The 9 Most Delicious Malaysian Foods

Roti canai, chicken curry, grilled meat on a stick, nasi lemak, .. promise to tease your taste pubs. Featuring dozens of ingredients and spices, these local dishes definitely stir up your appetite with a mouthful during your cuisine exploration to Malaysia.

Roti canai


Roti canai is a popular dish for breakfast of the Malaysian. However, you might enjoy it as a tasteful snack before lunch and dinner. Originated from India, of course, this dish has characteristics of Indian food.  To make this fragrant dish, they mix wheat flour, eggs and ghee (melting butter that is excluded water), flat on frying pan then roll. This dish is often served with curry when it is hot so that you can enjoy soft filling and crispy wrapping. 

Chicken curry


Chickens are cut into pieces, cooked with rempah - a kind of sauce made from coconut milk and various spices in a special recipe. The meat is tender, rich, spicy and fragrant which is often accompanied by white rice.

Asam laksa Noodle


Featuring the special broth made from tamarind sauce and fish, the « mouth-watering » Asam laksa noodles of  Malaysia is served with cucumbers, pineapples, and some herbs to leave a wonderful taste in your mouth. You can enjoy this dish at any time and anywhere in Malaysia.

Grilled meat on a stick


Featuring the meat and seafood are marinated and then grilled on charcoal, grilled meat on a stick promises to stir up your appetite with a mouthful thanks to the fragrance. You definitely enjoy this tasteful snack on stalls on the street.

Nasi lemak


Nasi lemak has long been considered as Malaysia's typical dish with rich ingredients and « eyes – catching » presentation. Rice cooked coconut milk is put on green banana leaves, poured sambal sauce, then covered with dry fish, roasted peanuts, cucumber, eggs (boiled or omelette), or even chicken and seafood.

Popiah


Popial is somehow similar to the spring roll (Pho Cuon) of Vietnam. It is made from radish, bean, crispy vegetables, peanuts, eggs and tofu.

Hainanese chicken rice


Like many Malaysian specialties, Hainanese chicken rice originated from China but its recipe was varied to satisfy the taste of the locals. Chicken meat is tender and served with rice cooked with chicken broth. Noticeably, to give this dish a better taste, they offer a special sauce made from garlic, ginger, and chili.

Mee goreng fried noodles


Mee goreng fried noodles are processed in various recipes. The yellow noodles are quickly stir-fried with soy sauce, garlic, shallots and peppers, shrimps, chicken, beef or vegetables. This is one of the most popular street foods in Malaysia. 

Rendang Beef Curry


Rendang Beef Curry features its extreme spice of ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime and chili. However, this combination makes it sweet, sour and rich. In addition to beef curry, visitors can enjoy other taste like chicken curry, vegetable curry or even seafood curry.


Explore Burmese Tea Cake

One thing really is special when it comes to Burmese cuisine: you can enjoy tea and cake in Burmese style. You will enjoy the cake along with the tea together with an unforgettable taste for the tourists traveling to Myanmar.


Normally, cakes are often served with milk, but the combination of tea and cake in Myanmar is a very new thing, you can not imagine how delicious it tastes . You have to try directly at the restaurant to feel the delicious taste of each drop of tea and each piece of cake.



Tea shops in Myanmar are not the only place to enjoy sweet tea. The tea-bar is typical of Myanmar's ethnic minorities, with traditional noodles and rice. In Indian teahouses, you will find familiar dishes in South Asia such as curry served with crispy bread or plain bread. They even eat bread with desserts. At Chinese teahouses, diners will always find famous dishes like meat dumplings and Thunder Dumplings. Drinking tea and enjoying the cake is a characteristic of the Burmese culinary culture.


Burmese Tea Leaf Salad - Dishes You Need to Try

Burmese culinary style is an interesting thing that any tourist visiting Myanmar wants to enjoy once in a lifetime. Salad Leaf Tea is one of the specialty street food of Myanmar that should not be missed.
Tea Leaf Salad, known as lepehet or fermented tea leaves is one of the most famous dishes of the Burmese people. These leaves are used to make famous salads.


When visiting the traditional restaurants in the country, you not only can eat a lot of good food but also have interesting dining experience. The pickled sour leaves are mixed with cabbage fiber, sliced tomatoes, kinds of beans, garlic oil, garlic slices, spicy chili to create a special Tea Leaf Salad.


Tea Leaf Salad is used in many situations: for snacks, appetizers or eaten with rice. However, Burmese people advise that eating too much tea leaves salad will cause insomnia, like the effect of any fresh tea.

