I've got about 2.5 weeks in December that I'm going to spend in Malaysia and Indonesia. My goal as a tourist is simple and always the same: to eat and drink like a local on the mom-and-pop side of the socio-economic spectrum. So it's all about non-tourist restaurants, street food and open-air markets.
In Malaysia, it seems the cities I should explore are Penang and KL. In Indonesia, Jakarta seems obvious, but the rest of the country is much more opaque to me owing to its incredible size and diversity. I would be very grateful for suggestions inside Penang, KL and Jakarta, and also for advice choosing one more destination in Indonesia to maximize my exposure to the food.
My time isn't long, unfortunately, so I'm leaning toward synoptic experiences like Jakarta -- where I assume I can find divergent foods, such as Batak, Manado, Javanese, etc., relatively close to one another -- rather than regions with more narrow cultures and tougher logistics. Finally, I'm happy to be disabused of any of the assumptions in the lines above, and welcome any advice at all.
Thank you for taking the time.
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