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Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PAHANG -

NEW Ana Ikan Bakar Petai Pan­tai Sel­era, Jalan Tan­jung Lumpur, Kuan­tan (019 987 8155/013 998 9175).

Along­side Mail Ikan Bakar, this area is prac­ti­cally a Malay-style seafood haven. Fac­ing the sea, there’s am­ple park­ing space and Ana’s grilled st­ingrays are fresh, spicy, and all round ad­dic­tive. Rea­son­able pric­ing. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 5.30pm–12mid­night. $

NEW Cen­dol Air Pu­tih B260E, Jalan Berserah, Air Pu­tih, Kuan­tan (012 950 8626).

Closed on Mon­days, Cen­dol Air Pu­tih has up­graded from a hum­ble old road­side stall to a bright yel­low restau­rant of its own. We’ll risk overuse of the word and say that this is the best cen­dol in Kuan­tan. The se­cret to this icy dessert is the bal­anced flavours com­bined with the tex­tures of home-cooked red beans and pieces of jelly. This is the per­fect an­ti­dote for swel­ter­ing af­ter­noons, and a nev­erend­ing stream of lo­cals stop by for a bowl un­der the shade of trees. Child friendly. Free park­ing. Tue–Sun, 12noon–5.30pm. $

NEW New Capi­tol Chicken Rice

59 Jalan Bukit Ubi, Kuan­tan.

If you’re the type that doesn’t like wait­ing for your food, New Capi­tol Chicken Rice is for you. It’s fa­mous for or­ders ar­riv­ing within 30 seconds (un­less you or­der some­thing re­ally weird), and the business at New Cap­i­tal is so good that the chef just chops up the chicken as the or­ders stream in. The warm, fra­grant ginger rice has earned it the ti­tle of best chicken rice in Kuan­tan.

Free park­ing. Daily, 8am–4pm. $

Restoran Timur Nasi Kan­dar B2 Lorong Tun Is­mail 11, Sri Da­gan­gan 2, Kuan­tan (019 952 2097).

This is def­i­nitely a fan­tas­tic din­ing spot, lo­cated at the edge of Teluk Cempedak’s lovely beach. You will be con­grat­u­lat­ing your­self for com­ing here as you feast on the freshly cooked lo­cal del­i­ca­cies. With its beach front, tan­ta­lis­ing food, great mu­sic and live en­ter­tain­ment, it is the place to hang out with friends. Make sure you get here just as the sun is set­ting and you’ll be guar­an­teed ex­cel­lent views. Mon–Fri, 12noon–11pm; Sat–Sun, 4pm–2am. $

NEW Sun­gai Lem­b­ing Sta­tion A249, Ground Floor, Jalan Air Pu­tih, Kuan­tan (012 951 9533).

Once a tin min­ing town, Sun­gai Lem­b­ing is a 45 minute drive from Kuan­tan. The cool and clean moun­tain springs have re­sulted in su­perbly smooth lo­cal noo­dles and tofu. For lo­cals who find the 45-minute drive a bother, Sun­gai Lem­b­ing Sta­tion brings in de­li­cious noo­dles and tofu ev­ery morn­ing, which promptly sells out be­fore noon. None of that usual al­ka­line taste in noo­dles, and just or­der the Sun­gai Lem­b­ing noo­dles in clear soup, curry, or soy sauce. The noo­dles are so good, it won’t mat­ter what you pair it with.

Child friendly. Daily, 7am–2pm. $

NEW Ter­mi­nal Sa­tay Zul A2600, Jalan Alor Akar, Kuan­tan (09 568 7859/www.sa­tayzulkuan­tan. blogspot.com).

Open since 1974, Ter­mi­nal Sa­tay Zul is one of the main­stays of the Kuan­tan food scene. Malay tunes add a nice at­mos­phere to the place. The meat skew­ers are nicely done, with­out any of the an­noy­ing dry bits that stick be­tween your teeth, and the peanut sauce is pleas­ing, if for­get­table. Com­pared to the Ka­jang sa­tays we’ve tried so far, Sa­tay Zul takes the cake. Child friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 6pm on­wards. $

NEW Warung D’Nie Kam­pung Se­berang Sun­gai Ular, 26080, Kuan­tan (017 935 9169).

If you’re one of those ad­ven­tur­ous types who has de­cided to take an East Coast road trip, stop by Warung D’Nie in Kuan­tan for lunch. The Gu­lai Kawah, a sweet ren­dang-like curry broth cooked in kawah (gi­ant tin pots) and nasi kukus are pretty well known in the area. Also no­table is Sup Ekor, a widely avail­able Malay beef soup that th­ese folks do pretty well–a hearty mix of slow cooked beef and pep­pery good­ness. In the course of our lunch, horn­bills were spot­ted fly­ing by.

Ha­lal. $

NEW Warung Paksu & Maksu Jalan Tan­jung Lumpur, Balok, Kuan­tan.

Next to Per­amu po­lice sta­tion, this road­side stall serves a huge range of op­tions. From lunch to evening, Paksu & Maksu is a good place to start off your foray into the world of Malay kuih muih, keropok, nasi da­gang, and noo­dles. A no­table item to try is Sata, which is Kuan­tan-style otak-otak, which is fish wrapped in ba­nana leaves with some spices and co­conut, and then grilled over a char­coal fire. This ver­sion is slightly lighter and sweeter than otak-otak; ab­so­lutely de­li­cious.

Free park­ing. $

Ny­onya

Ferm Ny­onya 78A-D Per­siaran Camelia 4, Tanah Rata, Cameron High­lands (05 491 5891/www.rfn.cameron­high­lands.com).

One can­not visit the Cameron High­lands with­out en­joy­ing steam­boat in the chilly weather. Stop by Ferm Ny­onya for the flavour­ful broth that uses less MSG than the oth­ers, as far as we can tell since we weren’t thirsty after the meal. Apart from the steam­boat, the Ny­onya dishes are quite popular too. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 11am–11pm. $$

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