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  • Your pick of the crop: The best Airbnbs in Perth for every type of travel!

    The world of traveling is ever-changing and growing. It was not long ago when staying in someone's apartment abroad was a daunting experience but now with sites like Airbnb who place the utmost importance on customer safety, comfort, and wholesome experiences, travel, and hospitality are closely intertwined. Home to the Aboriginal Australians for over 38,000 years, Perth is the capital and the most metropolitan area of Western Australia. Perth is home to historical castles, British history, protected gardens, coastal reserves, amazing nature, and a buzzing metropolitan scene. This article has gathered the best Airbnb for your experience in Perth and categorized them for ease in your search. Whether you're searching for something cozy and affordable, luxurious, sleek and modern, or a home with character, Airbnb is here to serve and travel has never been so close to our fingertips.   Cozy and Affordable- Historic Hostel The Old Swan Barracks Backpacker Hostel Image Credit: Nachoman-au, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Cozy and Affordable does not indicate substituting looks, charms, and comfort. Perth has an array of choices for those who wish to spend money on different things. Although for a budget of under 40 Australian Dollars a night most places are hotel rooms and private rooms in a house, this provides you with epic stays like The Old swan barracks. This impressive hostel looks like a castle from the exterior but was the headquarters of the Australian Army. One of the cheapest finds in Perth, this place is great for a sleep and go location. It won an award in 2019 for the Best accommodation from adventure tourism. It provides you with a bed, space, and storage as well as a communal kitchen. There are choices available for smaller and larger groups. It must be warned this place has a bar and large social area. Airbnb Link   Hostel G Perth -Bed in Glam Room (Ladies Only) Image Credit: unpluggededition Muslim female travelers need not worry, if staying in a hostel worries you, Hostel G Perth is perfect as it is ladies only. The whole communal area only allows females and the priority is female comfort. The space is small and private only allowing a max of 4 people, which means it could be booked out for a group of female travelers or a solo traveler. All the comments from previous guests are positive and some even return, this Airbnb scores a 4.66 in total out of 142 reviews. Airbnb Link    Homes with character "Silver Gypsy's Fabulous Flat for Two" or more ...- meditative retreat Image Credit: Airbnb The 1 bedroom flat is encased by a shield of greenery and is the perfect retreat away to make you feel your away from the city. This is done without compensating for access to the surrounding towns and even the beach. Marg, a retired teacher with a particular interest in Family History welcomes visitors to explore her gardens growing all sorts of fruits and vegetables in season. The homely character of this Airbnb encourages you to enjoy its surroundings in warm and cooler seasons, with all the amenities available to make a cozy night in perfect or even a day to the beach paired with a basket full of garden goodies enjoyable. Airbnb Link    Beautiful Loft Home: walk to King's Pk, UWA, shops Images credit: Airbnb This 2 bedroom loft is an artistic home merging traditional Italian interior design, eastern and Mediterranean rugs, and modern furniture. The amalgamation of all these influences create a space unique and inviting. The apartment begs for curious minds to inspect the detailed choices and enjoy the grand space. This is a good choice for the halal-conscious traveler as there are several rooms without art including faces that allow Muslim visitors the ease of praying in the home. The character of this home is versatile, whether young or old the homeowners have done a great job in creating a place that merges Australia’s complicated history through visual cultural notes. This huge space houses 6 guests and has 3 double beds, it has all the modern technological appliances you may need and is within walking