taste of malaysia

Adventure on the Go

A road trip across Malaysia can also be a culinary adventure, as Martin finds out on today's show. Along Malaysia's highways and byways are a wide variety of snack stands and countless roadside cafes and eateries, serving food that the average westerners have never seen or tasted. Coconut shakes, Malaysian famous cendol, piping hot samosas and flavorful shrimp chips, Martin snacks his way across Malaysia.

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The Many Faces of Malacca

Martin explores the many cultural layers of historical Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage City, embarking on a river cruise to retrace the voyages of early Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch and English settlers. On shore he admires their houses of worship: temples, churches and mosques, all located on the world famous "Harmony Street." For his edible adventures Martin explores Jonker Street, a culinary hot bed of Chinese, Portuguese and Malay delicacies.

  • 2020-06-07T04:00:00-07:00

Peranakan Perfection

Malaysia's Peranakan culture is the main focus for Martin's continual exploration of Malacca. For a brief history lesson Martin stops by the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, and several traditional arts and crafts shops on Jonker Street to admire the intricate details of classical Peranakan designs and visits with local families whose lifestyle exemplifies the Peranakan culture past and present.

  • 2020-06-14T04:00:00-07:00


A two-hour ferry ride from the mainland of Malaysia is the 99-island chain of Langkawi. Martin explores this vacation paradise and its many sporting activities. Along the way he finds a true 'hole in the wall' - a culinary hideaway where the seafood is always fresh and jumping. For a taste of the high life, Martin visits the world famous Datai Langkawi resort. For contrast, he samples every day dishes in a pavilion above a rice paddy.

  • 2020-06-16T03:00:00-07:00

Cultural Mosaic

Kuala Lumpur is a dynamic modern Asian capital with a rich food history. In this episode Martin explores the capital tracing its food history back to its humble kampung (village) origin. Along this fascinating journey he also explores Chinese and Indian influences in Malaysian cuisine, showcasing classical dishes such as Nasi lemak, Bak kut the and Mie goreng.

  • 2020-06-21T04:00:00-07:00

Cradle of Malaysia

Martin is charmed by the graceful essence of Kelantan on this episode. He starts the day by visiting the colorful Siti Khadijah market, where he spends as much time shopping as he does tasting the offerings in the food court. Later he admires the craft of the master kitemaker, songket weavers and batik painters. At night he visits the famous shadow puppetry theater in the area.

  • 2020-06-23T03:00:00-07:00

Loyal Friends In Setiawan

Many of today's "who's who" in Malaysia grew up in small, humble towns such as Sitiawan. Martin spends a day with a network of old friends in their hometown, visiting with a local baker and a noodle maker discussing their strong community spirit, then Martin gets an invite to the famous fish head banquet.

  • 2020-06-28T04:00:00-07:00
  • 2020-06-30T16:00:00-07:00

East Coast Essence

Pristine white beaches and spectacular mosques greet Martin as he wanders the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. He trades in his kitchen cleaver for scuba gear and gets up close and in person with beautiful coral reefs. For a taste of history and the common life he samples the popular egg and toast breakfast at the famous Tai Peng Canteen, where Mr. Wong the original owner who emigrated from Hainan Island to open the cafe back in 1941, is still living above the shop.

  • 2020-06-30T03:00:00-07:00