A 4x4 Harley's Burger - Best Halal Burgers in Cyberjaya
Harley's Burger is now open in Cyberjaya!
Good news burger lovers - an American fast-food chain has officially expanded to Cyberjaya and is now ready to serve up delicious, halal burgers for everyone!
Harley's Burger and Roaster places great emphasis in gathering the freshest, highest quality ingredients in the pursuit of the best burgers in Malaysia. It uses zero artificial ingredients and additives in its simple yet surpassing remake of classic favorites. With patties prepared fresh daily using 100% premium beef and chickens that are never frozen, much of the items on its menu is inspired by the popular “In-N-Out Burger” of California. Non-meat eaters should not feel left out, because they also have a vegan variety, where the paneer patty (cottage cheese) is pan-fried to a crispy and chewy perfection!
A 4x4 Burger and a Vegetarian Burger.
In addition to its fast food concept, it also comes with a surprising extension of a roaster in the same vicinity. It specialises in roasting Yunnan Peaberries for its signature espresso blend, which my coffee palate, although rather unaccomplished, has found to be extra aromatic and pleasurable.
Grilled-to-order and fully customizable, the burgers at Harley’s are definitely a must-try for everyone. Feeling a little adventurous? Be sure to go for the 6x6 - a burger with six times the juice and flavors for only RM31.50!
Burgers, milkshakes, coffee, cakes and more, only at Harley's Burger!
Psst. Grab a bite at Harley’s Burger at Third Avenue, Cyberjaya now to enjoy an instant 6% cashback!
Harley's Burgers and Roasters Website: https://www.facebook.com/HarleysMalaysia/ Third Avenue, Jalan Teknokrat 3, Cyber 4, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor. Opening hours: 11am-10pm
What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Taiwan?
For me, it's definitely the food. Be it street, fusion, urban or traditional - the Taiwanese just seemed to have its cookery all figured out, making each traveler's gastronomic experience across the mighty island nothing short of pure delight.
Listed below are my top picks for the must-eat food in Taiwan. What’s your favorite? 🥟
10 Must-Eat Food in TaiwanBeef Noodles 牛肉麺Every country has a national dish, and when it comes to Taiwan, Beef Noodles has definitely clinched that esteemed title. A dish claimed to have originated from the southern city of Kaohsiung, it is everything any food ought to be: comforting, savory, spicy to the precise degree, and most of all - enjoyable. The beef is stewed to the perfect tenderness, its noodles are freshly hand-pulled, the broth is mindbogglingly rich with all the flavors imaginable, and coy yet beautiful specks of green from the scallion victoriously give the dish the perfect finishing.
Beef Noodles 牛肉麺 in Taiwan
Smelly Tofu 臭豆腐Let me begin by saying that I am personally very offended that this masterpiece is being labelled as stinky. It is unique, it has an amazing perfume and a work of outstanding artistry. The perfect snack for anytime of the day, these tofu cubes are first fermented up to a few months in a brine cocktail consisting of vegetables, meat, fermented milk, dried shrimps, amaranth leaves, bamboo shoots and an assortment of herbs. To serve, the tofu is deep-fried and topped with pickled cabbage. Fun fact: Report from a 2012 chemical analysis discovered that there are 39 volatile organic compounds that help give stinky tofu its distinct taste and smell!
Smelly Tofu 臭豆腐 in Taiwan
Pearl Milk Tea 珍珠奶茶Ah, the sensation that took the world by storm. Despite having a sugar content that is twice as much as a can of Coca-Cola, this drink somehow still managed to be the best-selling edibles in liquid form not just in Taiwan, but across the globe. The most popular type of bubble tea at the moment is the brown sugar pearl milk tea, which is prepared using black tea, brown sugar syrup, tapioca pearls, water, fresh milk and needless to say: more sugar.
Pearl Milk Tea 珍珠奶茶 in Taiwan
Oyster Omelette 蚵仔煎This omelette dish is created by the Teochew Chinese, and it comes with a delicious combination of fillings consisting primarily of tiny, bite-sized oysters gloriously wrapped within a thick, silky layer of egg. Depending on the cook, some oyster omelettes might come an extra gravy serving to further elevate the taste!
Oyster Omelette 蚵仔煎 in Taiwan
Lu Rou Fan 滷肉飯Believed to be the most-loved comfort food in Taiwan, Lu Rou Fan is translated to be braised pork rice - where luscious braised meat sauce is served over a bowl of hot, steamy rice. Other toppings include hard boiled egg sliced in halves lengthwise, and bok choy cooked in boiling water.
Lu Rou Fan 滷肉飯 in Taiwan
Chicken Cutlet 大雞排It's old news by now that Taiwan is famous for its "bigger than your face" deep-fried chicken cutlets, which people queue up for hours and get sold out in minutes. Almost 30 centimeters in width, the cutlet is showered generously with seasoning of choice, namely salt, pepper, chili powder, seaweed and plum.
Chicken Cutlet 大雞排 in Taiwan
Gua Bao 割包This dish is a ravishing Chinese-style sandwich with two primary modules: the softest, pillowy steamed buns and the juiciest, most tender braised pork belly chunks. Other additions include suan chai (pickled mustard greens), coriander leaves, coarsely chopped peanuts and a tantalizing chili dip.