distance to transport. Airbnb Link    Sleek and modern South Perth Living on the Foreshore Free NBN WIFI- longer business stays and the modern traveler. Image Credit: Airbnb A blend of whites, creams, greys, and blacks this home is the epitome of pristine, sleek, and modern. The shiny clear surfaces, blank walls and clean ground floor apartment is the perfect choice for the modern traveler, who wants to experience the cleanliness of a hotel but the comfort of a home. All the reviews rave that the location is perfect for those who require quick access to the city for business or ease. One reviewer called the flat ‘immaculate’ and a few Airbnb-ers expressed their delight with space after staying for weeks and even months. Airbnb Link   Top location, 81sqm, pool/gym, parking & more! - the modern city individual⭐️ Image Credit: Airbnb In similar fashion to other sleek and modern apartments, this 1 bedroom flat boasts pristine whites, greys, and blacks but this time with incorporation of earthy tones to connect the flat to the nature of the surrounding area. The plants, mahogany, straw, and wood connect this place to the heart of its central location. Lake monger and parks surround the flat, located in North Perth. This apartment also boasts access to a pool, gym, and outdoor BBQ. Although they are shared with the neighbors if you require privacy, agreements can be arranged with the neighbors. Airbnb Link   Aviator Ocean Retreat- Family or group holidays Image Credit: Airbnb Our last home in this category is aimed at the group of younger travelers with a standard for the modern and cleanliness. This space is highly familiar with a living room, dining space, private back garden deck. This is perfect for a family or group of friends trying to enjoy each other's company. It is also within walking access to Catalina Beach Park with its beautiful white plank work and swimming pools. This is an ideal place for a family to enjoy the sun, have fun, and relax. The kitchen is also ideal for people who enjoy cooking! Erin, the host has posted pictures of the sunset which showcase the ocean and the sky in all its glory. Airbnb Link    Luxurious retreats Hidden Gem in Inglewood! Min's to Perth City Image Credit: Airbnb Louise the owner of this beautiful home describes her home as “ the ideal retreat for an exquisite & up-scale stay, located close to the absolute heart of Perth CBD and Airport. “ This luxurious Airbnb who sleeps up to 8 guests is a space that focuses on refined luxury and the comfort of a home. Everything in the home is at the disposal of the guests including the Nespresso machines and everything in the kitchen. This home is more of an understated luxury that aims to ground its guests into the everyday life of someone living in Perth. Halal travelers can be glad to experience a home with no offensive art or faces in the decoration. The house has shielded windows for people who need privacy. The host was described as responsive and there to help with every demand and Airbnb Link    Modern taste of nature, with amazing views (house)- swimming pool home away from home Image Credit: Airbnb Perhaps the most luxurious home on our list, this home with its stunning views and private rectangular swimming, open window plan may take a little while to get used to. The Home’s main unique selling point is that it is so detached from other people and homes that it can have open windows, a private backyard, and a swimming pool without the fear of anyone seeing through. Halal-conscious travelers may take a moment to get used to this place because it would feel as though anyone can see them, but its location and architecture as well as positioning over normal ground level mean that it’s hard for any visitors to intrude. However, this home is shared with the hosts so conversation and boundaries would have to be discussed for hijabis. This should be of no problem as all the reviews rave about the host’s hospitality and how they added to the experience of staying here. Granted this place is located away from the city and closer to nature’s reserves, situated at the foot of the Kalamunda national park but this Airbnb should be considered for its unique experience. Airbnb Link ...

