When I reached here, an elder amongst us had already warned us not to be “celupar”.(shoot words without thinking) As I reached there, there is a sudden fragrance. Quite faint. I just kept mum. As I visit her tomb, the hairs on my arms stood still. Again, I kept mum. Then after we left the place, everyone poured out their stories and we were astonished that most of us felt the same thing thru out our journey into the tomb area. Hmm….
Additional RM10 for videocam. The lady asked my friend whether mine is videocam but my friend said no, so I don’t have to pay extra. I did not use it anyway. I dont understand the rational , nowadays, the digicam also have video-taking.
The gamat stall-The poster state free GAMAT/sea cucmber soup FOC but it wasnt. RM5 per packet. But it taste nice with lots of mushrooms. Nice. Suddenly, I felt so pretty..Gamat/sea cucumber has healing properties esp skin conditions just like collagen hehe!
If u wonder how it tasted like, it is like jelly-like substance. Smell a bit seafoodish. If u add with meat, it somehow aids in the tendering the meat and if u let it braised for few hours, it will slowly disintegrate and disappear in the broth.
If u buy the dry version from Sinseh/chinese herbal stores, u need to soak first then disect the middle part and remove the sand (I Called it the “tummy”) then after that wash and cooked it.
From Perlis to Padang Besar…
Thailand Border @ Padang BESAR
Drove in with the car, make sure u have documents ready stating that the car belongs to u and all that…(There are many cases of car theft which they changed the license plate on the spot and drove into Thailand).
Went there on Friday prayers so I saw many males went for friday prayers. Some are thais and some are malaysians.
This crispy chicken will give KFC a run for its money…Very crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside…These are the last 2 pieces left..
Tom Yum yummy! Sourish , fragrant, sweetish tangy but I realised that Thai tom yam was never as spicy as Singapore’s tom yam.
The vermicelli laksa (the noodles are not light like our mee hoon but kinda dense) is different but shiok! Taste like a little bit sourish, savoury coconutty fishy and plus the leaves below, its lovely!
Goat for a day?
These herbs are for the laksa. Some tasted a bit kelat (bitterish) but mostly they were tasteless and fragrant. One of the leaves tasted and smell like mango leaves but its not. Now I understand why some people said Thai women has no BO (body odour).
I realised whatever food that was served, they will add some ulam (raw vegetables e.g long beans, cucumber, leaves…and sambal belacan)
DESSERT-The kuehs are so yummy! Not so sweet, just nice, and so lemak (Savoury) especially their sago kuehs….yum, yum!
Overall, this eatery serves good delicious HALAL thai FOOD by muslims! The place is just nearby in town.
Later we went mini-shopping in town.
The town is old but fascinating…..
This salak fruit is not as kelat (bitterish sour) but a bit sweet. I like.
Thai FOOD @ Danok town
Mango salad (thin slices of green mango) plus peanuts, chilli and nampla (fish sauce) all “tumbuk” into the “lesung”.(mostle and pestle).Crunchy!For RM2-3, very filling!
This came complimentary with the salad above.I saw some men just chew it off just like u watch those westerners chewing the hay…Goat for a day..hehe! I felt healthier already….
Road side stall desserts
Grilled hotdogs-these looked yummy with its reddish colour and thick size but it is not. It tasted more flour than the “hotdog”…a bit sweetish. DOnt really like it.
We went to this Muslim restaurant to solat and use the toilet. We were not obliged to buy anything from them. They are nice.
While taking turns to solat, there was a street elephant who went round asking tourist to feed him with the peeled sugarcanes for RM3 per packet. He was cute, friendly and even bow with a little curtsy when he is saying goodbye. So cute!
As for the language, some spoke Malay language very well and some knew English, so no language barrier….as for the money..they accept Malaysian RINGGIT as well. 100baht =10RM (rough calculation)
The weather here is scorching hot. I felt if I stand in the open for few minutes with a raw egg on my head, for sure it will be cooked.
Different custom points in Thailand have different closing time so take note or u might end up stranded there at the border..eheh!
