Its been almost 4 months since I’ve relocated to Kelantan – one of the North – Eastern state of Peninsular Malaysia with Kota Bharu as it’s capital.
Kelantan is known as the “Cradle of Malaysian Culture”…… a place I found, still preserved in its beauty and culture, at the same time opened up to modernization. The mob here still prefers their traditional food than the fast food.. As in other Malay cities, the streets are always filled with food vendors, again the traditional food as Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kerabu,Nasi Tumpang, Nasi Kukus, Nasi Lemak, Variety of Fish Dishes, Kelantan’s own styled kuih muih and much much more…. especially those endless rows of food and colorful drinks at the Pasar Malam (Night Market)…. that leaves an ocean drooling from your mouth… 🙂
The cuisine here does have it’s share of Thai influence as the State borders with Thailand.
With the opening of Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu has become a stopover for tourists intending to places like Kuala Terangannu and neighboring places. Tourism is catching up in Kelantan as well with its alluring historical & monumental sites, traditional craftsmanship, wonderful beaches and waterfalls, and the scenic beauty especially in Gua Musang and Kuala Krai.
KB is a calm city with its greenery and tradition proudly preserved in this fast evolving era of skyscrapers and concrete jungles, traffic laden roads and crowd thronged streets of what we love to call – the cosmo/ metro life…. You can still breathe better and less polluted air, visit and have a taste of the traditional kampung (Village) lifestyle here.
This city gradually grows on you … just as an A. R. Rahman music would………….