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Supermarket and Dinner

By on February 11, 2013 in Malaysia

Today I learnt two things about shopping in supermarkets:

  1. You are not allowed in with a rucksack.
  2. Don’t go shopping at 5 pm – the place was heaving!

One minor success (almost) is I tracked down some grapefruit juice – unfortunately it is pink.

Dinner was at Killiney (next door to the supermarket) where I had the Nasi Lemak (a local Malaysia dish of rice cooked in coconut milk, served with peanuts, small dried fish, a hard-boiled egg, and served with Sambal (a paste made from chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, and vinegar)) with Chicken Curry and a Otak-otak, which is a spicy fish paste wrapped in a banana leaf, and then grilled.

Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken

Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken

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  1. When you were ordering the otak-otak, did you know what "otak" translates to in english, Dr Morris?
    🙂

  2. Nick says:

    No, I had no idea. But I do now thank to Google Translate (http://translate.google.com/#ms/en/otak-otak). It appears that otak-otak means brains in Indonesian? Is that correct, or is Google Translate getting confused?

  3. Hahaha. Yup, "otak" means "brain". Malaysia, Indonesia & Brunei shares a lot of vocabularies & some grammatical rule as well. So, when a word is repeated with a dash in between, it means a plural. So, "otak-otak" supposed to be "brains". But in this case, since it is a name of a food, it doesn't really show plurality.

    So, did you enjoy that "otak-otak"? If you do, then you might understand why zombies go "brains~ brains~", hahaha. 😀

    Though I still don't know why they gave such a name to a food. They looked like brains, maybe?

    • Nick says:

      Yes, I did enjoy the otak-otak…

      In the UK we say that eating fish is good for the brain – that is it makes you smart! Maybe eating otak-otak make you smart?

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