Famous Hari Raya Local Dishes From Each State in Malaysia

There’s nothing in this world like the food you will find in Malaysia during Hari Raya. Don’t get me wrong, we have amazing food all year round and for special occasions, but the delicacies served during Hari Raya are at the top of most of our tourists’ “must-have” lists.

Hari Raya marks the end of Ramadhan, or the fasting month, for Muslims worldwide, and especially here in Malaysia. So what follows a month of fasting? A whole month of celebrations and eating amazing dishes, many of which can only be found this time of the year. But you don’t have to be Muslim to enjoy them and experience everything that Hari Raya has to offer.

Introduced by foreign and local settlers many years ago, Malay heritage food is a delicious symbol of the colorful Malaysian Muslim lifestyle and has rightfully claimed its place of cultural significance during the festive season. And what better occasion than Hari Raya to take your diners on a trip back to yesteryear with a mouth-watering array of heritage delicacies from famous local places in Malaysia.

Kuantan: Puding Raja

This particular pudding was a specialty from the region of Pekan, Pahang. Puding Raja (“Royal Pudding”) is a traditional Pahang Malay dish taken as an appetizer or dessert and is easy to make at home especially when it comes to Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

You don’t need to be royalty to feast like a king, because treats like Puding DiRaja (Royal Pudding), once reserved for royal banquets, are increasingly available to the public. Puding Raja is not so much a pudding as a simple dish of bananas with a sauce or gravy made from milk and cornflour. Its palate sweetness is balanced with hints of tartness from prune, and there’s myriad textures – spongy, chewy, crispy, and smooth – in every bite.

Ipoh: Rendang Tok

Unlike many other rendang varieties where the chunks of beef are stewed in a rich and spicy sauce known as “kuah“, Rendang Tok from Perak is much drier in comparison, with the gravy being greatly reduced from prolonged simmering until all that’s left is merely a thick layer that coats and adheres onto each piece of meat. Because of this, every chunk of beef is packed with so much flavor as the spices and condiments used become concentrated and compacted from the sauce reduction.

Rendang Tok has always been a famous dish during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri here.

Rendang cooking has a long withstanding tradition in Malaysia and has since evolved and developed so many varieties, with almost every state having its own unique variation. So it comes as no surprise that Perak too has its own “special” rendang and rightfully so as it is very famous, enjoyed by not only the Perakians but also visitors to the state. “Rendang Tok” as it is known, with “Tok” to mean royalty, this delicious rendang is literally food befitting the kings!

Sabah & Sarawak: Kelupis

If you’re planned to travel Sarawak for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Kelupis is a must-try. It is a traditional snack of both the Bisaya people and the Bruneian Malay people residing in Brunei and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. Glutinous rice is first cooked in coconut milk that is flavored with pandan leaves, then wrapped in daun nyirik leaves.

The prepared rolls are steamed, then left to hang so they contain no excess water and the rice inside is not wet or damp. Once unwrapped, this snack is delicious enough to be eaten alone, but it’s typically paired with curry or a spicy meat dish known as rendang.

Pulau Pinang: Halwa Maskat

Most common local delicacies in Pulau Pinang is Halwa maskat which is a traditional sweet dish served only on Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It is a very special dish for Penang.

Halwa maskat is a kind of rectangular shaped candy like jelly made from beef, flour, and sugar. 

The secret to producing high quality Halwa masks is not only dependent on the right ingredients, but also on the complicated and time-consuming methods of preparation and the process of mixing the batter continuously.

The dough to produce Halwa masks should be refrigerated for three days and three nights before being stirred on a slow burn for five hours non-stop. If not, the mixture may be crusty and warm.

Johor: Lontong

One of the top dishes during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Johor Bahru is Lontong. It is a combination of nasi impit, vegetables and meat, served together with a savoury coconut milk base. Lontong can be eaten as a full meal since it has everything included in it.

Lontong is typically eaten as a breakfast dish and also served during special occasions such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Malay weddings.

Depending on the region it’s prepared in, there are several variations. Some cooks include peanuts in the gravy while others add tempeh or a hard-boiled egg. The bright orange coconut soup is usually served separately from the ingredients to avoid softening the rice cakes.

Terengganu & Kelantan: Nasi Dagang

Ask locals in Kelantan & Terengganu what their local main dish is and don’t be surprised if all say “Nasi Dagang!”.

This flavorful Malaysian dish consists of rice that is steamed in coconut milk and usually served accompanied by spicy fish curry. It is traditionally associated with eastern parts of the country, primarily the regions of Kelantan and Terengganu, along with Southern Thailand.

Depending on the area, nasi dagang can be prepared with husked red rice or the combination of jasmine and glutinous white rice. It is enjoyed as a hearty breakfast that comes served doused in flavor-packed fish curry, and it is usually complemented by pickled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, toasted coconut, sambal, and fish crackers.

