Jungle Trekking in Taman Negara

A peaceful stretch on a very splashy ride!

So the day had come, the day I got to go out in the jungle. Since I did it 10 years ago in Sumatra this had been something I wanted to do again. It was one of these things that I didn’t actively long for during my long absence from Asia, but once the plans for the trip started to crystalize I immediately knew I wanted to do it. We started off by going to the travel agent where we had booked our trek to meet our guide and get our things packed. As you might have guessed we had to bring everything we were going to drink and eat with us. … Read More

Jungle Trekking as a vegetarian/vegan in Taman Negara

You have probably already read Joel’s post about our trekking adventure in Kuala Tahan (if not, do it. DO IT NOW). I enjoyed our trip very much but felt a little bit ill-prepared when it comes to food and thought, I could provide others with some information who want to go on a one- or two-night trek and prefer a plant-based diet or have any other dietary restrictions.

We only did the two-days-one-night trekking tour. Of course, you will also eat there and your guide will prepare your food but don’t worry, you will get a chance to help. Before leaving Kuala Tahan, we spoke to the organizers of the … Read More

The “Dietary-Preferences​”​ Component in Malaysia

I’ve been looking forward to Malaysia and Malaysian food. Malaysian food consists of three major cuisines: Malay, Indian and Chinese. I have chosen to structure this post differently compared to the other two about Cambodia and Vietnam. Instead of speaking about food in general I want to look at the three major cuisines one by one and will provide some information about restaurants and their location.

Malay food is not known to be overly vegetarian-friendly but I managed to find some tofu casseroles at a few Nasi Kandar places; buffet-like restaurants with pre-cooked meals. One example is the Waterfall café just outside of the botanical garden … Read More

The “Dietary-Preferences​”​ Component in Vietnam

Bun Rieu Chay – vegetarian soup with a sweeter tomato base and vermicelli rice noodles

Vietnam is world-wide known for its delicious and fresh food. The signature dish of the country is Pho, to which Joel already has dedicated an extensive post. A soup being the most famous dish of a country says a lot about the overall healthiness of the cuisine. Of course, western influences have resulted in sugary foods and drinks making their way onto the market but overall, you won’t find massive amounts of sugar in your daily food. But what about fish sauce and animal products? Is it hard to find good food to eat if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet?

In general I … Read More

Food in KL

So I said I would write a post about the food in KL so here we go. Because the food was really good. And I mean really good. From all the places we’ve been so far, KL might be the very best. That’s really saying something considering where we’ve been. I think KL is probably the place (excluding western fast food chains, which exist practically in every big Asian city, unfortunately) that you will have to work hardest to find a really bad meal. You can get really good food in Saigon for example, but there are some pretty sloppy restaurants catering to tourists there as well which are pretty plentiful in some places. Of course, these kinds of places … Read More

Student tour

Our guides Kai and Suri

One thing that is very common in Vietnam is free guided tours in the cities with locals. The basic premise is that various different organisations arrange free tours with individuals that are either training their language skills or to work within the tourism industry, and us tourists get a free tour with knowledgeable locals. At least that’s the theory, but you really should provide a small sum for their time and expenses (such as the scooter they drive you around on) and expenses such as entrances to sights and so on. As far as I’ve seen this is quite common in most bigger Vietnamese cities and tourist destinations. We decided to try this out quite … Read More

Vietnamese Coffe Part 4: Matcha Madness

INDULGENCE

We have finally made it to the 4th and last post about drinks in Vietnam and the main hero is matcha. Matcha originates from Japan is one of the most popular and important green teas there. Due to its taste and health benefits it has gained enormous popularity world wide and can be found in cakes, candy, drinks and what have you.

There are two different kinds of matcha: ceremonial matcha and food matcha. The second one is the one used in creations such as matcha latte, matcha ice cream or matcha soft cheese. The ceremonial matcha is extremely expensive. It is made from the most tender green tea leaves and is brighter in color. Flavourwise it is sweeter … Read More

Hanoi

Our next stop after Ninh Binh was Hanoi, our last stop in Vietnam. Originally I had wanted to go further north and west past the more touristy trekking mecca Sapa into the lesser known (by tourists) parts of rural Vietnam. But that was not to be on this trip, we simply did not have that much time and thought it best to stick to places along our planned South-North route between Saigon and Hanoi. More for the next time I visit I guess? I find myself saying that a lot lately actually. This travelling thing is pretty nice, I wonder why I waited almost ten years since last time? Anyway, enough about that and let’s talk about Hanoi. Unlike Saigon, … Read More

Vietnamese Coffee Part 3: Egg Coffee and Co

Did you say eggs? Yes. Did you say coffee? Yes! Did you say EGG COFFEE? Hell yeah!

There are two types of coffee creations that are being mentioned in various blogs and articles about coffee in Vietnam online: the Hanoian speciality (and original) egg coffee and coconut coffee. It is being said that the streets of Saigon are paved with cafes (true) and that coffee culture really has taken off during the last couple of years. I have read several times that coffee creations are wilder and cheaper in Vietnam’s southern major city. One thing I can assure you is that coffee is indeed cheaper in the south but I wouldn’t go as far as claiming that the creations are … Read More