Gua Bao 割包 in Taiwan
Pig's Blood Cake 豬血糕Horrified by the name of the dish? Don't be! This one of a kind delicacy is made using pork blood, cooked sticky rice and homemade soy broth before being shaped into cuboids. It is served hot and steamy on a stick and coated generously with peanut flour.
Pig's Blood Cake 豬血糕 in Taiwan
Xiao Long Bao 小笼包Another dish that needs no introduction - little steamed buns in bamboo baskets. Xiao Long Bao is known to the world as soup dumplings as they are each loaded with hot broth within and hence, must be very carefully eaten to avoid spills and burns. Traditionally stuffed with minced pork, it also come with other variants such as chicken, crab, shrimp and roe.
Xiao Long Bao 小笼包 in Taiwan
Meat & Scallion Pies 餡餅Of course I am leaving the best for last! Every Taiwanese dish mentioned so far is absolutely mouth-watering, but my personal favorite (after a very long and tough selection) will be the country's pan-fried buns or Shen Bing. The dough that forms its wrapper is incredibly divine - thin yet capably thick of being both crispy and chewy, and its meat-and-scallion filling requires the simplest of preparation yet it transforms into a gourmet item when padded within the doughy envelope and pan-fried to sublimity.
Meat & Scallion Pies 餡餅 in Taiwan
Taiwan is a food haven.
I have been struggling with veganism and I can safely bet that my recent solo trip to Taiwan is one of the biggest contributing factors. Listed above are my top 10 must-eat food in Taiwan, and most of them can easily be found in night markets or along the streets. What is your favorite Taiwanese dish?
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Buddha bowl is simply my favorite thing to make on weekends or late evening after work. Assembling one is both easy and blissful, so long as we follow the golden four-part rule of preparation.
What is a Buddha bowl?
Buddha bowls are really just poke bowls without the meat, and they consist primarily of vegetables - both raw and cooked. It is meant to be vegetarian, but I couldn't resist myself from adding in eggs because I am a sucker for golden, runny yolks and the sheer creaminess of the whites when slightly and perfectly underdone.
Easy Homemade Buddha Bowl Recipes
As mentioned earlier, I follow a four-part rule when it comes to preparing Buddha bowls at home: Grains, greens, proteins and dressings. Pick and match any of the following components and you will be able to shower your appetite with the delightful flavors from a bowl loaded with nurturing goodness your body will absolutely love!
It's the way the cumin seeds pop and turn fragrant. Or how the shallots are sliced to the perfect thickness. No matter how simple or complex the dish is, attention is being put into every aspect of preparing it for a delicious, memorable meal that tunefully brings together colors, flavors and blissful varieties.
To absolutely master the art of Indian cooking may take years to hone and refine, but those looking to satisfy their cravings can find quick solutions by eating out. Most Indian restaurants do not serve pork and offer alcohol on their menu, but they source their meat from halal certified suppliers. Listed below are just a few of the best Indian restaurants in Malaysia!
Best Indian Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur & Petaling JayaNadodi Kuala LumpurTreat your taste buds to artisan Southern Indian creations warm-heartedly prepared using fresh, exclusively sourced ingredients, using recipes originating from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Sri Lanka. Recommended: Nomad's Globe & 11-Mile Journey
Photo credit: Nadodi Kuala Lumpur
Nadodi Kuala Lumpur Lot 183, 1st Floor, Jalan Mayang, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur. Website: https://www.nadodikl.com Phone: +603 2181 4334 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Qureshi RestaurantThe international chain of Qureshi restaurants are known for the old-world Dum cuisine - the forgotten cuisines of the Nawabs of Awadh. It features a unique glass-enclosed Tandoor area that welcomes gazes and admiration from observing spectators.
Photo credit: Qureshi Restaurant Kuala Lumpur
Qureshi Restaurant Ground Floor, East Wing, TPC Kuala Lumpur No 10, Jalan 1/70D, Kuala Lumpur. Website: https://www.qureshi-intl.com Phone: +603-2011 1007 Email: email@example.com
Betel LeafExperience the very best of Nattukottai Chettiars - a Tamil caste from Tamil Nadu known for their warm hospitality and exceptional cuisine. Betel Leaf stands in a class by itself by rearing its own livestock such as goats and rabbits, as well as growing its own produce at a dedicated farm in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan.
Annalakshmi BrickfieldsEstablished in 1984, this decade-old restaurant begun with an initiative to empower and unite housewives and mothers through their precious culinary skills, consistently honed through tradition, patience and practice.
Photo credit: Annalakshmi Brickfields
Annalakshmi Brickfields The Temple of Fine Arts, 116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Website: http://annalakshmi.com.my/ Phone: +603 2274 0799 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ganga CafeVegetarian Gujarati cuisine is said to be one of the oldests culinary treasures of India, and you can devote yourself to immersing in it at The Ganga Cafe - a cosy neighbourhood eatery that runs its own farming and serves pure and organic Jain & Buddhist food. No MSG and colouring used!
