Floating Markets: Cai Rang & Phong Dien

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As I told you in the previous post "Can Tho Countryside by Motorbike", we relied on Mrs. Miss Thuy Nga (Tel: 0913184967 e-mail: ttnga6777@yahoo.com) to visit the floating markets, the main feature of Can Tho. Being a village built on the delta of the river, Can Tho is crossed by numerous channels which is nice to visit by boat. So we woke up at 5 to go to Cai Rang and Phong Dien, the two main floating markets.

Cai Rang runs from 5 am to about 17 pm, and the best time to go it's from 6 am to 9 am, because it is more crowded and lively. Sellers are on large vessels, while the small pagodas like ours, represent the buyers. Sellers have a bamboo pole on top, on which they hang a sample of the products they sell. In this way, the buyers can understand the type of goods sold avoiding misunderstandings due to the persistent noise that characterizes this market in the morning. If, in addition to the bamboo pole, there is also a coconut leaf, then it means that they want to cease the activity and sell the boat. It is impressive to see the amount of fruits and vegetables loaded on boats and know that every day they sell about 6/7 tons per boat. This floating market is the largest, and therefore more tourist than the following one.

On the way we stop at a company noodle, where we see the whole process. They use 50% tapioca flour and 50% of rice flour, then spread out large rounded sheets and put them to dry in the sun for 2-5 hours before cutting them. With 3 layers you get 1kilo of rice noodles and every day they produce about 800kilos.

The following market is Phon Deng. It runs from 4 am to 11 am and it?۪s very small, less tourist and sells also clothing, meat and fish (not only vegetables and fruits). Here we've bought pineapples and they've taught us to cut them in a very special way as they do here. We then tasted strange fruits including jambean, lotus flower's seeds and pomelo (less harsh and juicy than grapefruit).

Before coming back, we visited an orchard and we stopped for lunch at a restaurant along the river where there was a wedding party! We've been involved for some dancing and we were amazed by the euphoria of these people and by the strange music they were dancing. The return lasted about one hour and a half, passing through the canals and beautiful landscapes of the Mekong area.

Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh

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Eccoci pronti per una giornata a Ho Chi Minh, ex capitale coloniale francese che conta quasi 8 milioni di abitanti! Il centro ̬ diviso in 19 distretti e quelli a mio parere pi?_ interessanti sono l'1, 2, 3, 5, 10 e 11.Il nostro primo obiettivo ̬ il mercato di Ben Thanh, in Piazza Quach Thi Trang. Sulla strada abbiamo la fortuna di assistere a un rito che si fa nel mese di agosto per cacciare gli spiriti cattivi, bruciando carta in mezzo alla strada. S?۪inizia gi?? a vedere l'importanza data da questo popolo alla religione! Comincio ad amare questo paese!

We are ready for our first day in Ho Chi Minh City, the former capital of the french colony with about 8 million people! The center is divided into 19 districts and, in my opinion, the most interesting ones are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 10th and 11th. Our first stop is Ben Thanh Market, in Quach Thi Trang Square. Going there, we are lucky to see a religious rite that is usually done during the month of August to expel evil spirits: it consists of burning papers in the middle of the street. We begin to see the importance given by vietnamese people to religion! I already love this country!

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Il mercato di Ben Thanh si estende su 12 ettari e comprende varie zone: abbigliamento, scarpe, accessori, alimenti, souvenirs e food court con piccoli tavolini per mangiare street food. Non potevo non comprare il tipico cappello vietnamita, chiamato ???n?_n l?ʉ۝ (ovvero cappello di foglie), il t̬ con lo zenzero e vari accessori fra cui un ventaglio dipinto a mano! Mi raccomando, contrattate sempre sui prezzi, fingendo di non essere interessati e andando via. Verrete fermati dai venditori che abbasseranno il prezzo anche del 50%!

The Ben Thanh Market covers 12 acres and includes several areas: clothing, shoes, accessories, food, souvenirs and a food court with small tables where you can eat local street food. I?۪ve bought the typical vietnamese hat, called a "n?_n l??" (that means hat made of leaves), some ginger tea and various souvenirs including a hand-painted fan! I recommend you to negociate prices, pretending not to be interested and going away. You will be stopped by the sellers offering lower prices, even less than 50%!

