Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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Jackfruit (Nangka)

Jackfruit or Nangka, as it is locally known in Malay, is the largest tree borne fruit in the world. The jackfruit trees native to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Phillipines and Sri Lanka but but also common in Malaysia, probably introduced by humans some time ago.The fruits can reach 36 kg in weight and up to 90 cm long and 50 cm in diameter.
Jackfruit Tree:




Jackfruits fresh from the market:



Before getting the cutting started, its best to stand by a bucket of oil and apply generous amount onto the knife and hands otherwise it'll be hard to get rid of the slimy stuff (white-ish liquid at the heart of the fruit) which can even be used as glue. Once the hands or knife got stained, apply oil even during the cutting process.
You need a sharp knife to cut the fruit:






messy business to get the pockets of flesh out:





Done! Now the pieces are ready to be eaten. It's also common to cover them in flour and fry them in oil.




Even the remaining seeds can be eaten after they are steamed (similar to chestnuts which are fried though):



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