Hua Hin Night Market

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Hua Hin Night Market, Prachuap Khiri Khan


Hua Hin Night Market provides an effortless insight into Thailand’s lively way of life. Besides rows after rows of food carts, you will discover an overwhelming choice of handicrafts and clothes being sold here.

Conveniently located on Dechanuchit Street, the market is only a short walk away from the town center. Vendors start filling the space at 6pm and the market closes around midnight. Due to its popularity among tourists, prices are sometimes ridiculously inflated, though haggling is possible (and encouraged).


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Hua Hin Night Market


Hua Hin Night Market

 

A Great Dinner Spot

This market makes any dining experience phenomenal thanks to the countless seafood restaurants waiting to be discovered. Each restaurant displays its freshest catch up front, tempting passersby with lobsters and tiger prawns of unimaginable sizes. Those looking to have a lighter dinner instead can indulge in a wide array of inexpensive yet delicious street snacks such as roti, spring rolls, pad thai, roasted pork, som tam and many more.

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Hua Hin Night Market makes a great dinner spot


A Great Drinking Spot, Too

Dotted along the streets are small bars that gives you plenty of space to people-watch comfortably, while sipping on a pint of ice-cold local beer.

Fashion Items and Souvenirs

Here, you can find many stalls selling sunglasses, clothes, accessories, and even traditionally embroidered silk cushion covers, but at an inflated price. Before making a purchase, be sure to ask for the "best price". You will be surprised how much you will end up saving by the end of the day.


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Fashion items and souvenirs sold at Hua Hin Night Market

Exploring the Market

If you are feeling adventurous, take any turn you see and you will be led to quieter, smaller alleys that are actually an extension to the market. Though you may find similar products being sold here, you can however, benefit from the comfort of not having to push your way through the crowd. Haggling is proven to be more effective here, too.

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Hua Hin Night Market
Location: Dechanuchit Road (between Phetchkasem Road to Prapokklao Road)
Opening Hours : 06:00 pm.-12:00 am (daily)

10 Must-Try Nyonya Dishes in Melaka

Memories of my childhood are still vivid in mind.

I can clearly recall those precious moments in the kitchen where my late grandpa was stirring up pots of thick curries - prepared meticulously in accordance to the Peranakan recipes he inherited from his grandparents, who were descendants of the Chinese immigrants living along the Straits of Malacca for decades. He would tell me the history of our family, the reasons as to why our lifestyle and traditions are so heavily influenced by the British (more so than both Chinese and Malay combined), and how truly unique it is to be of a Peranakan descent. I truly hope there comes a day when I'd be able to learn more about my ancestry and to preserve its ways before it becomes history!

There are many Nyonya dishes (of all variations) worth mentioning in this post. However, listed below are 10 must-try Nyonya dishes in Melaka:


Ayam Buah Keluak

Arguably one of the most popular Peranakan dishes, the black color in this chicken dish is derived from the buah keluak nut. The complex flavors is a result of the delightful combination of shrimp, tamarind, turmeric, candle nuts and galangal.

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Ayam Buah Keluak
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Babi Pong Teh

Literally meaning "meat tea", this pork and potato stew is prepared notably using salty fermented soy beans and gula melaka. The pork belly is braised for long hours to achieve a complex and layered flavor and is best eaten with a bowl of warm fragrant rice.

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Babi Pong Teh
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Itek Tim

This duck and salted vegetable soup is the perfect dish to be eaten on a cold, rainy day, served with a steaming bowl of rice. Simple yet comforting, it consists of salted vegetables, tomatoes, tamarind juice and asam gelugor, as well as meat from a whole duck which gives the broth a distinctive aroma.

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Itek Tim

Otak-otak

Otak-otak is made from ground fish meat (without the bones) and mixed with spices such as chili, turmeric, and curry powder. Soy sauce and tapioca flour are added to the fish meat for a thicker consistency.