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Uscendo dal mercato, vi suggerisco poi un itinerario per osservare alcuni degli edifici e piazze pi?_ importanti della citt?? fino a giungere alla Cattedrale di Notre Dame. Percorrete Ham Nghi fino al fiume e costeggiatelo fino ad arrivare alla rotonda di Piazza Me Linh dove si erge la statua di Tran Hung Dao. Da li prendete Dong Khoi, una fra le vie pi?_ famose della citt??, fino a Piazza Lam Son. Qui si trova l'Hotel Caravelle, ottimo per un aperitivo sulla terrazza, il Palazzo dell'Opera ed il Palazzo del Comitato del Popolo. Al termine della via potrete finalmente vedere la Cattedrale di Notre Dame (progettata dallo studio di Gustav Eiffel a fine '800) e lo storico Ufficio Postale Centrale, attrazione della citt??. Lungo il percorso, prima della cattedrale, ci fermiamo per pranzo in Ly Tu Trong all'angolo con Dong Khoi. Entrate nell'Art Gallery e salite al primo piano dove troverete 4 ristorantini (sia vietnamiti che di cucina internazionale, a voi la scelta!) in cui poter pranzare e fare una pausa.

Leaving the market, I suggest you a walk to see some of the most important buildings and squares of Ho Chi Minh until reaching the Notre Dame Cathedral. So??_walk along Ham Nghi until the river and then reach the roundabout in Me Linh Square, where stands the statue of Tran Hung Dao. From there take Dong Khoi, one of the most famous street of the city, up to Lam Son Square. Here you will find the Hotel Caravelle, great for an happy hour on the terrace, the Opera House and the Palace of the People's Committee. At the end of the street you can finally see the Cathedral of Notre Dame (designed by the firm of Gustav Eiffel to end '800) and the historic Central Post Office, landmark of the city. Along the way, before reaching the cathedral, we stopped for lunch in the corner of Ly Tu Trong and Dong Khoi. Go inside the Art Gallery and climb up to the first floor where there are 4 restaurants (both vietnamese and international cuisine!) where you can have lunch and take a break.

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Nel pomeriggio ci rechiamo al Museo della Guerra, dietro il Palazzo della Riunificazione. ?? una tappa d'obbligo per ricordare e capire meglio ci?_ che successe in questo paese. State attenti all'orario perch̩ il museo chiude alle 17 e ci vogliono almeno un paio d'ore per visitare le varie sale. ?? impressionante vedere le fotografie di guerra e gli effetti devastanti della diossina, chiamata Agente Orange, e dei gas utilizzati dagli americani con conseguenze disastrose anche sulle generazioni successive dei soldati e dei civili di quel periodo.

In the afternoon we decided to go to the War Museum, behind the Reunification Palace. It's a MUST to remember and understand what has happened in this country. Beware of the time because the museum closes at 5 p.m. and it takes at least a couple of hours to visit the various rooms. It?۪s impressive to see the photographs of war and the devastating effects of dioxin, known as Agent Orange, and the gas used by the Americans with disastrous consequences also on subsequent generations of soldiers and civilians of the era.

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Usciti dal museo, abbiamo preso un taxi per Cholon, quartiere cinese ricco di templi appartenenti a varie religioni. Anche in Vietnam, come in Cina, i taxi sono economicissimi!??Il nome di questo quartiere significa "grande mercato", infatti "cho" vuol dire mercato e "lon" grande. La prima cosa che visitiamo ̬ quindi il Binh Tay Market, costituito da un edificio a due piani con meravigliosi tetti a pagoda e una torre dell'orologio! Ci dirigiamo poi sulla Nguyen Trai, la via principale, e visitiamo il Chua Ba Thien Hau al numero 710. Questa pagoda ̬ dedicata a Thien Hau, Signora del Mare e divinit?? della religione cinese. Proseguendo sulla stessa via, al numero 676, troviamo il Tempio di Nghia An e Quan De. Quest'ultima divinit?? proviene dalle religioni taoista e buddista. Il tempio ̬ davvero affascinante! Dall'altro lato della strada c'̬ la moschea di Cholon, che conferma la presenza di un vasto mix di religioni in questa citt??! Se amate i templi, in zona potete visitare anche quello di Quan Am (al 12 di Lal Tu), quello di Phuoc An Hoi Quan (su Hong Bang all'angolo con Quan Kong) e la pagoda di Ong Bong ( al 264 di Hai Thuong Lan Ong).

