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Top 10 Food To Eat in Kuantan

Kuantan used to be a place I’d visit at least twice a year because back in his audit days, rif was stationed there for a month or two. When I went over for the weekend, we’d explore the area for good eats. Given our hectic schedules these days, I don’t foresee us revisiting anytime soon. So I decided to do a Top 10 list to remember the good days.

Hoi Yin Curry Laksa

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Hoi Yin Curry Laksa

I’ve heard a great deal about the (halal) curry laksa at Hoi Yin and the shop gets packed by 10am. It’s best to go early as they run out of curry mee fast. The noodles are available in 3 sizes; Jambo, Besar and Kecil.

The curry broth was spicy but also creamy and sweet – one of the tastier curry broths I’ve tried. Each bowl comes with steamed chicken, cockles, bean sprouts and tofu puffs. The accompanying chilli sauce packs quite a punch so go easy on the amount.

Hoi Yin Curry Laksa
No. 31, Jalan Teluk Cempedak
25050 Kuantan
Tel: 09-567 3871
Open on weekends and public holidays, closed on alternate Mondays
GPS Coordinates: N 3 48.745 E 103 22.230

 

Ana Ikan Bakar Petai

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Ana Ikan Bakar is a popular ikan bakar stall in Kuantan and by 8pm, it’s a full house. Basically, you head to the seafood counter to choose the type of fish or seafood you want before informing the staff of your preferred cooking style.

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I usually go for the masak sambal petai and tiga rasa. The former features grilled fish with sambal sauce, onion slices and fresh petai. I like that the seafood is prepared in a banana leaf wrap, so it gives a smoky-char flavour to the food. Try this for yourself!

Ana Ikan Bakar Petai
Pantai Selera,
Tanjung Lumpur,
Kuantan
Tel: 019-987 8155 (Haji Baharin), 013-9989175 (Fairuz)
GPS Coordinates: N3 47.898, E103 20.388

 

Alor Akar Seafood

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Tofu with minced pork and salted fish

Another restaurant worth checking out is Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant, just off Jalan Beserah and it gets very crowded during weekends and public holidays. The herbal chicken is good stuff and I strongly suggest you call ahead to book your portion.

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Salted Egg Yolk Squid

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Butter Fried Mantis Prawn

We also like the butter-fried mantis prawns, salted egg yolk squid and homemade tofu with minced pork and salted fish. The cooking style here is very homely and portions are hearty. Best part is, if you dine in a group of 6 and more, the food is very reasonable.

Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant (non-halal)
Lot 7695 & 7696,
Jalan Kubang Buaya,
Off Jalan Beserah,
Kuantan
(opens for dinner only)
09-568 0720
GPS Coordinates: N 3 49.760 E 103 20.575

 

Cendol Air Putih

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Cendol Air Putih, also known as the Kuantan Cendol is THE cendol place to go to in Kuantan. At least according to the locals. It’s a small shop along the main road so keep an eye out for it.

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Karipap, temosa and pulut ikan

Order the cendol pulut; and if you’re feeling indulgent, go for the cendol campur pulut. I prefer the former as the mixture of ais kacang ingredients in the cendol campur pulut didn’t do justice to this sweet treat.

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Cendol Air Putih
(Opens: Tuesday to Sunday from 12-5.30pm)
B-260E,
Jalan Air Putih
25300, Kuantan,
Pahang
GPS Coordinates: N03 49.579, E103 20.178

 

Nasi Lemak at Restoran Zaman

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Restoran Zaman is said to serve the best nasi lemak in Kuantan and these little treats sell like hot cakes. If I’m not mistaken, the price is close to RM2 per small packet and I find it quite expensive. But in all fairness, it was delicious. The rice was aromatic and rich from the coconut milk, and the sambal packed a wallop of flavour – spicy and sweet with a lingering aftertaste.

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According to rif, they serve good mee jawa and mee soto too, so do keep a lookout for them.

