Saturday, December 13, 2008

Best food, ever

This morning I came to terms with the rather shameful fact that other than bubble tea, I haven't actually consumed any malaysian food since I arrived two days ago.

The problem, of course, is that 99% of the food sold by street hawkers seems to contain dead things, which I prefer to avoid. So, how to try malay food, yet avoid flesh?

The answer: The Blue Boy Vegetarian Food Center, a tiny food court in the basement of a nondescript apartmment building. It was all buddhist-friendly, 100% vegetarian chinese/malay food. And oh my goodness, it was out of this world orgasmic.

The highlights: I had a spicy noodle soup that contained about 6 different kinds of fake meat -- gluten, tofu and some other random fake things. It was fantatic.

After that, I had some kind of fried daikon dish. It looked like fried tofu, but the inside was creamy, and melted on my tongue. Mmm.

The total price of my 4 course meal: $3 USD.

Needless to say, I'll be going back tomorrow, for lunch and dinner.

After I was done with that, I accidentally stumbled across the largest computer shopping mall in the country -- 6 floors of independent computer stores, all selling gear. I picked up a 7.2Mbps broadband cellular GSM modem that connects to my laptop via USB, for approx $100USD. For another $3, I picked up a 3.5G SIM card, which I plugged into my new modem, and can surf the web anywhere in the country for approx $1.5USD per 24 hours. No contract, no locked hardware, no hassles.

The person who sold it to me asked to see my passport, and typed my name and passport number into an application running on her laptop. While she didn't get all the details right (only typing in my first name), she got enough right that it would be pretty easy for the authorities to locate me if I did anything fishy with my data connection.

Anyway -- no more cyber-cafes for me, if this thing works out OK. Much cheaper, and I can hang out in coffee shops instead of smoky internet cafes full of sketchy married guys looking at hard-core porn on the computers next to me.

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