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  • The Reopening Of Mosques After Covid-19 Closure

    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world today. Among the things that were affected are places of worship that were temporarily shut down all over the world, to prevent the spread of the virus. This year's Eid-ul Fitr celebration is also different from previous years due to mosque closures, as Muslims are encouraged to do their Eid prayers at home instead. As more countries are slowly lifting restrictions, some of the mosques all over the world have reopened. Despite the reopening of the mosques, strict measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of contagion of the virus. Some of these mosques have implemented social distancing measures when praying, as well as other rules in place to prevent the spread of the virus.  Here are several mosques that have reopened after the Covid-19 closure.  1. The Reopening of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem Image Credit: Al-Aqsa Mosque on Facebook  After more than a 2-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Al-Aqsa Mosque has reopened its doors to worshippers last Sunday, 31st May. According to The Council of Islamic Waqf, this was due to the slowed local spread of the virus which allowed for entry restrictions to be lifted and the Al-Aqsa mosque to be reopened. However, precautionary measures have been put in place by the Jordan-appointed council. Worshippers have to wear face masks and bring their own prayer mats. This is part of the effort to prevent further spread of the virus at Islam’s third holiest site.    2. The Reopening of Mosques in Saudi Arabia Image Credit: Ryan Pradipta Putra on Unsplash Saudi Arabia has reopened its doors to worshippers but stricter measures have been imposed to reduce the contagion of the virus. Al Masjid An-Nabawi was one amongst 90,000 mosques that have reopened for prayers in Saudi Arabia.  Prior to the reopening of mosques, worshippers were informed of the new rules in place for public prayers via text messages by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. Worshippers had to comply with social distancing measures such as praying two metres (6.5ft) apart and avoiding greeting each other with hugs and handshakes. They also had to perform ablution at home since the washrooms are closed in the mosque. Mosques will also open for 15 minutes before the five daily prayers and will close 10 minutes after they conclude. Friday sermons and prayers will also last no longer than 15 minutes.  3. The Reopening of Mosques in Turkey Image Credit: Osman Köycü on Unsplash The mosques in Turkey reopened last Friday for mass prayers, as the country eased restrictions. There were hundreds of worshippers who performed mass prayers outside the historical Blue Mosque for the first time since its closure - all wearing protective masks. Since May, Turkey has been shifting towards a “new normal” by loosening lockdown measures in the country. Most public places have since reopened across the country.   4. The Reopening of Mosques in Singapore  Image Credit: Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) on Facebook Most mosques in Singapore have reopened on Monday, 1 June 2020 but with precautionary measures in place. There are limited private prayer spaces, worshippers have to wear a mask and bring their own personal prayer items, as well as carry a scannable identification or a smartphone. There is also a priority given to those whose jobs require them to be on the move such as taxi drivers and delivery riders. During the first phase of the post-circuit breaker period, daily communal prayers and congregational Friday prayers will not be conducted which is in line with the national guidelines for places of worship. According to MUIS, this will be organized in the later phases when the situation permits. The reopening of the mosque, with stricter precautionary measures in place, is in line with Phase One of Post-Circuit Breaker where Singapore slowly resumes activities.  5. The Reopening of Mosques in Nigeria  The government in Nigeria has since lifted restrictions placed on religious gatherings during the pandemic. Mosques, together with churches and hotels, are now free to open but with stricter measures implemented to curb the spread of the virus. Worshippers have to wear face masks, maintain social distancing as well as maintaining personal hygiene by thoroughly washing and sanitizing their hands before joining their congregation. Also, according to Sani Aliyu, chairman of the Task Force, places of worship like churches and mosques are only allowed to operate between 5am and 8pm daily, with Friday prayers in mosques not exceeding one hour.    Daily updates on the reopening of mosques all over the world will be provided so be sure to download the HalalTrip App to stay updated, here! Stay safe and stay healthy. ...

