|Muar, Johor, Malaysia|
|Streets of Muar|
|Tom yum fish, from an outdoor Thai seafood restaurant in Muar|
|Black pepper mud crabs|
As seems to be customary, we headed out for supper after dinner; scarily not long after the last of the crabs. The hawker shops were busy with loads of late dining customers, as well as pacing - though not quite approaching - stray dogs.
|Watermelon juice - large|
|Otak otak stall|
|Otak otak on the grill|
|Pile of fish otak otak|
|Fish otak otak|
I found the flavours a lot more subtle than expected, which was actually appropriate post the big dinner we’d had. There’s a hint of char flavour infused into each, which along with sweet and smooth fish and a handful of spices, made for quite the beer and chat snack, albeit a small one.
I preferred the (slightly more expensive) prawn otak otak for its richer flavour and slightly lumpy-with-prawns texture. The end result is like any fresh seafood – a pile of discards (banana leaves) that are rolled up into newspaper and tossed out.
|Streets in city centre, Muar|
|The roti chef at Sri Kaveri, Jalan Abdullah, Muar|
|The puri chef|
|Roti telur bawang|
The roti tisu was the roti maker’s work of art – an impossible construction of paper-thin dough cooked with ghee and sugar until crisp, and holding its form when immediately rolled into a cone shape.
|Colourful streets of Muar city centre|
|Noodle chef at Yong Kuang Restaurant, Muar|
Cooked egg noodles served dry on a plate, topped with Chinese barbeque pork and served alongside a small bowl of broth with a couple of floating pork wontons – nothing really new, but still an unfamiliar combination.
|Sui gao - pork dumpling|
|BBQ pork and noodles of wonton mee|
With that, scoffing down our lunch signalled the end of our whirlwind trip to Muar, as we hurried to make the bus back to Kuala Lumpur for new year's eve.
More Asia tripping posts to come, including more Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.