Langkawi food

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.

Difiqa restaurant

Difiqa restaurant, Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach)

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.

Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Kuah Town

Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Kuah Town

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

Curry mee – Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia

Curry mee is a curry and coconut milk noodle soup. In many parts of Malaysia and in Singapore, it is known as laksa or curry laksa. In Penang, it is known as curry mee as laksa in Penang refers to assam laksa, a very differently flavoured dish. (More about that to come in a different post.)

I had curry mee twice during my trip. The first was at a small place in Langkawi, an island in Malaysia that is popular for its beach resorts. I don’t remember the name of the place but it was like a mini-cafeteria in a strip-mall near Underwater World, and sold a variety of Malaysian and western foods. The burgers apparently sucked somewhat and the Hainanese chicken rice was so-so. I had curry mee and Ribena, a blackcurrent drink popular in parts of Asia and in the United Kingdom. The curry mee wasn’t bad. Decent spicing, vegetables weren’t too soggy… I just wish there had been more of them and a little less noodles. This photo is also the current image header for this blog, which I wrote about earlier. And yes, I was mocked by my father for buying Ribena (adults usually see this as a kid’s drink). And then I was laughed at for taking a photo of it. But hey, I like the taste and it has vitamin C.

Curry mee and Ribena - Langkawi

Curry mee and Ribena - Langkawi

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Preparing for travel

Most people, when they know they are travelling somewhere, will read travel books and figure out transportation. Me? I run to foodie sites first. At the end of May I will be going to the food meccas of Malaysia (specifically Penang and Langkawi) and Hong Kong. All I’m planning on doing is eating and shopping! 😉

In preparation for that, I’ve been looking at past blog posts from Rasa Malaysia, scouring the posts on the Asia Chowhound board, and doing Google searches for key words like “hawker stalls.” I even found some quality foodie posts on Tripadvisor.

My mouth is watering already.