  • 10 Best Virtual Museum Tours In 2020

    The COVID-19 situation has placed some business on a halt, some may have even closed their doors. We have seen how entertainment centers, tourist attractions, zoos, and even museums were affected by this outbreak. There is no denying that technology has made life simpler, making us feel that the world is at our fingertips. As travel bans have been imposed all around the world, you may have heard about virtual traveling. Exploring the world at the comfort of your home might not give you the best experience but think about its convenience; you don't have to deal with the crowd! Even better, some of these tours are free! From the deepest part of the world to local zoos to historical and art museums; there's an abundance of virtual tours made available for you. Can't travel to visit these iconic museums? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are 10 best virtual museum tours you need to check out in 2020!  via GIPHY   1. The British Museum, London Image Credit: Ryan Stefan on Unsplash The British Museum in London was opened in 1759 and was the first national public museum in the world. You can learn about human histories and culture dated way back to over two million years.There are several ways for you to enjoy these historic artifacts. Explore the virtual museum tours through Google Street View. You can visit up to 60 over galleries like the Egyptian sculpture gallery and The World of Alexander. You can also view an infographic timeline of each artifact through History Connected. You can easily read through the facts or even listen to the audio made available. It is very informative and must not be missed by all history buffs! For those of you who had always dreamed of visiting this museum, this is your chance. And the best part is, it's free! Website 2. The Broad, Los Angeles Image Credit: Tu Tram Pham on UnsplashThe Broad in Los Angeles features contemporary art from the 1950s to the present. With almost 2,000 pieces of artwork, you can find collections from influential contemporary artists like Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama.Get inspired by the effort made by The Broad to bring this wonderful experience to you at home. Watch one of The Broad's famous installations, Yayoi Kasuma's Infinity Mirrored Room, over some lights and sounds environment. If you want to find activities you can do with the kids, get inspired through the family workshops at home series. It contains step-by-step tutorials that you can enjoy with your family. If you can't get over the Infinity Mirrored Room, then you can learn how to create one from one of the videos.Website 3. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Image Credit: Mitchell Luo on Unsplash National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the oldest museums to exist in the country. Founded in 1861, you can find artworks from both local and international artists, ranging from contemporary art, fashion, architecture, and dance.Fans of KAWS, you no longer have to feel disappointed about missing this exhibition. Now available via virtual tours, head down to the website to visit KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness exhibition. Other exhibitions you can visit virtually includes the 'Japanese Modernism' and 'Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.' The latter exhibition is worth visiting as you can listen to the audio tour by the curator himself. Wonderful isn't it? Website 4. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Image Credit: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has established four museums in different venues; Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul, and Cheongju. It is one of the most famous museums in Korea that showcases Korea's art and culture. The four museums are unique; each showcasing different aspects of art and culture in Korea but are geared towards a common goal which is to provide a rewarding cultural experience to visitors. You can find various artworks ranging from literature to calligraphy, architecture to design, and family-oriented space and children's museum.One of the ways you can enjoy a tour around the museum is through the official website. You can watch tour videos on Jonathan Borofsky's Singing Man or Kim Whanki's Two Moon. Meanwhile, on Google Art & Culture, you can view more collections from renowned artistes or even go on a virtual tour on all levels.Website 5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris Image Credit: Armand Khoury on Unsplash Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, holds French artworks dated way back in 1848 to 1914. These artworks range from painting, sculpture, furniture, and photographs. Fans of impressionist will find solace in this museum, witnessing artworks from renowned painters like Monet and Van Gogh.As Musée d’Orsay used to be a railway station, you may catch a glimpse of its history through an online exhibition called From Station to the Renovated Musée d'Orsay. Apart from that, get inspired by the canvas painting and oil painting made available for you in Google Art & Culture. You can now enjoy the artworks from this exhibition in the comfort of your home!Website 6. China Paper Cutting Museum, Yangzhou Image Credit: China Paper Cutting Museum on Discover China  The China Paper Cutting Museum in Yangzhou holds a diverse collection of paper-cutting arts from around the country. With almost 400 pieces of artwork, its genre ranged from landscapes, birds and flowers, and plants, and insects. Paper-cutting art has always been important to Chinese folk culture. These delicate and detailed arts may leave you in awe and keep you inspired in many ways.You can view the artwork virtually from local artistes via the online exhibitions made available. If you wanna try making some paper cutting art, how about watching the online exhibition called 'The Art of Cutting Paper by Zhang Muli?' All you need is just a pair of scissors and some paper. Time to get crafty! Website 7. Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Kyoto Image Credit: Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, also known as Fureaikan, features Kyoto's traditional crafts. With almost 500 collections ranging from Kimonos, lacquerwares, and textiles, there is always something to see and learn on Kyoto crafts.The traditional garment Kimono has always featured beautiful and intricate designs. Learn its history from the online exhibition, 'The Ancient History Making and Wearing a Kimono' and 'Historical Development of Kimono Pattern'. The beautiful textiles of a Kimono will leave you in awe, as you learn to appreciate them more given that the time and effort it takes to make the textiles can be excruciating. Website 8. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Image Credit: The Singapore Art Museum The Singapore Art Museum is dedicated to contemporary art based in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Whether the museum is closed for major transformation or due to the COVID-19 situation, you can still visit the museum and view the exhibitions virtually. Singapore Art Museum has been an organizer for the Singapore Biennale in four different years. If you missed it, you may get the chance to view the last years' collections in the online exhibition 'Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction.' You can also go on a virtual walk in the museum and explore all levels that are made available.Website 9. National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung Image Credit: National Museum of Natural Science on Taichung Travel Net If you want to skip the art and history, or if you are just into nature and science, then this museum is for you! The National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan, covers exhibitions like astronomy, space science, and ecology. With over 50 permanent exhibitions to look out for, there is always something for everyone to learn from, be it adults or children.As one of the most visited museums in Taiwan, there shouldn't be a reason to skip this museum especially when you can visit it virtually!. Run through the 100 specimens of different departments; geology, botany, zoology, and anthropology in this online exhibition. You will never leave this virtual tour without learning something new, we promise! Website 10. Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei Image Credit: Fubon Art Foundation Fubon Art Foundation may be a little different from the rest of the museums on this list. Its aim is to promote art education and support art-based events. To incorporate art into one's lifestyle, it is not necessary to visit a museum or a gallery. Hence, "Very Fun Park" is established where people can experience art from the streets and alleyways in the city.Don't be sad if your trip to Taiwan is canceled, and you can't witness these awesome artworks. Now, you can navigate through the online galleries and view the various installations from different contemporary visual artists. The colorful and unique installations are interesting to look at; it makes you want to witness them in real life too!Website If you think that you can't experience new things without leaving your house, then you are wrong! This list of virtual museum tours will occupy your time, give you some inspiration, relax your mind, and perhaps, allow you to learn something new. If these museums piqued your interest, then you can include them in your itinerary the next time you are traveling!  via GIPHY...

  • How To Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr This Year In 2020: 12 Things To Note

    How to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this year? Here are 12 things to note for this year's Eid al-Fitr celebration in 2020. 1. When is Eid al-Fitr 2020 Image Credit: Rumman Amin on Unsplash Eid al Fitr is the 1st day of the month of Shawwal. The 10th month in the Islamic calendar (the month after Ramadan). Some regions will depend on the sighting of the moon to decide on the 1st of Shawwal and some will decide on it based on calculations.  For most regions, Eid al Fitr 2020 will be on the 24th of May. Some regions may celebrate Eid on the 23rd May or the 25th May. A very small number may even celebrate on the 26th May. It is best to check with your closest Mosque to find out about the day of Eid. 2. Pay Sadaqa-ul-Fitr Image Credit: Bayu on Unsplash Ensure you have paid Sadaqat-ul-fitr for you and all your dependents before the Eid Salat. Check with the local Mosque on the amount to be paid per person. Amounts recommended in some countries: Singapore: S$5.10 (normal rate) and S$7.50 (higher rate) per head Malaysia: RM7 UK: £4 per person. Narrated Nafi (RA): “Ibn `Umar (RA) said, "The Prophet (SAW) made incumbent on every male or female, free man or slave, the payment of one Sa' of dates or barley as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (or said Sadaqa-Ramadan)."  The people then substituted half Sa' of wheat for that. Ibn `Umar (RA) used to give dates (as Sadaqat-ul-Fitr). Once there was scarcity of dates in Medina and Ibn `Umar gave barley.  'And Ibn `Umar used to give Sadaqat-ul- Fitr for every young and old person. He even used to give on behalf of my children. Ibn `Umar used to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr to those who had been officially appointed for its collection. People used to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (even) a day or two before the Eid. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) Narrated Ibn `Umar (RA): The Prophet (SAW) ordered the people to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr before going to the Eid prayer. