Deciding what to eat is probably one of the most difficult decisions to make. However, not knowing what to eat is even worse, especially when you're at a new place for work, study or vacation. So I decided to come up with this Kuantan Food Guide to make your life easier :P it's okay, you can thank me later HEH
As you know, I was in Kuantan for six weeks for my clinical placement so of course I had the chance to explore the town and try out some good eats during the weekends. There's nothing much to do there anyway. I'll blog about my visit to their beach as well as Sungai Lembing soon too (:
Hoi Yin Curry Laksa
Assam Laksa is famous in Penang but in Kuantan, they serve curry mee almost everywhere, which explains the amount of curry mee that will be featured in this single post. Hoi Yin is one of the highly raved halal curry mee in town but somehow it doesn't live up to my expectation. The broth wasn't thick enough to my liking and the curry flavour wasn't that strong either, lacking of the extra oomph. I thought it was just me, but the rest seem to agreed with me as well. It's advisable to come earlier cause the place is always packed even at 9am and their curry laksa usually sells out very fast.
|Each bowl comes with steamed chicken, cockles, fish balls, fish cakes, bean sprouts and tofu puffs. You can opt for kuey tiao or bee hoon if you dislike yellow noodles.|
No. 31, Jalan Teluk Cempedak
Tel: 09-567 3871
GPS Coordinates: N 3 48.745 E 103 22.230
Curry Mee and Nasi Lemak @ Kedai Kopi Ah Soon
|Dry noodles with Yong Tau Fu in curry gravy.|
|Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken -- RM4.50.|
Nasi Lemak with Fried Egg -- RM2.10.
|Ayam Merah for a less-spicy alternative.|
One of the kopitiams that serves good breakfast in Kuantan. They have a few stalls under one roof and the two popular ones are the curry mee and the nasi lemak. The yong tau foo were pretty good and reasonably priced while the dry noodles was just alright.
The nasi lemak on the other hand was the bomb which I highly recommended! We even went back to have it again before we left Kuantan. The sambal was delicious and not too spicy, I can even have it with just the fragrant rice and fried egg cause it was that good. Besides chickens, they do have other sides to go with the nasi lemak. Be sure to be there early (opens at 8am) cause they sell out pretty fast too!
Kedai Kopi Ah Soon (Non-Halal)
Lorong Kubang Buaya 21,
Off Jalan Kubang Buaya, Kuantan.
Operating Hours: 7.30am till noon.
Assam Fish @ Ah Wah Restaurant
Another place that I would recommend for dinner (: They serve Thai and Chinese food. We went there for the assam fish cause it was said to be their signature so you can see every tables ordering it. I must say, it did not disappoint at all! The assam fish was served with metal dish with charcoal underneath to keep the gravy warm. The gravy was indeed appetizing and spicy. Since it is refillable, you can't help but to add more rice as well.
|Assam Fish topped with long beans, okras and pineapples | Yau Mak | Seafood Tofu | Pandan Chicken|
P/S: Their homemade chili sauce was lip-smacking good too!
Ah Wah Restaurant (Non-Halal)
No. A-200, Jalan Beserah,
Taman East Coast, Kuantan.
Tel No: 016-953 4038
Operating Hours: Opens for dinner only.
GPS Coordinates: N 3 49.510 E 103 20.155
Curry Mee & Yong Tau Foo @ Jess Cafe
|Curry Mee | Dry noodles with Yong Tau Foo in clear soup or curry gravy ||
No. A15, Jalan Seri Kuantan 80,
Star City II, Kuantan
Tel No: 017-946 3133
Operating Hours: Tues - Sunday
GPS Coordinates: N 3 49.478 E 103 20.244
Cendol Air Putih
|How bout a bowl of cendol to combat the heat? (;|
I love how they serve it in yellow bowls, such happy colour!
|Cendol Biasa -- RM1.70 |
I would recommend to just go for the basic, not too sweet (:
|Cendol Pulut -- RM2.10|
The place where the locals would go to get their cendol fix, perfect for tea-time since they sell some kuih and nasi lemak as well. Definitely one of the best cendol I've ever had, truly living up to its name. Nuff said. It's impossible to miss this small shop located at the corner of the shoplot, cause it's basically painted in yellow too with a big signboard.
Cendol Air Putih
B-260E, Jalan Air Putih 25300,
Operating Hours: 12pm - 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
GPS Coordinates: N03 49.579, E103 20.178
Alor Akar Seafood
Another popular eating spot recommended by the locals for dinner which we went for our Chap Goh Meh dinner. I heard that it is always crowded especially during the weekend and public holidays so I called in a few days earlier to make a reservation. However, we went there to find out that our reservation was so called invalid cause there is only the four of us. Well, they could have just told me on the phone the other day. That was not just it, the aunty scolded us and didn't even intend to get us a table, how rude. We had to wait if we want a bigger table but we settled for a smaller one in the corner, such mood spoiler.
|Toss for good health, prosperity, happiness and may we all graduate with flying colours this year!|
|Fresh yam paste with well marinated and succulent pork ribs.|
Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant
Lot 7695 & 7696, Jalan Kubang Buaya,
Off Jalan Beserah, Kuantan.
Tel No: 09-568 0720
Operating Hours: Opens for dinner only.
GPS Coordinates: N 3 49.760 E 103 20.575
Satay @ Terminal Satay Zul
Your trip to Kuantan will not be complete if you don't visit Terminal Satay Zul for their satay! Deemed as the locals' fave satay place. I was pretty surprised to find that they serve rabbit and venison satay too. We only tried their beef and chicken satay cause the mutton satays were sold out already.
Terminal Satay Zul Kuantan
A-2600, Jln Alor Akar,
26250, Kuantan, Pahang.
Tel No: 09-568 7859 / 017-970 0161
Operating Hours: Opens from 6pm daily.
Mango cheesecake @ Kula Cafe
I was so happy when I found out that they do have concept cafe here that serve desserts and coffee in Kuantan as well. Too bad they don't serve coffee at night but just bottled drinks, meh.
|Pretty cool outdoor setting with tables and chairs made from woods.|
96A, Jalan Besar,
25000 Kuantan, Pahang.
Western Food @ Teluk Cempedak
For cheap and yummy western food, this is the place you should go! It's located at the far left end of the beach, search for this Europe Western Food stall which is run by a Chinese Family.
Europe Western Food @ Teluk Cempedak Food Court
Jalan Teluk Cempedak,
25000, Kuantan, Pahang.
|Roasted duck with char siew noodles -- RM6.00|
Another famous stall among the locals as you can see the crowd building up people the moment they start their business. The roasted duck really stole the show, so juicy and tender but the char siew wasn't that impressive to me. I would recommend their wantan as well!
Jalan Haji Ahmad, Jalan Beserah,
25300, Kuantan, Pahang.
Operating Hours: 12pm until sold out.
Till then, have a nice week ahead.