Here’s a fun little story.
While I was in Langkawi, most of the restaurants were closed because of Ramadan. One of the best meals I ate multiple times was the spicy chicken nasi goreng (fried rice) at a popup tent right across from my hostel. The meal was always passionately cooked by a young man who always welcomed me each night I came to visit. One night I brought two of my friends along, and as we were waiting for our food we noticed that there were some BIG rats hiding in some crates just a few feet away from us. We weren’t able to snag any photos because they were so fast, but I’m not joking: these things might as well have been squirrels.
The irony of this story is that the chef decided to wear this particular hat that night. We all joked that Remy the Rat from Ratatouille was secretly under the hat cooking our meals. The beauty of southeast Asia, right? Kiss food safety goodbye. Find humor in the grime. Thanks for the nasi goreng, Remy!!!