Breakfast Mentos, Pitcher Equivalents
I've yet to figure out what the Malaysian equivalent for my Happy Hour is. More specifically, what their equivalent for "let's go grab a pitcher" is. I have definitely been conditioned for this, but the Pitcher Venture is quite special. It's low commitment; you can always bail after that pitcher, but it also leaves open the chance for a longer exchange of dialogue, adventure, and regrettable decisions. This is why it's beautiful.
Here, the closest equivalent I've seen so far is just grabbing a meal. Shisha used to be popular, but isn't as prevalent anymore, and 1 mug of beer at a bar generally costs as much as 1.5 - 2 meals... so that leaves looking to food and tea for the backdrop of a post-work, low pressure hangout. In Egypt, while it was higher commitment (shishas last longer than a pitcher), you could always use the shisha as the tool for inviting a conversation.
"Hey, wanna go grab a Mango Lassi and better get to know each other?"
Not the same.
Maybe I just haven't found it yet.