Negeri Sembilan: Rendang Hitam

There is a dish that will never absence from the celebrations of Hari Raya, no matter whose house you go, you will never miss this dish.

Yup, it’s Rendang!

In fact, it’s not just for Hari Raya. In Malay society, whenever there is a gathering, the serving of Rendang is a must.

An all-time favorite for the festive table, rendang is often prepared with either beef or chicken infused with aromatic spices and coconut milk for hours. Many culinary experts around the world like to refer to rendang as a curry because of the way it’s slowly stewed on low heat and the array of spices, but it’s richer than a curry and has less sauce, so many Malaysians don’t consider it a curry.

Interestingly, rendang contains natural preservatives due to its recipe which calls for a unique fusion of ground spices and coconut milk, which gives the dish a shelf life up to four weeks.

Malacca: Dodol

Malacca’s local famous dish during Hari Raya Aidilfitri is Dodol. While the base ingredients to make this sweet Hari Raya dessert – coconut milk, cane sugar, and rice flour – appear unassuming enough, in truth, this is one of the most challenging recipes on this list. The cooking process involves continuously stirring the sticky mixture in a hot wok for nine hours. Then it is rolled, portioned out, and individually wrapped.

All this effort does pay off beautifully at the end when you bite into an incredibly rich and flavourful dessert that’s as popular with adults as it is with children. Doldol can also be found in durian, soursop, apple, jackfruit, and milk flavours.

Kedah: Lengat Pisang

Lengat Pisang is a rare type of dessert and only a few know it. Its name is given because it is steamed.

It is an iconic traditional food that is a must-have at Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Kedah.

Selangor: Satay

There’s satay … and then there’s satay Kajang. Brought into the country by the West Javanese towards the end of World War I, the skewered meat is found in abundance at this town in Selangor today. Satay Kajang has gained a reputation for being perfectly tender and flavourful.

What separates Kajang’s satay from the West Javanese one is the chunks of grilled fat. Chicken and beef are the most common variant, but there are other more “exotic” offerings too like rabbit, venison, and duck, as well as liver and gizzard.

Perlis: Kurma Daging

Perlis, the smallest state in Peninsular Malaysia, abuts the Thai border. The state capital of Kangar is surrounded by limestone hills. In this region during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, curry dishes cooked with lots of coconut milk – like Gulai Daging and Kurma Daging Perlis are all-time favorites.

This dish is usually served with ketupats(glutinuous rice).

Negeri Sembilan: Masak lemak cili api

Deliciously rich and spicy, this dish is a fine representation of the masak lemak cooking style. The Minang cooking method – which usually includes turmeric with creamy coconut milk – is particularly popular during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Negeri Sembilan.

The locals here love a good serving of heat, and masak lemak cili api delivers that through the usage of copious amounts of spicy chilli. The creamy gravy is usually served with meat, seafood and vegetables.

Take Hari Raya to a whole new level with family trips to Malaysia. Malaysia is a big nation, thus you will have ample time to explore the best areas during the Hari Raya holidays.

What better way to witness how different cultures celebrate this religious celebration than being there when it happens? This Raya holiday, how about going on a Malaysian food trip with your nose (and stomach!) as your guide? We’ve tracked down some signature dishes from the many states in Malaysia to start you off.

Where to Go in Malaysia For Nature Lovers: This Hidden Gem Has Cool Weather & It Isn’t Cameron Or Genting Highlands

There are many hidden gems to be discovered in Malaysia though, from natural reserves to an island with a fascinating history. One of the best family time you can have is taking time off busy schedules from work and school to go for a holiday! While it is a treat, it doesn’t have to cost a bomb or require painstaking planning for an overseas trip. It can be spontaneous, fun and relaxing as well. Here is an amazing place that you didn’t know that existed in Malaysia.

Take your sweaters out and escape the heat by heading for this picturesque hill in Taiping, Perak.

Bukit Larut, historically known as Maxwell Hill, is Malaysia’s oldest hill resort – relatively intact and not overdeveloped compared to famous spots like Genting and Cameron Highlands.

This secret gem may not have theme parks or malls, but it’s the perfect spot for anyone looking for a comfortable, peaceful getaway instead.
Nature-lovers will enjoy jungle trekking, bird-watching, swimming in Burmese pool near the foothills, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views while Netflixing.
The virgin forests of Bukit Larut are brimming with wildlife such as bats, squirrels, and gibbons that roam freely.

The lookout post at Maxwell Hill(Bukit Larut)
Hanging Bridge at Maxwell Hill

It’s the ideal escape for anyone looking for a nice holiday in cooler weather, as temperatures can range from 10 to 15 degrees.