Tea Leaf Salad is a snack or appetizer. This is probably also the most popular dish in Myanmar. The leaves are fermented, slightly sour and slightly bitter, mixed with small chopped cabbage, tomatoes, crispy peas and other nuts and peas, some garlic oil and a few spicy chili peppers. These tea leaves are used to make tea leaves and are used for snacks, appetizers or with rice.


However, this dish is also considered a stimulant, so visitors are often advised not to enjoy too much if you do not want to be sleepless.


Unique Architecture of Churches in Dalat

The stunning Cam Ly Church features the tile roof preserving vestige of time and the pyramid structure similar to the traditional houses named « Nha Rong » of the ethnic minority group in the Western Highland of Vietnam (Tay Nguyen). 


Situated on Nguyen Khuyen Street, Ward 5, Dalat City, Cam Ly Church, so-called Son Cuoc Church has fascinated visitors by the ancient beauty and mysterious stories.

This amazing church has existed for 50 years, in which it underwent a lot of challenges and difficulties in constructing. Originally, Cam Ly church is only served the ethnic minorities (mainly the K'ho group) but it is currently opening to those who do not belong to the ethnic groups.


The church is firstly characterized by 2 impressive statues of a tiger and an eagle which are the symbols of power, protection, and development. Additionally, the trail leading to the church is filled with « eyes - catching » wild flowers which promise to satisfy those who are engaged in nature exploration. Most significantly, the roof is made of dark-brown bricks in the shape of the pyramid like the communal house of ethnic minorities in Tay Nguyen. Thus, it captures the eyes of visitors from the far distance.


Entering the church, you definitely enjoy the « strange » combination of different colors, triangles, and rectangles. It’s said that the triangle represents « Yang » - The Supreme Being of the ethnic minorities, also Jesus. Meanwhile, the square is the conception of the universe, in which everything revolved around Earth. It might be the reason why the statue of Jesus is centered at the first part of the church.

There is one thing interesting that the pilgrims lay the head of a buffalo under Jesus Christ Statue for the reason people are also benign, diligent and loyal as a buffalo’s distinguishing characteristics. Cam Ly church is currently home to  60 children who are orphaned or sent by their mothers. Every day, they study, play and pray inside the church in the afternoon.


The church’s ideal position definitely enables it to pick up sunlight and afford an open space. However, it has been familiar to travelers because people are quite ‘patient ‘. Featuring its own architecture, designs, and displays, the amazing Cam Ly Church is cozy with family’s atmosphere.



Everything You Need to Know about Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, the ancient royal capital of Lao (the capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom until King Phothisarat moved the administrative seat to Vientiane in 1945), is featured by the heat drizzle, and breeze of the beginning of the summer blowing through every corner of heritage sites.


Hiding in the middle of an immense forest of the Highland and the majestic Mekong River, Luang Prabang (Luang) impresses its tourists by the cool air and poetic beauty. The route from Hanoi to the heritage city of Laos is nearly 900 km long, of which 700 km is the pass.


Luang train station is located on the outskirts, so we went to the city center, Bangkok to get to the booked hotel on Kingkitsarath Street (located between Phousi mountain and Nam Khan river) by Tuk- Tuk (also called “sam-lor” (three-wheeled), used to be one of the most favorite way of travelling around Bannkok before the BTS, MRT and colorful Taxi took over. It is originated from an old-fashioned rickshaw during the second World War. Tuk-tuk can be seen as one of Bangkok’s most recognizable transportation features, and are still popular among tourists and visitors. Noticeably, riding a tuk-tuk is more expensive than other ways to get around the city). Opening the window, the blow of cool breezes from the river into the room made us more comfortable during such hot weather of the early summer. The quiet atmosphere of this amazing land definitely gave us a “sound” sleep.


From the window of the hotel’s room, I can hold a panoramic view of charming sunrise and, later on the majestic mountains hidden under clouds. The houses that combine modern features and traditional characteristics of French and Laos architecture, respectively, creates picturesque scenery.

We were introduced to the daily activities of monks who get up bright and early to attend communal chanting and praying, then get to the street with their “alm” bowl to beg for daily food on the central streets at 5-6 a.m. That morning, we did not see it because of immersing ourselves in the early sunlight at sunrise, so we decided to spend the following morning to taking part in this exciting activity.


After greeting the dawn, we found something good to full our belly. The best option was surely Luang Market which is located on the left side of the Royal Palace( now called Luang Prabang National Museum). Got there, we had a chance to enjoy various local tasteful dishes such as grilled chicken, roasted pork, fragrant dishes made from bamboo shoots and even vermicelli that is quite similar to Vietnam.