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Restoran Zaman
Batu 9 , Jln Gambang,
Kuantan, Pahang
GPS Coordinates: N03 45.738, E103 12.820

 

Yong Tau Fu and Curry Mee at Jess Café

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Yong Tau Fu with Curry Kuay Teow

Jess Cafe is well known for its Hakka yong tau fu, served with soup or curry noodles. My regular order here is the yong tau fu with curry kuay teow while rif likes to have the dry kuay teow. The yong tau fu here is generously stuffed with fish paste and the stuffing has a bit of chives and dried cuttlefish for added flavour. Good stuff!

I don’t care much about the dry kuay teow, but the curry version is thick and richly flavoured. Boils down to personal preference.

Jess Cafe (non-halal)
No. A15,
Jalan Seri Kuantan 80,
Star City II, Kuantan
(closed on Mondays)
017-946 3133
GPS Coordinates: N 3 49.478 E 103 20.244

 

Assam Fish at Ah Wah

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Ah Wah is a simple restaurant recommended for its Chinese and Thai food, done tai chow style. One of the must-order dishes here is the assam fish, served in a metal dish with charcoal underneath to keep the gravy warm.

The broth was spicy and sour, and also refillable. All you need to do is ask for more broth and the staff will come over and refill the dish for you. The pandan chicken is decent – fairly moist and tender with sweet chilli sauce for added flavour.

Ah Wah Restaurant
A-2000 Jalan Beserah,
Taman East Coast,
Tel: 016-953 3048 (Wendy), 011-1297 6196 (Ah Wah)
GPS Coordinates: N 3 49.510 E 103 20.155

 

Yong Tau Fu and Noodles at Sungai Lembing Morning Market

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Pick your ingredients

After a hike at Panaroma Hill, breakfast at the Sungai Lembing morning market is a must. The yong tau fu stall is the busiest of the lot – the locals love yong tau fu here.

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You get to choose the yong tau fu you want and pair it with the noodles of your choice – dry, soup and curry noodles. The noodles are made using mountain water so texture is smoother. To get to the market, just follow the signboard that says Pasar Sungai Lembing. The stall is inside the food court of the market.

Yong Tau Fu and Noodles
Sungai Lembing Morning Market
Pahang
GPS Coordinates: N 3 55.018 E 103 02.117

 

Curry Mee at Kedai Kopi Ah Soon

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rif and I stumbled across the curry mee stall at Kedai Kopi Ah Soon by accident. This stall serves something similar to what Jess Café is serving – yong tau fu with curry noodles. While the curry mee was just alright in my opinion, it was the yong tau fu that stole the show.

The nasi lemak stall is also popular here but we didn’t get to try this as they were sold out.

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

 

Sambal fish at Yat Hing Bak Kut Teh

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Bak Kut Teh

While Yat Hing claims to serve good bak kut teh, it was the sambal fish that rocked my boat. The bak kut teh was just decent – light broth but a strong herbal flavour. I reckon this is how the locals here eat their bak kut teh.

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Good sambal fish

The sambal fish was good stuff. More than just spicy, the sambal paste was sweet, savoury, tangy and aromatic from the addition of lime leaves.

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Yat Hing
A4852,
Lrg Seri Kuantan 25,
25250 Kuantan,
Pahang
Tel: 09-568 8644 / 012-218 5893 / 012-989 5614
GPS Coordinates: N 3 49.142 E 103 20.294

 

Kaya Toast at Meng Fang

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Sometimes, happiness can be found in something as simple as kaya toast. rif and I tried the one at Meng Fan along Jalan Berserah, and it was really quite good. The bun is freshly toasted and served with a thick slice of butter and fragrant kaya (coconut jam).

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I had this with a cup of old style coffee – bold and smooth till the last drop.