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) It was narrated that Ibn Abbas (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) enjoined Zakatul-Fitr as a purification for the fasting person from idle talk and obscenities, and to feed the poor. Whoever pays it before the (Eid) prayer, it is an accepted Zakah, and whoever pays it after the prayer, it is (ordinary) charity.  (Sunan Ibn Majah) 3. Reciting the Takbir Image Credit: Falaq Lazuardi on Unsplash Recite Takbir individually and with family from Maghrib time of the day before Eid day until before the Eid Salat. اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْد 4. Praying Voluntary Prayers during the Night of Eid Image Credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash Narrated from Abu Umamah (RA): That the Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever spends the nights of the two ‘Eid in praying voluntary prayers, seeking reward from Allah, his heart will not die on the Day when hearts will die.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)   5. Wake up for Fajr Image Credit: Arun Anoop on Unsplash حَافِظُوا عَلَى الصَّلَوَاتِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْوُسْطَىٰ وَقُومُوا لِلَّهِ قَانِتِينَ Guard your Salah (obligatory regular prayers) especially the middle Salah and stand up with true devotion to Allah (Qur’an 2:238) Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "The first of man's deeds for which he will be called to account on the Day of Resurrection will be Salat. If it is found to be perfect, he will be safe and successful; but if it is incomplete, he will be unfortunate and a loser. If any shortcoming is found in the obligatory Salat, the Glorious and Exalted Rubb will command to see whether His slave has offered any voluntary Salat so that the obligatory Salat may be made up by it. Then the rest of his actions will be treated in the same manner." (Sunan-at-Tirmidhi) 6. Take a Shower 7. Wear your Best Garments 8. Put on Perfume It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘This day is an ‘Eid (festival) which Allah has ordained for the Muslims. Whoever comes to Friday (prayer), let him take a bath and if he has perfume then let him put some on. And upon you (I urge to use) is the tooth stick.” (Sunan Ibn Majah) 9. Eat Something before the Eid Prayers Photo by Mona Mok on Unsplash Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah's Messenger (SAW) never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of `Id-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet (SAW) used to eat odd number of dates. (Sahih-al-Bukhari) 10. Performing Eid Prayer at Home Image Credit: Jeremy Yap on Unsplash This year is different and most of us will be performing Eid prayers at home with family. How to perform Eid prayer at home: Appoint someone in the family to lead the prayers It was narrated from Abu Sa'eed (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said: "when there are three people let one of them lead the prayer, and the one who is most entitled to lead the prayer is the one who has most knowledge of the Qur'an." (Sunan an-Nasa'i) There is no Azan or Iqamah for Eid prayers Two Rakats prayer with a certain number of additional Takbeers in each Rakat The exact number of additional Takbeer may slightly vary depending on the Madhab you follow. This is the guidelines from Singapore Mufti's office: Recommended Surahs to be recited It was narrated from An-Nu'man bin Bashir that: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to recite on the two 'Eids and on Friday: ‏سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الأَعْلَى  (Glorify the Name of Your Lord, the Most High) and هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْغَاشِيَةِ‏ (Has there come to you the narration of The Overwhelming?) Sometimes the two ('Eid and Jumu'ah) occurred on the same day, and he would recite them (these two Surahs). (Sunan an-Nasa'i) Khutbah after prayers is not compulsory as in Friday prayers. Many Mosques are live streaming Khutbah that you could listen to. It was narrated that Abdullah bin Sa’ib (RA)said: “I attended the ‘Eid prayer with the Messenger of Allah (SAW). He led us in offering the ‘Eid prayer, then he said: ‘I have finished the prayer. Whoever wants to sit (and listen to) the sermon, then let him sit, and whoever wants to leave, then let him leave.’” (Sunan-Ibn Majah) 11. Giving Gifts Image Credit: Kari Shea on Unsplash Abu Hurayra (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, "Give gifts and you will love one another." (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad) Aishah (RA) narrated: "The Prophet (SAW) would accept gifts and he would give something in return." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi)   12.  Call Up your Parents, Sibling, Uncles, Aunts…. Image Credit: Taylor Grote on Unsplash Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said, "Allah created His creation, and when He had finished it, the womb, got up and caught hold of Allah whereupon Allah said, "What is the matter?' On that, it said, 'I seek refuge with you from those who sever the ties of Kith and kin.' On that Allah said, 'Will you be satisfied if I bestow My favors on him who keeps your ties, and withhold My favors from him who severs your ties?' On that it said, 'Yes, O my Lord!' Then Allah said, 'That is for you.' " Abu Huraira (RA) added: If you wish, you can recite: "Would you then if you were given the authority. do mischief in the land and sever your ties of kinship. (47. 22) (Sahih-al-Bukhari) Narrated Anas bin Malik (RA): I heard Allah's Messenger (SAW) saying, "whoever desires an expansion in his sustenance and age, should keep good relations with his Kith and kin." (Sahih-al-Bukhari)   May Allah accept your fasting and all the good deeds....

