Superfood Coconut Oats – Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of this. That’s what jet lag does to a person… I thought I took a picture, but I didn’t. I guess you’re going to have to take my word for it.
So this is not a traditional Malaysian recipe (sorry). But, it’s a dessert, and it’s healthy. And here in Brickfields (Little India) in Malaysia, the ingredients are more than likely accessible from anywhere. Stay tuned for a Grocery Haul post on where you can find some good ingredients (or, at least, where I found my good ingredients).
Jet Lag is a real thing, and it sucks. I struggled through the day though, and here I am… 7:30 at night, I’ve been up since 5AM, and I haven’t taken a nap yet. I’m doing well. But before you feel sorry for me that I only slept till 5AM… In my defense, I got 12 full, good hours of sleep, since I went to sleep around 5PM the day before. I’d just gotten out of the shower, I didn’t even care that my hair was wet (or that I hadn’t eaten dinner). And then, in the morning, I had a nice stew that my dad made for us all at 8AM (was that breakfast or lunch? My mom and I discussed this problem today when we went out looking for stuff in Kuala Lumpur today… needless to say, we ate again at 2PM).
But anyways… travel and food for the health-conscious traveller can be a problem. Admittedly, sometimes I look around me at the people that feel comfortable setting out to find restaurants and street food upon arriving in a foreign country, and I feel irritated. There’s a tiny part of me that wishes I could go do that… it seems so simple. But, then I remember that there’s a phenomenon called “Traveller’s Diarrhea” and that… well, let’s just say I’ve never had it. I can’t say I’ve never been sick in a foreign country, but it was different. Not the legendary Traveller’s Diarrhea.
In an upcoming post I’ll share some of the basic things you need to know to survive your first few days in a foreign country without too much thought. There’s a strategy and a system (and a science and an art) to food finding and making when you’re jet-lagged and disoriented. Practice makes perfect! (No, really… you get better at it).
But without further ado, check out this simple, affordable, and flavorful snack/dessert that I made on my second night in Kuala Lumpur (I was asleep the first night):
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 1 tsp stevia
- 3/4 - 1 cup oats
- 6tsp coconut oil
- 1 handful black sesame seeds
- 1 small handful dried cherries/raisins
- 1 handful pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice
- 1 tsp Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
P.S. I wanna make traditional Malaysian foods too… just sayin’. But after I feel like 7PM is 7PM and not 7AM.
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