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Meng Fang
B1445 Jalan Beserah
Kuantan, 25300
09 566 6126
GPS Coordinates: N 3 49.604 E 103 20.280

If you have other recommendations on places to eat in Kuantan, please share them with me so rif and I can check them out when we visit Kuantan again. 🙂

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28 Responses

  1. Lee Lein YI

    Shud write 1 article bout best egg tart in Malaysia such as Hong Kee egg tart Ipoh, Yik Kee eggtart at Karak………

  2. The ikan bakar with petai look sedap! Something different from the usual ikan bakar with just sambal.

  3. WP

    You should try Muhibbah Seafood in Padang Lalang. It is just before crossing the bridge to Tanjung Lumpur…just turn left before the bridge and then it’s somewhere in one of the “lorongs” on the right. Sorry, I’m not sure how to give directions but it shouldn’t be very hard to find. (just a few wrong turns, maybe 😛 )

    1. TKR

      Muhibbah! Yeah good food. In my opinion, I prefer Restaurant Sri Galing curry mee over Hoi Yin. Sri Galing is very famous for its white tofu. Smooth and delicious. A must try. It is located at Kuantan Garden. You can find awesome nasi minyak and ayam goreng behind Alliance Bank at Jalan Beserah. One of my must visit place when I come back to Kuantan. Now I am craving for it badly.

      1. Keith Chiang

        Both my parents are from Sg. Lembing and the love for Yong Taufu is in my blood. I used to frequent Sri Galing, until the soup became too salty and the Yong taufu became black due to over-frying.

        Other recommendation is Shim near Fei Ngo Si. There is a Sungai Lembing stall in the food court that sells Lembing Yongtaufu. There are 3 ladies working there and all are from Sg Lembing. I think that would be a better choice. I go there every single time I go back to Kuantan, without fail.

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Thanks for the info Keith! Really appreciate it. 🙂

        2. Simon Ng

          Thanks For the Info

  4. Hey,

    I really love Curry Mee. Most of the time, when you ordered curry mee from northern region of Malaysia, you will found that the soup is white in color and it come with a spoon of curry paste. You will need to stir up the paste and the soup so that it create the curry soup. Well, same recipe goes for Ah Hong’s Curry Mee too. You will need to stir up with the soup and noodle before you start to enjoy it. I love them both.

  5. [e]

    Can I recommend another curry noodle house near satay zul (opposite shops) – by the name of teng hwa. Their fish cakes and tofu are pretty good. The soup isn’t as flavorful as Hoi Yin but it does pack a punch if you like spicy.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hi there, thanks for the recommendation! Will try and look for this when I’m in Kuantan. 🙂

  6. JZLIM

    Just want to share some of my favorite Kuantan food.

    1.) nasi dagang at Malay food court behind cowboy jalan wang ah jang. Only start selling after midnight.

    2.) kong tall mee at Taman tas. Corner shop beside 7/11. I think is restaurant tas jaya.

    3.) bak ku tea at 888 food court Medan Selera Jalan Teluk Sisik by a Chinese lady.

    4.) cake n pastry by a French baker at star city beside Bulan.

    5.) nasi kandar at balok. From Kuantan beserah to Kuantan port on the left before the junction to gebeng.

    6.) nasi kukus opposite nissan tan chong.

    7.) fook chow restaurant corner shop at jalan penjara. Try their fish belly soup, ice flake beer and steamed la la.

    8.) beef noodle soup by a uncle in kam loong hokkien mee food court jalan alor akar. Closed on Monday I think.

    9.) also beef noodles by a thai lady food court behind nirwana market air putih.

    10.) burger Bakar boss beside mexica restaurant opposite megamall.

    I hope u can share with all the food lovers. Thank you!!!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hi there,

      Wow! Great list. Thanks for sharing. I could definitely use more places to explore in Kuantan. 😀

  7. Kici Kasri

    Hi, coming coconut shake available at Tmn Gelora. U can try it.

  8. Kenny

    Don’t forget Nasi Dagang Ubai though it’s not really in Kuantan, it’s quite a long drive towards Pekan. Totally worth it.

  9. 1) tomyam kelapa at nik tomyam kelapa at tanjung lumpur.
    2) nasi kukus balok area balok
    3) spagheti and steak at east grill steak house area maxis centre jln berserah
    4) casper restaurant area indera mahkota, western there.
    5) Kotak kalam mini-bar area teluk sisek.
    6) kula cakes, great cakes there.
    7) padi restaurant along way to teluk chempedak, porridge best ever there.