But compare to Danok town, it is less busy and a sleepy town. I cannot do much in Padang besar town but in Danok, I felt happy. Many things to see….
Bonus: Do u dare to take the challenge of EATING (below)… fear factor style in DANOK?
Let’s get a closer look.
I saw this at an evening/nite market at Danok. Intrigued, one of us asked cheekily or perhaps naively “HALAL?” (to the makcik next stall who wears the selendang/headress)The answer was blur looking makcik thinking “waht u wanna try?!” but later muttered “no”… the thai lady that sell this was very excited in wanting us to try it. Err…the worms, no thanks…the cockroaches, ARGH!!!! I know we can eat the grasshoppers or something but for now..the appetite is not there. Next time perhaps…YIKES!! (cabut!!!)
There are manymuslim vendors in this evening market/bazaar. So no worries! Both Danok and Padang Besar have substantial HALAL food stalls.
Later we went to Alor Setar night market….this is a high breed of pirated goods. Almost 88% similar..to original goods. Price aint RM10 range but higher…but the uncanny resemblance to ori goods..perhaps it might be worth it..perhaps
Beside Masjid Sultanah Bahiyyah
Lebuhraya Sultanah Bahiyyah
Alor Setar Kedah Darul Aman
There are lots of stalls but the stall owners are youngsters and middle aged men and they looked a bit “fierce or scarry or gangsters like” (sorry perhaps they sold lots of samurai swords,daggers, knives of all shapes and sizes…pistols, guns (look so real with bullets that I dare not come near) …that makes them appear “violent “and i dare not take shots for fear they chased after me hehhe! (me and my imagination)and it is not so crowded with local people.
Food wise , this night market does not sell much perhaps 1 or 2 stalls but there is a BIG food centre beside this night market.
I watched how this craftsmen made a simple keychain for RM5 painstakingly for 20mins. Such patience and skills….
But in one corner, there stood one stall all alone on its own with its dimly lights. I wanted to go there but was warned by one …..its sSSHhhh…. secret…
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A man was selling a minyak urut (special oil) for MAN. Virility and sorts…. and the one thing I was shocked (I did not go there, the men in our group told me when they went there cos they thought its a snake show) there were photos of the man (the man selling the oil) naked posing boldly ,showing his “bullet” as proof to the oil’s true potential. (Cabut!!!! run!!!)
2nd time, I lost my appetite….
Next is Penang…
Check my GPS and saw this :Nasi Kandar (Queue start at 10pm)
We saw the Q and wonder how long it will take us to buy just one miserly nasi kandar to taste it?
AS we ponder,an indian elderly muslim man came to us. Asking us whether we want to buy, he can buy for us because he knew the people. I wonder “what’s the catch?” Cos I do not want to be cheated or whatever so I was skeptical.I kept asking so how do we pay u or what do u want in return or is this some sort of scam… (pardon my straightforwardness) but the man said that he do not want anything in return , he just want to do some kindness.
Still feeling puzzled, I handed over a RM10 and told him what I wanted. Cos I gauge the dishes that I want and the price. Even if the man did not return at all with my orders and the money, I am willing to give this man a chance to test his sincerity….
10mins later, he came and return us some of the money left.
Still puzzled over the man kindness but happy that we did not have to queue, we gave him some tips! And he was happy too and doa for us….all ends well.
The food is not as much as nor mal Kandar rice cos when u pakced or eat, I can never finish it. The rice are lots and the chicken, meat are humonguos but for this Nasi kandar it’s just nice for 1 person.
As I put the food in my mouth…
WOW! Indeed the gravies are so heavenly concoctted. They go together so well…
I had tasted so many nasi kandar stalls in Penang (this is my 3rd roadtrip here) e.g Line Clear, Pelita, Hameed…and more (i forgot its name) but this has got to be the BEST for me!! (especially when u let the rice soaked up the gravy..kembang YUMMY!) Eat with ur bare hands please….
Head to hotel for a night rest..
The price increase slightly, I love to go here everytime, because its new, spacious and cheap.For 2 queen sized bed for 4-5 people is about RM145. And u still can run around the room!