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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.

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

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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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