  10. Ricky

    Another upcoming brand that is rocking Kuantan now. It is Nasi Kukus Mama. Outlets at Indera Mahkota, Bukit Sekilau, (Chinatown) Putra Square and Teluk Chempedak. Best Fried chicken and the sauce is out of the world.

    1. Azhar Ahmad

      Nasi Kukus Mama, exactly just beside Manja Boutique Hotel. Non stop queue up. Im buying and eat at there,from 12 to 3.30 pm. People keep coming. The curry blended nicely with large portion of fried chicken. Sooooo yummy.

  11. Mina

    There is a new kopitiam which sells the best dumplings noodles and curry mee in Kuantan. Is called Soon Hing kopitiam and is operate by a traditional Hainan family. The kopitiam is same row with the 911 bistro bar. Which is at the opposite Yat Hing Bak kut teh. Once you try it you will be addicted to their dumplings and curry mee! Their kopi o and teh c taste great too!

  12. Proud Kuantanese

    Hoi yin isn’t the only shop that famous with curry mee, there’s one really famous of curry mee nearby Satayzul called seong ho 祥和 ? I don’t know what it’s English name but something like that lol, it’s always full of pepo in the morning man. And I heard some actually said that the curry mee tastes better than hoi yin ! Just saying 🙂

  13. susan

    Best french western restaurant in kuantan… You should try Pork fettle… and the Steak always cooked to perfection …you still don’t know Kuantan Until you visit ..the Black Pearl non halal

  14. mou kit sang

    When we go food hunting our stomach got limit capacity, your recomendation consist too many sub-standard places. Pls rate it, Tq.

  15. Jesse K

    Good sharing ! Those r my fav’s too !!
    I would like to share some of my list to you too.

    1. Tepung Goreng (Fried pan mee) – Restaurant Muar E at Jalan Beserah.
    2. Cendol & Rojak Ayam – Mustafa Cendol at Jalan Teluk Sisek.
    3. Nasi Minyak – Eda Nasi Minyak at Tanjung Api.
    4. Nasi Dagang – Pasar Pagi at Kampung Jawa.
    5. Western Food – Restaurant East Grill at Air Putih
    6. Beef Noodle & Homemade Yong Tau Fu – Restaurant Kwong Fatt at Jalan Beserah.
    7. Curry Puff – Stall at Taman Gelora.
    8. Satay – Terminal Satay Zul at Jalan Teluk Sisek.

    Hope you enjoy on the next visit to Kuantan, my hometown =)

  16. Theresa

    There is a new Cafe served original Greek, Mediterranean foods in Starcity Kuantan, very special foods that you can’t get in anywhere.

  17. sam

    For alor akar seafood , pls don’t missed their 浦汁明蝦, 果汁骨。

    For curry mee , can go for restaurant sri galing opposite yat hing bah kut teh.

    For kopitiam , pls try the muar-e restaurant at jln beserah , try the fried tepung ( 炒麵粉糕), nasi goreng kamping , muar e whole wheat bread ..and nice kopi of course
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  18. Vivien

    Jelira nasi kerabu with ayam bakar, in Peramu near Kempadang. Their honey roasted chicken is juicy and tender! Excellent stuff!

  19. karen chong

    AH WAH RESTAURANT (THAI FOOD) correct add.
    A-2000 Jalan Beserah,Taman East Coast ,25250 Kuantan.Pahang Darul Makmur
    Wendy=016-9533048
    Ah Wah=011-12976196

  20. Lou

    Sara Thai Kitchen in Balok and town center. My #1 in Kuantan, hands down…

  21. Arthur Gan

    Meng Kee Restaurant, Jalan Kelang Lama, opposite Scott Garden.

    Their House special are Steam Fish and Steam Lala are favourite to most of my friends.

    Dinner crowd will be packed by 19.00pm in most days. Prices are reasonable

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