When you climb to the end, you’ll come across a massive tea garden set up in 1887.
Bukit Larut’s tea plantation was eventually transferred to Cameron, because the tea leaves could not grow very well on the hill.

The only path to get to Tea Garden of Bukit Larut

An eco-trip to the heart of Malaysia’s tropical rainforest will leave you wondering why Tarzan would ever leave his home for the modern world. Not only will it capture your heart by the breath-taking beauty of an endless green landscape but also unleash the adventurous person in you to wallow in the activities offered here. Malaysia in particular, is home to an abundance of rainforests, with idyllic resorts tucked away in their nooks and crannies. While these secret hideouts are a distance away from the bustling city, they remain easily accessible and still spoil you with high levels of comfort. Furthermore, with many attractions in the vicinity, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and entertainment. If you just want to chill and rest, revel in the tranquility and serenity of the lush surroundings, and spend quality time with your friends and family in the middle of the forest. It’s a rare and unique staycation experience inside a bus!

Recharge and enjoy the cool air at this adventure park, where temperatures rarely go above 28 degrees! The cool, crisp air is perfect for those wanting a quick getaway that doesn’t require long travel time. Stay at this unique stay-cation on a transformed bus. In this trip, you’ll have a perfect staycation at ATV Adventure Park Larut where you’ll find the finest comfort in the forest of rain city, surrounded by the greenery of nature. This is surely a perfect getaway from the city! Totally a new style of an outdoor stay. Relax by the nature surrounding with a cup of tea and book, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, guided jungle trekking is also available.

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Where to Go in Malaysia: 9 Most Instagram-Worthy Places with Names That Will Tickle Your Bone

Have you ever gone past a road sign, only to stop for a moment and like, “Wait, what did I just see?”

Malaysia’s full of beautiful places with funny names, so we’ve compiled a list of our top nine that made us do a double-take.

Pulau Kentut Besar/Pulau Kentut Kecil

Why would anyone name an island after a big fart and a little fart? Legend has it that the island got its name from an incident that happened during a meal at the wedding reception between the daughter of Mat Chinchang and the son of Mat Raya. The groom apparently let out a fart (or two). As the food had been prepared by the bride’s family, they took offense, sparking a fight between the two families that caused chaos across the island.

So a great bonus to this is that you pretty much get the whole beach to yourself due to how secluded it is. And since the waters are so clear, snorkeling is a must! Besides that, you can go fishing or camping, and get some Insta-worthy shots for bragging rights that you went to a farting island. Oh, not to forget, you can also fart. Just don’t get caught.  

Gunung Besar Hantu

The name Gunung Besar makes perfect sense as the mountain stands at 1,462 meters above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Negeri Sembilan, but nothing explains why the hantu (ghost) element was added.
The climb up the mountain takes about six hours from the trail to Kampung Chenah in Kuala Klawang, Jelebu. Trekkers claim that the rich range of species in the mountains makes it a sight to behold! Gunung Besar Hantu is also home to Lata Kijang Waterfalls, one of the highest waterfalls in Peninsular Malaysia at the base of the mountain.

This is a place that you can just relax and enjoy the cool weather.

View of the Lata Kijang Waterfall

Pulau Babi Tengah

Mention the word’ babi’ (pig) and the last thing you’d think of is probably a stunning island set in sparkling blue waters.

Located nine nautical miles off the coast of Mersing in Johor, an island that was once used as a Vietnamese refugee transit camp, the Malaysian government is now gazetted as a marine park. A few decades ago, the term babi dropped from the name of the island and is now known as Pulau Tengah.

In fact, this island is a designated marine park on account of its teeming wildlife. Pulau Babi Tengah is a home to an abundance of marine flora and fauna, including reef sharks, otters, and dugongs. Even sea turtles make an appearance on the island very often, laying their eggs at night on the strip of beach. Then there’s countless bird species and its flourishing botanical ecology. In conclusion, Pulau Babi Tengah’s nature is thriving.

Pulau Babi Besar

Currently known as Pulau Besar, the island was once known as Pulau Babi Besar because of the wild boars that roamed the island before it was commercialized.

There are six villages on the island-Atap Zing Village, Batu Hitam Village, Busong Village, Teluk Bakau Village, Teluk Kampa Village and Teluk Penagat Village-populated with just about 100 fishermen and their families.

Pulau Babi Besar is the kind of picturesque island you see in holiday brochures – at a fraction of the price.  The beaches looked exactly like the ones we’ve seen in the Maldives and dreamed about going to. You’ll have never ever seen sea so blue or sand so white!

Pulau Timba Timba

The term’ timba’ refers to water dippers used to scoop water out of wells. It is a very beautiful island. Long white sandy beach & pristine water to your left and right. Snorkel here & you can see turtles in their natural habitat.