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Otak-otak
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Bak Chang

Also known as Zongzi, this specialty Peranakan cuisine uses an exotic combination of pork, sambal, coriander powder, aniseed powder, winter melon and ground roasted peanuts as filling. It is widely consumed during the Dragon Boat Festival each year

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Bak Chang
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Ngoh Hiang

Ngoh (Ngo) Hiang, also known as five-spice meat roll or loh bak is usually made during Chinese New Year.

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Ngoh Hiang
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Nyonya Laksa (Laksa Lemak)

Rice noodles served in a rich coconut gravy, topped with prawns, cockles, lime and sambal belacan.

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Nyonya Laksa
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Pie Tee

Bite-sized crispy tart shells filled with a spicy and sweet combination of grated vegetables and prawns.

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Pie Tee
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Asam fish head

A dish of Chinese-Indian origins, this dish is cooked in fragrant tamarind and coconut milk which results in a sweet and sour gravy. Vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants and okras are added to complete the curry broth.

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Asam fish head
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Babi Asam

A dish of pork stew cooked in tangy tamarind juice, shrimp paste and taucheo (salted bean paste).

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Babi Asam
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Peranakan dishes are best eaten with a bowl of hot, fragrant white rice - anytime of the day!
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7 Langkawi Legends You Need to Know

The main allure of Langkawi is the mysterious tales surrounding it - with each main attraction on the island being backed by a very credible myth. Listed below are seven important legends of Langkawi that largely contributed to the living standards, mindsets, and economical growth of its people today.

7 Langkawi Legends You Need to Know 


The Legend of Mahsuri

Mahsuri, the daughter of Pandak Mayah and Cik Alang who migrated from Siam about 200 years ago was accused of committing adultery with a minstrel called Derambang. She was immediately captured and tied to a dead tree under the scorching heat for days. Despite claiming that she was innocent, Mahsuri was sentenced to death by the village headman Dato Pekerma but none of the swords could kill her. Finally, Mahsuri resigned to the fact that only her death could appease the villagers, and revealed to them that she could only be killed using her father's keris.

On the day of execution, Mahsuri was stabbed with her father's sacred keris. The villagers were shocked to see white blood flowing out of her, signifying innocence. As she was dying, she cursed Langkawi to seven generations of bad luck.
" Ya Allah, Ya Tuhan Yang Maha Melihat Segalanya, aku redha akan matiku jika benar aku bersalah tapi jika benar aku dianiaya...ssesungguhnya aku haramkan darahku mengalir ke bumi ini, dan aku sumpah, bumi Langkawi tidak akan aman, berpuakalah menjadi padang jarak padang tekukur selama tujuh keturunan!"

Many locals believe the legend to be true, citing continuous decades of failed crops and invasions by the Siamese following the death of Mahsuri. It was only towards the end of the 20th century Langkawi began to prosper as a tourist destination.

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The Legend of Mahsuri

Mount Mat Chinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang)

Gunung Raya (880m) is the highest peak and Gunung Mat Chinchang (796m) is the oldest (450-550 million year-old) mountain on this island, and located between them is the Sawar Hill. According to myths, there was once a wedding between Mat Raya's son and Mat Chinchang's daughter, who were from families of giants. A fight broke out that day, and pots and pans were thrown at each other.

The gravy (kuah in Malay) from the pot spilled on the ground, resulting in the present day town called Kuah. The spot where the engagement ring was hurled and landed became Tanjung Cincin (Cape of the Ring), where the hot water (air hangat) spilled is known as Kampung Air Hangat (Hot Water Village), where the crockery (belanga) was broken (pecah) became Kampung Belanga Pecah (broken crockery village), and where the gravy seeped (kisap) through the land became Kampung Kisap.

The fight was finally intervened by Mat Sawar. Mat Raya and Mat Chinchang regretted their actions and  transformed themselves into mountains, immobile and benign.


