|Malay cakes - the ones pictured are "kuih lompang".|
When we arrived at Kelantan, my parents immediately whisked us to one of their favourite restaurants. Upon arrival, we see a table full of Malay cakes. We had the "kuih lompang", a wobbly sweet steamed cake made with rice flour and topped with grated coconut. It was scrumptious.
For our main meals, we all got nasi kerabu, a traditional Malay rice dish with herbs, vegetables, and crispy coconut-flaked fish.
|Nasi Kerabu, a Malay rice dish. Kelantan is famous for their Nasi Kerabu.|
Kelantan state borders Thailand, and for dinner that night we had Thai food. We noticed the restaurant had fried hornet larvae (if I recall correctly - otherwise it might be bees or wasps) and decided to take the plunge. It wasn't as creepy as I imagined. They were crispy and hollow, and took on the taste of the garlic with which they were fried. I found them to be at least tolerable, and Simon actually liked them so much he kept going back for seconds!
|Fried hornet larvae.|
The next day, we drove around to get ourselves a few glimpses of Malay traditions in Kelantan.
We visited a shop/factory where we observed people weaving songket - a brocade textile.
|Songket weaving in Kelantan.|
We also saw some guys flying kites. But not just any kite - the traditional Malaysian kite, "wau bulan".
|Traditional kite flying in Kelantan. This type of kite is called "wau bulan".|
Dad took us to a wharf where fishermen store their catches. There are some cats around the place, I imagine they must lead a pretty good life. Fresh fish everyday!
|Cat eating a fresh fish. That feline is living the life!|
And of course dad had to buy some fish.
We took it to a restaurant that night, and had it cooked by the chef. It was truly excellent. As my dad said, "Sometimes you get seriously great fish, but not a great chef. Sometimes you get a seriously great chef, but not a great fish. Here, both the quality of the fish and the craftmanship is inpeccable." It was a lovely meal with which to end the Kelantan experience.
(By the way, due to the demographics of Kelantan, even though this was a Chinese restaurant, the songs played were Malay, which was quite a quirky juxtaposition, hehe.)
|Fish cooked Chinese-style at a Chinese restaurant in Kelantan.|
But wait - there's more about Kelantan to come! In my next post, I'll take you on a tour of the fantastic market there.