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Today we had finally tried the Uzbekistan national meal of Plov in Samarqand, Uzbekistan. Costing only 12,000 Uzbek SOM each (just under $3), this delicious meal consisted of flavoured oily rice with cuts of meat and sweet carrots chopped into cubes. This was much more delicious then yesterday’s meal of ‘lagman’ the Uyghur noodles.
The restaurant was a small cafe on the side of the road recommended by our guide.
Its been absolutely ages since we had uploaded a YouTube video so please do bear with us as we get back to Video Editing basics! For now, we have uploaded Short Clips of Guangzhou, China
So we have finally arrived to Tashkent, Uzbekistan (well done to those that guessed correctly from the previous post!)
We stayed at a quiet backstreet hostel called Topchan Hostel.
We spent our first day touring round the old Tashkent and visited old Islamic monuments. For lunch, we went to a restaurant that specialised in old Uyghur noodles which was delicious!
Mixed with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and other veg with soft tender meat in a tomato broth, with the famous noodles hiding underneath – which were completely handmade!
This was just opposite the mosque and museum that has the old Quran of Usmaan, approx 3-4minute walk away.
After a long walk, the jetlagged feeling came back (as well as some travellers blisters) we decided to get a take away and headed back to the hostel.
We got a dish called Dolma, an authentic dish of rice and minced meat wrapped in vine leaves – a meal I was familiar with by my Turkish heritage.
Thoughts of Tashkent – when we first arrived I had thought it would be like Kuala Lumpur where I didn’t enjoy the city- but it had a relaxing atmosphere amongst the busy traffic, only struggle is not a lot of people know English! But with the friendly Uzbek people, sign language and a few words here and there, does the job!
We are now off to our next Backpacking Destination! Can anyone guess where?
Hint: National food dish is PLOV!
After our short stopover in Guangzhou, China. We had finally landed in Kuala Lumpur – we caught the 10RM coach (which is £2!) into the city where we arrived at our hostel near China town.
China town at night isn’t the most loveliest of sites to see but at that time, we just wanted to get to our room.
We came up to our hostel and finally arrived at our prebooked room (we only prebook the first couple of nights and then from there its all free flow travel). The room was clean, no window, had air con and the shared bathrooms were very clean. The receptionist was also lovely and as we settled into our room, we resorted to pringles for dinner!
(Cannot remember the hostel name – sorry!…but it did begin with a letter ‘M’).
After a good night’s sleep we used the new day to explore the local area as we knew the next day would be off up north!
This dish was delicious!! Something I would have to try and recreate.
Local artwork at the Islamic art museum in Kuala Lumpur which I would highly recommend!
A lot of people love Kuala Lumpur but we didn’t find it that attracting and couldn’t wait to explore the outer regions of Malaysia!
The next morning we had planned to take the 10am coach from Putra Jaya to Kota Bharu but after arriving there at 9:30am, we were then told that we were TOO EARLY!! The coach is actually at 10pm – with nothing planned and the sun becoming more hot nearing midday – we frantically walked from different coach ticket stations in the heat until we were offered the 10am coach to Kuala Terranganu which we had never researched before but knew it was near Kuala Besut (which was our original plan as we had booked a place for scuba diving on the Perethian Islands). So for 45RM each one way, we took the 9 hour coach to Kuala Terraganu with only 5minutes to make it to the coach from the ticket booth!
But thank God we had made it and have to stay, I loved that 9 hour coach journey and ever since that journey – I wouldn’t mind taking another coach for that long either as it was just beautiful and scenic.
Kuala Terraganu was everything we hoped for in Malaysia, completely different Kuala Lumpur and more of a ‘homely’ atmosphere with hardly any tourists but the most cheapest of hotels (50RM for both of us for one night – £5 each).
This yummy looking meal was truly delicious – it looks bland but the Malaysians have stolen my heart when it comes to their food with the amount of flavour and you can tell how much love they put into their food. This meal (which I have completely forgot was called!) was made by a lovely lady, like a mum figure, with the most warming of smiles. Kuala Terraganu was like home
The next day we had to leave Kuala Terraganu and head towards Kuala Besut for the jetty onto the Perethian Islands.
After hours spent last night on taking pictures, learning in’s and out’s of Picasa 3 software to create my header, spending ages on choosing a theme to suit my blog, then another hour or so fiddling around with it.
Finally my blog has been updated and has a new organized and professional approach especially with a new header image depicting the recipes I have created so far.
Let’s have a quick look on how it looked before…
Even though I loved the background to this old theme, I felt I needed something to show exactly what my blog was about. The reason I like the previous background was due to the fact that the colours always reminded me of warm Mediterranean cuisine and culture. So using that incentive, I decided to create a colourful image header with my main aim to show that my recipes are inspired from around the world and even via my back packing travels. As for the background, I wanted a food image but a bright ingredient, so I chose orange lentils from my Turkish lentil soup.
I hope you all like it as much as I do! Let me know what you think, you might find there will be a few more tweaking as I go along!
Do you prefer the old layout or the new?
Please comment below your views as it will be MUCH appreciated!
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P.S As well as the lovely new layout, more lovely new recipes will be on it’s way………