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Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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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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