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.

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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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):