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Tioman Island Best of Malaysia


That is very difficult when I have just come back from paradise. Clearly, this has an impact on the food experience too. Check out the photo header of the hotel resort we stayed in – goodness me!!!

Toes in the sand, warm sea breezes, no humidity, cocktails in hand, kids happy, mellow tunes wafting – come on, it could have been the worst meal ever and I’d probably rave about it. But I can honestly say the food here in Malaysia was incredible and I wanted to share some highlights with you.

Before we even got to Tioman Island, we ate. We had to. Our ferry departure was delayed by approximately 3 hours. I bet if you go to Tioman Island you WILL be eating here. Because that MERSING FERRY TERMINAL is backward, to say the least.

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
Smile and wave, smile and wave – at the worst ferry booking system EVER + PS Did I mention this is a ‘dry’ bar…

A couple of recommendations therefore from this ‘dry’ restaurant – yep very traditional Muslim.

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
Fried Rice, comes with free chilled toilet paper, Mary’s Kampung Fried Rice, comes with free chilled toilet paper

Phew, this bugger was spicy! Described as such so why the surprised look on Mary’s face I don’t know haha! Basically, fried rice, with chilli padi, Spring onion, and anchovies. Even I liked this. Served with curried, skewered and BBQ‘d squid and prawn, prawn crackers, salad, and egg on top of the rice. Looks nice. Not my cup of tea, but very good according to Mary.

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
Ollie’s Char Kuay Teow – Malay style.

Ollie had Char Kuay Teow Malays style, but apparently very similar to the Singaporean style, smoky in flavor, cooked in lard so fatty flavored. Real delicious. Ollie loved it. A slight difference from Singaporeans with no cockles but with squid and prawns instead.

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
Jemput Jemput. Ever heard of it? Nope me neither.

I liked the sound of this. I have never heard of it and therefore ever have experienced it. It was fantastic. One thing missing – an icy cold beer – boy did this need it. Malay fritters of flour, onion, spring onion, chilli, and anchovies with local homemade chilli dipping sauce. Damn yes!!!

TIOMAN ISLAND – TUNAMAYA; Off to the island now, and the restaurant in the hotel. I liked this a lot!

Just needs a dwarf on the end of the pier with some bloke in a white suit: "Boss the boat..."
Just needs a dwarf on the end of the pier with some bloke in a white suit: “Boss the boat…”

Yep, we were eating here for 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
Oxtail Assam Pedas

Excuse the pun, but, HOLY COW! This dish was just spanking. Spicy but not too spicy, loads and loads of flavour, bone marrow undertones in the flavour, slow cooked so the meat fell apart, the tendon melt in the mouth like butter.

If you go to this hotel ask Chef Nathan for this. I am awaiting his recipe and will then have a go at cooking it and will share. This is a keeper for sure – bloody delicious dish we all tried to order again on the last night but they had sold out.

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
Stinky fermented tofu – Andrew Zimmerman Bizarre Foods or what!!!

I don’t know if you have seen Mr. Zimmerman’s program “Bizarre Foods”? He travels across the world eating weird foods. He has tried this. This is quite ‘unique’ it has to be said. He did not like this.

It is basically fermented tofu, or I suppose you could call it rotten tofu. Smells similar to the latter. It’s like a buttery consistency, coated in chili and then when you eat it BOOM you get hit with this ammonia taste. WOW. It knocks your taste buds out of the park.

It is crazy. A really strong flavour. On its own potentially too strong, although I do love it alone. I mixed some with some porridge rice for Mary and it toned it down a tad and it was delicious. It really was. Go on try it.

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
century egg – interesting! Looks like a bad camping holiday toilet experience… Mary’s porridge with stinky tofu and century egg – interesting! Looks like a bad camping holiday toilet experience…

Here is Mary’s porridge and stinky tofu, along with century eggs – go for it, hun. Yep, these are eggs, the black things. Very Asian in style. Yep even the eggs are ‘preserved’ for her dish above. Black gelatinous what was egg yolk. Yucks. Glad someone enjoys it.

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
Ollie’s delicious breakfast noodles courtesy of moi

Simple soup broth which I found in a bowl simmering. Add some rice noodles, some shredded chicken, and Chinese cabbage, sprinkle with some chopped chili, a drizzle of soy, some chopped Spring onions, and some fried shallots – bingo, breakfast noodles Asian style.

What did I have…?

Tioman Island Malaysia Delicious Food Review
brekkie – Asian stylee. Not too bad at all… ” width=”720″ height=”480″ /> My brekkie – Asian style. Not too bad at all…

Simples. I stole some Nonya Chicken Curry sauce as a soup base, added rice noodles, and sprinkled it with fried shallots. My brekkie – delicious.

Tioman Island: A Beach Lover’s Utopia

Off the east shore of Malaysia’s peninsula is Tioman Island, a stunning and tranquil tropical island. For beach fans, nature lovers, and adventure seekers, it is well known for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and lush rainforests. The island is a part of Malaysia’s Pahang province and is situated in the South China Sea. It is not difficult to understand why it is a well-liked tourist destination for people from all over the globe.

Tioman Isle is not difficult to reach. Travelers can fly into Singapore Changi Airport or Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and then board a ferry to the island. The two-hour ferry ride is a scenic excursion in and of itself. You will be welcomed by breathtaking views of the island’s crystal-clear waters, which are home to a wide variety of marine life, as soon as you reach there.

Diving is one of the most well-liked pastimes on Tioman Island. Reef sharks, turtles, and vibrant tropical fish are among the marine species that call the island’s waterways home. Visitors can hire snorkeling equipment and explore the nearby shallow waters, or they can enroll in one of the many diving classes that the island’s dive operators offer.

Tioman Island provides a variety of activities for people who would rather stay on dry land. Trekking through the island’s lush jungles will allow visitors to see a variety of animals, such as monkeys, lizards, and exotic birds. A number of cascades on the island are also worth visiting.

The beautiful beaches on Tioman Island each have their distinct appeal. Unquestionably, Juara Beach, a lengthy stretch of white sand and pristine waters, is the most well-liked shoreline.

Other notable beaches include Monkey Bay, is home to a colony of macaque monkeys, and Salang Beach, renowned for its exceptional snorkeling and diving.

Tioman Island is known for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. On the island, there are several traditional Malay villages that visitors can tour to learn more about the culture and sample some of the local cuisine.

Numerous Chinese and Hindu temples can also be found on the island, which contributes to its multicultural history.

Tioman Island is a haven in the tropics with something to offer everyone. Tioman Island is the ideal location whether you’re seeking excitement, relaxation, or simply an escape from the bustle of city life. Why not plan your trip immediately and discover this beautiful island for yourself?

Malaysia Travel


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