Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Nasi dagang dan roti canai, Terengganu

There's something about Terengganu and roti canai, bubbly alicia exclaimed while we were still making our way to Cherating..
We MUST eat roti canai there!!, bubbly alicia continued, while humming her favourite tune..
But roti canai is roti canai is roti canai and I believe I have enough of that at mamak stalls in Klang Valley, I thought to myself.. And I WANT nasi dagang!, my mind drifting, imagining my first bite of the tasty morsel, when i get my hands on it..hehe
Hence begin our love affair with these 2 delectable darlings, in fact, we need to have both of it every morning when we were in Terengganu!
Unlike Klang Valley whereby most of the rotis are prepared by mamaks, the malays in terengganu prepares the rotis. And what lovely roti canais those were!
My first try was at Cafe 691, located at the long Cherating road, just opposite Legend Hotel. The pakcik was happy, came and chat with us before preparing our breakfast..The roti was crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Have it with the kuah curry (curry sauce) mixed with dhal and sambal...now I know why bubbly alicia loves terengganu's roti canai....pure joy, pure joy!
We also tried a stall (no name) at Chukai, drive to Chukai, take the road towards Kuala Terengganu, Shell station on your left, it's opposite the petrol station..
Really garing (crispy), loved the plain roti and roti telur with the lovely kuah..creamy kuah kari ikan (it's sweeter and creamier) with dhal and sambal..woohoo! sedap belaka!
Nasi dagang was the much anticipated meal of the trip for me :)
Was recommended by the stall owners at Pasar (market) Chukai to eat at this stall. Located just behind the pasar, small stall with lots of people. The only stall selling nasi dagang, you wont miss it..For RM2, you get a big plate of rice (a mixture of white and glutinous rice, cooked in santan), boiled ikan tongkol (local mackerel), pickled cucumber, hard bolied egg and spicy fish curry (more on the salty, creamy side). The combination? Lovely..so lovely!
But the best nasi dagang I had during my stay there was bought at the Chukai pasar malam (night market). Opens every Thursday, ask the locals on how to get there..How do you know if you got the right stall? Well, there's lots of people crowding that particular stall..
For RM1, it's a dainty pack...but packed with the yummiest little gems.... a small chunk of ikan tongkol, some cucumbers and the unforgettable nasi and kuah..What's good was the rice, so fragrant with the santan (coconut milk), but not over powering.. the lip smacking kuah which was slightly sweeter than others, but well balanced when taken with the pickled cucumber..potent, just potent...
Oh, dont forget to try these if you do go to the pasar malam.. Think the name was pulut goreng (fried glutinous)..piping hot, chewy kuih texture, filled with mince fish inside.. tasted somewhat like serunding ikan... savoury and tasty..

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Blogger Xiu Long Bao said...

nice pulut goreng!

24 April, 2007  
Blogger Lyrical Lemongrass said...

the roti telur looks really soft and fluffy. So nice!!!
and I always love nasi dagang. I'm glad it's more readily available here compared to say, 10 years ago.

24 April, 2007  
Anonymous jason said...

I would lurve to try out the pulut goreng and roti telur! The roti looks really fluffy.

24 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

xiu long bao: ya, i like the pulut goreng :). the filling taste somewhat like pulut panggang's filling, just that it's fish..my frens didnt like it though..

lyrical lemongrass: it was very soft and fluffy! and garing too on the outside.am sure u'll like it :)

jason: you should if you do pop by terengganu

25 April, 2007  
Blogger KampungboyCitygal said...

now im craving for nasi dagang n nasi minyak from kt..the chinese there serve nasi minyak for occassions like house warming and wedding dinner..

25 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

kampungboycitygal, may i know what's the difference in nasi minyak compared to the rest? i tried a nasi minyak in chukai, other than the colour, i could not taste anything special in it wor..

25 April, 2007  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Nasi Minyak should have lots of herbs and spices and is fragrant. Very delish stuff. Awww, I was Nasi Dagang now after reading this.

26 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

oh, which means the nasi minyak i had was not that good la..not much taste in spices and herbs..oopps, sorry bout the nasi dagang part ;p

27 April, 2007  

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