Friday, July 15, 2016

Langkawi Food Hunt: Malaysian Comfort Food on a Budget

Malaysia is our comfort zone in terms of food. The very diverse culture and racial mix made it more advantageous to the culinary exploration in the country. As first-timers in Langkawi, me and my buddy pumped up our spicy meter and enjoyed its local food fares.

Aside from the fact that Langkawi is a tax-free archipelago, food is very accessible on touristy areas. In our Beach Hop Asia 2016 summer backpacking trip, we dedicated more than two weeks to explore different key destinations in Malaysia to explore around and of course, to savor and experience the food scene on these areas. We love Malaysian food, if you haven’t noticed yet on my previous Malaysia posts.

We stayed at the capital town of Kuah and the downtown area is within reach to some restaurants that serve authentic Langkawian food which is great because public transportation is unheard of on this archipelago.

We had two meals at Restoran Kak Yah Kondo where they serve local dishes on a very reasonable price compared to other states in Malaysia. It was around ten in the evening when we first arrived and the restaurant extended its dining area on the side street to cater more diners. We, of course, settled on the roadside tables and examined our food options.

Hawker Langkawi Malaysia
Our favorite roadside eatery...
Hawker Langkawi Malaysia
...that extends its dining area on sidewalk
My buddy opted to have our favorite Mee Goreng (RM4) with Kopi Ais (RM1.7) while I chose Nasi Goreng Ayam (fried rice with fried chicken | RM5) to fulfill my rice cravings, very Asian, I know.

While waiting for our food, I noticed how grand the cars were as they park on the road to dine at the restaurant. I love how people in different social class converge on one place to have a meal. You wouldn’t find that often in the Philippines.

Malaysia Kopi Ais
Kopi Ais
My buddy’s Mee Goreng proved to be great as expected. The smoky flavor and the stir-fried thick egg noodles all blended well with the toppings. My fried chicken on the other hand was not as crispy as I would want it but the sweet and spicy sauce smothered over it left me asking for more! The Kopi Ais was also a winner. The bitterness of the coffee blended well with the sweetness from the milk.

Malaysia Nasi Goreng Ayam
Nasi Goreng Ayam
Malaysia Mee Goreng
Mee Goreng
The second time around we ordered the same thing and felt exactly the way it was the first time which was really good.

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We also had two hotel lunch meals at Century Langkasuka Resort and Century Helang Hotel which also featured our favorite Malaysian dishes. What stood out for me was the Sarawak Beef Pepper Pizza, Sarawak Laksa, Foochow Noodles and the Crazy Goreng. All if which were Malaysian dishes with unique Langkawian culinary style.

Malaysia Chicken Satay
Crazy Goreng
Langkawi Foochow Noodles
Foochow Noodles
Langkawi Sarawak Laksa
Sarawak Laksa
Langkawi Sarawak Beef Pepper Pizza
Sarawak Beef Pepper Pizza
We also got the chance to sample the food offerings at one of my favorite beaches in Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu Beach. We had an idle time on this quiet side of Langkawi after exploring the first UNESCO World Heritage Geopark in Southeast Asia.

I like Tanjung Rhu Beach and its serenity. There are less tourists compared to the famous Pantai Cenang and it’s more laidback. We settled on a hut near the beach and ordered some food from a restaurant.

Tanjung Rhu Beach Langkawi
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Not surprisingly though, we ordered the same thing; Mee Goreng, Nasi Goreng Ayam and Kopi Ais. And as expected, it was all great. We weren’t done yet as I wanted something different and asked for kangkung belachan (stir-fried water spinach), one of Malaysian’s favorite veggie dishes. It was reminiscent of our kangkong in the Philippines and with the spice from sambal-chili, it totally brightened up the dish, perfect with my fried rice.

Malaysia Kopi Ais
Kopi Ais
Malaysia Mee Goreng
Mee Goreng
Malaysia Nasi Goreng Ayam
Nasi Goreng Ayam
Malaysia Kangkung Belachan
Kangkung Belachang
During the course of our 8-day stay in Langkawi, the food scene didn’t fail us; in terms of taste and budget. Also, Langkawian are super nice, like they would explain to us every dish on the menu even if we still end up ordering our Malaysian food staple of Mee Goreng and Kopi Ais. Haha. 

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