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Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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
a grilled snack of spicy fish paste wrapped in banana leaf

Soto

noodle dish, Soup | Indonesian, Malay
Soup with meat and vegetables which is originated in Indonesia but also commonly found in Malaysia

Satay

side dish | Indonesian, Malay
marinated dices of meat on bamboo skewers grilled over charcoal fire, served with a spicy peanut sauce

Bergedel

side dish | Indonesian, Malay
mashed potato patties with vegetables (sometimes also meat)

Cendol

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

Rendang

side dish | Indonesian, Malay
Minangkabau specialty with beef cooked with coconut and spices for hours

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Laksam

noodle dish | Malay
Laksam is a rice noodle dish from the east coast of Malaysia with a white thick fish-coconut gravy and Sambal
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Tandoor Oven

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