66/16 Tingkat Bawah, Taman Seri Intan, Jalan Sultan Omar, Kuala Terengganu (09 623 1831).
Meka’s friendly owner, Haji Awang, is always on hand to offer helpful tips. This is pretty much a compulsory pit stop on any Terengganu food trip – the rich spread of Malay food such as crispy fried ayam kampung, gulai daging tetel, and masak lemak nangka is testament to that. Throw caution to the wind and try a bit of everything. Halal. Child friendly. Disabled friendly. Closed on Fridays.
NEW Kuah Singgang Restaurant Jalan Tok Ku, Kuala Terengganu (019 985 6133).
On the east coast of Malaysia, fish always tops the menu. Kuah Singgang Restaurant in Chabang Tiga is famous for its ikan singgang: fish cooked in clear broth. The folks at Kuah Singgang also do a mean Malay-style ikan bakar: fish wrapped in banana leaves with tangy spices and grilled just right.
Nyonya Madam Bee’s Kitchen 177 Jalan Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu.
Award-winning chef Tan Choo Bee is the owner of this restaurant located in the centre of Chinatown, which specialises in Nyonya cuisine. The Peranakans are famous for their deliciously complex flavours and Madam Bee’s Kitchen is true to this tradition. Try some of the authentic dishes such as nasi kerabu and rojak ceranang served with keropok.
Halal. Child friendly. Free parking. Closed on Wednesdays.