When Jien worked in audit years back, he would be stationed in Kuantan where his client was located – at the port. And he would often dine at Nasi Kandar Sri Utara Dua, which he claims served delicious and reasonably priced nasi kandar.
He revisited Nasi Kandar Sri Utara Dua about two months ago with me in tow and the place according to him, looks and feels the same. The restaurant is al-fresco, with simple tables and chairs; spaced out. The food display feels a lot like a warung, and the aunties are friendly.
Fish and squid are a predominant feature at Nasi Kandar Sri Utara Dua, so you won’t go wrong with ikan bakar (grilled fish), squid sambal and fish curry. I like that they have squid egg curry – something that’s harder to come by in KL so I asked for a serving of that, on top of fried chicken and curried vegetables.
Jien opted for the same, but instead of squid egg curry, he got the sambal squid. We had a portion of grilled stringray on the side and it was delicious. The stingray was fresh, meaty and “lemak”. One of the best I’ve eaten in terms of freshness, I have to say. For RM10 per piece, it’s quite a steal.
The curries at Nasi Kandar Sri Utara Dua are decent, but they err towards the lighter side. By lighter, I’m saying they don’t have that insanely “pekat” texture that leaves that lingering trail of curry scent on your fingers if you’re using your hands.
But the combination of curries and the freshness of the fish and squid is what I like about this place. You get this simple, unpretentious meal that highlights the quality of seafood and also that “masakan kampung” feel when you dine at Nasi Kandar Sri Utara Dua.
Most of the folks who dine here are either working at the port or living close by. So that’s a sense of community among the customers and the aunties running the restaurant. I can’t remember how much each plate cost, but we paid about RM45 for all the above, including two drinks and an additional piece of grilled stingray.
Pretty good value and portions are generous. If you’re in Kuantan, give this a try!
Food: 6.5/10 (halal)
Verdict: Decent, kampung-style Nasi Kandar and reasonable pricing.
Nasi Kandar Sri Utara Dua
26080 Balok, Pahang