Heirloom Cuisine: Siti Li Dining

Siti Li Dining has emerged as a custodian for Malay heritage cuisine.  Since opening in the gentrified suburb of Damansara Heights last September, Siti Li Dining has earned a reputation as one of the most...

Things You Didn’t Know About The Malaysian Lion Dance

More than just a cultural tradition, the spectacular lion dance has evolved to become a sport-oriented activity. Words Carolyn Hong Photography SooPhye If there’s one sound that tells you it’s the Lunar New Year in Malaysia,...

The Journey So Far: Pandelela Rinong

Malaysia's diving darling heads for the Olympics again

Meet the Sitiawan Artisan Preserving the Fuzhou Art Of Making Mee Suah

When visiting the coastal town of Sitiawan in Perak, a must-buy is mee suah. Literally meaning “thread noodles” due to its long thin shape, the noodle is highly prized for its ability to absorb...

Labu Sayong: Preserving The Heritage Of Traditional Pottery-Making In Perak

Just outside the town of Kuala Kangsar in northern Perak state lies Sayong, where a curious cottage industry has survived for over 300 years. This is the birthplace of the labu sayong, a traditional...

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Thaipusam

As Hindus in Malaysia and around the world gear up to celebrate Thaipusam on 21 January, we take a look at six interesting facts about the festival. 1) The name Thaipusam comes from Tamil -...

Meet The Last “Bedak Sejuk” Maker of Penang

A traditional beauty remedy. As you wander the countryside of Balik Pulau in Malaysia’s Penang state, you may come across trays of dainty, teardrop-like beads drying under the scorching sun. These are called bedak sejuk...

This Studio In Penang Is Reviving The Ancient Craft Of Woodcarving

The ancient craft of woodcarving gets a boost from a young Penang artisan. Words Alexandra Wong Photos SooPhye Tucked above one of the quieter pockets of Penang’s World Heritage Site, Keng Hwa Carving Studio is a curious study...

Ipoh’s Dragon Kiln Master

Meet a dragon kiln master from Ipoh, once the ceramic capital of the world. Words Alexandra Wong Photography SooPhye Have I just stumbled into a post-apocalyptic site? Entering Xin Fa Pottery after a short drive over a gravel...

The Orang Asli Weavers Who Are Keeping Their Traditions Alive

Beyond a creative pursuit, the art of pandanus weaving holds significant economic and cultural value among Malaysia’s indigenous people. Words Alexandra Wong Photography SooPhye We cross a bridge, traverse a brook and ascend a flight of...

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