You can find arrays of tasty culinary delights at Terengganu. Its cuisine ranges from the sweet, the sour to the spicy. As Terengganu is situated along the coast, most of its dishes outstandingly made by fish, coconut and rice. The most favourite of the local’s delights is Nasi Dagang or traders’ rice. It is a mixture of normal and glutinous rice, eaten with spicy tuna fish curry and piquent vegetable pickles. Side dishes of boiled eggs and meat curry are available upon request. A delightful yet simple dish, the Laksa is made using both wheat and rice flour and the dough is steamed. The gravy is made of fish meat that is boiled, pureed and later mixed with coconut milk. Sata is an interesting blend of succulent boneless fish marinated in spices, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over a flaming charcoal fire. Its sweet taste is tinged with delicate smell of the wrapping, making it a great appetizer and a healthy snack. Keropok is a popular snack in Terengganu. It is made of fish meat ground to a paste and mixed with sago. Prepared in two different forms: the long chewy ones are called Keropok Lekor (fish sausage) while the thin and crispy ones are called Keropok Keping. Keropok is best eaten hot with its special chilli dips. Other mouth-watering dishes in Terengganu are Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Minyak, Pulut Lepa, Ketupat Sotong (stuffed squids), just to name a few. Most of these dishes can be found at the central market or visit the night markets to sample the local delights.
Opens 07:00 - 11:00 am. Best stall to go for nasi dagang is Mak Ngah Nasi Dagang, a little stall about 2km from Kuala Ibai Bridge, by the road of Chendering. It is local breakfast suggestion. Nasi dagang in Mak Ngah’s stall always sold out before 11:00am. Other choice will be at any stalls in Kuala Terengganu that offer similar feel.
Located at Jalan Petani, besides AEON building. Opens 09:00-10:30am. Nasi minyak or ghee rice is another typical food for this state. It is normally eaten with vegetable pickles and Chicken, egg or beef curry.
Located at Jalan Sultan Omar, Mat Binjai at Jalan Sultan Sulaiman and Misya at Batu Buruk Hawker Centre. Opens 11:00-2:30pm: Offers large selection of Terengganu traditional kampung dishes such as fried ayam kampung (free range chicken), bovine lungs, grilled fish, grilled squid etc. Ulam or the Malay salad is a combination of raw vegetables such as ulam raja, cucumber, petai(stink beans), pegaga etc. Some are more unfamiliar, like daun kentut, daun kudu, cekur, daun larak and kucing seduduk etc. It is eaten with rice or just dip into sambal belacan, budu (fish sauce) or tempoyak (fermented durian paste). There is piping hot white rice to go with the dishes.
Opens 11:00-3:30pm. Located right across from the main entrance to Wisma Darul Iman (the Terengganu state government buildings). Nasi kerabu, a dish of rice tinted bright blue and eaten with ulam, fried salted fish, fish crackers and other garnishings. The blue that comes from the petals of bunga telang (clitoria) is used in the cooking variety, but there are many versions depending on the colour of the rice. Prices are a bit more expensive here but they have good local specialties.
Open at 08:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-12:00pm. They serve numerous good local Malay foods. Try Laksam is quite similar to the western pasta except the wheat and rice flour mixing dough is steamed but not boiled. It is eat with boiled and pureed fish gravy that is mixed with coconut milk. Some warong serves good nasi lemak, Nasi lemak is another typical Malay food. The rice is cooked with coconut milk then eaten with ikan bilis, sambal, and slices of cucumber, egg and peanut.