blue mountain/land mass between the cloud base and water line. So close yet so far away. Next time perhaps…
On our drive back to the hotel, we spotted a small herd of Asian Domestic Water Buffalo. Our taxi driver pulled over so I could take this picture. They kind of look tasty….
Dinner at Feast, Sheraton Resort, Langkawi
We went back to the hotel, packed up our bags, and checked out. We had a couple hours to spare before we needed to head off to the airport, so we took in the beauty of the sea some more and then walked over to one of the Sheraton’s onsite restaurants, Feast.
So, one of the cardinal rules about traveling overseas is to NOT eat at buffets. Well, I forgot this rule and gorged myself at Feast buffet. They had all sorts of wonderful Asian dishes, Indian dishes, some European stuff, Sashimi, and Satay to choose from. I ate something that made me violently ill for the next 36 hours (I think it was either the prepared dishes in the chaffing dishes or perhaps the sashimi). But let me tell you about the delicious and somewhat life changing items I got to enjoy first:
These noodles were awesome. You filled up a bowl with what you wanted cooked (much like a Mongolian BBQ), and took them to the noodle cooking station. This chef then went to work adding sauces and deliciousness as he tossed the noodles in his hot oil wok. There was soy sauce, plum sauce, ketchup, fish sauce, some super thick and stringy black sweet soy type sauce I have no idea what was, salt, sugar, MSG (I think), and egg. Fantastic with my choice of beef, fish balls, cabbage, pea sprouts, cilantro, garlic chives, and Thai peppers.
Here’s my little dessert I chose. Super sweet watermelon, a tasty buttery little blueberry compote muffin, and the most amazing mango pudding (as the workers called it). This pudding was more of a custard and was very thick with strong flavors of egg and intense mango! I had two it was so good!!!!
So as good as the mango custard was, it didn’t even come close to this little devil in angel’s wings. I nearly pissed myself as this thick vibrantly green concoction landed on my tongue. This, my friends, is Honeydew Custard. Take everything good about honeydew, lose the crunchy watery melon and obnoxious rind experience out of it, and what you have is something angels must eat on a hot day. My goodness! Super intense honeydew flavor, and an awesome texture. I wish I could take this home with me.
After dinner, we headed off to the airport. Within 30 minutes after dinner I started feeling bad. Within 10 minutes from that point I started breaking out in sweats and shivering uncontrollably. Oh my gosh I thought I was going to dye. There was a doctor on our plane, also on vacation, that was concerned that maybe I was dying from something. I can’t recall being this violently ill. I shivered and made my way to the bathroom all night long. The shivering finally came to an end at dawn (thanks to my prescription anti virus poop pills), but the bathroom trips continued for 2 days. Ugh! Stay away from buffets!!!!!
The Bald Gourmet travels to food destinations throughout the world on the search for amazing culinary creations, like the wonderful treats found in Langkawi, Malaysia.