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Published: Saturday January 25, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday January 25, 2014 MYT 7:58:23 AM

Nothing beats Malaysian food

Hunter showing his paraglider, his latest hobby

Hunter showing his paraglider, his latest hobby

SOUTH African Dr Samuel Hunter ranks Malaysia’s food the best among the 99 countries he has visited.

The 33-year-old chiropractor who has been living in Malaysia for three years with his Australian wife Julie Hunter, 28, said he is especially fond of the late-night mamak scene.

“I’ve never been to a country quite like Malaysia, a melting pot of cultures with all races interacting freely with each other.

“It’s really amazing that even at 2am, mamak stalls are still full, especially when there is a live football match telecast.

“I love the Indian food here, especially the tandoori chicken and briyani rice. Some of the dishes here, in my opinion, taste better than in India,” he said.

Hunter’s story of how he became a chiropractor and managed to go to 99 countries is nothing short of amazing.

“It was the case of being at the right place at the right time. Straight out of college, I managed to find a job with Sir Richard Branson at his wellness centre in South Africa.

“There I treated friends of Branson, including Hollywood stars.

This led to Hunter becoming a chiropractor on board the Queen Mary 2 luxury cruise ship.

It was during this time as well that Hunter met his wife Julie.

During his six years on board the ship, Hunter visited 88 countries and treated a lot of famous people including from the British royal family, actress Uma Thurman, comedian John Cleese and musician Lenny Kravitz.

“A former colleague offered me a director’s post in a clinic in Ampang in 2010,” he said, adding that since being here he had visited 11 more countries, though surprisingly not many in the Southeast Asian region.

When he first came here, Hunter found driving in Kuala Lumpur scary.

He loves the outdoors and living in Ampang allows him the opportunity to take a short drive to many beautiful spots at the edge of Kuala Lumpur.

“My wife and I also share a passion for diving and there are many diving spots here,” he added.

Hunter also shared his latest passion after learning to fly a paraglider.

“I thought I would have to go to Australia to learn paragliding but I managed to find someone to teach me here in Pulau Indah, Selangor,” he said.

Highlighting a funny food-related moment in Malaysia, he said, “I wanted to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. My friend recommended a place to eat in Ampang that serves amazing steak and Western food.

“I thought it was a fancy restaurant but it was actually a medan selera. We were so embarrassed about sitting in the place in all our finery.

“Thankfully, the food redeemed the night as it was one of the best steaks we have eaten and my wife forgave me,” he laughed.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Community, Central Region, People, Food, Asian Cuisine, Travel, Expat@Home

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