Pulau Langkawi Local Customs

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Most Recent Local Customs in Pulau Langkawi

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    Satay

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 7, 2014

    the Satay is the Malaysian and the Indonesian Version of Barbecue and since both are Muslim Majority Countries, you would hardly see pork satay in these countries except for the chinese living in these countries and in the Hindu Dominated Bali Island where there is the Satay Babi (skewered pork) which is actually the most delicious of them all satay (see my Bali Tips on Satay Babi) .

    Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish, tofu, or other meats. These cuts are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings and peanut sauce since the mainstay of a satay is the peanut sauce and the coloring is yellow from the Turmeric. You will see many roadside stalls and hawker centers in and around Langkawi selling this barbecue goodness and are eaten either alone or with Lemak rice or Curry rice or Biryani Rice and the cost is about RM 2.50 per small bamboo stick. Highly recommended and i can eat about 6 to 7 sticks in one sitting hehehehe.

    chicken and beef satay at Pantai Tengah chicken, beef and shrimp satay grilling satay chicken sate with nasi goreng satay babi (pork) of Bali, Indonesia
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    Naan Bread

    by machomikemd Written Jun 7, 2014

    the Naan bread is a northern Indian food flat bread cooked in a tandoori oven that became popular in Malaysia due to the influx of Indian Immigrants and is now available everywhere and one of my all time favorite breads ever. The typical naan bread recipe involves mixing white flour with salt, a yeast culture, and enough yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough. The dough is kneaded for a few minutes, then set aside to rise for a few hours. Once risen, the dough is divided into balls which are flattened and cooked in the tandooriu oven. i usually eat it without chutneys or sauce like the canai or the prata since I like the buttery taste of the Naan bread spinkled liberally by the Indian Clarified Butter called Ghee. They are available everywhere in Langkawi and costs RM 6 an order with a chutney like mango chutney or a sauce like a canai or pratha included.

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    Roti

    by machomikemd Written Jun 7, 2014

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    Roti is a flat bread that originated from North India and Pakistan and brought here in Malaysia by Indian Immigrants and is available everywhere here in Langkawi. the roti is also an unleavened flat bread unlike the Naan Bread which is leavened but it is cooked in a flat pan instead of a tandoori oven in the Malaysian and the Singaporean Version and as with the Naan Bread, it can be paired with various chutneys and sauces when eaten but again my favorite is that it is just painted liberally with my favorite Indian Clarified Butter called Ghee. an Order of Roti bread with chutneys or sauces or combined with Pratha with toppings inside the bread will costs from RM 5 to 10 depending on the sidings inside the bread and the sauces, try it!

    they also serve Roti at some breakfast buffets in Hotels here in Langkawi

    roti roti included in breakfast buffet roti maker at right
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    Malaysian Snacks

    by machomikemd Written Jun 6, 2014

    malaysia has a variety of small snacks and cool drinks from western to local favorites. Local specialties include the squid balls and fish balls and shrimp balls, the exotic nasi lemak, my favorite assorted prawn and lobster crackers and a lot more. foreign food inlcude hot dogs, hamburgers, pan cakes and more. Among the drinks there are literally lots and lots of choices like the standard soft drinks, the assorted fruit juices whether concentrated or artifically flavored, the assorted kinds of hot and cold teas like teh tarik or teh c peng and ubble teas and way lot more. these snacks costs fromk between RM 2 to 8 depending on the kind and are available everywhere form stalls, hawker centers, stores, malls etc.

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    Teh Tahrik (Pulled Milk Tea)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 3, 2014

    if the 3 layered tea is of malaysian chinese origin, the teh tahrik or pulled milk tea is a malaysian indian (or singaporean indian) invention. Why is it called teh tarik? ok since the mixture is poured back and forth repeatedly between two vessels from a height, giving it a thick frothy top (also known as pulled). This process cools the process fluid (tea) to optimal drinking temperatures, and helps to thoroughly mix the tea with the condensed milk. It is also done to give the tea a better flavor. This is often compared to the decantering of toddy to improve the flavor function. Often found in Indian hawker stalls or restaurants, preparing the teh-tarik is both an art and science. they are found everywhere here in Pulau Langkawi local warungs (local eateries( and even at bi restaurants and seafood places wherein a small glass costs about RM 4 and a big glass at RM 7 and is available hot or cold.

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    Sky Cable Langkawi Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Jun 3, 2014

    I am an avid collector of refrigerator magnets and whenever I travel, I usually buy them as part of my souvenir collections of the local area that I've visited and here in Pulau Langkawi is no different hence I bought one at Pantai Cenang but the design of the fridge magnet of the Langkawi Sky Cable piqued my interest too hence I bought one at their Sky Boutique, which you can find at the base station and at the top station and there is only one magnetized design and the cost is RM 7.90 per piece.

