Friday, May 3, 2013

Freakishly Excited about Wendy's

Oh how we've miss you, Wendy's.

If we were living in America, dining at Wendy's wouldn't warrant a blog post. But that's not where we live. In the entire 18 months that we have been in Malaysia, we had never seen a Wendy's here. Sometimes, I start longing for the ease of grabbing a salad at the drive-thru. It's strange what you begin to miss about home when you are an expat.

In March, we decided to take our second trip to Kuala Lumpur. While visiting the Petrosains Museum in the KLCC Suria Mall, my oldest son noticed that someone had left behind a balloon with the Wendy's logo emblazoned across it. Surely there must be one nearby! Armed with nothing more than that small clue, we began to search the mall for a Wendy's when dinner time rolled around. We rounded the corner and saw it. "Freakishly excited" is really the only way to describe our reaction.

Our eyes darted back and forth across the menu to see what the Malaysian version of this American restaurant would offer. Frosty's, chili, baked potatoes, burgers, fries, chicken nuggets... There were lots of familiar items on the menu. We also saw some local offerings like the Fried Chicken Homestyle Rice. Well, I'm assuming it's local. After all, it's been a long time since I've been in an American Wendy's.

In the end, we ordered the food that we've been missing. The Kids Meal bag with instructions in both English and Spanish, not Malay, was quite amusing. They just use the same ones that are printed in the USA. This dinner reminded us of America and was such a welcome treat.  Seasoned with a dash of homesickness, my baked potato with chili and cheese sauce has never tasted better.

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  1. I should be embarrassed to admit this but I am not - when I lived in London and I was pregnant all I wanted was Chick Fil A. Since I couldn't get it I did the next best thing, which was travel across the city and go to Chili's, which was twice the cost of in the US but it worked :)

    1. Finding a Chick-Fil-A would have been even better than finding a Wendy's. My kids ask to go to Chili's all the time. The food isn't all that good there, so I asked them why they liked it. They said it reminds them of home, especially with all the Texas pictures on the walls.

  2. Did they have Frosties? When I was in Minnesota, I used to crave Chick Fil A too, Andrea.

    1. Yes,they had Frosties, and you can bet that we bought them.


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