  • The Southern Sky Light Show: The Southern Lights

    The Northern lights are considered one of the most majestic wonders the sky can offer to us, humans. People from all over the world fly to the uppermost part of the Northern hemisphere in the spring and summer months to experience a symphony of lights that dance across the sky. However, it is neglected that the Southern Lights can offer an equally pleasurable show of sparkling lights, shades, and colors. There is no competition between the Northern lights and Southern lights as they are both the effect of a scientific phenomenon only possible at the polar opposites of the earth. Although there are minute scientific differences which will later be explained, the aesthetic display and the astonishment these lights create are essentially the same. Yet, for some reason, the Southern Lights is the neglected twin that we will be showcasing through this article. Aurora Australis Photo by NOAA on Unsplash The Southern Lights’ are otherwise known through its original Latin name; ‘Aurora Australis’. This is a more phonetically beautiful translation as Australis means Southern and Aurora a light that touches the sky and historically it was more generally used to describe dawn.   What are the Southern Lights? Photo by NOAA on Unsplash In layman's terms without going into the whole academic field of understanding the effects of the electrons, protons, and the upper atmosphere which would need an entire science degree to understand; The Aurora are disturbances on a magnetic sphere space level which result in the emitting of a light varying in depths, colors, and complexity. The disorder creates an artistic landscape of wonder in the sky, never twice the same because the space weather is unpredictable.   How do they differ from the Northern Lights? Photo by Lucas Marcomini on Unsplash and ThatPhotoGuyNL on Unsplash Recent scientific research shows that the Southern Lights are not a symmetrical representation of the Northern Lights. The sun’s powerful magnetic field pressures the earth’s lines to elongate the lines of the night, elongating the Southern’s lights appearances. When the sun’s magnetic field aligns perfectly with the earth, the Northern and Southern lights can symmetrize, but this is a rare phenomenon. The phenomenon of these lights is only possible due to the activity, storms, and disturbances of the magnetic sphere space. The Southern lights are not the same as the Northern Lights because of the Sun and its magnetic pressures.   Best Time to See the Southern Lights? Photo by NOAA on Unsplash In the opposite fashion of the Northern Lights, the Southern Lights are in the Southern winter. This means the prime time to visit is June through to August, but they can begin as early as March and end as late as in September. They are perfect to catch and experience during the hotter months in the Southern Hemisphere. Although, it is difficult to track the exact moment a light show will open its curtains and start, there are online services available that offer an hourly forecast based on NASA spacecraft orbiting the areas. Remember to check the recommendations based on your desired location for more live information.   Where to see the Southern Lights? Photo by NOAA on Unsplash The choices to view these wondrous lights are surprisingly vast. The Southern lights are the perfect alternative for travelers who are not fans of the cold, icy temperatures of the Northern hemisphere. This article has picked the creme de la creme of the locations to view the Southern Lights.   Australia Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash If you consider the southernmost countries, then doubtless Australia is a territory that will cross your mind. If you are visiting Australia, you have a high chance of being able to witness the ballet of lights. There are highly accessible areas to view the Southern lights and speaking to locals will direct you to the perfect places to view the Southern Lights Victoria, Australia If you happen to find yourself in Melbourne or Victoria then you are in the lottery to view the Southern lights. Hop on a train from Melbourne to Victoria and try your luck to view the light show. The chances are lower here to experience the full Southern Lights but it is near impossible to miss the Milky Way. This option is especially useful for those visiting Australia instead of the lights specifically. Tasmania, Australia It makes perfect sense to look at the Southernmost territory of Australia, Tasmania, for a higher chance of viewing the lights at their supreme best. Tasmania is an island off the south of Australia with a chance of viewing the lights any night of the year. These chances increase when you visit between March and September and you find high altitudes. Tasmania has 38 peaks over the height of 1,220 meters giving you an array of choices on where to spectate and experience the lights. Mount Wellington, Hobart, and South Arm Peninsula are all regarded as great high locations for the display.   