Tag Archives: Kota Bharu

Kedai Kopi Din Tokyo

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This traditional coffee shop in Kota Bharu has nothing to do with Japan. Feels like the kopitiams in Singapore with its old town ambiance and good local coffee but instead of tables and chairs it has two long wooden benches for communal use, a ‘kopi bar’. I’ll never forget the very hospitable proprietor who handed 5 ringgit to my 8 yr old daughter as spontaneous gift. My total bill was I think 8 ringgit for 2 mugs of coffee and nasi berlauk.

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Native refreshments

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Micro-Retailing Spices

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Spice packs at Siti Khadijah Market in Kota Bharu

Pasar Snapshots: Keropok of all sorts

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Keropok is the traditional chips of the Malays, particularly in Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The pictures here were taken from a market in Kelantan.

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Flowered Trishaw

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An elderly driver stood by his trishaw with fog lamps as props in Kota Bharu. Seems Malaysia has this penchant for artificial flower adorned trishaws. I have two more pictures below from Melaka to prove this.

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Pasar Snapshots: Kuih-Muih

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If Philippines has all sorts of kakanin, then Malaysia has all sorts of kuih-muih. Whereas the kakanin is something that you have to deliberately find because native food has taken a back seat over Western bites, kuih-muih contrastingly can be found in cafes, airports, streets, markets, everywhere – even in Kuala Lumpur. How nice it is to have something uniquely Southeast Asian that remains to be part of everyday breakfast, snack, tea or coffee accompaniment, or dessert.

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