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20 Must-Have Souvenirs from Malaysia

If you are anything like me,
you will look for the MOST interesting, out-of-the-ordinary souvenir from
places you’ve been.

It used to be very
conventional, like postcards, keychains, decorative plates and the like but
these stuff take up space and require some kind of maintenance as years go by.

The novelty of a souvenir has
changed, and it is no longer something that you show off as a statement of
“I’ve been there!” It has evolved into something else, where we want to share
with our loved ones back home a little piece of the adventure, so to speak.

So, here’s my take on some of
the things that you just HAVE to take back with you:

#1 – If
you travel to the state of Melaka,
then look out for the dainty Nyonya beaded
slippers
. They may not be the most practical footwear, but then again, they
ARE unique, and quite fancy!

Nyonya Beaded Slippers and Embroidered Kebaya Top

#2 – If
you got yourself that beaded slipper, then you just HAVE to bring back a
traditional kebaya top! The intricately-embroidered tops are a must-have in
any wardrobe.

#3
#4
– If you have a passion for cooking, and are always on
the hunt for that ‘umami’ flavor, bring back some shrimp paste, or belacan,
and if you’re brave enough, cencalok. Cencalok is a condiment made
of fermented small shrimps or krill, and is usually served together with sliced
chillies, finely sliced shallots and lime juice.

Bottom – A stall selling belacan and cencalok

#5
–  Look out also for the sticky coconut
‘cakes’, or dodol, available in a variety of flavours including pandan and durian.

#6
Moving further South to Johor, you can visit the herb farm along the way and
get yourself some stingless bee honey
or madu kelulut. Stingless bee honey is  twice as nutritious as ordinary honey,
according to the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI).

#7 – A
trip to Johor would be meaningless without bringing back the mandatory 434 Coffee. Malaysian Coffee a.k.a
Kopi-O is special in color, flavor and taste, thanks to its special roasting
technique and recipe that commonly includes margarine and sugar as ingredients.
It has been long enjoyed by the locals and also is popular among coffee lovers
in South East Asia. While the sweet, hot beverage may take some getting used to
for those who are used to taking it black, you will definitely fall in love
with it by the time you sip the last drop.

#8 – If
you travel to the north of the Peninsula, then Penang will be one of the places for the best souvenirs. The
Chowrasta Market will be a good place to start, where you can get nutmeg-based products. More than just a
spice, you can get massage oils, ointments and even candy made from nutmeg.

Nutmeg-based products

#9
Another product of Penang that is worth bringing home is Tambun biscuits, or Tau
Sar Pneah
. This delicacy is a mixture of sweet and savoury, and is flaky
and soft at the same time. Traditionally, it is made from wheat flour, sugar,
green bean paste, fried onions, lard and salt. However, there are many
available in the market which are lard-free to cater for the Muslim market.

#10
Pickled fruits are also a must-buy
when one visits Penang. It is a popular souvenir especially among Malaysians. Among
the most well-known is from Pak Ali’s,
best known for its distinct aroma and taste. They claim to use apple cider
vinegar and honey in the pickling process, which sets them apart from the rest.

#11
– Also known as the Food Paradise of Malaysia, especially Indian food, you can always
bring back a mix of your favourite spices
so that you can replicate the dish back home. Head to Little India in George Town, and you’ll be
spilt for choice!

Packed dry spices or ready-cooked pastes to bring home

#12
– If you are into White Coffee, then
by all means, buy a pack or two to bring home. For those who don’t know, the
coffee beans used to produce white coffee are not white. Instead, coffee beans
are roasted with palm oil margarine, ground, brewed and served with
sweetened condensed milk. The drink gets its color from the milk that is
used. 

There’s even Durian Coffee!

If
you are in Kuala Lumpur, or any other major city in Malaysia, the following
suggestions are for you.

#13
– Malaysia batik or songket are also great souvenirs to take home. These
hand-crafted textiles are versatile and can be made into clothing, soft
furnishings and even wall decorations. Malaysian batik differs from others in
the region in terms of design and motif, as well as technique.