Leaving the museum, we took a taxi to Cholon, the Chinese district full of temples belonging to various religions. Even in Vietnam, as in China, taxis are really cheap!??The name of this district means "big market" in fact "cho" means market and "lon" great. The first thing that we visit is of course the Binh Tay market, consisting of a two-floor building with beautiful pagoda roof and a clock tower! Then we head on Nguyen Trai, the main street, and visit the Chua Ba Thien Hau at number 710. This pagoda is dedicated to Thien Hau, Lady of the Sea and divinity of Chinese religion. Continuing on the same street, at number 676, we find the Temple of Nghia An Quan and De. This deity comes from the Taoist and Buddhist religions. The temple is really fascinating! Across the street there is the mosque of Cholon, which confirms the presence of a large mix of religions in this city! If you like the temples in the area you can also visit the Quan Am Temple (12 Lal Tu)??܉??, the Phuoc An Hoi Quan Temple (Hong Bang on the corner with Quan Kong) and Bong Ong Pagoda (264 Hai Thuong Lan Ong).

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Concludiamo il pomeriggio con un meritato bagno in piscina ed un aperitivo in terrazza prima di uscire a cena. L?۪albergo che abbiamo scelto ̬ il Golden Central Hotel Saigon, centrale, comodo e molto carino! Il ristorante di stasera si rivela davvero un'ottima scelta e ve lo consiglio vivamente!! Si tratta del Nh?? H??ng Ngon, ristorante vietnamita al 160 di Pasteur. ?? costruito all'interno di una bellissima villa stile coloniale e i tavolini sono collocati sotto un porticato illuminato da candele e lumini. Il ristorante riprende lo stile dello street food adattandolo al contesto e creando un'atmosfera molto piacevole e suggestiva! Ai lati dei tavoli sono infatti presenti varie postazioni per i cuochi che ricordano i banchetti di strada. La giornata per?_ non finisce qui perch̩ Ho Chi Minh ̬ una citt?? molto vivace e ricca di locali, pub e discoteche! Ci lasciamo quindi conquistare dalla musica del Lush, al numero 2 di Ly Tu Trong. La discoteca ̬ frequentata da qualche occidentale e molti pi?_ vietnamiti del previsto! Che differenza rispetto alla popolazione che si vede durante il giorno??_nettamente meno agiata economicamente. La musica ̬ internazionale e divertente ed il costo di drink/bottiglie ̬ di gran lunga inferiore a quello europeo! Let's dance! =-)

We end the afternoon with a well deserved swim in the hotel pool and a drink on the terrace before going out for dinner. The hotel we chose is the Golden Central Hotel Saigon, central, comfortable and very cute! The restaurant in which we had dinner tonight proved to be a really good choice and I highly recommend you!! It is the Nha Hang Ngon, a vietnamese restaurant at 160 Pasteur. It is inside a beautiful colonial style villa and the tables are placed under a porch lit by candles and tealights. The restaurant reflects the style of street food adapting to the context and creating a very pleasant and charming atmosphere! Close to the tables there are, in fact, the cooks?۪ workstations which remember the stalls in the street. The day does not end here because Ho Chi Minh is a very lively city full of bars, pubs and nightclubs! We let us conquered by the music of Lush, at 2 Ly Tu Trong. The disco is frequented by some western and much more vietnamese than expected! What a difference compared to the population that you see during the day! The music is international and funny, and the cost of drinks / bottles is far lower than the European one! Let's dance! =-)

