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Langkawi Delightful Delicacies!

Trippin’ Turpin’s resident gastronome has once again been dedicated to his duties as our travelling food critic. Trippin’ Turpin’s Foodie aka Dwayne has delighted in a debauchery of decadence as he has dabbled with the delicacies of Langkawi. With no dereliction to duty, undaunted in his daily endeavours, Dwayne delighted in every dollop of the delectable fare. Defiantly, he let not his physical capacity dampen his desire and devotion to his gastronomic duties. Join him now as he imparts an in depth depiction of the delights of Langkawi.

Nasi Lemak Seri Pagi

– Jalan Padang Matsirat

A roadside warung we came across on our first day riding around Langkawi.

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3 x nasi lemak parcels
1 x spicy noodle soup
3 x potato puffs
1 x serve long fish cakes
1 x custard drink
1 x water

Total: RM10.60 (AUS $3.65)

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Nasi Lemak parcels
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Fish Cake

Verdict: So cheap and so good. We were gluttons that day. We had to try the long fish cakes that the lady had just begun to cook and the potato puffs she had just finished cooking. Everything looked so good. You can’t beat the homemade, roadside food…. cheap, really nice and the locals are aways ready for a chat.

A tiny warung where we got out of the rain –  It was on Jalan Teluk Yu. I don’t know the name but I marked the spot on our google map.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zwdahtcagx6Q.kHSg4Qt50eg8

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2 x kelapa muda (young coconut drink)
2 x chicken soup

Total: RM 15.00 (AUS $5.20)

Chicken Soup

Verdict: Stopping here was a stroke of luck. The spicy chicken soup was delicious. Full of chicken, meatballs, chilli and greens, it was perfect for this rainy, albeit not cold, day.

Bluesman’s Paradise – P. Singa Besar

This little gem of a beach bar is open on a Saturday night and sells beer, wine, satays and chicken wings. All are welcome but you need a boat to get there!

Kitty's kitchen
Kitty’s kitchen
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Saturday Blues Night!

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1 x satay RM 10.00
1 x chicken wings RM 10.00
1 x beer RM 4.00
1 x red wine (small bottle) RM 20.00

Total: RM44.00 (AUS $15.20)

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Roger enjoying his satays!

Verdict: Bluesman’s Paradise is a little gem of a place on Singa Besar Island. Host Enoa treats everybody as welcomed friends. Bread plays his guitar and sailors will often join in with their instruments. It is a wonderful night. Kitty cooks up a storm in a makeshift kitchen. Cooking thai style satay, chicken wing and fried rice. For more about Bluesman’s Paradise visit trippinturpins.wordpress.com and bluesmansparadise.wordpress.com which is currently under construction.

Kitty

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Tapaz

Telaga Harbour on the marina.

1 x bread, aioli and olives    RM 10.00
1 x crumbed calamari           RM 12.00
1 x litre of sangria                   RM 20.00
+ 10% service fee

Total RM 46.20 (AUS $16.00)

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Bread, aioli and olives
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Crumbed calamari
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Sangria

Verdict: Sangria happy hour from 11:00 – 20:00 – two for one. Half craft for RM 20.00 will get you a litre. One large craft for RM 38.00 will get you – two litres. It is a fruity sangria more like a punch. No red wine in it. It is very nice though, very refreshing. They have ala carte menu as well as the tapas. Food is really good and it’s a nice setting on the marina.

Thai Town Seafood Restaurant

– Jalan Pandak Mayah 1

1 x Karabu Tin Lai (chicken feet salad)   RM 10.00
1 x Pat Pet Beef                                                    RM 18.00
1 x Thai Style Three Flavour Duck            RM 28.00
1 x Thai Style Fried Rice                                  RM   6.00
1 x steam rice bowl                                            RM   2.00
1 x fresh Orange Juice                                     RM   3.50
1 x small bottles water                                    RM   2.00

Total:  RM 69.50 (AUS $24.00)

Duck
Thai Style Three Flavour Duck
Thai style fried rice
Thai Style Fried Rice
Chickens feet salad
Karabu Tin Lai
Pet Pat Beef
Pat Pet Beef

Verdict: Very very delicious. Excellent! A bit of a treat as we spent over AUS $20!