New Zealand Photo by Tobias Keller on Unsplash If your sole purpose is to view the Southern lights then New Zealand is the place to be. Not only a place for film stars and fantasy movie scenery, but New Zealand also is not often considered as a location for the Auroras. This is partly because we often imagine viewing these light phenomena in an igloo or surrounded by snow. However, it is completely logical to visit New Zealand for the Southern lights as it is the most Southern inhabited territory in the World. Queenstown, New Zealand Queenstown is a good location to base your stay in, based in-land of New Zealand but on the Southern part of the island, it has good access routes to Lake Wakatipu and Lake Tekapo. These lakes provide a magnificent view of the southern lights reflected on the wide expanses of water. It is important to bear in mind that any chances of viewing the Southern lights are diminished when close to a city and town with artificial lights, hence Queenstown should be a beginning to a means but not the final location. Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve located at Lake Tekapo is a well-known secret amongst star chasers. This reserve is often a pit stop for more than a night as the view and observatory are so perfectly situated it is impossible to experience quickly. The Reserve encourages star-gazers and chasers to stay awhile with facilities run in the night and even telescopes to get a closer look at the sky. Stewart Island Only accessible by ferry from Oban or Invercargill, other possible locations to view the light display of the South, Stewart Island is the most remote and most southern location in New Zealand. It is unobstructed by mountains or tall structures but there is the fear that the weather can cast a cloudy sky and obstruct your view. It is always best to have many options available before planning your Southern Lights adventure.   Ushuaia, Argentina Photo by Luuk Wouters on Unsplash Ushuaia or also known as the ‘end of the world’ is not often considered for it’s Southern Light views. In the winter, Ushuaia has up to 17 hours of darkness on average, really increasing your chances of catching the lights. However, as always it is paramount to find areas with little to no urban pollution and artificial lights as these can significantly interfere and disrupt the display.   South Africa Photo by Thomas Bennie on Unsplash As the name suggests we would assume that the Southern Lights are visible from South Africa, however, it is very hard to predict viewing them on the African continent. This is why we have erred away from suggesting South Africa. Now that we’ve exposed you to the wondrous Southern Lights and highlighted the possibilities of viewing the Southern Lights, we hope that you will consider the often neglected Southern Lights over the Northern Lights. Instead of flying over half the globe, we encourage citizens in the Eastern hemisphere to consider New Zealand and Australia for their next star-chasing adventure. However, if you travel to South America consider making a special trip to Argentina for this unique light upon light experience....

  • 9 Must-Do Things To Get Your Adrenalin Pumping In Genting Highlands, Malaysia

    In Genting Highlands, you will never run out of attractions to visit and fun activities to do. Situated an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, Genting Highlands is a must-visit for all travelers for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also Read: Discover KL In 3 Days Like A True Local With Fatin Days Sitting atop a mountain almost 2000 meters above sea level, the cooling weather in Genting Highlands is a favorite destination among Malaysians and Singaporeans who are seeking to escape the sweltering heat and humidity of their environment. Genting Highlands is a family-friendly holiday destination with plenty of entertainment and things to do for people of all ages from an indoor theme park to natural attractions.  Here are 9 fun things to do in Genting Highlands that you should add to your itinerary to have a blast! via GIPHY 1. Have mind-blowing fun at Skytropolis Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Known as one of the top attractions in Genting Highlands, the Skytropolis is an indoor theme park that features over 20 spectacular rides for both children and adults. You heard that right. This is an indoor theme park. Isn’t that just mind-blowing? You'll find the Skytropolis in the First World Plaza, also home to other theme parks with different themes, you will never run out of things to do within these walls. Come rain or shine, you can ride a suspended roller-coaster, a 2-story-high drop tower, and more in this 40,000 square feet indoor park! A whole day in this fun land is sure to bring you a whole lot of laughter, fun, and thrills! Soar on a Viking ship or have a romantic time on the Ferris wheel located conveniently in one of the best shopping malls in Genting Highlands! Operating hours: 10am to 10pm DailyAddress: Level 