Shanghai - Tianzifang, Pudong & The M1NT

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Let's start another day in this amazing city! We first visit the district of Dapuqiao and in particular the Tianzifang, an area among Sinan Road, Taikang Road, Second Ruijing Road and Jianguo Middle Road.You can take the metro to reach this area and get off at Dapuqiao stop.The Tianzifang is a kind of market that is articulated within numerous alleyways. The shops were originally artisan shops and I recommend you to get lost in the alleys and, if it's lunch time, to stop at one of the many restaurants. For example, I've been to Teddy Bear and found it very nice (ask specifically to have lunch on the little terrace on the top). Alternatively, there is a very good thai restaurant, Tai Thai Cuisine & Lounge.Concerning the shopping in the Tianzifang, you can buy typical objects such as chopsticks, hand-painted fans, tea sets or the classic qipao, the traditional chinese women dress of Shanghai. I've bought one of them in black and white at the Shanghai Han Ming Industrial.
 

Then we head to the district of Pudong, the area opposite the Bund where you can see the famous skyscrapers. For lunch we stop at Element Fresh in Lu Jia Zui inside the "Super Brand Mall". It is a chain that offers fresh and tasty salads and sandwiches, perfect for those who want to get away for a moment from the oriental cuisine!In the afternoon we visit the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, which is located at the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower. In my opinion there is nothing special but it's fun to walk inside the shark tunnels! Next to the aquarium there are two other museums: a museum of insects, the Wilde Natural Insect Kingdom and a museum on the sexuality of China, the China Sex Culture Exhibition.If the weather is nice and not foggy, I highly recommend you to climb on top of the "corkscrew", the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and stop at the bar for a drink with a view!
 

In the evening, after a super dinner at the thai restaurant Coconut Paradise, we go dancing at M1NT, one of the most famous nightclubs in the city!
Check out here the list on the best Shanghai nightlife! ;-)

Lombok - Cosa Visitare? -

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Dopo aver visto gli aspetti generali relativi a questa magnifica isola, passiamo a scoprire cosa ci offre l?۪interno!! Dunque??_vi consiglio di visitare alcuni paesini??_ Immagine

- Meninting per quanto riguarda la coltivazione e vendita di perle. Provenendo proprio da questa zona i prezzi sono decisamente inferiori rispetto a quelli europei. Andate da Gem Pearls ??? Sugeng R. in Jalan Raya Meninting 69.

- Cakranegara, passando per la capitale Mataram, ̬ bello da visitare per il suo mercato tradizionale. Noterete la differenza nella gente rispetto a Bali perch̩ Lombok ̬ un?۪isola a maggioranza musulmana e non induista. Ci sono infatti numerose moschee e meno templi in giro per i villaggi.

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- Banyumulek ̬ invece famoso per la produzione di terra cotta. Se visitate uno dei numerosi stabilimenti vi faranno anche provare a creare un piccolo vaso con le vostre mani, molto stile ???Ghost?۝ ??:-)

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- Sayang-Sayang ̬ invece un villaggio famoso per il suo Art Market. Il significato del nome in indonesiano ̬ ???amore-amore?۝. L?? vicino abbiamo comprato i seaweed, che sono delle caramelle tipiche del posto fatte con una gelatina di alghe e aromatizzate alla frutta, al miele o al sesamo. Una variante molto simile delle nostre gelatine Dufour :-)

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Tornando nella zona di Senggigi, oltre ad un Art Market in cui comprare qualche souvenir, troverete lungo la spiaggia una serie di ristorantini molto tranquilli e appartati come De Quake??in cui sono stata per due cene consecutive oppure Lotus Bayview??gestito da uno dei molti italiani che decidono di fare il cambio di vita e trasferirsi proprio in Indonesia! Un altro ristorante che vi consiglio di provare ̬ Asmara Restaurant??anch?۪esso a Senggigi.

