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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.

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.

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Keropok

snack | Malay
Keropok, Keropok Lekor
Keropok Lekor
snack based on fish, squid or prawn, can be prepared as crackers (Keropok Keping) or sausage (Keropok Lekor)
also known as:
Keropok Lekor, Keropok Keping, Krupuk

In Malaysia Keropok Lekor is a specialty in the east coast state of Terengganu. The "fish sausages" are cooked first and later deep-fried and are best to be eaten while still hot with sweet chili or Sambal Belacan dip.
A completely different kind of Keropok is Keropok Keping and it comes in different flavours : fish, squid and prawn. Here the Keropok is shaped into even bigger tubes and cut into thin slices to let it dry in the sun.



ingedients:
Fish (Ikan Parang or Ikan Kembong) or Squid or Prawn, Sago Flour, Salt, Water, Ice Cubes, Pandan Leaves.

What's good?
to eat it right after deep frying when it is still warm

Where to find?
virtually everywhere in Terengganu, otherwise at street stalls and Pasar Malams (night markets)

Keropok on Wikipedia:

Krupuk, kerupuk, or kroepoek in (Indonesia); Keropok in (Malaysia); bánh phồng tôm in Vietnam; prawn crackers in British English, shrimp chips or shrimp crackers in American English; is a popular snack in parts of East and Southeast Asia. Krupuk are deep fried crackers made from prawns and starch.

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Keropok, Keropok Keping
Keropok Keping
the crunchy Keropok (similiar to crisps / chips)






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Nasi Kerabu

A Malay rice dish specialty from the east coast (Kelantan, Terengganu), liturally it means "Rice Salad"

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