A crowded noodle soup restaurant attracting mainly the locals at the center of the market facing us. We were introduced to a tasteful and fragrant coconut milk noodle soup accompanied by roasted pork and various herbs by a Laos middle-aged couple. Chatting with them, they turned out to be the former students of Thai Binh Medical University in the 90s and is currently working as doctors at Luang Hospital. Especially, we were highly impressed by the fluent Vietnamese they talked to us. How amazing!  

Tropical fruits were served along the main path, including watermelon, mango, and pineapple. The is one special thing in this market that customers do not need to bargain because the tradesmen do not offer “ virtual” prices which we often see in other places. Meanwhile, they always keep a graceful smile in their mouth and reply the price-asking question of visitors by "Sa bai dee" (hello) and "Khop chai" (thank you).


Walking around the market, we were all stuffed with the famous tasteful dishes. That lovely breakfast were enough for us to explore that beautiful World Heritage site. 

Our next destination was the Royal Palace which is now opened for tourists to learn more about the Feudal Dynasties of Laos. From the 14th Century to 1946, Luang Prabang served as the ancient capital of the Lang Xan Kingdom and before it became the capital in 1975, it still performed its role as the center of Laos Kingdom.

Located at the crossing of Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang measures the highest density of Wats (Buddhist temples in Laos) in the world, with up to 98% of population worshiping Buddhism. At the peak of Phousi mountain, you probably hold a panoramic view of Wats with the high-rise tower imbued with cultural characteristics of Buddhism in Laos.


Coming Luang,  it will be a big regret if you do not make a visit to the most ancient and famous temple called Wat Xieng Thoong. This sacred temple was built in the reign of King Setthathirat from 1559 to 1560, and, as the name would suggest, Wat Xieng Thoong means the temple of the Golden City. Featured by curved rooftops, numerous small shrines and meticulously and sophisticatedly sculptured carvings, tourists must be immediately “mesmerized” by the beauty of the temple.

Situated at the downstream of the Mekong Delta river, the magnificent  Kuang Si Waterfall is about 30 km from the center of Luang Prabang. Taking a Tuk Tuk, we went through a shaded road of Teak, a typical tree of Laos to get to the amazing waterfall.

The magnificent Kuang Si waterfall also fascinates tourists with a bear sanctuary and a butterfly farm where they can access and explore their living habit and habitats.

We returned to Bangkok in the late afternoon by Tuk-Tuk. It’s the best time to watch the sunset, too. In Luang, an ideal place to greet sunset is at Phousi peak, opposite to the Royal Palace. We climbed all 328 steps to reach the peak at the height of 150 meters. Turning your head to the West,  you definitely see the sun sinking below the horizon and shining the last sunlights of the day onto Mekong river.

Suggestion of Best Attractive Places in Myanmar

Myanmar, because of long time closing the door to the world, is one of the most mysterious countries in Southeast Asia with thousands of golden temples. Its cultural and geographical diversity help it retains many of historical and unique characters. Today, we will explore with you the great attractions in Myanmar and the wonderful unique sites of this country.

The first city in the journey to Myanmar is Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, which is the capital of Myanmar. Shwedagon Pagoda is the heart of Yangon, the most sacred pagoda in the country with interesting history behind. According to legend, the Shwedagon Pagoda was built during the Buddha's time more than 2,500 years ago. It is the holy site which keeps the relics of the Buddha. Located at an altitude of 326 feet (100 meters) in the city, Shwedagon Pagoda is a notable landmark from the surrounding areas. This is one of the wonders of the world and also the most holy temple in Southeast Asia.

Yangon
The next stop that we can not miss while traveling to Myanmar is Bangan. Bagan, known as Pagan in the past, and this is the center of ancient national architecture. It is located in the upper part of Myanmar and was once the capital of the first dynasty of Myanmar. The templeis mostly covered in red. The religious monumentswere built more than 1,500 years ago and it can be said that Bagan is the most memorable place for visitors to Myanmar. With over 2,000 temples and towers located in the area and along the east bank of the Ayeyarwady River, it spreads about 42 square kilometers.

Bangan
If Bangan is at an altitude of 326 feet, Mandalay is in the middle of one of the most historic rivers in Ayeyarwaddy and Shan State. Mandalay is the center of Upper Burma regarding geography as well as economy. It is even considered the center of Burmese culture. The unique culture of Mandalay is the means of transportation that people use to travel – bicycle, which is very eco friendly and leisure. In Mandalay - the cycling city, most citizens choose to travel on a bicycle rather than other kinds of vehicle.

