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Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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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Banana Leaf Rice

main dish, Vegetarian | Indian
Banana Leaf Rice, Banana Leaf Rice set with Dhal gravy
Banana Leaf Rice set with Dhal gravy
This typical southern Indian rice dish is served on a banana leaf with a variety of vegetable and gravies and, optionally, meat

common gravy options:
Dhal (chickpea/lentil based gravy), Curry sauce, Rasam (tamarind juiced based sauce), yogurt

Banana leaf rice sets come with a wide variety of vegetables, it differs from day to day and restaurant to restaurant. Popular veggies are spinach, potatoes, raw cucumber and onions etc. This makes banana leaf rice a great vegetarian dish. Of course, any Indian restaurant has a variety of fried meats that can be added to the set.
It is also common to add Papadum - a thin, crisp Indian cracker.

Banana Leaf Rice is traditionally eaten by using your (right) hand instead of cutleries and served a banana leaf (hence the name).



Banana Leaf Rice, Banana Leaf Rice set
Banana Leaf Rice set


Banana Leaf Rice, Banana Leaf Rice is commonly eaten with hands
Banana Leaf Rice is commonly eaten with hands


Banana Leaf Rice, a restaurant-style set with the individual side dishes in stainless steel bowls
a restaurant-style set with the individual side dishes in stainless steel bowls


Banana Leaf Rice, these Banana Leaf sets are served on green paper instead of the actual banana leaves
these Banana Leaf sets are served on green paper instead of the actual banana leaves


Banana Leaf Rice, steel containers with the vegetables
steel containers with the vegetables


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