Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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Betel Box Bistro

address: 200 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427471 - tel: +65 6440 5540 - email: bistro@betelbox.com
Betel-Box-Bistro-Singapore-House.jpg, The Betel Box Bistro is a Peranakan neighbourhood restaurant in the historic Joo Chiat / Katong district of Singapore. It shares a traditional shophouse with the Betel Box Hostel.
The Betel Box Bistro is a Peranakan neighbourhood restaurant in the historic Joo Chiat / Katong district of Singapore. It shares a traditional shophouse with the Betel Box Hostel.

Operating Hours:
Sunday - Monday 8am - 10pm
Tuesday: 8am - 12pm

Links:

Betel Box Bistro website
Betel Box Hostel website


Betel's Box chef Ben Teo has more than 30 years' experience in Peranakan and Chinese cuisine and is a born and bred Katonite. He was worked internationally and won numerous awards for his culinary skills.

What means Peranakan?
The Peranakans are also known as Straits Chinese and Baba-Nonya. They are descendants of early Chinese migrants who arrived since the 12th century; many of whom married local women (e.g. from Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia).

Betel Box Menu
The menu includes dishes  like Ayam Buah Keluak, Nonya Curry Chicken, Ayam Penyet, Beef Rendang, Chinchalok Pork, Assam Curry Fish, Sayur Lodeh, Sambal Kangkong, Laksa Goreng, Nonya Prawn Mee Soup and others


Laksa Goren
Laksa Goreng - Uncle Ben's signature dish


counter


chalkboard menu


nostalgia sitting area


nostalgia sitting area


wall painting



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Attractions
Attractions

Crystal Mosque (Islamic Civilisation Park), Kuala Terengganu

The RM250-million-theme-park was opened in February 2008. It house sreplicas of several world famous mosque and the spectactular Crystal Mosque.

Koh Lipe, Langkawi

Koh Lipe is a small flashpacker island next to the Tarutao National Marine Park in southern Thailand, about 1h boat ride away from Langkawi