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Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

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Teh Tarik

beverage | Indian, Mamak
Teh Tarik, Teh-tarik
Teh-tarik
most popular drink in Malaysia made of black tea and condensed milk
also known as:


Teh Tarik is more than a drink, it is almost a way of life in Malaysia and Singapore. If you haven't had a Teh Tarik while traveling through the region, you haven't truly been here. Teh Tarik is made of really strong black tea, hot water and condensed milk. To mix it all up the tea is poured from one cup to the other in an artistic style - that's where drink got its name from - Teh Tarik - pulled tea. This way of preparation mixes the ingredients thoroughly, creates a layer of froth on top and already cools it down a bit.
The perfect snack to go down with a Teh Tarik is Roti Canai.
You can also order the drink in  cold version with ice - Teh Ais.
Another version is to add some ginger - Teh Halia.
As almost any drink in the region it is quite sweet, to lessen the sweetness ask for less sugar (kurang manis) - Teh Tarik kurang manis.

 

video of the making of a Teh Tarik:



ingedients:
black tea, condensed milk

What's good?
good balance of tea and condense milk - smooth taste

What's not good?
too much tea (bitter) or too sweet

Where to find?
Teh Tarik has been brought to Malaysia from southern India and can be found at any Indian Mamak restaurant and stall. However, it became so deeply entrenched in the local culture that it is available anywhere from Kopi Tiam cafes to Malay restaurants.

Teh Tarik, Teh-tarik
Teh-tarik






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