Culinary Adventures
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Trying new food properly 2

Don’t judge a new food until you have tried it properly.

I have commented on others judging a new food from just one encounter but I didn’t realise that I am guilty of it too.

I tried Nasi Lemak for the first time in Sandakan, which is in the northern part of Borneo in Malaysia.

I didn’t like it and I made my mind up. Dish eaten and dismissed. But I have to add, I tried it at an airport. Airport food has never been a good measure of a dish. So today, in Auckland, at a reputable local Malaysian restaurant, I tried it again. I liked it.

Moral of the story, don’t judge a new food until you have tried it properly. At least once. Made by professionals.

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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


  1. You are so right, airport food is definitely not the place to try something for the first time! But I take my hat off that you persevered and tried again. Have you stopped by my blog? I’ve got my first giveaway…hope you drop by. Bring someone new by as well and leave a comment and increase your chance by one additional entry!

  2. Sometimes to like something, you have to try it more than once. Olives were an acquired taste for me, and I am still learning to enjoy blue cheese. I guess you are talking about dishes rather than raw ingredients, but I think the same applies too.

    • Bunny Eats Design says

      I’m still learning to enjoy blue cheese. I’m not there yet, but I think with more tastings, I’ve learned to brace myself and it’s no longer gag inducing.

      There are lots of raw ingredients that just shouldn’t be eaten on their own. How I feel about goats cheese, is probably how some people feel about fish sauce. Gross on it’s own, but can be great when cooked into the right dish to add flavour.

  3. So true. Sometimes you just have to eat it right to love it. Although, when I was in Turkey I tried that famous hangover soup made out of tripe.

    I’m not sure if there was any way to try that one properly (and I like tripe)!

      • Oh gosh, you’re right: I wasn’t hungover! But it was lukewarm and smelled like vomit. I have to admit that I ordered it and got the spoon about an inch from my mouth before my my body instinctually rejected it.

        Even if I had been hungover, I think that it would have been terrible!

        • Bunny Eats Design says

          Ewww, it sounds pretty gross. I can’t imagine having to eat lukewarm vomit while naeseous. I think that would put me over the edge.

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