  • Eid 2020: 10 Best Food and Dishes You Shouldn't Miss Out This Eid al-Fitr

    This year's Eid al-Fitr celebration would definitely be one of a kind as we may miss out on doing things that we usually do during the previous celebration due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many governments have encouraged their people to remain at home and avoid large gatherings to prevent further spread of the virus. This means that we may no longer be able to go house visiting like we usually do previously. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate Eid al-Fitr. We could still enjoy this festive celebration by cooking or buying delicious food and dishes for Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr. There are still online grocery stores that provide ingredients we need to prepare these Hari Raya dishes and food. These online grocery stores deliver right to your doorstep so you don't have to step out of your house! There are also food delivery services that you could use to get your ready-to-eat Hari Raya food and dishes delivered to your house.  Time to get into the festive mood! Here are 10 best traditional food and dishes across Southeast Asia countries you shouldn't miss out this Eid al-Fitr! via GIPHY 1. Chicken Opor Image Credit: Opor Ayam by Julie Baskara on cookpad This is one of the most famous menus in Indonesia that everyone looks out for during Eid. For those of you who are not familiar with this menu, this dish can be considered as a bowl of yellow chicken curry. This traditional dish contains chicken cooked with coconut milk and served with Ketupat (rice cake in a woven palm leaf pouch). You can also enjoy a bowl of Chicken Opor with fried shallots as a garnish. Chicken Opor is dominated with savory taste, yet you can add some extra chilly or sambal to have a spicier taste. Sambal Goreng is the best addition to your Chicken Opor! These are some ingredients you need to have to cook Chicken Opor, chicken cut into small pieces (of course you need this one!), lemongrass, bay leaves, coconut milk, shallots, garlic, galangal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt, and sugar. Try making your own Chicken Opor this Eid!    2. Sambal Goreng Image Credit: Sambal Goreng by Cooking with Subhan This is known as “fried sambal” in English. Commonly in Indonesia, Sambal Goreng is the best companion for Chicken Opor, but we can also have Sambal Goreng as a separate menu eaten alongside warm rice or lontong. There are various fillings in Sambal Goreng, for example, potato, chicken liver and gizzard, tofu, and even tempe. It depends on your preference. Basically, you just need to stir-fry all of the ingredients in a single frying pan. Make sure that you have these ingredients in your kitchen to cook your sambal goreng. Other ingredients include red chilies, shallots, garlic, onion, shrimp paste, lime leaves, and tamarind. For the fillings, you can choose whatever you want as I have mentioned above. You can practically find sambal goreng in many households that you visit during Hari Raya as this dish is quite popular and easy to prepare. Since there may not be visiting this year, why not whip out your own sambal goreng? You can eat it alongside some rice, lontong or chicken opor!    3. Soto Image Credit: Soto Ayam by recipepocket Soto is an easy meal to prepare which only takes three steps. Yet, it is a delicious meal with a savory gravy soup, suitable for Eid. The main ingredient is not so hard to look for; you can either choose chicken or beef as the primary filling. For the additional filling, you can include boiled eggs, red tomatoes, boiled potatoes, fried chips, and fried shallots. Essentially, if you have red onions, garlic, coriander, cumin pepper, ginger, turmeric, coconut milk, salt and sugar in your kitchen, you are ready to whip up your own soto at home! Soto is a dish that is loved by many especially kids as it does not taste spicy. However, if want to add a little bit of spiciness, you could always include some chili in the gravy. Anyway, don’t forget to put extra lime in your bowl of Soto! You shouldn't miss out on this dish for Eid al-Fitr this year as it is convenient to make!   4. Rendang Image Credit: Beef Rendang by Rasa Malaysia Now, this is the ultimate menu for Eid-al Fitr! No one can resist the best dish in the world. This dish which originated from West Sumatra province, Indonesia, was crowned as the best food in CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods in 2011. Perhaps the appearance may not look that appetizing; brown-colored meat with gravy. But once you give this dish a try, it is totally unstoppable. The taste is just a little bit spicy but it may not be as spicy as Sambal Goreng. There are also many different types and variations of the rendang dish all over Southeast Asia, so all you have to do is to pick your favorite kind of rendang. This meal is served during special occasions to honor guests and also during festive seasons like Eid al-Fitr. To prepare this dish, you need to cook the main ingredients like beef, lamb or mutton for a few hours until all of the seasonings are completely absorbed by the meat. Cook with coconut milk, chilly, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, garlic, and shallot.  