Lake of the Pregnant Maiden (Tasik Dayang Bunting)

One day, Mat Teja (a male genie) was passing through the lake and was taken aback by the beauty of Mambang Sari (a female sprite). He sought advice from a local sage, Tok Dian, on ways to win her heart, and was told to wipe his face with mermaid tears. After doing so, Mambang Sari immediately fell in love with Mat Teja and they were married soon after. She spent most her days at the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden during her pregnancy, but her beloved child died only seven days after she gave birth. In sorrow, she laid it to rest in the depth of the lake. According to legend, the baby turned into a mythical white crocodile, which could only be seen by people with the purest hearts.

Since then, villagers believe that the lake possesses the ability to heal barren women, as the water has been blessed by Mambang Sari. When seen from above, the silhouette of the lake resembles a pregnant woman lying on her back.

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Lake of the Pregnant Maiden (Tasik Dayang Bunting)

Caves of Legend (Gua Cerita)

To ensure the continuity of the great Roman and Chinese powers, both these empires agreed to a marriage between their children. However, this decision is strongly objected by the mystical fire bird. The phoenix believed that the coalition would signify the end for smaller kingdoms, hence abducting the Chinese princess and hiding her in a palace on this island. The Roman fleet carrying its prince was also attacked by the Phoenix when it was en route to China. However, the prince survived and was washed ashore onto a beach on the same island. The prince and princess was united here, and the Phoenix soon banished itself upon learning that it had failed to prevent the marriage.


Field of Burnt Rice (Beras Terbakar)

Datuk Panglima Hitam ordered the villagers to hide their rice in an underground cellar, fearing the invasion by the Siamese. They also came up with strategies to fend off attacks by lacing wells with poison. As soon as the Siamese troops arrived in Langkawi, they immediately drank the water from the wells to quench their thirst, and were gradually killed. In retaliation, the Siamese launched a massacre and killed everyone in the village, and everything, including the underground cellars, was razed by fire. Padang Beras Terbakar was the name given to the site where the cellar was built.


Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh)

These are seven natural pools linked by small streams which water flows continuously even during dry season. Due to its ancient existence, the ground was believed to be inhabited by forest fairies. It was said that a flock of seven beautiful fairies bathed in the pools at night, but would vanish at the sight of humans.


Cave of the Banshee (Gua Langsir)

The cave was believed to be once inhabited by a Langsuir, a name given to a woman who died while giving birth. She was able to assume the form of a very beautiful woman, and would behave provocatively to lure men up the cliffs to later be tortured and devoured. One day, a lone and deaf fisherman rowed his boat out to the sea and passed this cave. The banshee started to sing but to her disappointment, the deaf fisherman did not respond. Thinking that she had lost her charm, her flew away from the cave and never returned since.


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Recipe: Spicy Thai Rice Noodles

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Recipe: Spicy Thai Rice Noodles


This flavorful and healthy salad recipe simply uses a few raw and blanched ingredients with a tangy homemade sauce that is surprisingly filling yet very low in calories.

There are endless ways to prepare this noodle salad, so this recipe serves as a guideline only. Adjust the measurements according to your preference and taste. Replace rice sticks with mung bean glass noodles to create the famous Yum Woon Sen instead.

Spicy Thai Rice Noodles Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
50g rice sticks
150g shrimps
1 onion, sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 red chili, deseeded and thinly chopped
2 tbsp fish sauce
5 kasturi limes
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp dried shrimps
Green onion, chopped
Coriander leaves

Cooking Method
  1. Fry dried shrimps in hot shallow oil until browned and fragrant. Set aside.
  2. In a pot of boiling hot water, cook shrimps the flesh turns white, for about one minute. Remove immediately to avoid overcooking. In the same pot of water, boil rice sticks until just soft, for about 3 minutes. Drain and run them under cold water. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Stir until well-combined. Add in chili, onion and garlic and mix well.
  4. Add blanched noodles, shrimps, dried shrimps, coriander and green onion. Mix until all the ingredients are evenly spread.

