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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.

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 18 2014

What To Eat In Singapore: Breakfast Under $5

Singapore breakfast nasilemak

Here's how to sample a tasty breakfast in Singapore for less than $5.

(Courtesy seasaltwithfood.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.

apr 03 2014

How to do Singapore on a Budget

Singapore lit up at night

Singapore lit up at night. To the left is the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and to the right is the Singapore Flyer.

(Courtesy iStock/Asiarooms)

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.

sep 30 2008

Happy Eid! Today is a time of feasting and festivity worldwide

For 1.2 billion Muslims, today marks the end of a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection. It's also the beginning of the much-awaited celebration known as Eid-ul-Fitr.

As far as Muslim celebrations go, this is the event of the year, a time for feasting, mingling, and exchanging gifts. In the morning, worshippers put on their best clothes, eat a small meal, and go to the mosque for a congregational prayer and sermon. But the types of celebration and food that follow vary from country to country, an amalgam of traditions, cultural festivities, and national pastimes.

sep 25 2008

Southeast Asia: $3 for a no-frills hotel room

A Tune Hotel in Kuala Lumpur (Courtesy Flashpacking Life/Flickr)

Similar to low-cost, transportation companies like Megabus, Asian budget chain Tune Hotels uses a "demand-based pricing system," where early online bookers can get rooms for as little as $3 a night (room prices vary for walk-ins, but run about $25). The first property opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in spring of 2007, followed by an outpost in Kota Kinabalu (in Sabah, a state on the island of Borneo in East Malaysia) this year. In December, five more hotels debut in Malaysia, including in Penang and Kuching.

apr 19 2007

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