Photo credit: The Ganga Cafe Bangsar
The Ganga Cafe 19, Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100,Kuala Lumpur. Website: https://theganga.com.my/ Phone: +03 2284 2119 Email: email@example.com
Saravana BhavanPriding itself on being one of the largest South Indian restaurant chain in the world, Saravana Bhavan serves vegetarian, Ayurveda-compliant food that is packed with nutritional values best enjoyed by the entire family. Recommended: Banana leaf meals, mini tiffins and masala dosa.
Saravana Bhavan Malaysia
Saravana Bhavan 52, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Website: http://www.saravanabhavan.com/ Phone: +603-22871228 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayra Authentic Kerala CuisineWith a name that means coconut palm trees in Malayalam, Kayra started off as a gathering point for Keralites to keep them connected with their roots and cultures. Kerala food is distinct thanks to its extensive use of coconut, be it in vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes.
Kayra Authentic Kerala Cuisine, TTDI
Kayra Authentic Kerala Cuisine 46 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail 60000 Kuala Lumpur. Website: http://www.kayra.com.my/ Phone: +603 7732 2009 Email: email@example.com
Malabar Palace Sri HartamasMalabar Palace consciously prepares nutritious, healthy food by generously incorporating herbs and spices in the cooking. It promotes food with healing properties through classical Indian and Pakistani cuisine without denying good taste.
Photo credit: Malabar Palace Sri Hartamas
Malabar Palace Sri Hartamas Ground 8B&9, Hartamas Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Website: http://www.malabarpalace.com/ Phone: +603-6206 2310 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Passage Thru IndiaA one-stop eatery for all lovers of Indian food, Passage Thru India carefully handpicked the most popular dishes from regions across India while preserving their authenticity and merging them with age-long traditions.
Photo credit: Passage Thru India
Passage Thru India 4 Jalan Delima, off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Website: https://www.passagethruindia.com Phone: +603-2145 0366 Email: email@example.com
Sagar RestaurantQuality above all is a principle held closely by Sagar Restaurant over the years. The satisfaction of their customers is their main priority, and they ensure it by cooking up tasty and hygienic authentic Northern Indian fares.
Delhi RoyaleWith an interior bedazzled with gleaming gold, you are invited to dine like a royal at Delhi Royale where well thought out flavors and aesthetic pleasures come together.
Dehli Royale Kuala Lumpur
Delhi Royale Lot No. 2 & 3, Wisma Longrich 33 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur. Website: http://www.delhiroyale.com Phone: +603-2165 1555 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moghul MahalMoghul Mahal pronounced as ‘Moghul Mahal’ means Moghul Palace which is A perfect place to dine with comfort with all the Authentic north Indian cuisine that comes from home cooked style at affordable price at Brickfields, commonly known as Little India in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is full of India’s cultural diversity.
Namaste IndiaTransforming simple dishes into exotic cuisine is the strong suit here, made possible by chefs from India as well as the use of assorted, authentic and rustic spices. Recommended: Hara Bhaara Chaat & Dhal Makhni.
Photo credit: Namaste India Hartamas
Namaste India 11 Jalan Sri Hartamas 7, Kuala Lumpur. Website: http://namasteindia.com.my/ Phone: +603-6206 3538 Email: email@example.com
Malgudi Indian CuisineMalgudi serves both northern and southern Indian food prepared using traditional ways by an experienced team of chefs from India.
Malgudi Indian Cuisine Petaling Jaya
Malgudi Indian Cuisine Lot 17 Lorong Universiti C, Seksyen 16 Petaling Jaya. Website: https://www.facebook.com/malgudirestaurant/ Phone: +603-7931 2556 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SultaniSpecialising in Mughlai dishes - the traditional cuisine of subcontinent Pakistan and India, The Sultani allows its patrons to enjoy a hearty meal in a traditional setting accompanied by music and Sharbat. Recommended: Butter chicken, Fish Kasoori, Chicken Tandoori and Raan E Akbari.
Photo credit: The Sultani Ampang
The Sultani Level 5, Hotel Flamingo Tasik Ampang, Jalan Hulu Kelang, Ampang. Website: http://www.sultani.com.my Phone: +603-4251 7360 Email: email@example.com
Tired of frequenting the same places for date night? Bookmark this page right now for the most exceptional and unique dining experience in Malaysia!
Malaysia's Most Unique Restaurants
Jeff’s Cellar, IpohInternational, Pork-Free
With a setting within a limestone cave, Jeff Cellar’s isn’t just Malaysia’s most unique wine bar - it is also the best of its kind globally. You are invited to immerse your palate in the exotic flavors of organic and rare wines within the confines of chill, intimate cave interiors and refreshing natural coolness.
Unique wine and dine experience at Jeff’s Cellar, Ipoh. Photo by The Banjaran.
Pia’s The Paddy, LangkawiLocal, Western, North Indian, Halal
Located in the scenic Ulu Melaka and overlooking the paddy fields fronting the majestic Gunung Raya, this uniquely beautiful dining spot serves everything from Western, Northern Indian to local fares and dining experience is heightened through its open-air seating.
Dine in a unique Kampung setting at Pia’s The Paddy, Langkawi. Photo by Pascal1812.
Dining In The Dark, Kuala LumpurWestern, Pork-Free
Located along the vibrant Changkat Bukit Bintang, Dining In The Dark aims to elevate the appreciation for food through a unique approach: dining without sight. This enables the taste, smell, touch and sound senses to be more acute. Employees here are visually impaired and menu will not be revealed until after the meal is served, hence the name “Surprise Menu”. The varying taste and texture will definitely delight your mind and palate.