Rendang can be served with warm rice, lontong or ketupat and lemang. This dish is sure to bring out the festive vibe this year! You could either prepare it yourself or order online, to be delivered directly to your home.  5. Meat Ball Image Credit: Bakso Recipe (Indonesian Meatballs Soup) by Arie's Kitchen Almost everyone loves Meat Ball! (Me too!) For those of you who feel full after eating all those heavy dishes, let's take a look at this light dish. Meatballs is similar in texture to the Chinese beef balls or fishballs. For Eid, meatballs with beef broth is the best snack of the day. To make this meal complete, simply serve your meat balls with beef broth with some noodles added to it. Again, for those who are a fan of spicy food, don’t forget to add chili in the beef broth.   6. Ketupat Image Credit: Recipe Ketupat on foodpanda Ketupat is really famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is a diamond-shaped rice cake. The rice is cooked, compressed, and wrapped in woven coconut leaves. Ketupat is a perfect substitute for rice when you are eating the Chicken Opor, Sambal Goreng, Satay or rendang. Preparing ketupat may take some time given that you would have to weave the ketupat before filling it with rice. However, if you have the time, you could prepare the ketupat together with your family. If not, you could easily get it online! Make sure to place your orders early!  Eid al-Fitr celebration is definitely not complete if we don’t eat Ketupat!    7. Satay Image Credit: Dedit Yasa from Pixabay  Satay or Sate is a typical Southeast Asian meal that is mouthwatering, famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. There are several types of Satay like chicken Satay or mutton Satay. The meat are cut into smaller pieces on a stick and grilled with charcoal. Chicken Satay is often served with peanut sauce and sweet soy ketchup while mutton satay is usually served with sweet soy ketchup only. Another type of Satay found in Indonesia is Padangnese Satay which uses beef and a salty-spicy gooey sauce. As mentioned earlier, Satay is commonly eaten with peanut sauce. You could also serve Satay with some ketupat or Lontong. This would make the taste better! The best time to have satay is during the evening or at night. Eid al-Fitr night celebration would be merrier with satay and ketupat!    8. Lontong Image Credit: Lontong Sayur Lodeh by Chef Rossham Rusli on kuali Another substitute for rice and ketupat is lontong. Lontong is primarily made from rice. There are different ways that lontong is prepared. One way is that the rice is cooked, compressed, and rolled inside the banana leaf. For a more modern and quicker way of preparing lontong, you can find instant ones where the rice is filled in clear plastic and all you have to do is steam it. You can have lontong with sayur lodeh which is quite commonly served during Hari Raya in Singapore and Malaysia.  However, lontong is also suitable to be eaten with many Eid-al Fitr dishes like Chicken Opor, Satay, or Sambal Goreng. This dish can be found easily in Indonesia, Singapore, or Malaysia.   9. Candied Fruits Image Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay  We have discussed heavy and light dishes, so you must be quite full just from reading it right? Now let’s take a break and have some dessert. The first recommendation is candied fruits which are usually kept in transparent jars and served on the table. It is very eye-catching as it is made from colorful fruits like mango, papaya, guava, snake fruit, kiwi, pumpkin, and many more. These fruits are being fermented so it can be kept for a long time in jars. It has a sweet taste to it which is no wonder why kids usually love eating them. It is to be noted that candied fruits shouldn't be consumed too much due to its sweet taste. The solution to this is that the candied fruits can be served in smaller jars so that it wouldn't be over-consumed.    10. Dodol Image Credit: Dodol on asian inspirations  Another sweet treat which very common in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, and Thailand is Dodol. Dodol is a sugar-palm based dessert that is caramelized for hours in a big fireplace or oven. Dodol has a chewy texture and is very dense. It also sometimes cut into a diamond, strips, or into squares. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of flavors such as vanilla, coconut, apple, durian, or mango. This sweet dessert can be found easily in every souvenir shop in some Southeast Asian countries, and it is a must-have dessert during Eid al-Fitr celebration Once again, have it in moderation! If you have time, you could prepare the Dodol from scratch. However, you could also easily get it from online stores or the market.   We will welcome Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr in a couple of days. Several countries in Southeast Asia may still have regulations in place to prevent large gatherings or house visiting due to the virus. This may be disappointing for some of us as we try to find new means of celebrating Eid al-Fitr this year. However, we could still get into the festive mood by preparing or buying some of the dishes and food listed above. With that, we hope that all our readers stay safe and spend the remaining days of Ramadan meaningfully with your loved ones!  via GIPHY...