We’re not too sure how that name came about, but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful islands in Semporna, Sabah. Known to be a paradise for snorkelers, the shimmering blue waters of this island are lined with exotic coral beds and rock formations. If you’re lucky, you might see a blue-spotted stingray. Pulau Timba Timba is covered with soft, pure white sand. Apart from being known for its wonderful beach, it is also a great place to look for rarer macro marine life that includes cuttlefish, frogfish, crab and occasionally nurse sharks. While turtles can be seen in numbers, other frequent sightings include blue ribbon eels, moray eels, lobster and barracudas. 

Pulau Bum Bum

Yup, Pulau Bum Bum sounds like a made-up name that your three-year-old nephew has come up with, but it’s for real. The island is located about one kilometer east of the town of Semporna and is primarily inhabited by the people of Bajau Laut, who are generally referred to as’ water gypsies.’

Because of its proximity to the mainland, Pulau Bum Bum is a popular destination for island hopping.

Pulau Bum Bum may not be known as a tourist spot, but there are a number of budget floating resorts and longhouses where diving and snorkeling are offered.

Aside from water sports, there are several interesting things to see during a stay on Pulau Bum Bum.

The Island of Pulau Bum Bum has about 20 thousand people living there.

They are settled in one of the 34 villages and small hamlets found all along the coastal areas. Wandering around the island will bring you into contact with the local culture.

Sungai Bangang

Perhaps this “idiotic river” is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Located about 100 kilometers from Kuala Terengganu, the magnificent green emerald river is part of the Chemerong, Berembun and Langsir (CBL) hiking trail in Terengganu.

It’s only two days before you get to Sungai Bangang. The trek usually begins from the Chemerong Recreational Forest in Dungun, then to Puncak Chemerong and Puncak Berembun. When there, hikers will normally spend the night at the top of the Langsir Waterfall to wake up to a stunning sunrise the next day.

Sungai Bangang is about three hours away from the height of Langsir Waterfall.

Pulau Pom Pom

Pom Pom Island is a small coral reef island in the Celebes Sea approximately 30 kilometers northeast of Semporna town, Sabah, East Malaysia. It is one of the six islands situated northeast of Semporna, an important nesting and feeding location for Hawksbill and Green Sea turtles.

You have probably heard about diving at some point in your life, or watched it in movies and documentaries. Here at Pom Pom Island, their dive instructors are so enthusiastic about diving and marine life, they are sure that you will enjoy diving as much as they do. Also, there are so many interesting things you can do here like snorkeling and get to meet those sea turtles.

Pulau Susu Dara

Susu Dara (Virgin’s milk)? This one’s going to take the cake.

Nothing is known about the source of the island’s name, but we know that there are two small inhabited islands under the Susu Dara cluster, Pulau Susu Dara Besar and Pulau Susu Dara Kecil, located near Pulau Perhentian in Terengganu.

Visitors will normally stay at Pulau Perhentian and go on snorkeling trips to the islands of Susu Dara. Facing the open seafront, hard and soft coral communities thrive on the rich nutrients from the sea. Soft corals are not as plentiful as Tokong Laut. However, the diving is interesting with good water clarity and abundant reef fish. Expect to see damselfishes, wrasses, rigger fishes, and a moral eel peeping out from its lair.

Where to Go in Malaysia: Breathtaking Places That Look EXACTLY Like New Zealand

Do you know that Malaysia has plenty of beautiful places that remind you of New Zealand? From graceful valleys to underwater worlds, lovely beaches, and inspired architecture, they remind us that Malaysia has the share of spectacular attractions that not even locals know about.

Head to these picturesque spots in Malaysia that will trick your friends and social media followers into thinking you’re somewhere in New Zealand.

The skies & hills of Langkawi, Kedah vs Lake Rotoehu

Discover the secrets of an amazing tropical rain forest and its varied eco-systems sustaining the greatest amount of flora and fauna on earth. Experience the perfect symbiosis between animals, trees, and plants that have successfully survived the test of time for over 100 million years.

Canopy walk at Taman Negara, Pahang vs Rotorua

Explore and discover Malaysia’s largest national park without getting lost amid the dense jungle on a hassle-free day trip to Taman Negara National Park from Kuala Lumpur.
A perfect choice for nature lovers and first-time visitors, with a jungle trek and canopy walkway adventures and also a boat ride on the rapids are included. Lunch, tea, and tropical fruit are provided.

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A majestic view of the Bako National Park, Sarawak vs Piha Beach

Bako National Park has been a lush oasis for Sarawak’s tropical rainforests and wildlife, including the proboscis monkey. There are many different kinds of landscapes here, including swamps, mangrove forests, cliffs and beaches. The little bays and coves may even remind you of the coastal beauty of Krabi!

