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Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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.

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Banana Leaf Rice

main dish, Vegetarian | Indian This typical southern Indian rice dish is served on a banana leaf with a variety of vegetable and gravies and, optionally, meat

Tandoori Chicken

main dish | Indian, Mamak indian roasted chicken dish

Teh Tarik

beverage | Indian, Mamak most popular drink in Malaysia made of black tea and condensed milk

Murtabak

main dish | Indian, Mamak Indian pancake filled with garlic, egg, onion, mutton or chicken

Pasembor

main dish | Chinese, Indian salad with vegetables and prawn fritters topped with a thick spicy-sweet peanut sauce

Mamak Stalls / Restaurants

restaurant type | Indian, Mamak Mamak stalls are restaurants in Malaysia run by Muslim Indians.

Kopi Tiam

restaurant type | Chinese, Fusion, Indian, Malay Chinese coffee shops, modern versions sell all kinds of Malaysian dishes

Vada

snack | Indian, Mamak spicy southern Indian snack made of potatoes, dal and spices

Maggie Goreng

main dish, noodle dish | Indian, Mamak common low-budget Mamak meal of fried Maggie noodles with vegetables

Nescafe Tarik

beverage | Fusion, Indian, Mamak hot drink with nescafe and condensed milk

Roti Bom

dessert, snack | Indian, Mamak a variety of Roti Canai with margarine added to the dough

Roti Canai

snack | Indian, Mamak popular southern Indian dish made of ghee, flour, egg and water

Roti Pisang

dessert, snack | Indian, Mamak variety of Roti Canai with Banana inside

Roti Telur

snack | Indian, Mamak variety of Roti Canai with egg

Roti Tissue

dessert, snack | Indian, Mamak very creative type of Roti Canai - cripsy and sweet

Thosai

snack | Indian, Mamak southern Indian crepe made of rice and dhal

Tandoor Oven

food preparation | Indian clay oven found at Indian restaurants, used for making Tandoori and Naan bread

Roti Plaster

snack | Indian, Mamak Roti Canai with an egg on top of it

Paper Tosai

snack | Indian, Mamak crispy version of a Tosai

Chapati

side dish, snack | Indian, Mamak basic flat indian bread made of dough, water and salt

Mamak Rojak

main dish | Indian, Mamak salad with vegetables, egg and prawn fritters topped with a thick spicy-sweet peanut sauce

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Pan Mee

main dish, noodle dish | Chinese Hokkien-style egg noodle soup and one of the few Chinese dishes that are served with Sambal Belacan

Cendol

dessert | Indonesian traditional Javanese dessert with shaved ice, coconut milk and starched noodles

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