Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wet market in Malaysia

I enjoy to go to the wet market early in the morning. That is when the things there are fresh... late in the afternoon their condition will be slightly deteriorated.

Some large wet markets will offer you almost everything such as herbs, spices, vegetables, chicken, lamb, beef, fish, squids, shrimps, eggs,  fruits, dried products.

Major Herbs Of Malaysia

Tongkat ali, Eurycoma Longifolia, Misai Kucing, Kacip Fatimah, Stivia, Pecah Beling and many more.The herbs are commonly, but not necessarily, mixed in many malay cusine or for health benefits.

Major Vegetables Of Malaysia

Curry leaves, Pandan, Lemongrass, Cili padi, Red cili, Cucumber, Carrot, Salad, French beans, Bitter gourd, Eggplant, Ginger, Turmeric, Lemons, Squash, Coconut, Chinese cabbage, Choy Sum, Galangal, Spinach and many more.

Major Meats Of Malaysia

Mutton, Chicken, beef, Lamb, Goat (pork meat is widely consumed by Non-Muslims)


Major Sea food Of Malaysia

Shrimps, Prawn, Ketam, Kerang, Siput lala, Sotong, Squid, Lobster, Fish a lot of types: Tilapia, Shark, Sulphur goatfish, Merah, Kakap merah,Kaci kakap, Siakap putih,  Kayu, Kurau, Salmon etc.

Major Dried food of Malaysia

Dried fish, Dried shrimp, Dried chicken, Dried beef,  Dried fruits, Dried cili, Dried onion, Dried garlic.

Major Fruits Of Malaysia

Mango, Durian, Rambutan, Pineapple, Mangosteen, Jackfruit, Banana, Guava
Water-apple, Starfruit, Coconut, Nipah Palm Fruit, Salak, Sugar palm fruit, Pomegranate, Lime
Papaya, Breadfruit, Ciku












   

Monday, 27 August 2012

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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Malaysia Eid Fitr celebration - Hari Raya AidilFitri Kediaman Perdana Menteri Putrajaya 2012

In Malaysia we start the Eid Fitr, with the Eid prayer at the Masjid Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Putrajaya  or Iron Mosque is the second principal mosque in Putrajaya, after Masjid Putra. It`s a new Masjid opened in 2010, for the public.

After the prayers, we proceeded to the Kediaman Perdana Menteri Putrajaya, where an Open House is held by the Prime Minister and his cabinet team, specially for the Eid.

I had the chance to greet the Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak , Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, Barisan Nasional leaders such as MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

I waited in a long queue for around 45 minutes to greet the Malaysian`s Ministers....a unique experience. While queuing saw different faces from all over the world, Chinese, Indians, Bangladesh, Europeans and many more....from all different backgrounds.  

After greeted the Malaysian`s Ministers, we were given gifts in the form of a big container of cookies and a glass memorabilia mug....Children present were also given some money popular in Malaysia as "duit raya" on the Eid occasion..



Malaysia Eid Fitr celebration - Hari Raya AidilFitri Kediaman Perdana Menteri Putrajaya 2012
Malaysia Eid Fitr celebration - Hari Raya AidilFitri Kediaman Perdana Menteri Putrajaya 2012
At the Open House, all are served with various local cuisines at a large tent set up in the compound vicinity. A very nice place, with beautiful arrangements, balloons, clown, entrainment shows, and lots of food such as: Rendang, Ketupat, Rice Briyani, Laksa, Mee Curry, Cendol, Cakes, Fruits, Curry Puff, Iced Drinks, Sate, Nasi Impit, Kacang Sauce, Roti boom, Bihun Soup and many more.

The atmosphere was unique, an auspicious and peaceful Eid feeling and celebration...children were happy and had the chance to meet people from all over the world, Muslims and Non-Muslims, curious with our Eid celebration! Looking forward to Eid Fitr 2013!


Happy Eid All! Selamat Hari Raya semua! Eid Mubarak!






