Cable car ride at Langkawi, Kedah vs Queenstown

This fun-filled day trip is the ideal way to get an overview of Langkawi for visitors short on time. You’ll visit a cable car, and traditional handicrafts villages, and more, which is much more than you could fit in if traveling independently. Learn about the nature and culture of Langkawi from a knowledgeable local guide.

Seeing double at Huffaz Lake, Kuala Kubu Bharu vs Mirror Lakes, Milford Sound

It’s a reflection of a mosque by the lake with a beautiful sunrise. It is located in a small town in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor. Besides, it is a small town which has varieties of extreme activity like White Water Rafting, Ropeswing, Zipline and many more.

One of the most popular activities would be the Tandem Paragliding in Kuala Kubu Bharu which would be suitable for the Paragliding lovers.

Overlooking Tasoh Lake, Perlis vs Lake Te Anau

The scenic Tasoh Lake is a sanctuary for migratory birds especially from the cold countries as this freshwater lake with its natural surroundings provides much-needed food and shelter for these birds. Depart from Kangar and use the Padang Besar road. Keep an eye out for the Tasik Timah-Tasoh signboard. The trip should take just 20 minutes by car.

Travelers who are tired of their busy lives in the city must visit this lake to rejuvenate themselves.

Caving experience at Gua Niah, Sarawak vs Nikau Cave

Niah National Park may not have the largest caves, but it holds one of the world’s most important archaeological sites in its stunning limestone caves. Home to not only an abundance of flora and fauna but the Niah National Park also contributes to the thriving bird’s nest industry in Sarawak. The park’s many amazing attractions and activities are sure to be a nature lover’s dream.

The breathtaking view at Cameron Highlands, Pahang vs Forgotten World Highway

Cameron Highlands in Pahang is one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations, a collection of peaceful townships perched 1500 meters high on a nest of serene mountains. Cooling resorts, tea plantations, and strawberry farms sprawl lazily across lush valleys and meandering hill slopes, the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. In this tour, you will be guaranteed to have a relaxing day! Mingle around with flora&fauna, a very great retreat.

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White water rafting at Gopeng, Perak vs Tongariro River

Gopeng is also well known for limestone caves such as Gua Tempurung, located approximately 5 km from the town center. Gopeng has everything you need to make your abseiling adventure at the Ulu Geruntum Waterfall an enjoyable experience. Your activity day starts with meeting up at Gua Tempurung, and then you will be transferred to Ulu Geruntum, where the activity will be conducted. Hit water raft through 12KM of Kampar River with 14 rapids graded easy to difficult. The clear water of Kampar River (Class I-III) is suitable for anyone who is physically fit and those who crave for mild technical adventure whilst safely enjoy a rafting trip with us in Gopeng together with our team. we will ensure that you will be happy with us on this trip. Enjoy the watersport with us and make memorable moments in Malaysia.

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Beach time at Sipadan Island, Sabah vs Split Apple Rock Beach

Sabah has an astounding array of beautiful islands off its eastern and western coastlines. This is why Sabah is regularly sought after by divers, as the seas are abundant with coral reefs and marine life. Also, you can tour about 10 beautiful islands in Semporna Sabah and take 4 Days 3 Nights for the whole trip. The trip will have snorkeling, hiking and touring Island activities.

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Cattle at Kundasang, Sabah vs Mount Egmont

Way to Kundasang it takes 2 hours without traffic jams from the city. After arriving at Kundasang you can enjoy viewing hills and mountain Kinabalu and also can feel the cold wind at Kundasang. Besides that, you can visit popular places such as Hotspring Poring in Ranau, Desa Cattle(New Zealand in Sabah) and other attractive places. This journey may bring you a different kind of view towards Sabah!

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What to Do in Putrajaya: Explore Traditional Malay Food in Night Market

Putrajaya is Malaysia’s latest Federal Territory. Putrajaya takes over the administrative functions of the capital city Kuala Lumpur and is part of the Multimedia Super Corridor project of the Malaysian government.

The streets are elegantly designed with a European style, along with well-paved roads while the government buildings are a blend of modern architecture with Islamic arts.

Beautiful landscape of Putrajaya
One of the significant pink building: Putra Mosque
Breath-taking night view

Despite from the wonderful environment of Putrajaya, did you know that it is also a hidden paradise for foodies. Today we are going to bring you to the prosperous night market in Putrajaya. Tell us later how many of those food have you tried?

1.Satay

It is a Southeast Asian dish of seasoned, skewered, and grilled meat, served with a sauce. Mostly made of chicken and beef.

2. Apam Balik (Stuffed pancake)

Apam balik is sweet peanut pancake which is loved by people from South-East Asia. It can be prepared either in a thin and crispy variety or as a thick and soft pancake. Traditional fillings typically include a combination of ground or roughly chopped peanuts, sugar, and butter, but the modern varieties may include anything from corn, chocolate chips, and raisins to grated cheese or condensed milk.

