There is a first for everything and I tell you, some firsts can be very overwhelming. As was my first time to order a meal in a busy street food market in Kuala Lumpur.
I went to Kuala Lumpur on my visa run from the Philippines and the hotel was right around the corner of the world famous Jalan Alor food street and night market in the centre of Bukit Bintang.
All the colours, the smells the impression and the people eating was overwhelming.
And once you made contact with a vendor holding a menu it is hard to move on to the next one, They are very persistent. So the first place we sat down, offered nothing but fish, and my son whom I travelled with, does not like fish or seafood. And to be honest: we had seen better displays.
So we kind of sneaked out from under the overseeing eye of the waitress watching her customers like a hen her chicks
We roamed the street some more, not sure what we wanted. Just eat finger food like the scrumptious looking satay and siomai or order lots and lots of barbecue food and veggies.
After we lived in the Philippines for so long we kind of became accustomed to the lack of availability of plenty. The limited assorted veggies and the street food in the Philippines is nothing compared to what we saw in Jalan Ator or the Chinese quarters in Kuala Lumpur. Abundance is a word that comes to mind when you see the endless choices and fresh good quality products on display.
It was overwhelming, we had a food culture shock seeing all that delicious colourful food
We finally made our choice and had a wonderful meal but as you watch the video you can see how bewildered we were in ordering and adjusting.
Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher and iPhone photographer. Writer and owner of two websites
Currently, she lives in Mexico.
She is an emigration coach and works online.