7 Things that Game of Thrones has in Common with Malaysian Food

GoT’s winter is here, finally! The series that has made many of us waiting for almost a year to be on aired has showed us many surprising twists in the plot which make us both angry, frustrated and excited at the same time.

Just after four episodes, GoT fans are getting more and more intrigued to know what is going to happen next in the world of Westeros, white walkers, dragons and Azor Ahai.

 

We in Butterkicap decided to make your GoT viewing session more interesting with a list of Malaysian food that remind us of the GoT characters and memorable scenes throughout the seven seasons of GoT.

Let’s get our toy dragons, wear our GoT shirts and cue the GoT theme music.

 

1. Durian

Ah, the durian. Who does not love a good durian? However, to taste its glorified flavour requires you to get through its thorny shell first. Somehow, the durian reminds us of the golden Lannisters.

How? Well, their signature blond hair is as yellow as the flesh of the king of fruits. The iron throne, which the Lannisters desire to sit on, you know, the uncomfortable chair with the swords melded together, looks strikingly similar to the thorns on the shell of the fruit.

Besides, people either hate it or love it, just like the Lannisters because despite our pure hatred for Cersei, you cannot help yourself from liking Jamie a little bit.

 

2. Ais Batu Campur

Although in the series winter has arrived, winter is never here in Malaysia due to geographical reasons. In order to make yourself more in line with the plot of the ongoing season, why not enjoy a bowl of cooling ais batu campur or ABC to feel the icy cold winter in your mouth? After all, in this hot and dry weather, nothing says comfort more than ABC. Don’t believe us? Then, “you know nothing.”

 

3. Javanese Sambal

For lovers of spicy food, a good lunch consists of hot rice, a piece of fried chicken and of course, some fiery sambal Jawa or Javanese sambal that makes you sweat, cry and filled with happiness. Not everyone can eat spicy food and for those who can, you feel powerful because you can stand the heat.

Just like that, Daenerys Targaryen feel powerful for able to control the heat of her dragons. So, the next time you see your unlucky friends gasping for air when eating some spicy sambal, just say ‘Dracarys’.

 

4. Umai

Although the Dothrakis are savages, you just cannot help but love the unconventional romance that once bloomed between Daenerys and Khal Drogo, the sexy ex-Khal of the Dothrakis who died in vain. Of all the scenes shown about the Dothrakis, no one can ever forget the scene where Daenerys ate a raw horse’s heart to prove that the son in her womb is the stallion of the world.

Want to know how it feels like eating something raw without needing to retch afterwards, try eating some Umai, a traditional dish made of cured fish using lime and chillies. Umai is not only delicious but makes you feel like a stallion (or a mare) for being brave enough to eat it.

 

5. Kuih Talam

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Kuih Talam is a type of kuih or traditional Malay tea-time delicacy that is made up of two layers; a layer of santan and another layer of rich kaya or pandan. Even though it is one delicious kuih, Malays usually use it as an idiom to call someone “two-face” or a hypocrite. Well, in GoT, there are a lot of kuih Talams in it and the most famous of the Talams are Varys and the hated Littlefinger.

For those who have follow GoT religiously, you will know that these two characters are the reason the whole story of GoT happens in the first place (We do not know whether to thank or kill them). So, if you have a Varys or a Littlefinger in your life, do not waste your breathe calling off their bluff, gift them a piece of kuih Talam and whisper, “The North never forgets”.

 

6. Daging Bakar

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In Perlis, the most popular delicacy there is daging bakar or grilled beef. The beef is so sweet and fatty that one piece will just melt in your mouth like butter. In GoT, gory scenes are a must and if you watched the recent episode of GoT (psst… it’s the fourth one), you will know why eating some daging bakar is so apt. Wait, you missed it?! Go, go watch it now!

 

7. Cili Padi

 

When people look at a cili padi, no one actually expects something so small to cause fire on your tongue. That is why, the Malays have a saying, “kecil-kecil cili padi”. This saying actually means not to judge someone based on their size or appearance. Just like it, Daenerys Targayen is like a cili padi too.

She was an underrated character before, until her dragons hatched. After, that she is THE mother of dragons and no one messes around with the mother without getting away with a burn.

 

Seeing GoT in a different light now, don’t we? Tell us if you feel there should be a Malaysian version of GoT and if so, will it be a food game or something more sinister? Share your thoughts on this in a comment below and remember, Winter is coming….

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Azrene Jasmine
Azrene Jasmine

Azrene Jasmine is a Penangite with a stomach of gold. Though currently she is in a love/hate relationship with the weighing scale, Azrene truly believes that every woman should choose a hunk of juicy steak over a bowl of salad on the first date because steaks are awesome and what man can resist a woman with a healthy appetite?

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