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Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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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Rendang

side dish | Indonesian, Malay
Rendang, Rendang-beef
Rendang-beef
Minangkabau specialty with beef cooked with coconut and spices for hours
also known as:


Because of the time-consuming preparation rendang is often found at festive occasions such as weddings or Hari Raya.
In Malaysia it is common to have rendang chicken with nasi lemak.



ingedients:
coconut, ginger, galangal, turmeric leaf, lemon grass and chillies

Where to find?
festive occasions, some nasi campur (mixed rice) buffets (usually at food courts)

Rendang on Wikipedia:

Rendang is a dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia, and is now commonly served across the country. One of the characteristic foods of Minangkabau culture, it is served at ceremonial occasions and to honour guests. Also popular in Malaysia and Singapore, rendang is traditionally prepared by the Malay community during festive occasions. Though rendang is sometimes described as being like a curry, and the name is sometimes applied to curried meat dishes in Malaysia, authentic rendang is nothing like a curry.

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Rendang, Rendang-beef
Rendang-beef






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Nasi Lemak

Malaysian signature dish with coconut rice - a must try

Bergedel

mashed potato patties with vegetables (sometimes also meat)

Malay Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur, literally Mixed Rice, is a buffet-style arrangement of various Malay dishes

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