Veggie dining in Malaysia
I had been assured that eating vegetarian in Asia wouldn't be that difficult because of the large numbers of buddhists. Buddhists eat vegetarian, so I'd just have to find out where they were eating. Although I was able to find a couple of all-vegetarian restaurants, most of the food I ate was just vaguely vegetarian. Green beans with bacon bits for example. They were at every Chinese restaurant we went to. Even Thai restaurants were difficult. Here in the states, Thai is one of my fall backs. I can order almost everything with tofu or just extra veggies. Not in China. Everything has meat and tofu was almost unheard of in these restaurants. I did have to do a fair bit of eating around the meat. In the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, we went to a Charcoal Steamboat restaurant (I've heard it is called Hot Pot elsewhere, though the photos I find for hot pot don't look like the charcoal steamboat). This blog post shows the charcoal steamboat (might have even been in the same restaurant!) As you can see, you put all of the meat and veggies into the broth and let it cook (I'll say it's an asian version of fondue). I was able to eat the bok choy and other greens, eggs and noodles, but it had all cooked with the meat as well. Not something I would eat in the states or if there were other options available. This was pretty typical in terms of eating around the meat.
So here is a short recap of dining in Malaysia.
Next post, veggie dining in China!