Thursday, 16 August 2012

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in Malaysia. I had my trip to Langkawi from Kuala Kedah, reached Langkawi via ferry approximately 1 hours 45 minutes by ferry.

A peacefully ferry and a nice sea-view....Arrived in Langkawi, before afternoon, rented a van...and went directly to the resort, a chalet where we stayed.

Despite of the short time allocated for my travel in Langkawi, i managed to see some of the important places, hopefully a second trip will come in the near future. 

  • On the first day i visited  Langkawi Parade Mega Mall  & Makam Mahsuri.    
  • Second day had breakfast at the beach, in Pantai Cenang. There  had a boat ride  and admired the most beautiful seascapes until Langkawi Wildlife Park, after that Eagle-Feeding. Eagle-Feeding is one of the must do things in Langkawi. It is just amazing to see the eagles so close to the boat.
  • Finally, on the third day, shopping, window shop around in Langkawi centre, looking for souvenirs for friends.
Langkawi is considered a free duty city, another big reason to stop and shop there...



   
   
   

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Boat ride, eagle- feeding, Langkawi ferry, Langkawi Island, Makam Mahsuri, Malaysia Islands, Malaysia top beaches, Malaysia trip, Parade Mega Mall, sea, shopping, tourism, travel,

Boat ride, eagle- feeding, Langkawi ferry, Langkawi Island, Makam Mahsuri, Malaysia Islands, Malaysia top beaches, Malaysia trip, Parade Mega Mall, sea, shopping, tourism, travel,

Boat ride, eagle- feeding, Langkawi ferry, Langkawi Island, Makam Mahsuri, Malaysia Islands, Malaysia top beaches, Malaysia trip, Parade Mega Mall, sea, shopping, tourism, travel,






















Lamb BBQ

Lamb BBQ is famous in Malaysia and cooked in evening during special gatherings, events, hotel`s buffets.

During Ramadan Month, the Lamb BBQ is almost everywhere.

Some may have others preferences, due to undesirable lamb taste or diet issue.

But a Lamb BBQ is perfectly healthy, less fat...and  the secret is how the lamb is prepared.

Usually grilling,  roasting the meat tend to reduce the meat fat.

In Malaysia the Lamb BBQ  is served with  Brown Sauce, Mint Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Chili Sauce and Green Garden Salad.

For Lamb`s lovers, in Malaysian`s Restaurants you can find Grilled Lamb Chop during the entire year.


Lamb BBQ
Grilled Lamb Chop with Black Pepper Sauce served with mashed potato and salad
 Lamb BBQ
 Grilled Lamb Chop with Black Pepper Sauce
 served with Mashed Potato and  Salad




Chinese New Year in Malaysia

Happy Chinese New Year!  Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Before relocating to Malaysia, i thought Malaysia Public Holidays are similar to any Muslim Country, limited to Eid Holidays, Ramadan, Prophet Muhammed`s birthday. But soon after, i learned that Malaysia is a multicultural country despite of Islam being the official religion.

Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is celebrated in Malaysia by the Chinese community.

It is celebrated in the first month of the Chinese Calendar. On the Chinese New Year's Eve, the Chinese families gather all together for the family dinner. First day of the celebration is dedicated to family, with the third day onwards visiting friends.

Living near the Chinese community in Malaysia,  you will notice red color Chinese decoration considered auspicious for the New Year. The red color symbolize good luck and wealth the entire year.

When i heard about Chinese New year i can't help but to think of the sounds of the Red firecrackers going off during the Chinese New Year in Malaysia....the red firecrackers are extremely  noisy and does not go unnoticed.
Happy Chinese New Year!  Gong Xi Fa Chai!

 

Thai Food in Malaysia

After trying for the first time the Thai Food here in Malaysia, i was very surprised of the taste....just by looking at it the first time made me sweat scared because of the spices & hot, after few attempts discovered that i am in love with Thai Food.

Especially because of the '4 in 1 taste': sour, sweet, salty, and bitter.

In Malaysia every where you can find the popular restaurants "Tom Yam Sea Foods", which normally offer the combination of the Malay and Thai cuisine, you will find authentic Thai recipes such as: Tom Yam, Masam manis Curry, Steam Fish.