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    Langkawi Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 3, 2014

    since I love collecting assorted knick knacks of my travels, besides buying refrigerator magnets, I also usually buy Shot glasses of the particular area that I am visiting if the shot glasses are available since some areas that I've visited has none of them as souvenirs and here in Langkawi, it was hard to find shot glasses with the langkawi name and design.

    but it was a good thing that Langkawi Panorama Sky Cable Souvenir Shops has shot glasses avaialble so I Immediately bought one since they only have one design and it cost just RM 4.90 per piece as it was just a simple design.

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    Langkawi Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Jun 3, 2014

    am an avid collector of refrigerator magnets and whenever I travel, I usually buy them as part of my souvenir collections of the local area that I've visited and here in Pulau Langkawi is no different hence I bought some and you can find them everywhere especially at the assorted souvenir shops all around Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah Areas, at the Oriental Village and Langkawi Bird Paradise and Wildlife Park and Underwater World, Kilin Geopark Station, etc, and always remember to haggle when buying the souvenir items. The refrigerator Magnets go for RM 8 to 14 depending if the ref magnet is ceramic or plastic or magnetized metal. If you're a collector too then I would suggest you buy one too.

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    The Princess Mahsuri Legend

    by yipsufen Updated Jul 26, 2009

    Mahsuri was a beautiful Malay Princess unjustly put to death for committing adultery. Her innocence was proven when after being stabbed to death with her own dagger, white blood oozed from her body. It is believed that the shores of Langkawi are pure white because of her innocence.

    The portrait of Princess Mahsuri
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    Squid Fest Everywhere

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 9, 2007

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    This tidbit was shared by our driver while we visited the Underwater World in Langkawi. Apparent during the end year (around late December to perhaps early January), there would be a squid season where the fishermen would catch a huge amount of squids in the seas off Langkawi. Instead of selling all the squids, the fishermen would make what they called 'ketupat sotong' meaning squid rice cakes. They would scoop rice into the body of the squid and then boil the squid in a huge pot. The flavour of the squid would seep into the rice and they would eat it as they normally do during their meals.

    This is only done once a year during the season and only by the local fishermen. It is not a tourist thing nor can you buy it anywhere in Langkawi and you can only see it if you know someone local who can invite you to the occassion. Apparently the feasting on this treat can go on for days or weeks.

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    A little bit of respect for the hosting locals

    by Loubna Written Mar 10, 2007

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    Ladies, remember this is mainly a Muslim country so no top less on the beach. If you look closely you will see that even Indian Malaysians and Chinese Malaysians bathe clothed.

    When walking in the street back to your chalet etc dress decently and not in your swimming suit as a mark of respect to the locals :o)

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    spas

    by call_me_rhia Updated Feb 6, 2007

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    All over the island you can find a great number of smaller and larger spas, which do not cost a fortune. You can have:
    - all types of massages (swedish, thai, aromaterapy and so on)
    - chinese reflexology(painful but good)
    - body scrubs and wraps (try the chocolate-coffee scrub)
    - coconut milk and flower baths
    - manicure and pedicure...
    Definitely worth it, and pleasant... you'll come home renewed.

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    Keep Your Shoes / Boots Outside

    by Azri_Azmi Written Nov 4, 2006

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    Went entering a house, the custom here in Langkawi and all over Malaysia is to remove your shoes before entering the house. Entering a house with shoes on will be considered as a rude act and disrespect to the host. :-)

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    Ramadan Puasa Month

    by fengshui Written Nov 3, 2006

    During this fasting, most of the stalls and restaurants operated by Muslim will be closed.
    So the town will be kinda quiet.
    They will break fast in the evening around 7pm, so these stalls & restaurants will only start operating after 3pm.
    This does not applies to the fast food restaurant like KFC, McDonald & shopping centres.
    Do remember to bring along bottled drinking water.

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    PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

    by Tattugran Updated Dec 24, 2005

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    It always help to know when you go to a different country when the public holidays are as it can effect your plans .I have listed the ones I knwo of for Langkawi here. Hope it helps
    Jan 01 - New Year's Day
    Jan 08 & 09 - Hari Raya Puasa
    Feb 05 & 06 - Chinese New Year
    Feb 01 - Federal Territory Day (Kuala Lumpur and Labuan only)
    Mar 16 - Hari Raya Haji
    Apr 06 - Awal Muharram
    May 01 - Workers' Day
    May 18 - Wesak Day
    Jun 03 - Birthday of Sri Paduka Baginda Yang di Pertuan Agong
    Jul 15 - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad SAW
    Aug 31 - National Day
    Oct 28 - Deepavali (except in Sarawak and Labuan)
    Dec 25 - Christmas
    Dec 27 & 28 - Hari Raya Puasa

    NB: NOT ALL THESE HOLIDAYS FALL ON THE SAME DATE EVERY YEAR.

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