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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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.

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Apam Balik

dessert, snack |
Apam Balik, Apam Balik
Apam Balik
ready to eat
Apam Balik is a pancake or more like a waffle that is usually filled with sugar, corn and peanuts but there can also be many variations from chocolate fillings to even Durian.
also known as:
Terang Bulan, Ban Chien Kuih, Peanut pancake

Apam Balik liturally means "turnover pancake".
There is a thick version of Apam Balik but also crepe-like thin version.
In Indonesia it is also know as Terang Bulan.



ingedients:
batter: flour, baking soda, sugar, egg, milk, vanilla extract | filling: melted butter, sugar, crushed peanuts, sweet corn (this is the standard filling, but many other varieties exist)

Where to find?
Apam Balik can be found at road-side stalls and night markets (Pasar Malam)

Apam Balik, lorry converted into an Apam Balik stall
lorry converted into an Apam Balik stall
at TTDI Bazaar Ramadhan


Apam Balik, frying the mixture in the hot pan
frying the mixture in the hot pan
at Kampung Baru Bazaar Ramadhan


Apam Balik, preparing the batter
preparing the batter
at a Pasar Malam






related entries:


Kuih Ketayap

dessert with sugar and coconut flakes in a green rolled up pancake

Roti Tissue

very creative type of Roti Canai - cripsy and sweet

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