Eating BBQ, Steamboat, And Heaty Food In Our Hot Malaysian Weather. Yay Or Nay?

'Cause you gotta fight fire with fire!

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Some Malaysians love eating heaty food, whether it's BBQ, steamboat, spicy tomyam, or any kind of deep fried goodness. While others... not so much.

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From BBQ chicken wings fresh off the charcoal, to piping hot steamboat soup, some of us love eating heaty food regardless of the weather or temperature outside.

However, not all of us appreciate getting drenched in sweat while eating in the sweltering Malaysian heat. Some of us prefer having our hot meals within the comfort of air conditioned rooms, while others even try to avoid heaty food in general.

So, BBQ, steamboat, and other heaty food in our hot weather. Are you #teamyay or #teamnay? Here's what Malaysians say:

1. "YAYYY HOTPOTTTT! Anytime, any weather, it's always a good idea!"

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"Hotpot is my soul food. I will eat it indoors, outdoors, whatever temperature also nehmai."

- Evelyn

2. "Yass, BBQ outdoors is the best. You'll definitely get smelly and sweaty, but it's always worth it."

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"When eating BBQ or steamboat, need to eat until sweat only syok. That's why eating it during the hot weather is the best. The sweat will drip into your food and add extra flavour some more hahaha! Of course, the smoke will make you smelly and sweaty, cannot lari wan, but you're gonna bathe afterwards anyways so it doesn't really matter."

- Nelson

3. "No way, I will only eat steamboat if the place got aircond, or if I'm at Genting or Cameron Highlands"

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"I seriously don't understand people who crave for hot food like steamboat in the heat. For me, I hate sweating when I eat, so if no aircond I won't eat. But if it's super cooling at night, or I'm up in Genting Highlands or Cameron Highlands, steamboat is perfect."


4. "Yay, I can slurp down a hot bowl of curry mee, no matter how panas it is outside"

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"I grew up eating hot soup noodles like curry mee almost every day. There's just something about waiting in the hot kopitiam for your food, then slurping it down when it's piping hot. Must sweat and eat like that only got feel, if eat in aircond restaurant you won't get this kind of feel one."

- Boon

5. "There's nothing like digging into Korean BBQ or extra spicy dakgalbi with melted cheese"

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"One thing that I will never say no to is Korean food. No matter how hot the weather is, I still love grilling Korean BBQ meats and eating dakgalbi marinated with spicy gochujang sauce. The burn is painful but sooo worth it!"

- Sammy

6. "Every time I eat spicy tomyam, I don't feel guilty 'cause it's like you're exercising and sweating while eating hahaha"

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"I know I'm in denial tbh, but who cares, amirite?"


7. "No way, on a hot day, I'm not going out unless you bring me to a nice cafe to eat some cold dessert"

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"The Malaysian weather already so hot, and you want to eat more heaty food?! No, thank you."

- Liz

8. "Yay, 'cause you gotta fight fire with fire!"

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"This may sound counter intuitive, but when you eat something hot and spicy in the warm weather, it actually brings up your body temperature, which makes your body sweat and cool down. Mala hotpot all the way for me!"

- Chun

Sooo, BBQ, steamboat, and heaty food in the hot Malaysian weather...

Whether you love eating BBQ and steamboat in the heat, or prefer to reserve it for a cold rainy day, you can always count on Tiger Crystal to be the drink to go with your meal for ultimate refreshment!

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All in all, nothing can stand in the way of Malaysians and the food we love. And there's no better way to cool down from the fiery BBQ pits or steaming hotpot than with an ice-cold Tiger Crystal.

Filtered at a crystal cold temperature of -1°C to lock in the most desirable flavours and aromas, Tiger Crystal is the ultimate refreshment, a lager beer that's less bitter and perfect for hot days.

In fact, it's the perfect complement to any meal!

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From now until 31 May, Tiger Crystal is also having an awesome promotion. All you have to do is buy two 6-can packs of Tiger Crystal and you'll get a cool limited edition flask!

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The exclusive Tiger Crystal flasks come in two colours, blue and white, and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Here are the outlets where you can redeem this merch:

15 March - 30 Aprll
- Giant, Village Grocer, and Ben's Independent Grocers
Selected supermarkets in East Malaysia
- Drinkies and Shopee

15 April - 31 May
- AEON, AEON Big, Jaya Grocer, and Lotus's

Wanna learn more about Tiger Crystal and their latest promotions? Head over to their website today.

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As a reminder, the legal drinking age in Malaysia is 21 years old. That means you need to be 21 in order to buy and consume alcohol. Remember to always drink responsibly and in moderation. If you plan to drink, try carpooling with a friend who isn't drinking or catch a cab instead of driving. Also, make sure you always abide by the SOPs.

If you need to satisfy those BBQ or hotpot cravings: