Eating Out: In Kuala Terengganu

Two weeks in Kuala Terengganu was really enjoyable. I visited a lot of interesting places and met lots of wonderful people. I also had the chances to sample a lot of Terengganu foods.

Pak Chik Changgeh mentioned about a restaurant in Rusila named Kedai Lempeng that serves ‘ttupak sutong’ everyday (Please refer to ‘TTupak Sutong’). We went there on the first day they started their business after their Eid break. I like the place and the owners are very friendly and polite. We tried their ‘ikang and sutong celuk ttepong’ (please refer to Cicoh – part 2), ‘ttupak sutong’ (please refer to ‘Ttupak Sutong’) ‘lepeng nyor’ (lempeng), ‘rojok ceranang’ (a type of Terengganu salad), ‘rojok kateh’ and ‘keropok lekor’.

The fish and squid were fresh and tasty; and so were their ‘ikang singgang’ and ‘budu’ (please refer to ‘ikang Singgang’). The ‘rojok kateh’ was also tasty  but the ‘ttupak sutong’ was rather “cero“. The ‘kuoh’ or the curry soup of the ‘ttupak sutong’ was not thick enough (too watery) and did not have either that wonderful flavour nor the lovely aroma of a tasty ‘ttupak sutong’. Anyway the ‘air nira’ and the young coconut drink which were both mixed with ice-cream were really tasty. And so were the lempeng or “coconut pancake” as my siblings called them. Actually that was the first time I tried the ‘lepeng nyor’!

The next day I ate ‘lempeng’ at another stall close to the Primula Hotel known as ‘Keda Atak Nipoh’ (Nipah Roof Stall). We prefered their ‘lempeng’ compared to the ones served at Kedai Lempeng. The people who run this stall were very nice and friendly. They also sell delicious Terengganu style ‘nasi lemak’.

Another place that sells delicious ‘nasi lemak’ was a stall in Jalan Kampung Kolam which was run by Mak Cik Ani and her husband. Mak Cik Ani used to work for Alam Akademik, a bookstore  that belongs to my grandmother. Mak Cik Ani’s ‘nasi minyak’ was delicious too.

We also had our ‘nasi minyak’ at a very popular ‘nasi minyak’ and ‘roti canai’ stall opposite the Sekolah Kebangsaan Ladang. When we reached there, the stall was almost full but we managed to get our seats. We waited for ages but nobody came to take our order and when we called the staff, she just looked at us rudely and ignored us!

The worst part of their bad service was there were customers who just came in could get their ‘nasi minyak’ almost at once while others had to wait for ages to order their breakfast! Infact another customer who was seated next to us just walked out of the place after telling us that he was already tired of waiting for his ‘nasi minyak’. At last we got our ‘nasi minyak’; but the ‘roti canai’ never came. Another customer said that being so popular, the  stall owner do not care if their customers walked out or gave up on them ‘cos more will come for their ‘nasi minyak’ and ‘roti canai’. And that reminds me of the rude lady at the sales counter of the very popular keropok lekor place in Bukit Tok Beng! (please refer to ‘Two Weeks in Kuala Terengganu’)

5 thoughts on “Eating Out: In Kuala Terengganu

  1. Salam…

    Well, that’s part of the colourful Teranung culture…most of them are very “bekeng”, but not at the right place, at the right time, and to the right person…

    Anyway…really hope that all those traditional delicacies will not be replaced by the imported fastfood…

    Wassalam,
    GreenMalay

  2. Dear GreenMalay,

    I think the Terengganu folks should learn to be terti’ terni and not bekeng especially when they are involved in retail business.

    My little brother, Ahmad Ali, keeps reminding that fast food are not healthy food as they are high in fat, salt, and sometimes trans fat. But good old Terengganu delicacies (like keropok lekor) are much healthier to be eaten. So Insya Allah not everybody will choose fast food over traditional delicacies.

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  4. wow! you did such a great job on promoting t’ganu . how much I missed out the great eating out in m’sia and specially t’ganu colourful rice. I miss malaysia , my home sweetest home !

  5. Hi, I was surfing for nasi minyak jln kolam and your blog was the closest. Thanks a lot. This is my first vist to KT after soOoo long. Your blog is absolutely correct, according to my husband (who was born in KT but brought up in other parts of Malaysia). After revisiting KT sometime back, his verdict is the proprietors of popular eating places in KT are ‘nyombong’!!! LOL

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