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Ah Soon Curry Laksa, Ah Wah, Alor Akar Seafood and Yong Tau Fu @ Kuantan

Ah Soon Curry Laksa, Ah Wah, Alor Akar Seafood and Yong Tau Fu @ Kuantan

“My recent food trip to the East Coast was satisfying for the tummy and easy on the wallet.”

Curry Mee at Ah Soon

It’s been more than six months since my last visit to Kuantan and since Rif and I had to attend a dinner relatively nearby, we decided to make a one-day pit stop there recently. The weather was quite chilly, with drizzles and strong wind, so if you travel to Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast at this time of year, it’s best to take a sweater or shawl with you.

Hakka Yong Tau Fu at Jess Cafe

Our first stop for lunch was at Jess Cafe, which is well known for its Hakka yong tau foo (bean curd and vegetables stuffed with pastes of seafood and meat). The small cafe was packed but we managed to find one table outside before more people started streaming in.

Dry Kuay Teow with Yong Tau Fu

Rif ordered the yong tau foo with dry kuay teow (RM6.90) and I, the yong tau foo with curry kuay teow (RM7.20). We waited a rather long time for our noodles – almost 30 minutes – and then they forgot my order, causing another 15-minute wait. Good thing Rif let me have a few bites of his noodles, otherwise I would have been famished and rather annoyed by the time I got mine.

Yong Tau Fu with Curry Kuay Teow

The yong tau foo was quite good. The stuffing was pretty generous, and it had bits of chives and dried cuttlefish. The dry kuay teow was all right, but I enjoyed my curry kuay teow more. The curry broth – dotted perfectly with burnt orange oil – was both thick and flavourful. I drank every drop!

Red Bean Snow Ice

One thing, though: The red bean milk snow ice (RM4) is merely shaved ice with condensed milk and red bean topping – I regretted ordering it.

Jess Cafe (non-halal)
No. A15,
Jalan Seri Kuantan 80,
Star City II, Kuantan
(closed on Mondays)
017-946 3133

 

Asam Fish at Ah Wah

We had an early dinner at Ah Wah, a simple restaurant that serves Chinese and Thai food. Rif had tried it with his colleagues before and decided to take me there as he knew I would enjoy the assam (sour) fish (RM22). We opted for the tilapia and it came in a metal serving dish with a hot plate of charcoal underneath to keep it hot. The fish was fresh and its usual muddy smell was cleverly masked by the fiery gravy.

Pandan Chicken at Ah Wah

I enjoyed spoonfuls of the spicy and sour assam broth and liked that it was refillable. All you need to do is ask for more broth, and the staff will come over and refill the dish for you. Note that this broth is quite spicy – definitely not for those with butter tongues. Also decent was the pandan chicken (RM2 per piece). This was fairly moist and tender, and paired nicely with the sweet chilli sauce provided.

Wat Tan Hor at Ah Wah

Don’t bother ordering the Cantonese Fried Noodles (RM5), as it was tasteless and the noodles had no wok hei (charring from cooking in a wok over high heat). Our meal came up to RM40 inclusive of drinks, and I found it pretty good value for money.

Ah Wah Restaurant (non-halal)
No. A-200,
Jalan Beserah,
Taman East Coast,
Kuantan
(open for dinner only)
016-953 4038

 

Butter Fried Mantis Prawn at Alor Akar

Another restaurant we checked out was the famous Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant located off Jalan Beserah. During weekends and public holidays, the crowd can be overwhelming. We were there at 9.30pm and the place was still packed with hungry diners! Unfortunately for us, they had run out of their signature herbal chicken dish by then – never mind, that just calls for another visit!

Tofu with minced pork and salted fish at Alor Akar

Rif and I ordered the butter-fried mantis prawn (RM12), salted egg yolk squid (RM12) and the sizzling homemade tofu with minced pork and salted fish (RM8). We waited for 45 minutes before our food arrived and that at a time when the kitchen was already in full swing. I thought the tofu was simple and well-prepared. The minced pork and salted fish topping evoked memories of my grandmother’s cooking, and it was delicious with white rice. This is a dish I could eat every day without tiring of the taste.

Salted Egg Yolk Squid at Alor Akar

The salted egg yolk squid came coated in plenty of yolk. It tasted quite decent but was not hot when it arrived at the table – it obviously would have been much better piping hot. The same went for the butter-fried mantis prawns, which had a good balance of batter and flesh. It was fluffy and meaty, with a buttery aftertaste. A pity this dish was just warm when we had it.

Portions were generous and our meal was an affordable RM32.70.

Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant (non-halal)
Lot 7695 & 7696,
Jalan Kubang Buaya,
Off Jalan Beserah,
Kuantan
(open for dinner only)
09-568 0720

 

Foursquare can sometimes work like a gem when you’re looking for new places to eat at. Rif and I found out about Kedai Kopi Ah Soon via this mobile app, and made a quick stop for lunch before heading back to Kuala Lumpur the next day. According to some of the tips at Foursquare, the nasi lemak and curry noodles are a must-try. Alas, we got there too late (12.30pm) and they had run out of the former. In the end, we only got had the curry noodles with yong tau foo.

I thought the noodles were nothing to shout about. The broth was more diluted compared with the one at Jess Cafe and it was also less aromatic. That said, we both agreed that the yong tau foo was quite good, especially the brinjal and fu chok (bean curd sheets). The fish paste stuffing had a lovely bite and was seasoned just right.

We paid RM10.40 for two bowls of noodles, one large and one small. Prices vary depending on how many pieces of yong tau foo you order.

Kedai Kopi Ah Soon (non-halal)
Lorong Kubang Buaya 21,
off Jalan Kubang Buaya,
Kuantan

Well, this last 2011 trip certainly bodes well for my 2012 food hunts. Happy New Year, everyone, and keep those tweets with yummy suggestions coming!

*Read my Star2Sunday article here.


8 Responses

  1. wow, you even need a sweater or shawl? that’s a bit cold there

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yeah…it’s quite chilly. Strong wind.

  2. that’s quite a food crawl! and here i wasn’t sure whether it was easy to find porky food in kuantan! :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahaha…I also assumed that non-halal places were scarce. But Rif has work assignments there so he did some scouting around. :)

  3. *Taking notes* Will be spending some time in Kuantan for work soon. Been to Alor Akar and Ah Wah. Will try the YTF the next time i’m in town ;)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You can go meet up with Rif. He will be there for a job assignment soon as well. ;)

  4. Jon

    Next time u’re in Kuantan, u should head towards Kemaman and try out the curry mee there.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Where? Do share the location!

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