1, First World Plaza 2. Get your game on at Vision City Video Games Park Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Situated within Genting Grand, an upscale hotel in a larger resort complex, Vision City Video Games Park is an indoor arcade center where you can get your game on with over 400 kinds of entertainment! From interactive and skill-based games, such as basketball or whack-a-mole games, to kiddie rides such as miniature carousels, this park provides a spectacular day of fun for visitors of all ages. With around 300 arcade machines from countries such as Japan and Taiwan, you are sure to find cutting-edge games here from popular brands such as Transformers Human Alliance by Sega and Star Wars Battle Pods. Shoot basketballs into the hoops or try your luck at the wheel of fortune. If you perform well, you will get rewarded with tickets that you can use to redeem prizes such as soft toys and other fun merchandise! Parents will be happy to know that there are toddler-friendly attractions such as animal-themed rides that are sure to bring joy to the young ones. Operating Hours: 10am to 12am (Monday to Thursday) | 9am to 1am (Friday to Sunday)Address: Genting Grand, Genting Highlands 3. Experience cutting-edge VR at The Void Image Credit: The VOID on Facebook When in Genting Highlands, you have to experience the first and biggest Virtual Reality (VR) center in Asia at The Void. With its cutting-edge VR technology and world-class entertainment, get ready to be blown away with one of the best VR experience located in First World Plaza. Star Wars fan, rejoice! Marvel as the Star Wars universe comes to life at The Void and experience being disguised as a stormtrooper. For horror fans, get your heart pumping with the multi-sensory horror experience in Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment. For the faint-hearted, have no fear as there are plenty of other VR experiences for you to get your hands on such as Ralph Breaks VR and Ghostbusters. Don’t miss out on one of the best sensory experiences right here in Genting Highlands! Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm DailyAddress: Level 1, First World Plaza Also Read: Go Hotel-Hopping In Kuala Lumpur At These 7 Amazing Hotels 4. Zip your way to BigTop Video Games Park Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Once you have had your fill of the Skytropolis, take the Eagle Landing Zipline on the fourth level of Sky Avenue and zip your way to BigTop Video Games Park which will take a minute or two. Make a boring walk across the mall exciting with this 200-meters zipline - one of the longest zipline located in Malaysia’s shopping malls. At the end of the line, you will find yourself in the east wing of the mall where the circus-themed arcade is located at. Big Top Video Games Park features old school arcade and carnival-themed games that will surely provide hours of entertainment for both adults and children alike! BigTop Video Games Park Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday) | 10am to 11pm (Friday and Saturday)Address: Level 2, Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park Eagle Landing Zipline Address: Level 4, SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting 4. Glide above the ancient forest with Awana SkyWay Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Get onboard the Awana Skyway and glide your way above a 130-million-year-old rainforest in Genting from Awana Station to SkyAvenue station. Taking the Awana Skyway Gondolas is one of the most scenic ways of reaching the peak of Genting Highlands and you can even take a short stop at Chin Swee Cave Temple at the midway point of the journey. Make the 10-minute gondola ride even more breath-taking by opting for the glass-floor gondolas where you can see yourself soaring above these dense treetops. Breathe in the fresh air while enjoying a jaw-dropping, bird’s eye view of the highlands in this state-of-the-art cable car. When you arrive at SkyAvenue station, you will find plenty of shopping and entertainment options at your fingertips including the SkyAvenue shopping mall that is directly connected to the station. Operating Hours: 7am to 12am DailyAddress: Level 2, Awana SkyWay building, Genting Highlands 6. Enthrall your mind at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland Image Credit: Ripley Entertainment Inc. Once you have reached SkyAvenue, engross yourself in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland that features the Odditorium, a 4D Trick Art Museum, a Jurassic Research Centre and a Zombie Outbreak! Attraction. All four attractions in one place! You will surely find one that will take you by surprise! At the Odditorium, you will find an assortment of all things bizarre and odd in the world with over 300 interactive exhibits that are sure to get the whole group engaged. For all dinosaur lovers, you will have a blast at the Jurassic Research Centre where you will be enthralled with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that