Madrid - A Secret & Colorful Corner -

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After having recommended hotels, restaurants, shops, parks, and sights to see in Madrid, I would like to to share one last thing; my favorite corner of Madrid, Plaza de la Cebada. One of the most historic plazas in the city, it is well known for it’s famous covered market. The market takes up nearly the whole plaza! This plaza is in the heart of the Latin quarter, in fact, easily reachable from La Latina station.  Next to the plaza, you’ll find many small bars offering tapas with some wine to wash them down. You’ll also find the famous La Latina theatre- they still host daily shows! While these are all interesting attractions, the reason I love this plaza is completely different. Very few people are aware, but there’s an amazing small courtyard surrounded by some rather dilapidated walls behind the market. At first glance, it might not seem like much, but once inside you’ll see that it is truly fantastic! The walls are full of colors and graffiti art. A band generally plays in a small outdoor amphitheater, adding even more ambiance to the whole scene. Everything is absolutly authentic. There are even some shopfronts that frequently host a wide variety of artists.  Before heading into La Latina Sunday market, stop a while to take some sun on a colorful bench . Between the improvised music and the mix of colors, you can’t help but feel some Spanish Allegria!

Essaouira - A Colorful Medina -

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Essaouira is a port city perched on the Atlantic Ocean about two and a half hours for the bus ride from Marrakesh. The bus lines are operated by Supratours. Buses depart from Gueliz and arrive at a bus stop adjacent to the Medina in Essaouira.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be greeted by blue skies filled with seagulls along with a refreshing sea breeze and bustle of busy fisherman scurrying about. The Medina of Essaouira is circled by tall walls. Within you’ll find the famous white and blue buildings along the main roads surrounding the souk. If you’d like to stop for a drink or something to eat, I suggest the square in the center of the Medina. The souk here is a much less chaotic and more maritime version of the one in Marrakesh. It is still just as disorienting though, especially the Souk au poisson (fish souk).

Walking around the seafront, you’ll notice numerous stalls selling freshly squeezed orange juice, or alternatively, some sweets made with marijuana ;-).

For dinner, I strongly recommend trying one of the many fish stalls around the “grillade de poissons” (grilled fish). Here you’ll be able to find grilled freshly caught fish straight from boat to plate.

Marrakech - The Souk & Place Jemaa-el-Fna -

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The souks, or suqs, are the typical covered markets that you can find scattered throughout the Medina. They are one of the main attractions of Marrakesh. As soon as you enter, you’ll get lost in the small alleys full of tiny shops, colorful stalls, exotic smells, sounds, and the loud voices of the merchants trying to tout their wares- all sure to leave a lasting impression on any visitors. Remember the golden rule in Marrakesh, NEGOTIATE for EVERYTHING! The market stretches from the Ben Youssef Mosque in the North to the famous Jemaa-el-Fna square in the South. It is organized into areas dedicated to specific goods and activities: leathers, wool, jewelry, produce, lanterns, apparel, dried goods, spices etc.. Take a break afterwards in one of the many terraces to sip on a mint tea and admire the sunset.

Of the souvenirs available I suggest: some small bottles of argan or rose oil, spices (curry, turmeric, etc), the famous black soap used in hammam for a quick scrub or the iconic Morrocan slippers worn by none other than Aladdin.

Jemaa-el-Fna square is the true epicenter of all the chaos that is Marrakesh. During the day, you’ll find snake charmers and stalls selling dentures (yes, you read correctly, dentures), street artists, monkey trainers, henna tattoo artists, horse drawn carts, and vendors selling dates and freshly squeezed orange juice.

By night, the market makes way for stalls serving up fresh local cuisine. It is definitely worth trying at least once! Although there are seemingly an infinite number of stalls, they are all in fact numbered which is helpful to find specific ones. The most famous that I tried was the“Aicha N°1” read here to learn more!

The square is dominated by the Koutubia mosque, the tallest in Marrakesh. A few steps from the mosques is the Cyber Jardin on Avenue Mohammed V, and L’Embsemble Artisanal, a sort of artisans quarter where prices are fixed and there is no bargaining. It seemed a little too touristy for my liking.

Marrakech - Useful Info -

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If you live in Europe, Marrakesh is the perfect destination for a long weekend or quick getaway. Although it is a very lively city, here you will still have the chance to unplug and escape hectic day to day life back home.

Marrakesh Meanara airport is quite near to the city, only around 10km. This makes transportation to and from the terminal rather quick and efficient.
Taxis should be relatively cheap, even for trips within the city. From my personal experience, they can also be wildly inconsistent.  When I took a taxi from my hotel to the airport, it cost me only 2€, meanwhile, my trip from the airport to my hotel came out to 27€.

