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Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - KELANTAN & TERENGGANU -


Batu Burok Food Court

Kuala Tereng­ganu.

By the beach, this food court is ba­si­cally one of the best in the state. Din­ers get to tuck into de­li­cious lo­cal dishes in the sea breeze, lis­ten­ing to waves lap­ping against the stone walls. Make sure you try the fried ice cream – it’s fa­mous for a rea­son.

Kak Yah Keropok Lekor 140 Kam­pung Losong Haji Su, Kuala Tereng­ganu (09 622 5020).

Tereng­ganu is well known for its keropok lekor, also known as keropok losong. Th­ese are avail­able ev­ery­where in the state; if you want to sam­ple the best, you should make a trip to Kak Yah’s. Made from ikan parang or ikan kem­bung, th­ese fish-paste sausages can be eaten boiled or deep fried, dipped in a spicy chilli sauce. Kak Yah’s also sells keropok keping and ikan masin. Ha­lal. Free park­ing. Dis­abled friendly. Child friendly.

Mak Ngah Nasi Da­gang C-140, Kam­pung Masjid Raja, Chen­der­ing, Kuala Tereng­ganu.

Head from Kuala Tereng­ganu to­wards Marang and you’ll find Mak Ngah’s eatery. Sit­u­ated not far from Ibai Bridge, it’s well loved by the lo­cals. High on the list of must-try items is the de­li­cious nasi da­gang, a fa­mous Tereng­ganu dish of fra­grant gluti­nous rice served with a punchy fish curry.


Pak Nor Satar and Otak-Otak Kam­pung Padang Po­lis, Batu Rakit, Kuala Tereng­ganu (op­po­site the po­lice sta­tion).

Us­ing a closely guarded fam­ily recipe of spe­cial spices and herbs, Pak Nor cre­ates a satar that’s juicier than the otak-otak, although both are de­li­ciously suc­cu­lent and full of flavour, some of the best around. As they come in small por­tions wrapped in ba­nana leaf, go ahead and safely in­dulge in hand­fuls of th­ese lit­tle parcels.


Warung Otak-Otak Che Wan Geliga Ta­man Seri Pan­tai, Ke­ma­man.

As you drive along the coastal road, keep an eye out for Warung Otak-Otak Che Wan Geliga. The warung usu­ally sees a good crowd, many of whom come for its de­li­cious fish paste snack known as satar, wrapped in ba­nana leaf and grilled to smoky per­fec­tion.

Ha­lal. Free park­ing.

NEW Siang Ping Restau­rant 228 Jalan Ban­dar, Kuala Tereng­ganu (012 960 0500).

Ask the lo­cals and they’ll point you to­wards this bak kut teh restau­rant in Chi­na­town, one of the few places in Kuala Tereng­ganu that serves this unique pork dish. A sin­gle chef and her daugh­ter run the restau­rant, serv­ing up bak kut teh in fat clay pots and fra­grant rice.


Ko­pi­tiam NEW Sukiyang Cof­fee PT11283 Jalan Be­latuk, Ta­man Chukai Utama, Cukai.

In Ke­ma­man, Hai Peng Ko­pi­tiam is prac­ti­cally the big­gest name in the lo­cal café scene. Lately, the business has passed hands to the next gen­er­a­tion, and with it comes a spot of re­brand­ing. Fol­low­ing in the steps of its pre­de­ces­sor, Sukiyang Cof­fee serves up cof­fee, pretty good toast and half-boiled eggs. It’s moved to a newer and more spa­cious lo­ca­tion in Ta­man Chukai Utama. There’s even a sam­pan in the mid­dle of the shop.


NEW On The Way Ko­pi­tiam 147 Jalan Ban­dar, Kuala Tereng­ganu (012 938 4933).

A few steps away from the Chi­na­town tem­ple, On The Way Ko­pi­tiam is ac­ces­si­ble both from the water­front end or from Chi­na­town. It’s one of the rare eater­ies in Chi­na­town that ded­i­cate the whole length of a colo­nialera build­ing to the restau­rant space, serv­ing a mix of mod­ern ko­pi­ti­amstyle fare. Think Old Town White Cof­fee menus. Dur­ing our visit, the wait staff con­sisted mainly of lo­cals – al­ways a good sign. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am–12mid­night.

Siang Ping bak kut teh

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