My husband and I are taking a two week long SE Asian vacation and EATING is my number one agenda item! I guess we'll see some sights too.
My husband is adventurous and willing to go anywhere with me as long as there is SOMETHING he can eat. He is a lifelong 'pescatarian' which means he eats some seafood. All fish, clams, mussels, shrimp is fine. But he won't eat squid, lobster, crab, or octopus. Definitely no poultry, pig, or beef.
I have spent lots of time scouring over the boards on all the places we are visiting and definitely going to have a hard time narrowing down the choices. I would love suggestions. I don't want to miss out on great food just because of my husband's eating habits.
We would prefer to stick with cheaper places and hawker food. (Like less then $15 US per person per meal) We also don't mind paying more for more modern clean places. A good mix is what we are going for. But we don't really like the old establishment places that have been around for 80 years and haven't updated a thing.
Here's the itinerary:
HK for one day (crazy long layover) staying at: Ramada Hotel in Kowloon. I really want to eat dim sum but am afraid of the options for my husband. I also would prefer somewhere that has a menu in English available. I only speak conversational Mandarin but I know that won't do me any good in Cantonese places.
Penang: At Flamingo for 5 nights. Not too worried about here since we have plenty of time to explore and am taking a food tour the first day and a cooking class the 2nd day.
KL: Staying in the bukit pintang area. We are planning on seeing the batu caves and fireflies. We also will want to see the Petronas towers. Any lunch or dinner suggestion in route to these locations would be helpful.
Singapore: Moon Hotel for 2 nights and MBS for one night (we just had to check out the pool). The chicken rice at maxwell shopping center is on my list. I'd like to eat chili crab or black pepper crab but definitely need to make sure there is something for the husband to eat at the same hawker centers. We also want to try a banana leaf style eating.
I'm from the SF Bay Area if that makes any difference. Malay food is very hard to come by here and would love to try new things. I don't want to eat Japanese, Mexican, Italian, French, European etc. anything. I don't mind fusion though! I want to stick with local flavors and cuisines.
We probably won't travel back these places for at least 10 years or so we have to make the most of it!
We will be relying on public transit exclusively so nothing that is too far of a walk. Air conditioning does not matter. I am trying to follow the rules of the board when asking for help, hopefully I have covered all my bases.
Thank you all for your help in advance!
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