When it comes to overnight accommodations, you must have already heard of the famous “Riads” of Marrakesh. These are traditional Moroccan style buildings with internal courtyards that usually house a swimming pool or a hammam. I absolutely recommend spending some time in one of these. As for neighborhoods, there is no doubt that the Medina is by far the best. The Medina is the historic heart of the city surrounded by the ancient fortifications. It is made up of winding alleys and lanes that make up an impressive labyrinth.

The Aya Riad is an excellent choice for those who want a little peace and quiet while at the same time not compromising on location. It is a few steps away from the chaotic markets of the old town! The Riad is composed of 8 rooms decorated in traditional Morrocan style surrounding a courtyard and a spectacular terrace. The terrace is the ideal place to have breakfast while taking in amazing views of the famous rooftops of Marrakesh or the breathtaking sunsets. Sofia, the manager of the Riad is very friendly and organized. She can be reached by email at: riadaya.marrakech@gmail.com - tell her that Giulia referred you!

Sabah - Markets & Food in Kota Kinabalu -

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Questa cittadina della regione del Sabah ̬ famosa tra le altre cose per gli innumerevoli mercati che hanno luogo ogni giorno della settimana. Ad esclusione infatti del mercato di Gaya Street che si tiene solo la domenica mattina, tutti gli altri potete visitarli sempre. I pi?_ famosi e suggestivi li trovate sulla promenade che si chiama Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen. Guardando il mare il primo mercato sulla destra si chiama Central Market e l?? vendono frutta, verdura, spezie, dolci locali, pesce essiccato...se salite al piano di sopra trovate la zona riservata all'abbigliamento ed uno spazio occupato da banchetti nei quali mangiare specialit?? malesi in un'ambiente molto molto local!Dopodich̩ a sinistra si trova l'Handicraft Market che vende artigianato locale, perle e souvenir. Subito dopo, nello spiazzo che si affaccia sul mare, si allestisce il Filipino Market la sera. Una cena in questo posto ̬ d'obbligo, con il famoso Filipino BBQ. Il pesce arriva direttamente dalle barche dei pescatori e viene grigliato e insaporito da una vasta scelta di salse. Un banchetto equivale all'altro, cambiano solo i colori dei tavoli e alcune variet?? di pesce, ma la scelta ̬ davvero vastissima! Continuando sulla sinistra troverete il famoso Night Market, di fronte all''hotel Le Meridien. Perlustrando la citt?? vi imbatterete in innumerevoli mercatini, impossibile non fermarsi alle bancarelle colorate.

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20130822-224506.jpg Per quanto riguarda invece gli Shopping Mall vi consiglio il Centre Point, in cui ci sono moltissimi negozi di elettronica, un rivenditore Apple, negozi di abbigliamento e di cose per la casa. Il "gusto" cinese regna sovrano.

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20130822-224553.jpg Qui vi segnalo una lista di cibi tipici che vedrete al mercato e nei ristoranti: -zenzero -tapioca (chiamata "sago" e coloratissima) si usa per preparare dolci -peperoncino -durian (un frutto molto puzzolente che vedrete raffigurato all'entrata di tutti gli hotel. ?? infatti proibito portarlo all'interno a causa del suo odore!!) -lychee -mango -cavolo verza -sayur manis... (la verdura tipica della zona, si mangia con i gamberetti essiccati) -cocco giovane (quello verde che viene aperto per berne il succo) -dolci a base di cocco, zucchero di canna e zucchero di palma -pesce essiccato -sfoglie di pesce che noi europei chiamiamo "nuvole di drago", leggermente diverse -banane fritte -anguria -patate dolci -riso nelle sue mille qualit?? -roti canai

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20130822-224732.jpg Come piatti cucinati invece le specialit?? malesi sono il nasi lemak e il laska. Il primo ̬ composto da riso bianco con a parte delle noccioline, pesciolini essiccati, una salsa piccante e a scelta pollo, uova o altra carne. Il secondo, come vi avevo descritto a Kuala Lumpur, ̬ a base di nooldes, latte di cocco, chili, pesce e verdure.

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