Tropical Fruit Fare: ‘Buah Bidara’

The staples in my refrigerator are packets of apples and lemons. For my parents and grandparents these imported fruits were a luxury together with oranges and grapes. They loved it so by default we did too. But over the last few years I’ve developed a craving for local fruits (or exotic fruit if one is…

Hidden gem: Gua Musang’s 15th century temple

‘Tokong Swee Nyet’ in Kampug Pulai, Gua Musang, Kelantan has been a place of worship for Chinese settlers who moved to the area about 600-years ago. These settlers (mainly from the Hakka clan) were in search of fortune from gold deposits found in Sungai (river) Galas. Their descendants, who have over the centuries intermarried with…

Food Trail: Kelantan

Kelantan, previously a territory of the Siamese empire is probably one of the most underrated food destination in Malaysia and is usually given a miss by most tourists – including Malaysian travellers. It’s close proximity to Thailand in the north gives the local cuisine a different taste and aromatic twist compared to other parts of…