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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.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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Otak-Otak

snack | Indonesian, Malay
Otak-Otak, Otak-otak
Otak-otak
a grilled snack of spicy fish paste wrapped in banana leaf
also known as:


The Malay word "otak" actually means "brain" in english. Probably originating from the appearance of the greyish fish ressembling a brain somewhat.

Otak-Otak recipe

 



ingedients:
fish paste (mostly mackerel), chili, garlic, shallots, turmeric, lemon grass, coconut milk - wrapped in banana leaf

Otak-Otak on Wikipedia:

Otak-otak is found in certain parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The southern Malaysian town of Muar in Johor is a popular destination for it — people from surrounding states and even Singaporeans often visit to buy the famous otak-otak in bulk. It is commonly known in Singapore as otah. Otak means brains in Indonesian and Malay, and the name of the dish is derived from the idea that the dish somewhat resembles brains, being grey, soft and almost squishy.

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Otak-Otak, Otak-otak
Otak-otak


Otak-Otak, Otak-otak (left) and Pulut Lepa
Otak-otak (left) and Pulut Lepa
Pulut Lepa is filled with sticky rice and fish


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