Nasi Campur next to The Pier  (see my google map for address) https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zwdahtcagx6Q.kHSg4Qt50eg8

2 x plate of self serve food
1 x small bottle water
1 x coke

Total: RM 31.50 (AUS $11.00)

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Steak, chicken, vegetables with cockles and fried eggplant.

Verdict: Good food. They do BBQ steak, chicken and fish as well as a huge selection of curries, vegetable, clams, squid, and salad.

The Pier

– Persiaran Mutiara 2

3 x white wine            RM  24.00
1 Tiger Beer (glass) RM    5.00
1 x bottle water        RM    3.00

Total: RM 32.00 (AUS $11.00)

Verdict: A place where the sailors gather. Cheap drinks. Happy hour between 16:00 – 21:00. The above prices are not happy hour prices. Does meals – didn’t eat there.

Happy Hour beer prices

Tiger              RM  4.00
Carlseberg RM  4.00
Skol                RM  3.00

Shopping Centre Food Court

Sizzling and Claypot

1 x sizzling fried rice and egg RM   6.50

Total: RM  6.50 (AUS $2.25)

Sizzling fried rice
Sizzling fried rice

Soup Corner

1 x Keoy Teow RM   5.00
6 x extras (@ 0.50 each) RM   3.00

Total: RM  8.00  (AUS $ 2.80)

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Verdict: Kelly’s sizzling fried rice – nice but nothing special. Dwayne’s soup – delicious.

PappaRich

2 x Nami Lemak with curry chicken  RM 12.90 each
1 x Water                                                          RM 2.00
1 x ice tea                                                          RM 4.50

Total: RM 32.30 (AUS $11.15)

Verdict: PappaRich is a restaurant that we have seen in various Malaysian locations. They offer some reasonably priced meals. The nasi lemak is delicious.

Nasi Kandar Penang – Restoran Nazir Idris

We got take away –

4 x fried chicken
1 x roti with egg and curry sauce
1 x beef curry and rice

Total: RM 22.50

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Verdict: Very tasty and very friendly staff/owner

Kuching

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Wow what a venerable variation of victuals! Dwayne once again took on the job of Trippin’ Turpins Foodie as he vicariously and voraciously vanquished various victuals, with valour and vigour until no vestige was to be found on his plate… bar a bone or two. During his victorious effort, my little gastronome valiantly fought venial ventral distension to bring us verdicts on Kuching’s indigenous delights.

Laksa Sarawak is a highlight of Kuching. This famous laksa, served predominately for breakfast, has to be one of the most secretly guarded recipes around. I found a search on the net does reveal some recipes, but I have yet to try one, and just how authentic they are is to be seen, or in this instance  – tasted. I have never eaten so much laksa in my life. In the first two days three of my meals consisted of laksa and the following two days included more. By far the best laksa we had was at Ze` Kiosk on the waterfront, but because this laksa is predominately served for breakfast (and we had breakie at our hotel) we didn’t get to try the local laksa sold for breakfast in many of the small stalls.

The Waterfront

Ze` Kiosk

Laksa Sarawak
Laksa Sarawak

2 x laksa RM 6.00 each
2 x water
1 x fresh orange juice

TOTAL: RM 22.00 (Approximately AUS $7.70)

VERDICT: Our favourite laksa. Exquisite! Nice setting on the water.

James Brooke Bistro

Green Curry
Green Curry

1 x Sarawak laksa RM 9.00
1 x nasi goreng RM 9.90
1 x green curry and steamed rice RM 26.00
1 x brandy and coke RM 15.00
2 x beer (glass) RM 9.00 each

TOTAL RM 78.80 (Approximately AUS $27.00)

Laksa Sarawak
Laksa Sarawak
Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng
Green Curry
Green Curry

Also at James Brooke Bistro

2 x deep fried chicken wings RM 8.00 each
1 x Wild Borneo Laksa RM 9.90
1 x Sarawak Tom Yam Laksa RM 9.90
2 x beer (glass) RM 9.00 each
1 x can coke RM 5.00

Chicken Wings
Chicken Wings
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Wild Borneo Laksa
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Sarawak Tom Yam Laksa

TOTAL: RM 58.80 (Approximately AUS $20)

VERDICT: Nice food, great setting and reasonably priced.  Garden setting on the water front. The Sarawak and Wild Borneo laksa are both delicious. The tom yam laksa was not what I felt like at the time but was still very nice. The tom yam laksa is an asam style laksa so it is spicy and sour. The brandy and coke tasted like water.