3. Murtabak (Folded, stuffed pancake)

Crispy pastry tastes like roti canai, it covers the special prepared sauce. Murtabak is often described as spicy folded omelette pancake with bits of vegetables. It is the most common form of murtabak; which is egg-filled pancake, sometimes mixed with green onion and minced-meat, made from pan fried crepes which is folded and cut to squares. When you make your first bite, the aroma of sauce just spread in your mouth. You have to give a try!

4. Apam Beras Gebu (Fluffy Rice Cake)

If you didn’t see them in food court, you might think these are bath bombs. Actually these colorful balls are made of Rice flour. You can eat with coconut flakes as dessert.

5. Beef & Bone Marrow

The beef is boiled by all kinds of spices for hours. You have to try the essence of this dish which is bone marrow!

6. Keropok Lekor (Fish Sausage)

Fish sausage is a traditional Malay fish cracker snacks. It is originally from the state of Terengganu, Malaysia. It is made from fish and sago flour and seasoned with salt and sugar. It is slightly greyish in colour and gives off a fishy taste. This snack is eaten with special homemade chili blend. It comes in three main forms: lekor (long and chewy), losong (steamed) and keping (thin and crispy).

7. Nasi Goreng Ayam

Chicken fried rice is the safest choice when you don’t know what to eat. Every piece of rice is covered by the special aromatic sauce. With a bit of chilli, you just can’t stop eating.

8. Putu Bamboo

Steamed rice cakes in bamboo or putu bambu is a popular teatime delicacy in Malaysia and Indonesia. The cake is made of rice flour called suji and coloured green with extract acquired from pandan leaf, filled with palm sugar, and steamed in bamboo tubes, hence its name, and served with grated coconut.

9. Fried Spring Rolls

The name of “Spring Rolls” is actually a literal translation of the Chinese chūn juǎn. These are a large variety of filled, rolled appetizers in South Asian. Freshly deep-fried spring rolls are light, crispy and airy. The fillings of spring rolls can be various such as shrimps, papaya. It is all depends on the culture.  

10. Baked Tapioca Cakes

This is a Nyonya tea time treat. It is moist, tender, fragrant, and super delicious. There are also other types of traditional cakes which is made of coconut jam, kaya.

11. Tau foo fah

It is a Chinese snack made of tofu. The texture is tender like pudding. You can choose the topping whether is hot brown sugar, or hot lemon and ginger sugar. It is a very healthy snack that is full of protein.

12. Lemang (Coconut Sticky Rice)

Lemang is a Southeast Asia traditional food that made from glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt, it is cooked in a bamboo stick with banana leaves in order to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. It can be served with spicy meat or any sauce theta you prefer.

13. Fried Banana

Fried bananas might be not that usual for western culture. But it is a very popular snack in Malaysia, Indonesian, Singapore and other surrounding countries. It can be served with coconut ice cream, or vanilla ice cream.

14. Putu Mayam (String Hopper)

Putu Mayam is a rice flour dessert served with palm sugar and coconut milk. The best vendors usually cycle around residential areas in makeshift mobile food stalls. This is one traditional South Indian dessert that has been “Malaysianised” and is best had with a spot of chai.

15. Fresh Mango juice

16. Milo

If you’re looking for a beloved chocolate malted beverage of Eurasia, there is Milo or Milo ice (on the right), also sweetened with condensed milk. You can see this scene very often in food courts, people are holding their drinks in plastic bags.

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Best Things to Do and Must Visit in Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is one of the most famous tourists destination and a scenic hill station in Pahang, Malaysia. It is also the capital of tea, flowers and strawberries in Malaysia. It is located at almost 2,000 meters at its highest point. Cameron offers visitors a moderate climate with daytime temperatures averaging around 25°C and 18°C at night.

Breathing its fresh and cool air brushed over the tea leaves. Getting cooled off in this tropical country with endless summer. And in this blog, Byloka is going to introduce you the places you must visit, and the activities you can’t miss there.

Cameron Boh Tea Estate (Cameron Valley)

BOH Tea Plantation is a must-visit place when you are in Cameron Highlands. The road journey to the BOH Tea Plantation is quite an adventure itself. Boh Tea Plantation has a total of 8000 acres planted with tea. The largest tea plantation in Southeast Asia. But the road is narrow and winding, you need to be more careful while driving.

Best Strawberry Farms

Cameron Highlands is the center of strawberry production in Malaysia.  Along with tea plantations and vegetable markets, strawberries are an iconic part of the landscape comprising this resort destination. Picking up sweet and juicy strawberries in the farm is definitely a must-to-do in Cameron Highlands.

