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Kelantan is a state located on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. We visited Kelantan with our friends Amry and Aida to celebrate Hari Raya Haji or Eid el Adha with their family.

Eid el Adha is the Feast of Sacrifice and is one of two Muslim holidays which is celebrated each year. Hari Raya Haji honours Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when he was commanded to by God as well as to mark the end of the annual Hajj to Mecca.

The day begins after the family return from the mosque. We eat a breakfast of beef rendang, lemang (sticky rice cooked in bamboo), satay, nasi impit and ketupat palas (glutinous rice wrapped in palas leaves in a triangular shape). Much of this is Hari Raya foods, dishes that are eaten particularly during this time. They all taste amazing!

It’s then time to attend the sacrifice of a bull. If a family has the means, during Hari Raya Haji an animal will be sacrificed and a third of the meat will be given to the needy, a third given to relatives and a third kept for the family. The sacrifice takes place in the village in a field and the men help tie up the animal and say prayers before cutting it’s throat quickly. The animal is then skinned and the meat divided up.

We head back to the house after the sacrifice to find Aunty cooking up a STORM On the menu? Pisang goreng (banana fritters) and kerepok lekor (fish sausage). Sheena takes a cooking lesson with Aunty whilst Thomas and Amry head out on the scooter for a ride around the village.

After our snacks we visit Amry’s grandmother and have a meal of nasi lemak at her home- fresh coconut rice, sambal (chilli sauce), cucumber and fried chicken- so delicious!

Aida and Amry are keen for us to try laksam, Kelantan’s version of laksa but we need fresh fish in order to make the gravy. Unfortunately after driving around town for a bit we return home empty handed as all the shops are closed for Hari Raya Haji. Next best thing though- fresh durian and PULUT DURIAN! Thomas gets to eat his fill of Uncle’s durians from the orchard and the durians are opened and served with coconut milk, gula melaka and pulut (sticky rice). Pulut durian is absolutely sensational. We can’t get enough of this dish!!

A MASSIVE thank you to Aida, Amry and family for inviting us to be a part of your family’s celebration of Hari Raya Haji. We feel so honoured and humbled to have been asked. And thanks too for being the BEST tour guides of Kelantan EVER!!

We are in Malaysia until the end of 2017 and would love any food recommendations. Please let us know your favourite places to eat in the comments below. And if you like this video, please give it a thumbs up, share it and subscribe to our channel. Thanks so much for your support.

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We’re Thomas and Sheena, travel and food fiends. We want to help you eat and explore like a traveller, not a tourist! We started full time travel in October 2016 visiting Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. We’ve just been in South America and now the rest of the world awaits! There is no end in sight for our travel. If you like what we're doing we'd love you to subscribe and join the ride.




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