The Open Air Markets

These markets are situated in two areas, which despite the name are in fact completely covered. One area predominately serves Malay food, while the other serves Chinese food. Cheap food and most of what we tried was very nice.

Pheng Kee

We served ourselves.

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Open Air Markets

Dwayne – Chicken curry, beef curry, egg plant, beans and rice.

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Kelly – Chicken leg, chicken curry, beans and rice

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TOTAL RM 15.00 (Approximately AUS $5.20)

VERDICT: Dwayne’s chicken and beef choices were pretty average, mine on the other hand were delicious! Plenty to eat and so cheap!

Hock Heng

Hock Heng

2 x laksa RM 4.00 each
1 x water RM 1.00
1 x soy milk RM 1.20

Sarawak Laksa
Sarawak Laksa

TOTAL: RM 10.20 (Approximately AUS $ 3.59)

VERDICT: While not the best laksa we tried it was still very nice.

RNR Food Centre

Lot 674 No.99 Jalan Astana, Kuching.

RNR Food Centre

We discovered RNR Food Centre as we were scooting around Kuching. RNR is across the river from the main Kuching area. This large eatery is a ‘help-yourself’ and has lots of delicious choices.

Dwayne – 2 x veg, fish curry, chicken curry, goat curry and a beef rendang.
Kelly – 2 x veg, chicken curry, goat curry and the beef rendang.

1 x ice tea

RNR FOOD CENTRE

TOTAL: RM 22.10 (Approximately AUS $7.80)

VERDICT: Very nice, cheap and plenty to choose from.

Riverside Hawker Stalls

Riverside Hawker Stalls

This large food court is across the river from Kuching’s main ‘Waterfront’. It is easy to get to though, just take a ride across the river on one of the many river boats. At RM 0.50 it will not break the bank… that’s only approximately AUS $ 0.17! There are 17 stalls to choose from; about three of them sell drinks and the other 14 sell food.

Stall 11 Mee Kolok

1 x Sup daging (beef soup) RM 7.00
1 Laksa sarawak Special RM 5.00

Sup Daging
Sup Daging
Laksa Sarawak
Laksa Sarawak

Stall 16 Ikan Bakar

1 x grilled prawns RM 16.00

Grilled Prawns
Grilled Prawns

Stall 4
1 x coke + glass of ice RM 2.00

Stall 9 Fruit Juice

1 x apple and orange juice RM 5.00

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TOTAL: RM 35.00 (Approximately AUS $12.00)

Bla Bla Bla

27 Jalan Tabuan, Kuching

Bla Bla Bla

1 x 1/2 sesame chicken RM 30.00
1 x ostrich rolls RM 20.00
1 x mango duck RM 48.00
2 x steamed rice RM 1.50 each
1 x carlesburg RM 11.00
1 x can coke RM 4.00
1 x bottle Waipua Sav Blanc RM 115.00

Mango Duck
Mango Duck
Ostrich Rolls - these were really yummy
Ostrich Rolls – these were really yummy
Sesame Chicken
Sesame Chicken

TOTAL: RM 231 (Approximately AUS $81.00) – half of which was the bottle of wine.

VERDICT: I would describe the food of this little gem as contemporary Asian. Wonderful setting and exquisite ambience. The food was delicious and the servings are huge. A great place to dine with a group because the meals are perfect for sharing. Friendly, helpful staff suggested they swap the salad, usually served on the mango duck, to the crispy sweet leaves which we wanted to try.

They served all sorts of yummy food including deer, sea cucumber, peking duck, mussels and oysters. There is something for all tastes.

All in all Kuching was a taste sensation!