Batik and songket

#14
– A fan of durian? You may not be
able to bring back the fruit, but there are a whole multitude of products made
from the King of Fruits available in most supermarkets, and packed safe for
your journey home. There’s durian chocolates, cakes and even coffee!

#15
– Believe it or not, instant noodles!
Seriously. The flavours available out there is UNBELIEVABLE! Even if you might
not buy them, it’ll still be nice to walk into a supermarket and browse the
aisle. You will be amazed at the array of choices you have! Locals enjoy curry
flavor, but there’s also a whole array of flavor combinations that might peak
your curiosity.

#16
BOH tea is one of Cameron
Highland’s product that is worth bringing home, too. BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd is
the largest black tea manufacturer in Malaysia, with both domestic and
international distribution owned by BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd.

#17
Asian drinks. I kid you not! There
are fizzy and non-fizzy versions, in all imaginable flavours and combinations.
From winter melon to passionfruit, pear and ginseng to watermelon and lychee,
feel free to indulge!

#18
– Another one of the things that will sound weird, but go try (and buy!) 100 Plus. 100 Plus is the first thirst-quenching, isotonic beverage to be
launched in Malaysia in 1983. It is caffeine-free, specially formulated to help
restore what the body has lost during physical exertion and rehydrate the body
to its optimal hydration balance. Its unique formula combines fluids,
carbohydrates and electrolytes for quick and efficient absorption of fluids
into the body.

#19 – Pewter goods are also a favourite among tourists. The best
place to get your pewter items are of course from Royal Selangor Pewter,
located in Kuala Lumpur. Royal Selangor International Sdn Bhd is a Malaysian pewter
manufacturer and retailer, the largest of its type in the world.

#20
Adopt and animal! While you cannot
bring the animal home with you, you have at least left a piece of yourself
here, and helped conserve a little bit of Malaysia for our future generations.
A lot of programs are available, and offered, online where you can adopt a
tiger, elephant, turtle, even an orangutan, and receive a certificate and
regular updates on your ‘child’.

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First Cruise Ship Of The Year Arrives In Kuching

First Cruise Ship Of The Year Arrives In Kuching

KUCHING, Friday: The Cruise Ship ‘Star Legend’ of Windstar Cruise docked at Sim Kheng Hong Port on January 8 at 8.45am, making it the first cruise ship to berth in Kuching this year.

194 passengers, mostly from Europe and the United States, were greeted with a traditional garlanding as they disembarked to visit Bako National Park, Sarawak Cultural Village and experience a tour around the Cat City.

This was the maiden voyage by Windstar Cruises and is the first of nine cruises scheduled to berth at Sarawak’s harbours.

Kuching is expected to receive three additional ships this year as compared to the six cruise ships from last year.

Last year 1,964 passengers arrived in Sarawak, with the Silver Shadow, Insignia, L’Austral and Silver Shadow docking in Kuching and the Silver Shadow docking twice in Bintulu.

In 2016, nine ships carrying 3,782 passengers with the Nautica, Astor, Hamburg, Silver Shadow, Seven Seas Voyager, Seabourn Sojourn and Insignia docking in Kuching and Silver Shadow docking twice in Bintulu.

Ten ships with 3,646 passengers arrived in 2015 with the Seabourne docking in Kuching once, Insignia twice and Nat Geo Orion thrice in Kuching while the Silver Wind, Statendam, Silver Shadow and Europa 2 docked in Bintulu.

Arriving cruise ships positively affect local industries such as attraction caretakers, food, and beverage and service providers, receiving an injection of a few hundred additional customers in one day.

“The gradual increase in cruise ships arriving to Sarawak is encouraging, as passengers from these cruise ships are a boon to the Sarawak economy in the port cities, creating a spinoff in the service industry from their patronage,” stated Director of Events and Corporate Relations, Angelina Bateman.

Cruise Ship Garlanding

Passengers disembarking and being garlanded by cultural troupe.

Cruise Ship memento

STB Director of Events and Corporate Relations, Angelina Bateman presenting memento to Captain Neil Broomhall, with General Manager of Kuching Port Authority Robert Lau on the left.

