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jul 17 2014

Foodie Alert: The Ultimate Guide To Street Food In Penang, Malaysia

Penang Street Food
(Photo Courtesy of rasamalaysia.com)

This article was written by Milda Ratkelyte, the travel community manager at AsiaRooms.com. She is currently exploring Asia and capturing the best moments in stories, photos, and films.

Penang is a small tropical island connected to the northwest coast of Malaysia where, as one says, "the weather never changes so everyone talks about food instead." The island's fertile land and seas combined with a mixture of Malay, Chinese (mostly Hokkien with a smaller group of Cantonese and Teochew as well as the Straights-born Chinese known as Peranakans) and Indian cultures holds Penang as Asia's top city voted by CNN and the New York Times for street food for several years now. On top of that, Penang is also one of the safest places in Asia to try street food—the competition among the street vendors is so high that any dip in quality of the food is not tolerated here. During a recent trip to Penang, I rolled up my sleeves and hit the island's most famous hawker centers to find out for myself what all the fuss is about!

jul 15 2014

5 Snacks To Try In Singapore

Snacks in Singapore
(Photo Courtesy of bakecookeat.blogspot.sg)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

jul 01 2014

A Train Lovers' Guide To Thailand

I was one of a dozen westerners waiting for the Chiang Mai midnight sleeper, along with 500 uniformed school kids noisily waiting for their train. Their frantic teachers invented amusements like group charades and spelling contests, but still most of the kids wandered around looking for trouble. A dozen 13-year-olds blocked my path. Their bold leader, a chubby pony-tailed girl, demanded to know where I come from. They all giggled and elbowed each other chattering hysterically in Thai after I told them I was from Canada. A fellow passenger, a British woman said (loudly over the din), "These kids were already here when I arrived at 7:30." She looked peevishly at her wristwatch. It was 10 p.m. I had been told Thai rail is usually reliable, so this was not a good sign.

jun 23 2014

5 Desserts To Try In Thailand

Thai Desserts mango sticky rice

If you are lucky enough to be heading there soon, here are five delicious desserts you have to try, including mango sticky rice, shown here.

(Courtesy kitchenbabble.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

jun 05 2014

5 Things To Eat In Japan

Ramen in Japan

There are so many varieties of ramen, so the next time you're in Japan, try them all!

(Courtesy Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

jun 02 2014

Great Getaways: Ko Lanta, Thailand

Paradise in Ko Lanta, Thailand

Find your piece of paradise in Ko Lanta, Thailand.

(Courtesy Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

may 21 2014

Thai Massage: Relaxing or Voluntary Torture?

A spa room in Thailand
(Courtesy Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

may 16 2014

Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago: More Than 800 Untouched Tropical Islands

Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar
(Courtesy of www.myanmarburma.com)

In a world where it seems every potential tourist spot is becoming yet another site for fast food franchises, Myanmar offers many locations that are unbelievably unspoiled. Formerly known as Burma, the country is vast and offers a wide range of ecosystems that can be enjoyed. Among them are tropical islands, such as those that make up the Mergui Archipelago to the south of the country. Because they only became opened to tourism recently (in 1997), there are not that many visitors as of yet, allowing you a chance to visit a place that few people in the world have ever been. It's the perfect spot for enjoying the surf and the sand. You can go boating, snorkeling, diving, and fishing here in turquoise water that is unbelievably clear. Or you can just laze on the pure white sand and do nothing at all except enjoy a refreshing drink. The choice is yours.

apr 25 2014

What To Eat In Singapore: Lunch Under $5

Mee Soto Ayam

Try Mee Soto Ayam for lunch the next time you're in Singapore.

(Courtesy LittleBellevueKitchen)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

apr 23 2014

Myanmar’s Culinary Delights

Spices in Myanmar

While the spice levels are toned down when compared to its Southeast Asian neighbours, traditional Myanmar fare proudly stands on its own with strong flavors, unique offerings, and its rich mix of spices.

(Courtesy Judepics for MynamarBurma.com)

Myanmar's rich and varied cuisine is a direct reflection of its fertile land, variations in climate, and ethnic diversity. Having been fairly isolated from much of the world until recently, the country's culinary influences have come almost exclusively from neighbouring countries like India, China, and Thailand. While the spice levels are toned down when compared to its Southeast Asian neighbours, traditional Myanmar fare proudly stands on its own with strong flavors  like ngapi (shrimp or fish paste), unique offerings like laphet thoke (a salad of pickled tea leaves), and its rich mix of spices such as turmeric, lemongrass, tamarind, and cilantro.

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