  • Eid 2020 | 15 Must Have Kuih Raya For Eid

    Are you sure you are ready to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr? The next most important question is, have you listed out your must have Kuih Raya? If you don't have any ideas yet, then you have come to the right place because Hari Raya Eid Al-Fitr will not be complete without Kuih Raya. These sweet or savoury Kuih Raya are a must have for Eid as they will get you into the festive mood. So, let’s rejoice this moment of Ramadan and Eid with sweet delights. Now that you have more time to do some research, maybe you should try those types of Kuih Raya that you have never ever tasted before. During this time, you can even try baking one yourself! Here are 15 must have Kuih Raya for you to note down! via GIPHY  1. Pineapple Tart (Kuih Tart) Image Credit: Tart Nenas by Debbie Teoh on kuali  The classic famous pineapple tart is one of the most favorite kuih to serve for Eid Al-Fitr. This kuih is very common in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is very easy to find pineapple tarts in every houses you visit during Eid Al-Fitr in Southeast Asia. Pineapple tart itself is a bite-size pastry filled with pineapple jam. It has a buttery and crumbly pastry texture on the outside and melts on the inside. Well, sometimes they also put the pineapple jam as a topping instead of a filling. So, which team are you on? Is it pineapple tart with pineapple jam as a topping, or filling? 2. Suji Biscuit (Semolina Cookies) Image Credit: Sugee Cookies by Chef Nermala Dass on kuali Suji biscuits originated from India. It is a cookie made of flour, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar with a pinch of salt. Imagine tasting a balanced flavor of sweet and salty. This biscuit has a soft texture that melts in your mouth. Yum... This is definitely a must have Kuih Raya for Eid. You could get them from online stores or better enough, bake your own! 3. Honey Cornflakes (Cornflakes Madu) Image Credit: Honey Cornflakes Biscuit by Dish by Ili Honey Cornflakes also known as Cornflakes Madu is made of crunchy cornflakes coated with sweet honey and either topped with chopped cherries or colorful sprinkles. It is one of the easiest cookies to make that requires only 4 ingredients. Those ingredients are plain cornflakes, honey, butter, and chopped cherries. Furthermore, it only takes less than 30 minutes to make one. We recommend you to try making one yourself!  4. Almond London   Image Credit: Almond London by Debbie Teoh on kuali Almond London is one of the most favorite kuih for Hari Raya. It could be because of its mouth-watering look or the richness of its taste. Almond London consists of roasted almond inside a milky cookie, coated with delicious dark chocolate with almond nibs as toppings. This sweet but also dark chocolate bittery cookie has a crunchy texture. 5. Rempeyek Image Credit: Rempeyek Kacang - Indonesian Peanut Cracker by dapurmpoknobi on cookpad Rempeyek is a very common kuih in Southeast Asia that originated from Java Island, Indonesia. Like pineapple tarts, most people are familiar with it and it is popular amongst many Southeast Asian countries. Rempeyek itself is a fried peanut cracker. It is relatively easy to make and does not require an oven. It is made from peanuts, lime leaves, white rice flour, egg, tapioca flour, coriander seeds, galangal, garlic, candlenuts, and salt. You can even add anchovies to the mix.  Imagine that rich savory taste coupled with the crunchiness of the nuts. Delicious isn't it? 6. Popia Simpul Image Credit: Resepi Popia Simpul (Simpul Kasih) Terbaik by Iluminasimedia on Iluminasi  Like rempeyek, popia simpul also does not require an oven. Popia simpul which is very famous in Malaysia and Singapore is a fried bite-sized knotted spring rolls filled with chicken floss. The main ingredients are spring roll pastry and chicken floss. It has a crispy texture that will make it hard for you to stop nibbling. Surely you would've come across a bottle of the popia simpul when visiting your relatives during Hari Raya. This kuih is sold in many stores, including online stores. Why not challenge yourself this Eid and make your own popia simpul? 7. Nestum Cookies Image Credit: Nestum cookies by suzilawong on cookpad Nestum cookies are one of the most delicious kuih that is perfect for Hari Raya. Nestum cookies is everyone’s favorite. Nestum itself is a brand of a cereal that is well-known for its taste and aroma. When used as an ingredient, it gives off a crunchy texture with sweet aroma filling in the air. There are varieties of Nestum cookies recipe that you can follow on the internet, from Original Nestum to Almond Nestum cookies. 