Fresh strawberry handpicked from a strawberry farm

The Giant Rafflesia

The Rafflesia is a unique and mysteriously alluring plant. No roots or leaves can be spotted as it is a parasitic plant and may even give off a pungent odour of rotting flesh when in bloom, and hence was nicknamed the ‘corpse flower’. The Rafflesia can weigh up to 10kg and grow to over a meter in diameter. Contrary to popular belief, the world’s largest flower is not only found in Borneo and Sumatra but can also be found in Cameron Highlands.

One of the world’s largest flower

Mossy Forest

The mossy forest is a natural environment that grows only at the highest elevations of Cameron Highlands and other mountain ranges across Malaysia. At such heights, low-level clouds in the sky driven by winds, blanket the forests with constant mist and moisture – creating an ideal biotope for moss to grow.

Time Tunnel Museum

Time Tunnel Museum is the only museum in Cameron Highlands. It describes itself as a journey back in time and if you are middle aged or above you will definitely recognise familiar items from those good old days.  Some of the collections are even from 18th century.

Sampoh Temple

Sam Poh Buddhist Temple is located in Brinchang. Sam Poh Temple built in 1972, is is the 4th largest Buddhist temple in the country. Amongst others, it houses a large statue of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Food court opens on buddhist pray day (free Vegetarian Food).

Rose Valley Farm

It is a good place for photography lovers. You can take lovely photos as many as you want surrounded by ocean of flowers. There are over 400 species of roses along with cacti and other flowers like camellia, gerbera and honeysuckle!

Lata Iskandar Waterfall

Lata Iskandar is a spectacular and easy to access waterfall which you cannot miss if you are driving to Cameron Highlands via the old Tapah road. There are a few picnic gazebos and concrete bridges at the foot of the waterfall where you can enjoy a good view and appreciate the cooling humid air created by the cascade. 

Brinchang Night Market

Cameron Night market (Pasar Malam) is always one of the most popular attractions among tourists. Despite from the amazing culinary adventure, it is also the best place for last shopping, you will find various types of souvenirs there.  The night market is held everyday during public holidays(holiday eve) and weekends(Friday & Saturday) due to the growing number of visitors.

Steamboat in Cameron Highlands

It will definitely become a waste if you will miss the chance to enjoy a pot of delicious steamed broth with a bunch of close frineds in a cool weather. There are many choices for you, you can choose depends on your very own preference to choose which restaurant to go: Restaurant Taman Apple Cameron Steamboat & Grill, Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat Restaurant.

For more information of your very special experience, check it out: https://byloka.com/trip/private-day-tour-to-cameron-highlands/191

Where to go in Kuala Lumpur (Garden in KL): Scootering in Lake Garden

Sometimes you don’t know what to do in Kuala Lumpur, and you need to tune out from the noises in a busy city life. The veins of green space that run through the city, the elements of the natural world that persist amid the concrete, and the sights and sounds of living things that are often drowned out by city life. 

KL Lake Garden is located at the heart of the city. There are not only the greenery of the lush botanical park , but also there are KL Bird Park (the World’s largest walk in aviary), butterfly park, deer park orchid and hibiscus Gardens with thousands of species blooming in almost every colour and size. 

Peaceful Woods in Middle of the City

In a Lake Park, the main activities were concentrated on the jogging paths and exercise facilities along the way. If you want the trip to be more interesting, you can definitely meet up with our hosts from Byloka, he/she will definitely design a personalized trip for you. And today, two travelers from our Singapore have explored the Botanic Garden on scooters with host Nick.

In the morning, host came and picked up the travelers. When they arrived the park, Nick was patiently demonstrating and teaching everyone to get used to their scooters. Safety is always the first thing to concern during travelling. And with the host, you don’t worry about that!

Travelers Enjoying the Breeze and the View on Scooter

Host Nick will always go in front of all and introduce the plants and places, and there is another assistant host will be at the back of the group to make sure no one is left out. One of the advantages of travelling with hosts is that they will show the different sides of this city or place through the eye and experience of a local resident.

Travelers Feeding the Fishes,Turtles and Swans

Actually, feeding the fishes or swans is prohibited for general tourists, but when you come with a local host, impossible will become possible.

The Hibiscus Garden

The Hibiscus Garden showcases the various species of Malaysia’s national flower, the Bunga Raya (Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis). Some of the attractions in the garden include a 4-metre high waterfall, pools and fountains. A lovely colonial style building has been converted into an exhibition hall with a tearoom and a gallery.

Host is Explaining the Travelers the History of Hibiscus Garden

 The KL Deer Park is an enclosed space containing a groomed lake and a few species of deer including mouse deer. The mouse deer is the smallest hoofed animal in the world.   