Drop by and dine in total darkness for a memorable sensory experience!
Enjoy a meal in total darkness at Dining In The Dark, Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Dining In The Dark.
Experience a different kind of dining here, where you are invited to soak your feet in the river and breathe fresh forest air as you dine. Famous for its smoked duck and set lunch, you are encouraged to make your reservation one week in advance. Ps. ATV or quad biking is also available nearby!
Dip your feet into the water as you dine at BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah, Ampang. Photo by hannadarwish87.
As suggested by its name, DInner in the Sky allows diners to enjoy their meal while being lifted 50m up in the air by a crane. Strapped to a seat on a suspended platform, treat your palate to five-course meal prepared by the chefs at Hilton Kuala Lumpur and treat your sight to the Kuala Lumpur city skyline.
Dining on a suspended platform? Yes, please! Photo by Dinner in The Sky Malaysia
You can now be hungry and adventurous at the same time! Board the Boeing 737 for a remarkable 90-minute journey where you get to wine and dine, stick your head out of the Pilot’s cockpit, tread across one of the wings, and spend precious time with your loved ones.
Dine in a plane at Plane In The City, Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Plane In The City.
Le Petit Chef, Kuala LumpurItalian, French, Steakhouse, Southwestern, Pork-Free
Le Petit has chosen Malaysia as its first base in Southeast Asia, where it present its innovation dining experience through 3D project mapping technology. You can watch a small animated chef captivatingly preparing your meal on a plate placed in front of you. The meal is a harmonious combination of sight, sounds and taste - brought to you by Michelin-starred chef, Jeff Ramsey.
Let the world's smallest chef prepare your meal for you at Le Petit Chef, Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Le Petit Chef.
Whimsy is the first-of-its-kind multi-sensory fine-dining experience, giving Malaysia’s culinary landscape a rare, unique touch. Bringing together award-winning chefs from across the globe, it incorporates 360 projection technology for creative culinary like never before.
Excite your senses at Whimsy Malaysia! Photo by Whimsy Malaysia.
Have you ever been served by a mechanical waitress? You can now, at Nam Heong! Robots are programmed to transfer food to the tables on designated tracks, and you will be required to pick the dishes from the tray. They are also able to greet customers in both English and Cantonese, and their purpose is mainly to improve efficiency while cutting waiting time. Nam Heong currently has 8 robots in its Ipoh branch and 2 at Da Men Mall, Selangor.
Let these robotic waitresses serve you at Nam Heong. Photo by Nam Heong.
How does dining in Malaysia's first ice-themed cafe sounds to you? Said to be kept at a temperature of between 8°C to 10°C, the cafe comes with igloos and ice beds, and features an ice-themed menu such as its signature snowflake ice bowls. Drop by if you need a break from the heat!
Have you eaten in the cold? You can now! Photo by Ice Cafe, Penang.
A revolving restaurant 282m above ground level, Atmosphere 360 is located at the top of Southeast Asia’s tallest tower - Menara Kuala Lumpur. Its modern atmosphere comes with a starry fiber optic illuminated ceiling and offers a breathtaking view over the KL city. Staffed by seasoned culinary artists, this unique dining spot in Malaysia serves both buffet and ala carte items, as well as specialty cocktails.
Dine at the tallest restaurant in Southeast Asia at Atmosphere 360. Photo by Atmosphere 360.
The Heli Lounge Bar might look ordinary at first glance, but get ready for a whole new experience when you order a drink and climb a few short flights of stairs to reach the very top - the helipad. Here, you will be greeted by the amazing and uninhibited 360° view of the city skyline - the perfect vantage point to witness firework displays on special occasions, or just to get a bird's-eye view of the flashing city lights on a typical working day.
Climb onto a helipad in the heart of KL. Or better, dine on it! Photo by CNN.
Veg Fish Farm Thai Restaurant, AmpangThai, Pork-Free
Rejoice in authentic Thai cuisine prepared by experienced Thai chefs in an unusual but fascinating lush, cool forest setting. The restaurant serves organic vegetables and spring chickens that they cultivate on their own in order to ensure that diners consume only safe, clean and pesticide-free produce. Your only worry is deciding if you'd prefer to dine under the stars, by the pond or at the hut!
Beautiful, serene lake setting makes the perfect dinner spot. Photo by Veg Fish Farm Thai Restaurant.
Veg Fish Farm Thai Restaurant KM4, Jalan Hulu Langat, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Website: http://vegfishfarm.com/ Phone: +6016-293 6493
The Restaurant at The Lakehouse, Cameron HighlandsContinental, Buffet, High-Tea, BBQ, Steamboat
Go back in time into the Old World when you visit this charming restaurant located in the soaring highlands (at 1,000m above sea level to be exact) of Pahang. Whether you are indulging in its semi-continental buffet for breakfast, ala carte and tea for lunch, or steamboat or BBQ or dinner, you will definitely enjoy this relaxing oasis in the midst of a lush green haven.
Cool weather, good food. Photo by The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands.