8. Fried Rose (Kembang Goyang) Image Credit: Achu murukku recipe, Rose cookies recipe without eggs by by Sharmis Passion Fried Rose Cookies could be found in Malaysia and Indonesia (Kembang Goyang). It originated from India. Over there, it is known as Achu Murukku. It is crispy, sweet, and salty at the same time. This kuih is fried with a flower-shaped mold. The ingredients are rice flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, coconut milk, egg, salt, and oil. It is pretty easy to make and only takes less than 30 minutes of your time. Worth it right?  9. Snowball Cookies Image Credit: Snowball Cookies by Brown Eyed Baker Snowball cookies have a smooth yet crunchy texture that easily melts in your mouth. This cookie usually contains nuts like pecan, walnut or almond. It is also a buttery bite-sized round pastry covered in powdered sugar, perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth! After feasting on all that spicy Hari Raya dish, why not eat some snowball cookies? It will be worth it (we promise).   10. Cat’s Tongue (Lidah Kucing) Image Credit: Original Lidah Kucing (dgn oven warisan mertua) by моммү jзи on cookpad Cat’s tongue is a delicate biscuit perfect for Eid celebration or as a tea companion. This biscuit exists throughout the world, including Asia, Europe, Australia and South America. They are made from egg white, wheat flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cat’s tongue could be topped with various toppings like chocolate sprinkles or nuts, or dipped in chocolate melt. 11. Kaastengel (Cheese Stick Shortbread) Image Credit: Kaastengel Indonesian Kue Keju (Cheese Cookies)/Cheese Stick by FOOFARAW on FOOD52 Kaastengel is pretty famous in Indonesia. It was brought in by the Dutch. Kaastengel or cheese stick shortbread is a perfect kuih raya. It looks like a golden bar, buttery and savory, making it difficult for you to stop eating once you start. The main ingredients are Edam or Cheddar cheese, unsalted butter, egg, flour, and milk powder. 12. Chocolate Chip Image Credit: Chocolate Chip Cookie by Resepi Che Nom Chocolate chip cookie is famous all around the world and you could easily find served as a kuih raya in one of your house visits. It is one of the ultimate classic cookies one has to try. It has a smooth yet crunchy texture and is best served with tea. A good chocolate chip cookie has a balanced sweet and salty flavor. Chocolate chip cookie is made from butter, white sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt and chocolate chips. The fragrant smell as soon as it comes out fresh out of the oven is oh-so-delicious!  13. Dahlia Biscuit (Kuih Semperit) Image Credit: Biskut Samperit/Custard Cookies by Lisa's Lemony Kitchen Dahlia Biscuit or also known as kuih semperit in Malaysia, is an old custard butter cookie. It is a small cookie shaped like flower topped with chopped cherries. It is made from butter, icing sugar, egg yolk, cake flour, corn flour and custard powder. Kuih Semperit is another popular kuih raya where once you start eating one, you can never stop. This is a must have kuih raya due to its wonderful taste and we recommend you try baking one yourself!  14. Sarang Semut Image Credit: Ant’s Nest Cookies (Biskut Sarang Semut) on asian inspirations Sarang semut (ant’s nest) is a biscuit that is common in Malaysia, especially during Hari Raya. Its pastry has a crispy texture. Sarang semut is made from butter, caster sugar, plain flour, custard powder, vanilla, chocolate sprinkles. This kuih is a children’s favorite because of its rainbow chocolate sprinkles topping. If you have young children at home, be sure to have this must have kuih on your table during Eid! 15. Checkerboard Image Credit: Checkerboard Cookie by Jo Cooks Checkerboard cookie is a perfect solution for those who can’t decide between vanilla or chocolate cookie. It is made from unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder, and egg. You can also replace the cocoa with green pandanus leaves to create a ketupat-shaped like cookie. It is perfect for Eid - the designs and the taste - it definitely embodies the Raya spirit.  Voila! Now you have a list of must-have kuih raya in your hands for your perfect Eid Al-Fitr. Some of them are pretty easy to make. So, why not try to make some? We hope this can inspire you to make your own kuih raya or at the very least, get them from online stores. In this moment of celebration, we usually gather with our big families. This time round however, we ought to celebrate this special moment while staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, in this special moment, let us make this fun by learning new things like baking cookies or kuihs from our list. Do not forget to wash your hand frequently and use a face mask when you go out! Insha Allah this moment will pass and hopefully things will get better. via GIPHY...



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