Mandalay
Mandalay is close to Baganand also the center of this country, as a result, different traditions and cultures can be found right in the city. That’s why every visitor always goes to Mandalay when visiting Myanmar. It is not only for sightseeing, but theyalso can see and observe the different cultures and traditions of Myanmar in one place.

 Inle Lake

Come to Myanmar tour we can not ignore Inle lake, located in Shan Hills in Myanmar. It is a fresh water lake with many villages against the misty mountains. The weather of Inlelake is different from other places - the air is a little cooler and drier. The unique culture that visitors can find in Inlelake is that fishermen tend to paddle using their feet and it is also part of the Inle lake tradition itself.

Other important landscapes that we can expect to see in Inle Lake include floating tomatoes fields around the lake, flower garden.... The friendliness of the locals and their daily activities are a little bit better for the visitors that they can enjoy a pleasant ride along the laketo experience local community.
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The Legend about The Spiritual Rock in Myanmar

The town of Kyaiktiyo, Mon State, Myanmar, is home to the unique Kyaiktiyo temple, located at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo at 1,100m. This is one of the three most famous pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, after Mahamuni Temple and Shwedagon Temple. From the stop at Kyaiktiyo town to Golden Rock, travellers have to travel by special means, trucks. Whether they are civilians, tourists or respectable priests, they still have to climb to the top of the mountain by sitting in a bucket, sitting on top of truck, even sticking out of the old truck to overcome the 700m to the top of towering Mount Kyaiktiyo.



From the stop at Kyaiktiyo town to Golden Rock, travellers have to travel by special means, trucks. Whether they are civilians, tourists or respectable priests, they still have to climb to the top of the mountain by sitting in a bucket, sitting on top of truck, even sticking out of the old truck to overcome the 700m to the top of towering Mount Kyaiktiyo.

From the height of 700m to the top, pilgrims and visitors can walk to the end of the journey. It is also possible to choose a special service only available here: using palanquin to transfer people to the mountain.  Many people choose this service because the distance is not far but slope is very steep. There are many ramps that discourage even the most healthy visitors. There were many people who gave up midway because of fatigue. Slowly, the palanquin carries visitors to the magical gilded boulder.



The sacred stone - Golden Rock is located on another rock through 2,000 years of history. Located on the edge of the mountain, the rock seems to fall down at any moment. At the top, there is a tower about 7.3 meters high. The Golden Rock is famous for its precariousness (the contact with the mountain is only 78 cm square) and the surface is gradually gilded by Buddhist pilgrims. Kyaiktiyo Temple was built in 574 BC and is considered one of the wonders of the Golden Temple country.

 According to legend, the Buddha gave a hair to a hermit named Taik Tha. This hermit kept the Buddha's hair carefully. Before dying, he handed the hair to his adopted son, King Tissa, ruled Myanmar in the eleventh century, with the words, "Save this relic in a hermit-shaped rock".

Obeying his father, King Tissa, with the help of the gods, found a large stone at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo, building a temple on the top to worship the relics of the Buddha. And it is believed that, thanks to the hair of the Buddha, this stone perched precariously in a dangerous position for hundreds of years. Many people believe that this is a magical mystery of nature.

Irrawaddy - the Spiritual River of Myanmar People

The Irrawaddy River, which is more than 2170 km long and covers most of Myanmar, is an important part of the daily needs of local people. For the people of Myanmar, the river brings them water to drink, to transport and to practice spiritual life.



The Irrawaddy River is one of the most important waterways in Myanmar. The river provides a great source of income for local fishers and traders. The name Irrawaddy means "river brings good things for everyone". In the floating season, from May to November, the Irrawaddy River accumulates paddy fields along the flow of the river and gives inhabitants living on riverside water, fish and silt.
The livelihood of the people along the Irrawaddy River has remained almost unchanged for centuries. Every day, children here carry water to their families in the northern city of Bhamo.



Irrawaddy is one of the largest waterway bridges in Myanmar. Near the city center of New Nyein, a cargo ship transports large quantities of straw-covered ceramic vats to Israel, while another was transporting wood to ceramic kilns. A number of other cargo ships are loaded with teak and hardwoods to transport to India and Thailand.



