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Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

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


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