Langkawi 20146/28/2014 10:59:00 PM
Hey hey! Now that my birthday posts are finished, I'm super excited to finally blog about our holiday to Malaysia! In March this year, we took a little holiday to Malaysia, staying three nights in Langkawi and five in my hometown of Penang. I'd never been to Langkawi before, so it was really exciting for me to discover a new part of Malaysia! Unlike the ethnic melting pot of Penang, the population Langkawi is primarily Malay (90% Malay, according to Wikipedia!), so it was a good opportunity for me to practise my almost non-existent Bahasa Melayu, and to eat lots of yummy Malay food!
We stayed at a really sweet little resort, Casa Del Mar on Pantai Cenang. The service was great, the breakfasts were wonderful and the rooms were very comfortable. I highly recommend it. Blogpost to come!
|The pool at Casa Del Mar|
In terms of touristy activities, we did one boat tour (through the hotel; coming up in the next post), and a little bit of shopping on Pantai Cenang. However, Langkawi is a pretty relaxed place, and we spent most of our time there chilling at the resort, and finding new and exciting foods to eat. For proper shopping and nightlife, Kuala Lumpur and even Penang are much more lively!
The three restaurants in the post are all on Jalan Cenang, walking distance from Casa Del Mar. (When I googled the restaurants, the addresses didn't have street numbers so you'll just have to walk around and see what takes your fancy!)
Directly opposite Casa Del Mar was Restoran Almaz, a little mamak stall selling roti, fried chicken, fried rice, noodles and so on - all those Indian and Malay favourites that I crave! Being smack bang in the middle of touristy Pantai Cenang, I think the prices are slightly higher than what you might find in town, but it still attracted both tourists and locals. And by Australian standards, it's super cheap - 3 or 4 ringgit for a plate of fried noodles.
|Milo Ais, Teh O Limau Ais, Kway Teow Goreng, Murtabak, Nasi Goreng Ayam; Maggi Ayam Goreng|
A little further down the road was Nasi Kandar Bob. They had nasi kandar (self-serve selection of curries, side dishes and rice), a satay stand and cooked-to-order dishes like fried noodles and more!
|Nasi Kandar Bob - Very patriotic, don't you think?|
|Satay stand at Nasi Kandar Bob|
|Mix of Chicken and Beef Satay|
We got a mix of chicken and beef - both great! I loooove the taste of chargrilled meat!
Let's look at the different curries that were on offer. It was so hard to choose!
|Give me ALL OF THE NASI KANDAR|
This was soooo good! I took heaps of food, and it ended up costing around RM12.50. My favourites were the brinjal (eggplant curry) and the the fish curry, which tasted just like my mum's fish curry! The chilli sauce on the side was really good too - really hot!
|Ayam mee goreng!|
Sandra got a plate of mee goreng with chicken - simple and delicious.
We saw lots of ikan bakar (grilled fish) places along Jalan Cenang, and stopped in at Restoran Haji Ramli on our last night in Langkawi. We feasted like queens! Chicken soup, stir-fried blachan kangkong, cashew chilli chicken, and stir-fried sotong (squid). Drinks were milo ais (yesssss!) and teh o limau ais. (Iced milo and iced lime tea).
|Restoran Haji Ramlli|
For us, the most exciting food in Langkawi was at the pasar malams (night markets). Langkawi's pasar malam is held in a different location each day of the week. This page on TripAdvisor lists the locations, but locals know where they are - we visited the pasar malam twice, and just asked the staff at reception where they were before catching a cab there. The first pasar malam we went to was in the city (Kuah), and the second was in Padang Matsirat, near the airport. Both were great, but I thought the atmosphere at Padang Matsirat market was much better.
Now, photo time! Here's the pasar malam at Kuah...
|Pasar Malam at Kuah|
|Funky drinks / minuman|
|Soy milk in innovative carry bag thingo|
|Not sure what these are - but I would totally eat them!|
|Yeah, I'll take some bebola! Hehe|
|Fried rice, ayam goreng on rice, mango and coconut milk on rice|
|I was surprised when German Sandra blurted out: "Wow, that's a good looking Black Forest cake!" I can guarantee you there's no Kirsch in that cake though!|
|Apam Balik / Ban Chang Kuih / Peanut Pancakes|
|Crispy peanutty sugary goodness|
Now let's look at the pasar malam at Padang Matsirat! Whereas the Kuah market was simply a line of stalls down either side of one long street, the stalls at Padang Matisrat were all arranged in little rows, and the atmosphere was way better! It was like there was something new and delicious to discover around every corner!
|Ayam Goreng / Fried Chicken|
|Not quite sure what these ladies are cooking, but it looks great!|
|Nasi lemak stand!|
|Mee rebus, passembor, bihun sup|
So, our eyes were just a little bit bigger than our stomachs! We ate some satay as we were walking around the stalls, and bought a bunch of things to bring back and try at the hotel...
|Our haul from the market|
|Fried chicken. YUM!|
|Nasi lemak with ikan bilis, boiled egg, squid curry|
|More apam balik, and other coconutty carby sugary desserts!|