Places to eat in Langkawi ~ Cheryl Lam's foodie journey
During my short getaway to Langkawi in September, I managed to sample a few local delicacies that I think are worth recommending to my readers.
To read my staycation with Casa del Mar, click here.
Laksa Kaw Ikan Sekoq Tip Top Langkawi
We passed by this laksa stall when we were on the taxi to our hotel, and saw people were swarming there. Out of curiosity, we decided to order take-away for its fish laksa and wet koay teow. They both taste delicious! I love their laksa and unlike Penang Laksa, they give you a hard-boiled egg and one whole fish but be careful as the fish is quite bony. Chris loves the wet koay teow and wished he had ordered more.
The stall is located just beside Langkawi International Airport, along the road which is facing the sea. You can waze or google it if you are driving, or just tell the taxi driver 'airport laksa' and they would know because it is very popular among the locals. Highly recommended if you are up for some local food when you visit Langkawi!
Pak Malau Nasi Dagang
What's better than spectacular food with stunning view? At Pak Malau Nasi Dagang, not only you get very delicious rice and curries, you are also awarded with the view overlooking the rice field with the highest mountain in Langkawi, Gunung Raya in the background.
Originated from Kelantan and Terengganu, traditional nasi dagang is only rice and fish curry but at Pak Malau, they serve a few different extra curries as well, and I am not complaining at all! We had the tuna fish curry and beef rendang, and both dishes were equally delicious. The fish texture was somewhat firm and dense, and the curry sauce was rich with spices. The beef rendang was tender and had a nice fragrance. The fragrant rice was cooked with a type of spices called Halba and every plate of rice was served with cucumber and carrot pickles. We definitely enjoyed our breakfast that morning and never wanted our plates of nasi dagang to end.
You pick your choice of curry or curries, which will be served on your plate, at the front of the restaurant when you arrive before you find a seat. You can either sit under the roof of the restaurant or grab one of the tables set up right on the edge of the rice field. I would recommend you to go early before they run out of dishes. We went at 10am and you can see from the picture below some dishes were already running out.
We met the owner, Pak Malau and he is extremely friendly. He told us he has just started his homestay business which he is charging RM100 per night for the traditional house facing the rice field, and nasi dagang as breakfast served to the private balcony.
The food, the view and the friendliness of the owner makes Pak Malau Nasi Dagang in Langkawi a fabulous restaurant. If you are traveling to Langkawi and love delicious food, make a point to Pak Malau Nasi Dagang.
Address: Jalan Makam Mahsuri, Mukim Ulu Melaka, Kuah, Kedah, Langkawi, Malaysia (Landmark: makam mahsuri)
Tel: +6 012 271 1977 (Pak Malau)
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8am - 2pm (highly recommended to go early before the crowd and dishes running out)
Jom Ikan Bakar
We were recommended by the hotel staff to try this restaurant for its ikan bakar (Malay grilled fish) and nasi campur (rice with a mixture of dishes). Right after Pak Malau Nasi Dagang, we headed to Jom Ikan Bakar. I am pretty sure our taxi driver regarded us as hungry ghosts because he was shocked when we requested him to drop us at another restaurant right after we finished eating at one restaurant, haha!
Like the name suggests, this place is famous for its fresh grilled fish. There is a corner where you order your fish and another corner to choose the dishes for nasi campur. We ordered a 'Siakap' and it was freshly grilled to perfection. The outer layer was nicely grilled leaving a trace of smoky fragrance while the meat was juicy and tender. Thumbs up for the fish! As for the nasi campur, we were impressed by the variety they offer. There was a wide array of dishes to choose from and more dishes were coming out from the kitchen. It is like buffet style where you take your preferred dishes in a plate and pay at the counter. The nasi campur was good but did not impress us as much as the fish.
Jom Ikan Bakar is situated at Padang Mat Sirat and the restaurant is easily located with Google map. They start selling at 11am but I reckon the best time to visit is 12pm as the dishes would be all out in the line by then. For ikan bakar lovers, this is the place to go!
Seashells Chenang restaurant (Laman Padi)
Located just opposite of our hotel is a rice museum called Laman Padi, and there is a restaurant within the rice field called The Seashells. Maintaining the Malay village ambience, this restaurant serves traditional Malay food and nasi kukus is their signature dish. They have a variety of meat to choose from: fish, beef, lamb, chicken or duck, and choices of cooking methods as well. We ordered duck rendang nasi kukus and it was very delicious (I ended up taking 3 bowls of rice!). I especially loved the fragrant rice and enjoyed the appetising shrimp paste and sambal picit (Malay chilli paste) that was served at the side with local greens. It was rather spicy but somehow it got me kept going for more! If I had to nitpick, it would be the texture of the duck which was a little chewy, probably due to the way its cooked, and I suppose deep frying would be a better choice for duck meat. It was still an enjoyable meal nevertheless.
You can choose to dine in the private chalet within the paddy field or at the open air restaurant facing the view of the paddy field. If you are staying along Pantai Cenang in Langkawi, make a point to pay them a visit.
Address: Muzium Laman Padi, Jalan Pantai Cenang, 07000, Langkawi, Malaysia
Business hours: 2pm - 12am (closed on Wednesday)
Tel: +6 04 955 3581 / 82
That concludes my food journey in Langkawi for 3 days 2 nights, and I wish to go back soon to savour their delicious food! I would like to hear from you on what you have devoured in Langkawi so do leave me a suggestion in the comment below. Cheers!
Till next time~