Hi, everyone! I'm sure many of you have spent some time away from home, in places where you couldn't get snacks, sauces, jams, and other such-like things that are available in any market or corner store back home.
I'll start off this discussion by saying that I used to live in Malaysia, and I miss a lot of foodstuffs I used to get there. Some of them just can't travel, like young cashew leaves, and then there's also tapai (sweet fermented tapioca root or rice cakes), which is seasonal, but quite a number are things you can buy in many supermarkets over there, year-round, but can't get easily even in a big American city like New York. Here are just three that come to mind:
Good satay sauce
Kaya (coconut custard jam, and I do know of one or two restaurants that sell them here, but it certainly isn't widely available in stores)
Malaysian-style smoky palm sugar (manisan)
What about you?