The name Irrawaddy carries a lot of spiritual meaning for people in a Buddhist country like Myanmar. There are a lot of bone-ash basins heading towards Shin U Pa Gota, home of the river spirit, floats along the river on rafts made of bamboo. According to legend, Shin U Pa Gota was a naughty boy until the Buddha met him and taught him the faith to enlighten. Since then, Shin U Pa Gota has spent most of his time practicing Buddhism in Irrawaddy.



The ancient city of Bagan is located in Central Myanamar, with over 2,000 temples and pagodas along the Irrawaddy River. This is also the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, which later formed the ancient Myanmar, from the ninth century to the 13th century.



When fishermen in Mandalay catch enough fish for the family dinner, it is also signaling the sunset. The lucky fishermen can catch a giant catfish on the river. However, the majority of them are often satisfied with fewer catches per day, which is to maintain resources in a country that has just integrated with the world.

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Travel to Ly Son Island in the Late Autumn

Ly Son Island is like a fairy island in the middle of the vast sea with jade blue water. It is an island district of Quang Ngai province, located about 30 km from the shore, its population is over 20,000 people, covering an area of 10 km2. The island is alluring to tourists by beautiful wild nature in recent years.


Our team traveled to Ly Son Island in late November, when the place was filled with gentle sunshine with cool sea breezes. Besides, you can also come to the island at any time of the year as long as the weather is beautiful and cool.


We indulged and swam in the clear blue water jade, dived to admire the coral reefs and listened to the sound of the sea, watched the ideal paradise right before your eyes.

This is not the high season of tourism in Ly Son, so the island gave us a relaxed, peaceful feeling. Each afternoon, I walked on the white sand, slowly watched each wave surfing and the shady black rocky with unique shape.


In Ly Son, you have many options for traveling. On the Big Island, you can either travel by motorbike or hire a caravan of local people to travel. If you travel with a big group,  you should choose car rental.


Small Island is quite little, you can choose to walk or electric vehicles. Some households on the island do business in this type.


Coming to Ly Son, you can also enjoy specialties such as garlic salad, fish salad, grilled squid, seaweed salad ...

Seafood on the island caught by fisherme is especially fresh. You should try king crab, lobster and snail.


The evening at the beach was so beautiful with cool winds blowing, and aromatic baked seafood will make all your senses excited.

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Visit Pyin Oo Lwin – Experience a Different Myanmar

If the familiar impression of Myanmar visitors is always "hot, hot and dry" along with countless Buddhist temples and towers, then in Pyin Oo Lwin - the Plateau City you will have an experience completely different from any tourist destination of this land of ten thousand pagodas.



Situated on the Shan plateau at an altitude of 1,070 meters above sea level, Myanmar's Pyin Oo Lwin has cool weather all year round, and the wild nature of the mountains can be compared to Dalat or Sapa in Vietnam. During the British colonial rule of Burma, this was also the place where the colonial administration built the resort and avoided the harsh summer heat of Myanmar.

The whole town is a miniature corner of the English countryside with a series of European-inspired architecture, ancient trees, and brilliant flowers. Especially the cost of tourism here is very soft, only from $ 50 - $ 70 you have a 2 or 3-day European style vacation in Asia. Therefore, do not hesitate to add this place to your Myanmar travel schedule for a new experience



Hotels in Pyin Oo Lwin are divided into two styles with different prices. Newly built modern hotels usually have the lowest prices of $ 20 to $ 25 per night. The second type is the small number of colonial buildings built in the early 20th century as resorts for the British colonial government and the wealthy British, now converted into hotels and resorts. The lowest price range from 50 - 70 $ up to several hundred, or even thousands of dollars. If you want cheap price but can still enjoy the style of the resort in the ancient villas, walk away from the town center more than 2km, Orchi Hotel NanMyaing offers rooms for $ 8 / bed or $ 20 / room standard 2 beds are a great choice.



Thanks to its cool climate all year round, Pyin Oo Lwin has always been famous for its sweet, fresh temperate vegetables. So add lots of these sweet vegetables to your menu. The main culinary style here is the cuisine of the Shan states and China. However, there are not many casual food stalls and restaurants to choose from. Restaurants are mainly located in the center of the town. The popular food stall opens only in the evening near the central market.

The center of the town is where shops and store of all styles, from China, India, Europe to ... Myanmar. Prominent in the center of town is the Purcell Clock Tower, a replica of Penang Tower (Malaysia). Near that is the central market with relatively abundant goods, most are fruits, vegetables, and local specialties. Strawberry jam, fruit jam, fruit wine are the most famous specialties here.

To avoid the heat of Myanmar, you can also choose to join one of our Burma River Cruises such as Anawrahta or Rv Paukan 2007