Its components carry influences from the colossal Indian subcontinents as well as traces of Dutch origins, and its preparation is ceaselessly being molded by the different cultures it comes in contact with. When observed closely, you will discover that the staples of Sri Lankan cuisine are coconut milk, rice and spices, while the most important Sri Lanka spices are Ceylon cinnamon (better known as real cinnamon), black pepper, cardamon, clove, nutmeg and turmeric.
Planning a visit to the fame island nation in the Indian Ocean? Be sure to indulge your palate with the most popular Sri Lankan dishes. Here is everything you need to know about traditional Sri Lankan food!
13 Must-Try Food in Sri LankaEgg HopperHopper or Appam is a type of pancake made from fermented rice flour and yeast. It has a distinct, almost paper-thin thickness and is shaped like a bowl as it is cooked in a appachatti. Neutral in taste with the smallest hint of sourness, they are served with condiments and curries. The preparation of egg hopper is similar to plain hopper, except an egg is broken into the centre as it cooks.
Egg Hopper in Sri Lanka
WatalappanHave a sweet tooth? You’ll love watalappan! Prepared using condensed coconut milk, jaggery, egg, cashew nuts and spices such as vanilla pods, nutmeg, clove and cardamom, this coconut custard pudding is a favorite during social celebrations and religion festivals.
Watalappan in Sri Lanka
LunumirisA popular wet and hot sambal condiment in Sri Lanka, Lunumiris is made by grinding black pepper, salt, chili pepper, red onions, lime juice and umbalakada (or Maldive fish - the Sri Lankan equivalent of Southeast Asia’s dried shrimp) in a grindstone. A vegetarian version is also possible, simply by removing Maldive fish from the recipe.
Lunumiris in Sri Lanka
Curd & TreacleEverything in Asia has two versions: streetside and gourmet, and curd and treacle - a popular dessert in the southern part of Sri Lanka, is one such dish. The palm treacle is extracted by tapping the sap of the kithul palm inflorescences in a process known as Kitul Peni tapping - a 2,000 year-old affair in the country. Mee Kiri, on the other hand, is a traditional curd made using buffalo milk.
Curd & Treacle in Sri Lanka
Pol RotiA rustic flat bread prepared using grated coconut, flour, green chilies and onions, this signature Sri Lankan roti taste fantastic when eaten with curry and sambol.
Pol Roti in Sri Lanka
KiribathThis traditional rice cake dish is prepared by cooking white short grain rice in thick, fragrant coconut milk, salt and water. It is most commonly eaten during breakfast (especially during the first day of every new month) and also during auspicious events throughout the year.
Kiribath in Sri Lanka
RiceBasmati may be popular in India, but in Sri Lanka, it is the Nadu and Samba rice that reign. According to studies conducted, parboiled rice (nadu) has the lowest GI, followed by samba and basmathi. The locals are also huge fans of red rice, which comes with a more starchy and corny flavor.
Rice & Curry in Sri Lanka
Masala VadaiSnacks are loved by all here. They are bought by the dozen (or more) and devoured anytime of the day, whether at tea shacks or during commute. Masala vadai remains the local favorite, often eaten while they were still hot, crunchy and fresh out of the wok. Delicious on its own but even tastier when dipped in chutney or sambar, this oval-shaped lentil patties is a must-try on this island.
Masala Vadai in Sri Lanka
Kottu RotiKnown as “chopped bread” when translated literally, this everyday food item hailing from Batticaloa is prepared by stir-frying shredded godamba roti (Sri Lanka’s version of paratha), eggs, vegetables, and spices. Meat and cheese are optional but highly encouraged.
Kottu Roti in Sri Lanka
Malu MirisataA prefered fish dish by the locals, this spicy fish curry takes on a hotter flavor as it is cooked without any coconut milk - a very unusual method in Sri Lanka. It is always accompanied by freshly steamed rice or Idiyappam (refer below), but also yummy when dipped with crusty garlic bread.
Malu Mirisata in Sri Lanka
ThembiliKing Coconut is a variety of coconut native to Sri Lanka, where it is fondly known as Thembili. The tree is relatively shorter as compared to regular coconut trees, which its water is slightly sweeter. This exquisite natural drink plays an important role in Ayurveda, where it has been used for healing and nourishing purposes for centuries.
King Coconut in Sri Lanka
IdiyappamString hopper or Idiyappam is a rice noodle dish which originated from the Indian subcontinent. It is simply ragi flour (finger millet flour) shaped into long strings and steamed until a whitish translucency is achieved. This dish is usually served as the main course alongside curry and chutney.
Idiyappam in Sri Lanka
CurryCurries prepared in Sri Lanka differs from the Indian variation: Although both having similar cooking styles, the execution is highly dissimilar. The primary dissemblance lies in the addition of coconut milk in Sri Lankan curries, which duly give it a thicker consistency, milder flavor and a creamier texture.
Curry in Sri Lanka
It is important to note that eating beef is highly discouraged in Sri Lanka as it is predominantly a Buddhist country, while mutton dishes are generally pricier and harder to find.
Enjoy hiking but do not have the time to journey out of the city? The Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve may just be your next favorite hang out spot!
Hiking at Bukit Gasing Forest Park, SelangorThis local, somewhat hidden gem spans across 100 hectares, and although hedged in by development and residential neighborhoods, it is both convenient and accessible for those seeking for a breath of fresh air amid the chaotic life.
