If you resolve to spend more time with your girlfriends this year, Malaysia is the destination for spa retreat, shopping and indulgence.
A strong cocktail of cultures, Malaysia is serene and shopping here is sacred. The country is also perfect for spa holidays making it apt for women travellers. Combined with luxury resorts, up-market fine-dining and beautiful islands, Malaysia presents a happy mix.
So let’s find out why Malaysia should be on the radar for your next vacation with BFFs.
A spa haven
Spa resorts in Malaysia offer a warm sense of rejuvenation. Their unique massages and therapies focus not only on physical but emotional healing too. In fact, your girl gang and you can also opt for wellness spas in Malaysia. After all, who does not want to enjoy a holistic healing of the body and soul along with a lot of pampering. There’s simply no way to visit these spas and not feel renewed and re-energized. These resorts offer the residential experience that is taken to an all-time new high with everything being brought to your doorstep. The impeccable services are sure to transport you into a world of trance and offer you a calm retreat in the lap of luxury and wellness.
A shopper’s paradise
Shopaholics rejoice! Every shopper gets their wish – from bespoke privately owned shops to world’s top designer brands, shopping in Malaysia is like going to Santa, you never come back disappointed. You are not really a pro if you haven’t done it here. With generous malls, traditional street shops and chic boutiques this is the hub of retail therapy.
A treasure trove
Malaysia has something to meet every traveler’s wish list – from places of worship to the breathtaking landscapes. For a tiny island, there’s enough to do here to keep you and your best friends busy for a fair amount of time. Historical sites, concrete buildings kissing the stars, a walk through rainforests – all this with entertainment that never stops, is bound to be magnificent!
A gastronomical affair
Variety is the spice of life…. and here it’s the permanent flavor! From the sugar coated Apam Balik for the sweet lovers to the spicy spring rolls for the savory travellers, one can completely indulge in the decadent Malay food. Enjoying the sumptuous Mee Goreng Mamak amidst the sound of clanking woks and waiters shouting orders is an unforgettable experience in itself.
Go get your girlfriends together, pack your bags and explore this spectacular world of sun-drenched beaches, exotic marine-life and rejuvenating spas. It is time to make some new memories! So is there something you can’t do in Malaysia? Yes, it’s called ‘being a bore’.
Indonesian Street Food – Nasi Goreng Ayam – Chicken Fried Rice
Nasi goreng with chicken, egg and prawn cracker
Nasi goreng, literally meaning “fried rice” in Indonesian and Malay, can refer simply to fried pre-cooked rice, a meal including stir fried rice in small amount of cooking oil or margarine, typically spiced with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), shallot, garlic, ground shrimp paste, tamarind and chilli and accompanied by other ingredients, particularly egg, chicken and prawns. There is also another kind of nasi goreng which is made with ikan asin (salted dried fish) which is also popular across Indonesia. Nasi goreng is sometimes described as Indonesian stir-fried rice, although it is also popular in Malaysia, Singapore and the Netherlands. It is distinguished from other Asian fried rice recipes by its aromatic, earthy and smoky flavor; owed to generous amount of caramelized sweet soy sauce and powdered shrimp paste, and the taste is stronger and spicier compared to Chinese fried rice.
Nasi goreng has been called the national dish of Indonesia, though there are many other contenders. It can be enjoyed in simple versions from a tin plate at a roadside food stall, eaten on porcelain in restaurants, or collected from the buffet tables of Jakarta dinner parties.
Nasi goreng is distinguished from other Asian fried rice recipes by its aromatic, earthy and smoky flavour; owed to generous amount of caramelized kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and ground powdered terasi (shrimp paste), and the taste is stronger and spicier compared to Chinese fried rice. Nasi goreng often includes krupuk and bawang goreng (fried shallots) or (fried onions) to give a crispier texture.
The main ingredients of nasi goreng include pre-cooked rice, sweet soy sauce, powdered shrimp paste, salt, garlic, shallot, chilli pepper, spring onions, nutmeg, turmeric, vegetable oil, onions, palm sugar, ginger garlic paste, and slices of cucumber and tomato for garnishing. Some recipes may add black pepper, terasi (shrimp paste), fish sauce, or powdered broth as a seasoning and taste enhancer. Eggs might be mixed into fried rice or fried separately, either as telur ceplok/telur mata sapi (sunny side up eggs), or telur dadar (omelette), and also telur rebus (boiled eggs). Originally optional, the addition of fried egg is often named as nasi goreng spesial (pakai telur) or special fried rice topped with fried egg.