Check this out. Gordon Ramsay in Malaysia on Vimeo. Pretty good video and rather funny. Naturally as a Malaysian, I MUST comment on my...disagreement with some things and add a few details to fill you in. Click on the link below to watch the clip. Because it's not on YouTube I can't show a preview here.
Gordon Ramsay in Malaysia from Joseph Teo on Vimeo.
Why he didn't spend more time in Penang I don't know. He didn't even go to Malacca for the Nyonya food. Anyway, what Gordon said is true. You can't pin point and put it down to one thing that makes it Malaysian cuisine. It is a big melting pot of everything which makes it a never ending culinary journey. I am a bit disappointed in a couple of things though. The Indian food part would have been better if he had gone to mamak stalls for Roti Canai, all sorts of curries etc. And how can he not try "Teh tarik" (pulled tea). Come on, videoing the guy making it is fascinating in itself.
My recommendation for vegetarian food is to try the Chinese vegetarian food. It's so amazing you won't even know it's vegetarian. Lastly, bird's nest is expensive and valuable mostly for it's perceived nutritional value. Also, the Chinese make a better bird's nest broiled dessert. It isn't merely sugar and water so there was a bit of a mis-representation there. Shame. All in all a good clip to watch. I believe he had limited time. The next stop is no doubt Singapore. Can't wait to see what they stole from us and claim to be Singaporean. Ha!