Here, you can find several trails catered for each level of fitness, and if you climb long enough, you will arrive at a vantage point that overlooks the subdued parts of Petaling Jaya, consisting of mostly houses and low-rise buildings.
Viewpoint at Bukit Gasing overlooking Petaling Jaya
Map of Bukit GasingDespite having several trails, they are not properly pointed out but I guess that is what makes the hike interesting. Stick to the main path or take the road less traveled, turn left or right - trust your guts and just do it. Each trail ultimately brings you to the highest point at 160 meters. You will come across the Abu Baker slope towards the end of your climb, which is slightly more arduous (I call it exciting), where you’ll be required to hang out on a rope for a sharp, almost perpendicular incline.
On your ascent, you may spot one or all of the following from afar: Maha Sivan Alayam (a Hindu temple), Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Aziz (a yellow-domed mosque), Wat Chetawan (a Thai Buddhist temple), and a tall hilltop watchtower.
A hilltop watchtower at Bukit Gasing
Bukit Gasing Hiking TipsKeep in mind that it gets busier on weekends and in the evening. Put on a pair of good hiking shoes as certain parts could get challenging (we’re talking mud and steep, slippery slopes). There is a suspension bridge, but it has been closed for repair work. Since facilities are nonexistent here, you are advised to come with an empty bladder and a full water bottle.
Difficulty: Easy to intermediate depending on trail Distance: 4 kilometers Duration: 1-2 hours depending on trail Entrance fee: Free What you'll need: Mosquito repellent and water
How to Get to Bukit Gasing Forest ReserveTo get to the starting point of Bukit Gasing, simply search for this address on Waze or Google Maps: Jalan Tanjong 5/4, Section 5, Bkt Gasing, Petaling Jaya
Pronounced as Xiang Ge Li la (香格里拉) in Mandarin or also known as Zhongdian (中甸) among the locals, Shangri-La is one of earth’s best kept secret and paradise located in the Yunnan province of southern China. Almost like it’s God’s well thought out plan, this restful town is embedded in the seam of Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet - areas brimming with religions and spiritual traditions, azure lakes, eminent alps and verdant grasslands.
Shangri-La was described in James Hilton's Lost Horizon as an other-worldly place of mystique, while the Tibetans refer to it as "sun and moon in heart", which makes it a divine and ideal home in heaven. Here, the locals walk tall and proudly, their skin bearing an enduring shade of bronze due to the unabating exposure to UV radiation.
In the past, it was known as Jiantang. Together with Batang in Tibet and Litang in Sichuan, these areas were ruled by the three sons of a Tibetan King. It wasn’t until 2002 that it received the name Shangri-La.
Land of WonderAs unique as its name, Shangri-La is home to earth’s rawest, most bountiful resources. Plants grow freely and animals such as musk deers, golden monkeys and yaks roam unrestrictedly across the plateaus. Mineral deposits are rich and inexhaustible, and its ethnic inhabitants - mostly Tibetans, live ever harmoniously in accordance to the values and traditions passed down to them for centuries.
The ideal period to visit Shangri-La is between March to August, where flowers are in full bloom in perfect spring weather.
Tibetans living in Shangri-La
The streets of Shangri-La, decorated with colorful prayer flags.
Shangri-La Travel TipsPrepare to be exposed to strong UV radiation and the ever-changing weather. Even if you are not hiking, be sure to pack along sunscreen and long-sleeve shirts for protection.
Altitude sickness is common, and its symptoms are shortness of breath, lightheadedness and tightness in the chest area. Make sure to get enough rest once you arrive and bring along medication if necessary.
A yak in Shangri-la, China
Must-Try Traditional Tibetan Drink: Yak Butter TeaA drink loved across the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and India, butter tea or Pho Cha is traditionally brewed using fragrant tea leaves, rich yak butter, water and salt. The consumption of butter tea has become a necessity in this part of the world due to colder climate and higher altitudes, as it is able to provide high caloric energy while keeping the body warm for a longer period of time.
The taste? It literally felt like I was sipping melted butter that has been diluted with hot water. Oily, possibly rancid and carrying the perfect concentration, I would say the drink is practical rather than tasty. Nevertheless, sampling this exotic tea passed down from the 7th century is a must, because it can rarely be found outside of the region and it does a fantastic job warming both bodies and souls.
Photo by Ashok Ramprasad
Must-Try Traditional Food in Shangri-La: Yak MomoLet’s me just start by saying that I love dumplings, and momo definitely ranks among the top in my list of favorites.
Momo is a traditional delicacy native to South Asia, notably Tibet, Nepal, North India, and Bhutan. Although highly similar to the dumplings from East Asia, they are distinguished through the embodiment of Indian influences, such as the use of herbs and spices. It is believed to have originated from Tibet, and was spread to Nepal thanks to the merchants of the Newar community. Momos in Shangri-La and Tibet are unique because they are stuffed with yak meat. Chicken and pork momo varieties are more commonly found outside of this region.
Photo by Tibetpedia
Top Attractions in Shangri-La, China
Be ready to be swept off your feet, as you are invited to a feast for your senses with unique, unfamiliar architectures and a landscape too beautiful and surreal.