At the beaches area, there are plenty of "Sea Food`s restaurants". From my experience whenever I have no idea what to eat, Tomyam restaurants would be the first thing that came to mind.

As a dessert, try a Thai dish of finely chopped lime, ginger, onion, toasted coconut,chili and peanuts. Spread some of the sweet chill sauce on the fresh leaves, add a small amount from each dish, fold the leaf and eat. 



Wednesday, 15 August 2012

How to grow Lemongrass

In Malaysia, I discovered the lemongrass (Serai), and I love to add it in my dishes.
It is commonly used in Malay cuisine such as: rendang, nasi goreng, ayam goreng berempah and many more...The fragrance of the lemongrass has a strong flavor of lemon citrus.

How i grow the lemongrass?

I bought a few sticks of lemongrass from the market. Take 1 stick and keep it in a container with water until some white roots emerge....change the water from time to time....

Today after seeing a lot of white roots growing at the end, I transferred the lemongrass in a pot with soil.

Will update the lemongrass progress next months.


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Eid Fitr

Aidil Fitri or Eid Fitr is the day which marks the end of fasting month, Ramadan.

In Malaysia and muslims all over the world, wearing new clothes, they will attend to the nearest Masjid or any Masjid for the morning Eid Salat consisting of two raka'ah and two sermons.
After the prayer  they will visit their relatives.

The first and the second day of Eid are considered as pubic holiday in Malaysia.

Eid Mubarak to all! Happy Eid to all! Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri to all!



Potluck In Malaysia

In Malaysia  the the term of potluck is a common popular dish preparation. Whenever  the sentence refers to "potluck at work", "potluck with friends", "potluck at school", "potluck party", "family`s potluck" all will make you....hungry.

Potlucks are normally popular for brunch, but whatever the occasion or time a potluck is always welcomed!

What Malaysian eat during their potluck:

  • Noodles: Mee curry, Laksa, Laksam, Bihun soup
  • Rice: Fried rice, Nasi lemak. 
  • Sandwiches: Eggs, tuna sandwich
  • Sweets: Cookies, Pudding Cakes, Fruits.

Some images from "Malaysian potluck at work".



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Port Dickson Barbeque






Whenever i am on leave and looking for some family time i always choose Port Dickson.


"Port Dickson" or "PD" is a beach and holiday destination situated in Negeri Sembilan, approximately 90 km  from Kuala Lumpur. 

Be there early in the morning to find a good spot and a large tree to protect us from the afternoon sunlight .

Unpack my things on the beach, the barbeque set, the blanket and start to prepare the food. Heat the barbeque grill good.

"What can we eat on a beach in Malaysia?"

Usually I prefer to bring along cook rice from home, together with a can of curry and  prepare fresh barbeque on the beach.

I love to barbeque sausages, shrimps, crab sticks, and chicken.

I could not describe the smell of the barbeque, but believe me it taste better with a nice beach view, nice environment and an early bath at the beach.....


The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

One of the annual attraction in Putrajaya city is The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

The beautiful landscape of  Putrajaya is the perfect host.


During the event there are a lot of  attractions for visitors such as: 




  • Tethered Rides
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Bicycle Fun Ride
  • KMX Kart
  • Zorbing
  • Wall Climbing
  • Racing Simulator
  • Archery      
 Also there is a bazaar selling food, toys and balloons for children.



How to grow mango from seed



After eating, keep the mango seed in a cool and dry place. Allow the seed to dry for 2 weeks, when the cover looks like dried, try to open the cover...

Be careful not to break the seed inside....the dried mango shell is quite hard...

Once you get the mango seed...place the seed into a container, submerging it in water....remember to change the water from time to time once you see it discolored to darkish brown...


I used to change every day....Within 2 weeks you will see some progress with the seed...I left my seed around 1 month to grow it in the water container...and soon after remove and place it in a pot with soil.

I will update the post next months with my mango progress.