Langkawi, in the province of Kedah, is a gorgeous place. Picture a number of beach resorts scattered all over an island, with beaches like Thailand but without the crowds. Time tends to pass slowly here, and service is slow. But when you’re on holiday and there to relax, you go with the flow!
There are some good places to eat on Langkawi. Too bad we didn’t go to those, despite my pre-trip research and suggestions. Instead, due to “too expensive” and “don’t feel like that kind of food,” we usually ended up at different places that we passed as we travelled around the island.
For dinner on that first night, we went to Difiqa, a Thai halal restaurant in Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach). From the outside it looks like a giant hut. The food was okay but nothing too special. And it wasn’t attractive looking at all, so I felt no desire to take a photo except of the sign for memory’s sake. Should have taken it before dinner when there was more light, but oh well.
On another night, while shopping in Kuah Town, we found a non-halal restaurant called Rootian Seafood Restuarant. This was probably the first (and only) place I saw during the Malaysia part of the trip that had a huge sign up warning that it was not halal. Muslims are a majority of the population, and most stores and restaurants tend to reflect this.
Why did we stop here? Because they were cutting up crispy roasted pork (siu yook) and my siblings immediately demanded some fatty pork. I had no idea they loved pork so much until that moment. They were so deprived that the meat vanished in mere minutes. And even though we were at a seafood restaurant, we didn’t eat any seafood at all. The food in general was okay. I missed the food back in Georgetown.
Took a photo of this place for three reasons – you can see the booth where the pork is being chopped up, the non-halal sign, and the giant (and inexplicable) lobster-selling Italian man painted on the wall.
Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach), Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
(along the row of restaurants and stores that line up next to the beach)
Rootian Seafood Restaurant
89, Jalan Pandak Mayah 5,
Pusat Bandar Kuah (Kuah Town), Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia