2 (Wed) December 2015
with meeting participants, staff and temporary advisors
Mission to Malaysia, Day 4 (see previously 6.330 Assorted Fruits Skewer).
In Kuala Lumpur. Here to facilitate a regional workshop on restricting the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children, Tuesday to Friday. Arrived Sunday evening. Flying back Saturday.
When our counterparts at the Ministry of Health had proposed to host a dinner on the second day, we graciously accepted the generous offer, though personally I was disappointed that the venue would be a buffet, given my general aversion to buffets, no reason to expect that Rebung would be anything but a typical one. Secretly, I planned to eat light then slip out afterwards for some “real” local eats.
Won’t dare to try describing the mind-blowing array of foods on offer. Too immersed in the experience to remember, much less document, any details — as it should always be, I suppose, though the “occupational hazard” of this blog regrettably compels me to adopt a clinical perspective in most cases. The photos, though they fall way short of doing full justice to the individual items or to the spread as a whole — didn’t take shots of everything, and I’ve chosen not to post all the shots that I did take — will have to speak for themselves.
Amazing meal. Not only because the food was thoroughly local, but more important because everything was good. Perhaps the best buffet meal that I’ve ever experienced. Certainly the most memorable and meaningful meal that I’ve had as part of an official mission.
The nasi lemak was excellent. Perfect blend of sharply fishy and sweetly spicy and delicately fragrant, slightly bittersweet, crunchy and crispy and squishy. Representing the Chef Ismail’s masterful execution of the extreme-yet-balanced flavor juxtaposition that characterizes Malaysian cuisine.