Sunday, September 21, 2014

Malaysian cuisine consists of cooking traditions and practices found in the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, and reflects the multiethnic makeup of its population.[1] The vast majority of Malaysia's population can roughly be divided amongst three major ethnic groups: Malays, Chinese and Indians. The remainder consists of the indigenous peoples of Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia, the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia, the Peranakan and Eurasian creole communities, as well as a significant number of foreign workers and expatriates. As a result of historical migrations, colonization by foreign powers, and its geographical position within its wider home region, Malaysia's culinary style in the present day is primarily a melange of traditions from its Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and ethnic Bornean citizens, with heavy to light influences from Thai, Portuguese, Dutch, and British cuisines - to name a few. This resulted in a symphony of flavors, making Malaysian cuisine highly complex and diverse.
Because Peninsular Malaysia shares a common cultural history with the Republic of Singapore, it is common to find versions of the same dish across both sides of the border regardless of place of origin. Malaysia also shares close historical, cultural, and ethnic ties with Indonesia, and both nations often claim a common origin for dishes such as nasi goreng and satay - sometimes contentiously.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Teluk Intan Leaning Tower

Remember the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, you can find one here in Perak too. Not copy or built purposely to tilt, the teluk Intan Leaning tower, a clock tower is built in 1885 by a chinese, Leong Choon Choong. The pagoda like tower was use to covered water tank for the Teluk Intan residents, it was later then used by the Japanese as observation tower during world II and later Boy's Scouts headquarters.
Well, it started to tilt towards jalan Bandar Road of about 1.8m between 1889 and 1895.
Today, remains as it is, you can hear the chimes from the tower as far as 8km twice every 15 minutes. Especially on Wednesday, you get to see the caretaker who will wind up the clock and doing some maintaining works for the tower. To get here,exit at Bidor Interchange and head towards Teluk Intan and into jalan Selat Road from the north-south Expressway .

Monday, February 04, 2008

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the tamil community. The festival commemorates both the birthday of LordMurugan, the youngest son of shiva and pravati , and the occasion when pravati gave Murugan a vel (lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon soorapadman .

In Malaysia Thaipusam festival celebrate in temples. One of the biggest and most famous celebrations is at Batu Caves.

Just on a short distance from Kuala Lumpur. To reach the Cave you must climb 272 steps. Batu Caves is actually a cave that consists of three caves, formed by the massive limestone natural formations.
The most impressive and largest of the three caves is the Temple Cave.
Thaipusam is also celebrated in this form in Singapore, Thailand, Mauritius and other countries where Tamil workers migrated.