 

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SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
T: +6 082-423600  F: +6 082-416700
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Food Haven Ipoh: Simply The Best

By Vishnu Krishnan

The homely town of Ipoh is on the verge of major development and expansion, but the fragments of its rustic charm still remain, namely within the old school buildings and authentic local cuisines which many argue are simply the best.

The dish most synonymous with Ipoh is their nga choy kai or beansprout chicken. This mouthwatering dish consists of chicken meat and innards, blanched crunchy beansprouts drenched in soy sauce and sesame oil. The blend of textures is divine. Follow the throngs of locals for the best serving at Onn Kee Restaurant.

Onn Kee Tauge Ayam Kue Tiaun is bliss.

(Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/94223817174270490/

It is sinful to skip assam laksa in Ipoh. The best version of it is served with yong tau foo (fried or boiled processed fishcakes and vegetables) stewing in a steamy bowl of the famous sweet and spicy sardine broth. Head to Dai Shu Geok Assam Laksa restaurant for this scrumptious delight.

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Dai Shu Geok Assam Laksa is the flavor of the heaven!

(Source: http://www.misstamchiak.com/the-ipoh-food-guide-2014/)

Ipoh Hor Fun is a signature kuey teow (flat noodle) soup with shredded chicken and prawns that burst with flavours. The Tricycle Chicken Prawn kuey teow at Thean Chun Coffee Shop is one of the best places to sample this little piece of heaven.

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Tricycle Chicken Prawn Kuey Teow is the way to the heart

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Wat tan hor, also known as hor fun, is an amazing dish of flat noodles smothered in a thick egg gravy littered with chicken pieces and prawns. The slimy texture is surprisingly smooth and delectable. The best serving can be found at the Tuck Kee Restaurant which is known for slipping-in an egg at the very last minute to further enhance the smoothness of the gravy!

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Tuck Kee Wat Tan Hor redefines your concept of texture!
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Ipoh is not just limited to full meals and entrées. Their desserts and snacks are pretty good as well. Muah chee is a glutinous rice ball coated in a lovely sweet chopped peanut powder. To experience the best, try the stall right outside the Nam Heong Coffee Shop.

Ipoh white coffee is a blessing to coffee lovers across Malaysia. This beverage is traditionally made from butter roasted coffee beans that is known for an intense, unrivalled aroma.

This particular blend was created by the Wong brothers who set up the famous Sin Yoon Long Coffee Shop in 1937. The white coffee is best served with their famous Hainanese toast bread with kaya, a sweet coconut and egg spread.

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Sin Yoon Long Coffee Shop’s white coffee and toast with eggs may not look like much, but trust us, this is the real deal!

(Source: https://en.yelp.my/biz/sin-yoon-loong-ipoh)

And a trip to Ipoh is not complete without a visit to Buntong for Ipoh’s famed kacang putih (Indian snacks). This area is famous for the manufacturing and retail of kacang putih and makes millions each year selling these savoury treats to England, New Zealand and Australia.

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Now this is what you call snacks!

(Source: http://www.j2kfm.com/kacang-putih-stall-ipoh-garden-post-office/)

For a full list of things to do while you’re enjoying best food in town go to http://www.ipoh-city.com/attraction/

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Malaysia: Visiting tea plantations in a Cameron Highlands

Malaysia: Visiting tea plantations in a Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands is to Malaysia what Darjeeling is to India, or Nuwira Eliya is to Sri Lanka – a hilly, lush, immature segment in a country’s interior that grows reward peculiarity tea, with cooler continue charity acquire service from a differently erotic climate.

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With a towns of Tanah Rata and Brinchang during a core, a Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s many fruitful areas. Here, erotic pleasant rainforest gives approach to a ascetic climate, with rolling hills and silken immature tea plantations during each turn. Tea aside, a area is dotted with moth gardens, waterfalls, unfeeling farms and strawberry plantations, charity many places to revisit and representation uninformed produce. The former British mountain hire has a decidedly cooler meridian than a rest of a country, and stays a renouned holiday mark for Malaysians evading a city, as good as visitors seeking an choice or additional finish to Malaysia’s much-loved coastal and birthright towns.

