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Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Banana Leaf Rice

main dish, Vegetarian | Indian
Banana Leaf Rice, Banana Leaf Rice set with Dhal gravy
Banana Leaf Rice set with Dhal gravy
This typical southern Indian rice dish is served on a banana leaf with a variety of vegetable and gravies and, optionally, meat

common gravy options:
Dhal (chickpea/lentil based gravy), Curry sauce, Rasam (tamarind juiced based sauce), yogurt

Banana leaf rice sets come with a wide variety of vegetables, it differs from day to day and restaurant to restaurant. Popular veggies are spinach, potatoes, raw cucumber and onions etc. This makes banana leaf rice a great vegetarian dish. Of course, any Indian restaurant has a variety of fried meats that can be added to the set.
It is also common to add Papadum - a thin, crisp Indian cracker.

Banana Leaf Rice is traditionally eaten by using your (right) hand instead of cutleries and served a banana leaf (hence the name).



Banana Leaf Rice, Banana Leaf Rice set
Banana Leaf Rice set


Banana Leaf Rice, Banana Leaf Rice is commonly eaten with hands
Banana Leaf Rice is commonly eaten with hands


Banana Leaf Rice, a restaurant-style set with the individual side dishes in stainless steel bowls
a restaurant-style set with the individual side dishes in stainless steel bowls


Banana Leaf Rice, these Banana Leaf sets are served on green paper instead of the actual banana leaves
these Banana Leaf sets are served on green paper instead of the actual banana leaves


Banana Leaf Rice, steel containers with the vegetables
steel containers with the vegetables


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