you can interact and take memorable pictures with. Have an immersive experience at the 4D Trick Art Museum and take creative shots with their art exhibits. If that is not enough, get your adrenaline pumping at Zombie Outbreak! where you will need to run away from scare actors dressed as zombies! Operating hours: 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday) | 10am to 11pm (Friday and Saturday)Address: Level 4, SkyAvenue 7. Enjoy panoramic views at Genting Skyway Aside from Awana Skyway, Genting Skyway is another of the two cable car systems in Genting Highlands. This 3.4km cable car ride from Gohtong Raya will provide you with panoramic views of the highlands where you can have fun spotting landmarks such as the SkyAvenue Shopping Mall and the Chin Swee Caves Temple. You will then disembark at the peak of the highlands where you will find well-known hotels, restaurants, and attractions such as SkyCasino and Casino de Genting. Operating Hours: 7am to 12am DailyAddress: Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands 8. Pick strawberries at Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm Image Credit: Genting Highlands Fancy a leisurely afternoon of strawberry picking? You can do so right here at Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm. Situated in Bandar Gohtong Raya, it is 6-minutes away from Awana Skyway station and Genting Premium Outlets by car. You can spend the whole afternoon exploring and picking strawberry from its massive fruit farms and flower gardens. This family-friendly farm is recognized as the largest strawberry farm in Malaysia and it offers organically grown vegetables, flowers, and mushrooms that are exported to various parts of the country. You can take an Insta-worthy selfie at its picturesque Lavender Garden where you will be surrounded by blooming lavender flowers and beautiful fountains. You can even dine-in at their strawberry-themed restaurant and bring back organic treats as souvenirs. Unwind and relax at Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm! Operating Hours: 9am to 6.30pm DailyAddress: 1, Lot 3707, Jalan Jati 2, Bandar Gohtong Jaya, Pahang 9. Explore the Chin Swee Caves Temple Image Credit: Sung Shin on Unsplash A classic attraction in Genting Highlands has to be the Chin Swee Caves Temple. Located atop a 28-acre land, this Taoist temple is frequented by locals who would pray and meditate in its many prayer halls. Visitors are welcome to visit the temple to admire the nine-story Pagoda that is beautifully decorated with images and giant statues of Buddha and Kuan Yin, blessing lamps and elaborate sculptures of animals. You can explore the artistic depiction of the 10 Chambers of Hell or just admire the view of the pagoda against the panoramic backdrop of the mountain. Operating Hours: 7am to 7pm DailyAddress: Genting Highlands, Pahang At Genting Highlands, you will find countless activities that cater to people of all ages, making it a perfect retreat for families! From exciting theme parks to recreational leisure activities available at your doorstep, you will find yourself spoilt for choices! Indulge yourself with these 9 fun things to do in Genting Highland. Don't forget to download the HalalTrip App for more information on Halal food, Qibla Direction, Duas, and many more here! Also Read: Bunk In At KL's Most Chic Hostels For As Low As $13! via GIPHY...

  • The HalalTrip Show | Are You Up For The Challenge?

    The HalalTrip Show brings to you Live Trivia Quiz nights every two weeks on Fridays. Learn, have fun and win prizes on The HalalTrip Show's Live Trivia Quiz! You get to test your knowledge on History, Geography, Travel, Sports, General Knowledge, and most importantly, test your speed when answering these questions. The faster you answer the questions (with the right answers of course), the higher points you get.  In the previous edition of the Trivia Quiz, we saw Ardila win during the first episode, which was a total complete surprise for everyone! Look at how stunned (and amazed) everyone looked when Ardila moved up the Leaderboard to clinch that very top spot, at the last minute! And in the second episode, we saw Hafihz steadily on top, clinching the top spot for the episode. We are proud of him! Who knows? You could be our next winner!  Are you ready to get your game on? We have a variety of questions lined up for you. Join in the fun on The HalalTrip Show's Live Trivia Quiz that's happening fortnightly on Fridays at 9PM SGT (1PM UTC) and stand a chance to win e-vouchers worth US$50! Our next show is on Friday, 12 June 2020, at 9PM SGT (1PM UTC), so mark your calendars! If you have what it takes, we'll see you this Friday on The HalalTrip Show! via GIPHY Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more interesting content here. Also, don't forget to download the HalalTrip app on Google Play or App Store for more updates here.   ...

  • 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...



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