Travelling with hosts makes everything easier, you don’t even need to be bothered asking strangers to take a photo for you.

Making New Friends Might also be the Reason of Traveling

Experience is available in Byloka now: https://byloka.com/trip/2-hour-small-group-segway-tour-of-perdana-botanical-gardens/83

Bylokan Hidden Gems; The colorful Rainbow of Adventure

What’s better than a waterfall? A rainbow waterfall. What, you don’t believe that exists? Well, you’re in for a treat in this article. We’re going to show you another one of the most breathtaking views and hidden gems in Malaysia.

Rainbow Waterfall Lembing is one of the beautiful features had by the amazing rainforest of Malaysia. Located in Sungai Lembing, an old mining town on Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast, it is great spot to see for those who love adventure and enjoy the natural beauty of the jungle.

The name Rainbow Waterfalls given because it really shows rainbows whenever the sunshine hits the waterfall; commonly at 9 to 10 am every morning. The short time of rainbow visibility makes all visitors should arrange a strict timing tour so they can arrive at the waterfall in time to see the beautiful rainbows.The tour starts at 6 am. When the car has arrived in the jungle on the peak of the sandy hill, it becomes the first stop where the visitors can see the beautiful view of the sunrise from the high place.

Then the journey continues with an off-road adventure on the 4×4 pickup truck, passing the river, muddy roads, and streams. The off-roading is over in 45 minutes, then visitors continue to trek the jungle for about 45 minutes too until they find the Rainbow Waterfall Lembing. Enjoying the waterfalls and the beautiful view are the main things to do at the waterfall.

So, are you ready for an adventure on which you will remember for the rest of your lives? Well, grab a bottle of water, bring your swimming trunks, don’t forget a swiss army knife(just in case) and let’s get ready to hit the road!

Byloka’s Hidden Gems; The Golden Dunes of Malacca

Malaysia is famous for our tropical rainforest, islands, and beaches, now that’s a fact. But did you know, we also have Sand Dunes? Man-made Sand Dunes? Yeah, for this article it’s definitely going to blow your mind off, we’re going to tell about something that is rather a hidden gem and is something to be discovered about.

As a destination attraction, Pantai Klebang Melaka offers beach picnics, kite flying, varied food trucks, and coconut shakes. As of two years ago, photographers and Instagrammers have been making a beeline to Klebang Sand Dunes since the first desert-like landscape photograph went viral. Located 15 minutes from Melaka city, at the end of the Klebang peninsula, these hills of sand are the result of land reclamation activities from a decade ago. Due to stability issues, beachfront developments were abandoned, leaving many piles of sand 10m to 20m high, sitting idle on the land of emptiness.

The man-made Klebang Dunes are also popular for bridal portraits and continue to draw photography enthusiasts (professional and amateur) to experiment on its blank canvas for dramatic photoshoots against the perfect backdrop of blue skies and white dunes. Climbing the dunes is a not-to-be-missed experience as you will slide down a little with each step up, as the soft sand shifts under your feet.

Expect to work a little bit harder to cover the same amount of ground. That said, the sand is not as fine as the volcanic ash of Mount Bromo in Indonesia, and is manageable for beginners and less-experienced hikers. Most people will adjust to the slide, finding the effort totally worth it for the views and that ‘top-of-the-hill’ feeling.

Hidden Gems In Malaysia; A literal Gem Island, Terengganu.

Aren’t you tired of being in the city? Are you trying to find your way out, even just for the weekend? Look no further, Byloka has you covered.

Gem Island is your ultimate private island getaway with a “one island one resort” set up. It is one of the few privately owned islands in Malaysia built with its superb natural beauty still intact. It is located in a Marine Conservation Park with crystal clear waters, a spectacular underwater seascape of corals and marine life as some of its natural wonders. Built along the ridges of the coastline and maintaining its lush greenery, it is a superb getaway for a relaxed holiday.

soothing… isn’t it?

With its convenient location, Gem Island can be reached by a scenic drive along the East coast road or a swift flight, either by Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly or Malindo Air to Kuala Terengganu (TGG) -From the airport, a 30 – 40 minutes drive by road to Marang Jetty and then a 15 minutes boat ride to the private island resort.

Snorkeling can be done even without taking the boat out. There are many things to see near the shore – corals of different shapes, colors and sizes, sea urchins, swordfishes, butterflyfishes, parrotfishes, bumphead fishes, crabs, clams and lots of sea cucumbers. f you have no patience for pottering around, visit the baby greenback turtles by the jetty. One of the beaches on Gem Island is used as a turtle hatchery.

The sky blue water indicates the cleanliness of the place, and also compliments the green hills around the island.

If you’re looking for a getaway to an island where you are their priority, then we advice you to come to Gem Island and immerse yourself in the fun.