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Friday, May 23, 2014

Kelantanese Fare @ Kuale

I don't know much about the food in town as my hubs don't really go looking around for new stuff. But I'm very much the opposite and love to try new things at new places. Even though sometimes the food isn't much to my own liking.... But at least I now know that it's that way.

My colleague told me about this place just two days ago, because she knew I love Malay food. 

Here's what we had. 

Nasi kerabu. It's rice tinged blue with blue clitoria flower and this one looks like they used the real thing instead of cheating with blue food dye. Plus points for that. It comes with a topping of raw veggies, fish flakes, toasted coconut, raw chilli paste and not forgetting the yummy budu. Budu is the Kelantanese version of fish sauce. 

My portion (RM 4) came with a stuffed chilli known as Solok Lada. My ex colleague in  Pahang, who is a Kelantanese royalty ( she has a formal title on her name) once told me that the chilli is only a vessel to hold the fish paste. It's ok to not eat the chilli. Fish crackers and other condiments are optional and incurs additional payment.

To me, one of the most important things are missing.., the Kuah Tumis. It's a coconutty gravy that taste so good when mixed with the rice. Quite sad when I didn't see this. 

Hubs played safe and ordered Nasi Lemak (RM2) and it's forgettable. The rice tasted 'funny'. Sambal is not to our liking. 

Now comes the kuih. The donut thingy is Kuih Keria of which is made with sweet potatoes and covered with crispy glaze. The round thing is Cucur Badak, as in hippo fritters. The triangle thing is Samosa Serunding (RM1 for 3) Ah-ha, that's so Kelantanese... Serunding as filling!!  FYI Serunding is meat floss. We liked the samosas a lot but the hippo fritters are too dry . The kuih Keria is loaded with sweet potatoes but... Dry as well. But it didn't taste too bad even if it's dry due  to the glaze. Both kuih Keria and cucur badak cost RM1 for 2.

This place also sells Nasi Dagang Kelantan and Laksam as well. Will find a day to try it out.

Selera Impian
Kuala Kangsar
( opposite the junction to Taman Bunga Raya)


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