Calling all festival-lovers…
Malaysia really knows how to celebrate festivals and stir some magic with traditional performances. We hear of food fests, cultural festivals and creative competitions every now and then. Although it has been raining for the past few days, it hasn’t dampened the spirit of the people out here. Presenting one such beautiful festival connected deeply to the roots of the State -> Kelantan Festival – an initiative that paints the town in the colours of Kelantan.
Let’s go food tripping…
What: Kelantan Festival
Where: Perkarangan Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV
When: 28 Sep – 07 Oct, 2017 (10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.)
To know more about the festival, check out their festival page.
When we first moved to Kota Bharu (capital of Kelantan, Malaysia), we attended a Thai food festival at the same place, near the stadium. The on-going festival brings back a lot of memories. As the name suggests, the festival showcases glimpses of Kelantan through various media: traditional art forms, cultural performances and food. While the festival is on, a number of activities are lined up every day: kite flying, fire show, shadow play and puppets, group singing, gasing and a lot more.
Keep your eyes peeled for performances on the stage and walk to the other side of the stadium to enter a section of clothes, shoes, bags and other shopping materials.
Let’s get to the main attraction of the festival now – FOOD. Lyf&Spice has always focused on food (…and travel …and culture) more than anything else. Food adds life to any festivity and marks the beginning and closing of any festival. Everything else comes in between. While there are endless stalls serving authentic Malaysian food, Thai delights, dessert, iced beverages and coffee, let’s choose the top few and take you food tripping.
Seafood-egg fry in the making…
Since the brochures and pop-ups are in the local language, let’s take you all on an all-English food tour, so that you’re tempted to plan a visit to Kota Bharu the moment the next festival is announced. This way you’ll know exactly what to order.
Nescafe tarik: A variant of teh tarik that has nescafe coffee powder blended with or without tea. The liquid concoction is poured into water and pulled all the way up to mix the blend from one glass to another.
Seafood goreng: Seafood, lamb, chicken or sotong (squid) goreng is literally any of these meats deep-fried in oil. The accompanying sauces just add to the tasty crunch.
Colek: This thin sauce or dip is best eaten with seafood fritters or fruits. There are a couple of stalls serving variations of colek.
Roti tisu: The tissue-like paper-thin roti is made with flour. The crispy roti is then rolled with condensed milk or chocolate. Sinful right?
Kuih: Although a term generally used for cakes, this refers to a variety of dessert and snacks, more in the form of small bites and finger foods. The variety out here is immense.
Dodol: A sticky toffee-like confection made out of palm sugar, coconut milk and rice flour, it is available in various colours owing to the addition of natural fruit extracts.
Fried rice: Also called nasi goreng, this delectable dish contains vegetables and chicken sausages as well. Have it the Thai way, with a big scoop of rice rolled in an omelette.
Seafood omelette: Choose your favourite seafood and get it beaten with egg yolk as you watch them fry a perfectly blended omelette. Ignore the oil and focus on the taste.
Coconut shake: Made with home-made coconut ice cream flurry to which sabja seeds, condensed milk and additional scoops of fresh ice cream are added. It could get sickly sweet, but for people with a sweet tooth, it should be just fine.
I love watching them make it
The best part of the festival is that the culture of Kelantan is showcased through its delicious food and beautiful performances. Stop by and have some fun.
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