A outing to Malaysia’s interior

After a fun-filled introduction to Malaysia around a splendid lights and tasty cooking of Kuala Lumpur, we was looking brazen to saying some-more of what a nation had to offer. The pleasing bluish beaches of Langkawi and a Perhentian Islands we was wakeful of, and a ancestral buildings and tasty cuisine in Penang was also on my radar, nonetheless a Cameron Highlands was a partial of Malaysia we formerly knew small about. All was about to be suggested after an easy train float from a country’s collateral to a rural heartland.

My initial impressions were that it was lush, green, fruitful and beautiful. we found a Cameron Highlands charming, with a occasional architectural curtsy to a colonial heyday adding character, and enjoyed a proliferation of places to stop, eat during and explore. As a tea lover, we was quite enamoured with a initial tea plantations I’d ever seen.

Where to go and what to expect

One of a biggest plantations is BOH Plantations, a association determined in a 1920s that has several vast plantations in a area. BOH Sungai Palas Tea Estate is one of a many renouned and permitted to visit, located a brief expostulate from a city of Brinchang. The overwhelming views of a rolling plantations alone are value a visit, yet for tea aficionados a estate offers a plain introduction to how tea is grown and processed, with an educational debate of a bureau and lots of information to peruse. Afterwards we can representation some of a freshest tea on a world in a onsite café.

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An choice to BOH is a camp run by Bharat, who furnish a Cameron Valley code of tea. They have several plantations with teahouses along a categorical highway usually outward Tanah Rata that can simply be visited, yet during rise times they can get crowded. The Cameron Valley tea residence is perched over a colourful immature plantations, and if you’ve had your fill of plain black tea, it offers some some-more sparkling takes on a world’s second many renouned beverage. The masala chai and cardamom tea is perfumed and flavoursome, while a teas infused with uninformed lemongrass or packet are rarely recommended. There’s a café with lots of honeyed offerings here too (think brownies, cheesecake and ice cream).

From stand to cup

A tea camp revisit offers engaging insights into a tea growing, classification and fermenting process, yet for some people, a extraordinary views over a plantations and a tea sampling itself finish adult being a highlights of their visit. Particularly if a tea is consumed in a fantastic tea residence fluctuating adult and over a camp grounds, where we can simply finish adult sitting for an hour or two.

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By visiting some of a plantations in a highlands, we detected a new appreciation for a tough work that goes into producing tea. Labourers picking tea leaves by palm out in a object is something we don’t mostly consider of while indulging in your daily caffeine boost. A outing to your tea’s source creates we realize a tough work that goes into not usually flourishing and cultivating tea, yet transforming a leaves into something savoury and prepared for consumption. The plantations offer many smashing detailed opportunities too, for a quintessential shot of a Cameron Highlands’ endless, abounding immature hills.

Jungle treks and food forays aside, a tea camp revisit is really something good value doing in a pleasing Cameron Highlands.

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Yeng Keng Hotel Georgetown Penang

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Yeng Keng Hotel is located along Chulia Street, one of a best and many renouned areas to stay in Georgetown, Penang. Yeng Keng caters to a some-more rich travelers, instead of to behind packers. It is a pleasing boutique hotel. Yeng Keng has dual floors with usually 20 bedrooms in total. There are 7 opposite room types, trimming in distance and price. The cheapest room, Mansion Double, costs RM300 per night. The many costly Yeng Keng Suite costs over RM500 per night. All bedrooms embody breakfast and wifi broadband.

The hotel has a tiny pool in a behind that is really good if we wish to relax and cold off for a bit after walking around in Georgetown. During a day though generally in a evenings we can suffer a libation during a Yeng Keng Café Bar. We desired their cocktails and desserts.

Breakfast is always enclosed in a room price. The breakfast was really nice. The internal treats were delicious, a bread was uninformed and a coffee was of really good quality. Non-guests can also have breakfast here for RM20 per chairman (which is a steal).

Rooms are all really tastefully furnished. They are atmospheric and friendly during a same time. The same goes for a area outward a rooms, where we have mixed seats, chairs and sofas where we can lay and relax. Overall a hotel has a smashing atmosphere. If we are looking for a good boutique hotel within a ancestral core of Georgetown, be certain to revisit Yeng Keng.

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