“This place is famous for its mango ice Crush,” our resident foodie tour guide in Kuala Lumpur told us. We had just been lost in the jungle of Sumatra without any food or water for three days, quickly recovered, and flew away from Sumatra as soon was we could. We went to Kuala Lumpur and were greeted by the best Couchsurfing host we could have ever had under the circumstances: Meng Zhen. A recently graduated psychologist who knew everything about the Kuala Lumpur dining scene. He brought us to a separate restaurant for pretty much every course we had. Appetizer in restaurant one, snack at restaurant number two, entrees in restaurant number three, main course in restaurant number four, and last but not least, a great dessert in restaurant number five. This place was very popular with the locals and, even though it was late at night, we had to wait for a table.
While in Jakarta we Couchsurfed at Rio and Diana’s, a very nice couple we had already met through Couchsurfing in Amsterdam. They lived in a lively neighborhood. Every morning and evening street venders would mobilize their merchandise and walk/bike/drive through the narrow streets of this neighborhood, selling their products to the residents. The range of products was diverse. Pastries, chicken porridge, newspapers, vegetables, plastic household articles, garden plants, fruits, sate, gado gado, nasi goreng, pretty much anything you could ever need to get through the day.