Giant Prayer Wheel, Guishan ParkClosely located to the old town, the 10-meter giant Tibetan prayer wheel is a sight not to be missed (technically you won't be able to miss it either, because it's huuuuge). To get there, you'd need to climb the stairs and be sure to join in the fun and spin the wheel (clockwise and in odd numbers) for an unforgettable experience! In the evening, the park will come to life with music and dances by a merry crowd made up mostly of beautiful, pink-cheeked women and children.
Photo by by Benoit Demers
Songzanlin MonasterySongzanlin is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan, spanning across 30 hectares and located on a mountain 5km from the town centre. Similar to the architecture of Lhasa's famed Potala Palace, this breathtaking complex consists of Tibetan watchtowers soaring five levels above ground storey and is home to over 700 lamas and monks. Visitors need to climb 146 steps at 3,300m above sea level before arriving at the main prayer hall - the very same pilgrimage route taken by generations of pious Buddhists.
Songzanlin Monastery, Yunnan, China
Other noteworthy attractions in Shangri-La include Lake Bita, Baishuitai, Yubeng Village and the sacred Meili Snow Mountains, but getting to them might take some time and effort and they are scattered faraway from another.
Heading to Yunnan? Read this article to help you plan your journey!
This May 13, Jason Mraz will coming to Malaysia as part of his Good Vibes Tour, which started in North America last summer. The tour arrives in Asia in May 2019, where he will be performing in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Taipei.
Jason Mraz Good Vibes Tour in Malaysia
Date: 13 May 2019 (Monday)
Venue: Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Ticket prices: RM198, RM298, RM398, RM498, RM598 and RM698 (VIP)
Win yourself a pair of VIP tickets worth RM698 each to catch Jason Mraz live in Kuala Lumpur! Take part in the ‘Love Is Still The Answer’ Snap & Win Photo Contest by simply uploading a photo on social media to show what love means to you. Include the hashtags #LoveIsStillTheAnswerPhotoContest #JasonMrazLiveInMalaysia and you’re good to go!
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Malaysia is a multiracial country. According to population projections in 2017, the country is made up of approximately 69% Malays and Bumiputeras (indigenous people), 23% Chinese and 7% Indians. Thanks to this unusual yet unique composition, the country has become what it is today: a melting pot of cultures, religions, as well as traditional and fusion delicacies.
In spite of all the differences, all these cohabiting races share a common soft spot - their eternal love for rice. Heading to Malaysia soon? You're going to want to try the following lip-smacking and unforgettable rice dishes till the very last grain!
20 Rice Dishes You Must Try in MalaysiaNasi Dagang (Malay)
Nasi Dagang is made by steaming rice in aromatic coconut milk and fenugreek seeds, which give it its signature flavor. Nasi Dagang found in Kelantan consists of purple wild rice which is slightly glutinous and chewy, whereas the Terengganu version uses white rice. A common breakfast item in the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia and southern Thailand, the rice is served alongside fish curry, roasted shaved coconut, solok lada (stuffed chilli), hard-boiled eggs and a variety of pickles.
Nasi Lemak (Malay)
The national dish of Malaysia needs no introduction. A meal best enjoyed at any time of the day, the name literally translates to “fatty rice”, as the rice preparation calls for generous dousing of coconut cream. Steamed on pandan leaves for roselike fragrance, the dish is served with sweet and spicy sambal (chili paste), roasted groundnuts, egg, fresh cucumber slices and fried anchovies - typically and traditionally wrapped securely in banana leaves.
Malaysia's National Dish: Nasi Lemak
Bak Kut Teh (Chinese)
Fatty and aromatic, Bak Kut Teh literally means “meat bone tea”. The rich and flavorful broth is a result of hours of cooking the ribs, spices, herbs and garlic together. It is served with either white jasmine rice or yam rice, and youtiao or Chinese crullers.
Bak Kut Teh or BKT in Malaysia
Nasi Kandar (Indian Muslim)
Claimed to have originated from Penang, Nasi Kandar is essentially white rice served with a variety of side dishes that ranges from savory curries to assorted vegetables. Displayed in a buffet-style manner, customers are required to scoop whatever they want onto their plates before a waiter drops by to calculate the price of your meal. Top Nasi Kandar picks: Squid curry, ayam goreng berempah cabbage with mustard seeds, and stir-fried okra.
Nasi Kerabu (Malay)
Both mesmerizing to look at and delicious to devour, Nasi Kerabu is a beautifully assembled dish created in Kelantan. The blue rice is naturally dyed using telang flowers or the petals of butterfly pea flowers, and is topped with a complete set of exotic and defining side dishes such as ulam (traditional salad), prawn crackers, toasted grated coconut, aromatic herbs, fish relish, hard-boiled salted egg, and a few different types of sambal belacan.
My favorite Malaysian dish, ever!
Nasi Kerabu in Malaysia
Lemang is prepared using local white glutinous rice and coconut milk, roasted slowly over open fire in hollow bamboo poles that are lined with banana leaves. The result? Wet, sticky and irresistible rice that goes incredibly well with serunding (meat floss), rendang and meat curry.
