Batu Burok Food Court
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