Recipe: Spicy Thai Rice Noodles
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Spicy Thai Rice Noodles Recipe

Happy cooking!
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Recipe: Easy Asian Ramen Stir-Fry

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Recipe: Easy Asian Ramen Stir-Fry

I am not one to recommend the consumption of instant ramen, but having it once a month may just be the most heartening thing someone with a craving appetite could do.

While ramen is said to have detrimental effects on health - causing strokes, cardiometabolic syndrome and heart disease due to the ridiculously large amounts of salt, artificial flavors and preservatives it contains, the harm can be drastically subdued with a few simple tricks:
  1. Use half the seasoning or entirely replacing it with a simple homemade sauce concoction
  2. Include protein and fiber such as chicken breasts, tofu or spinach
  3. Totally discard the chemical-loaded water used to cook ramen
For this recipe, we will be using two packets of chicken-flavored instant noodles with only one packet of seasoning. This dish makes a quick yet satisfying meal on busy days.

Easy Asian Ramen Stir-Fry

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 red chili, deseeded and coarsely chopped
1 tbsp thick soy sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cooking wine
1 tbsp chicken powder
1 tbsp sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 blocks ramen, cooked
80 grams roasted pork belly, sliced
1 lime
Coriander leaves
White sesame seeds
Fried shallots

Cooking Method
  1. Stir-fry chopped red onion and garlic in hot oil until fragrant and slightly brownish. Add deseeded and diced red chiles.
  2. Add thick soy sauce, soy sauce, pepper, cooking wine, chicken powder and sesame oil.
  3. Add cooked ramen and stir-fry until all the ingredients are evenly spread. Plate.
  4. Garnish with sliced roasted pork belly, coriander, toasted white sesame seeds, fried shallots and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  5. Serve warm.

Happy cooking!
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List of Pasar Malam in Selangor & Kuala Lumpur

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List of Pasar Malam in Selangor & Kuala Lumpur

Monday

SS2, Petaling Jaya
Seri Kembangan, Serdang
Taman Len Sen, Cheras
Kampung Kerinchi, Bangsar
Puchong Perdana
Seksyen 1, Wangsa Maju
Desa Pandan, Kampung Pandan
Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut
Jalan Air Panas, Setapak

Tuesday

Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya
Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam
Kampung Pasir Lama, Klang Lama
Taman Intan Baiduri, Kepong
Taman Desa Bakti, Selayang

Wednesday

Taman Connaught, Cheras
Jalan SS4C, Kelana Jaya
Pantai Dalam, Bangsar
Taman Desa Petaling
Kuchai Enterprenurs Park
Jalan Wira, Kampung Pandan
Seksyen 10, Wangsa Maju
Selayang Jaya

Thursday

Oversea United Garden (OUG)
Plaza Mont'Kiara Fiesta Nite
Jalan Ikan Emas, Cheras
Jalan Berhala, Brickfield
Jalan 4/146, Bandar Tasik Selatan
Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum, Bangsar
Taman Sri Rampai, Setapak
Taman Taynton View, Cheras
Pandan Jaya, Cheras
Taman Cahaya, Ampang

Friday

Bandar Baru Sentul
Seksyen 3, Kota Damansara
Taman Melati, Gombak
Taman Desa Off Jalan Klang Lama
Taman Segar, Cheras
Taman Kok Doh, Segambut
Taman Sri Endah, Sungai Besi
Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfield
Kampung Cheras Baru, Cheras

Saturday

Setia Alam, Shah Alam
Lorong Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur
Happy Garden
Taman Bukit Anggerik, Cheras
Pasar Malam Awam Bandar Tun Razak
Taman Sungai Besi
Pantai Dalam, Bangsar
Taman Midah, Cheras
Taman Melur Ampang 
Taman Sri Bintang, Kepong

Sunday

Bangsar Baru, Bangsar
Paramount Garden
Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya
Jalan Semarak, Setapak
Taman Maluri, Cheras
Jalan Selesa, Happy Garden
Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong
Taman Sri Kuching, off Jalan Ipoh

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