Lemang and Rendang
Chicken Rice (Chinese)
Originally from China’s Hainan province, this internationally renowned dish has long been assimilated into the Malaysia culinary scene and its recipe has also been dutifully modified to cater to the local’s preference. With chicken broth being the secret formula, this simple 2-part dish (chicken and rice, duh) is best eaten with a special chili dip and a bold ginger-garlic sauce combo.
Chinese Chicken Rice in Malaysia
Chao Fan (Chinese)
Chao Fan is prepared using leftover cooked rice, a variety of vegetables and meat, and is seasoned primarily with soy sauce. In the past, cooking fried rice was a way to salvage leftovers and hence preventing wastage. As there isn’t a fixed recipe to prepare this blissfully simple dish, the exceedingly versatile Chao Fan is different in every shop, each of them adding their own unique touch to the ingredients, seasonings, vegetables and protein.
Chinese Fried Rice in Malaysia
Nasi Goreng (Malay)
The Malay version of Chao Fan, Nasi Goreng is the Malay way of preparing fried rice. Similarly, it makes use of leftover rice which is then stir fried with garlic, bird-eye chili, meat, sweet soy sauce and is most often topped with a fried egg. Best eaten anytime of the day!
Nasi Goreng Melayu in Malaysia
Biryani is a mixed rice dish with Muslim and Indian origins, prepared using Indian spices such as nutmeg, mace, cloves, cardamon, bay leaves, cinnamon, while premium varieties use saffron, which gives the rice its bright orange colour. Its unique taste is derived from aromatic herbs, chili, garlic, ginger and onion, and can be cooked with any type of meat such as chicken, beef and fish. A vegetarian Biryani is known as pulao.
Biryani in Malaysia
Claypot Chicken Rice (Chinese)
Commonly eaten at dinner, this dish is a hit in Malaysia, Singapore as well as Southern China. Its star ingredient is a type of sweet preserved Chinese sausage known as lap cheong, alongside chicken pieces, dark soy sauce, dried salted fish, rice and vegetables in a sturdy clay pot. Traditionally cooked over a charcoal stove and hence enhancing its flavors by giving it a distinct, smokey taste. As the dish is made to order, expect to wait at least 20 minutes before it is served!
Chinese Claypot Chicken Rice in Malaysia
Zong Zi (Chinese)
This traditional rice dish is prepared using glutinous rice with fillings such as meat, salted egg yolk, shiitake mushroom, and water chestnut, wrapped tightly in bamboo leaves. It is seasoned using white pepper, five-spice powder, Shaoxing rice wine and dark soy sauce for a juicy, addictive finish.
Chinese Rice Dumplings in Malaysia
Lo Mai Gai (Chinese)
Similar to Zong Zi in terms of preparation, Lo Mai Gai is a dim sum dish which consists of glutinous rice, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, Chinese sausage slices with pleasurable aroma reeking of scallion and dried shrimp. It is traditionally wrapped in dried lotus leaves but in Malaysia, it is commonly found steamed in bowls made from heat-resistant aluminium foil.
Popular Chinese Dim Sum: Lo Mai Gai
Banana Leaf Rice (Indian)
Eating with the hand on banana leaves is a traditional custom among the South Indians. This dish in particular, requires white rice to be served alongside a variety of curries and vegetables cooked in different manner and to different consistencies, tangy pickles, papadum (crispy crackers) and occasionally accompanied by meat, although this banana leaf meal is traditionally a vegetarian dish. To complete the meal, sip on rasam - a sourish soup which aids digestion!
Originated from the Indian subcontinent, Idli is a type of rice cake eaten with flavorsome gravies and chutneys. This delicious breakfast food is made by steaming a batter prepared using fermented rice and urad dal (black gram) until it achieves a soft, squishy and fluffy texture.
Nasi Goreng Ladna (Malay)
Fried rice and hot gravy served on the same plate, this luscious dish comprises of chicken or seafood and an assortment of vegetables, notably carrot, baby corn, Chinese broccoli, and cauliflower. Best eaten warm!
Seri Muka (Malay)
One of the most common and popular kuih (dessert) in Malaysia, Seri Muka consists of two layers - custard with a distinct green colour on top and chewy glutinous rice that makes up the bottom half. Infused with coconut cream and pandan extract, this creamy dessert makes a great treat between meals.
Kuih Seri Muka in Malaysia
Bubur Pulut Hitam (Malay/Chinese)
Did you know? Black glutinous rice is the unpolished whole grain of its white counterpart. This variety has a slightly stickier texture compared to normal rice as it is made up of a type of starch known as amylopectin. This gooey rice porridge is both sweet and nutritional, and its taste is further enhanced with coconut milk for a divine, velvety finish.
Bubur Pulut Hitam in Malaysia
Pulut Inti (Peranakan)
This famous Nyonya dessert is especially popular in Melaka and Penang, and is available throughout the country. The glutinous rice is dyed using bunga telang or butterfly pea flower, giving it a natural and appealing blue tint. It is topped with sweet grated coconut, and is served wrapped in banana leaves in a distinguishable triangular pyramid shape.
Kuih Pulut Inti in Malaysia
Also known as Kheer, Payasam is a type of Indian rice pudding prepared by boiling rice, milk and sugar together. Other delightful additions include raisins, saffron, pistachios, cardamon and/or cashews. Slow-cooked to creamy perfection, this dish is typically served as a hearty dessert after meals.