Overview of Terengganu Food
Terengganu otters an array of delectable culinary delights. Its cuisine ranges from the Sweet to the spicy. As Terengganu is situated along the coast, most of its dishes prominently feature fish, coconut and rice.
o Nasi Dagang
The nasi dagang or trader’s rice is a choice meal for locals. This famous dish is synonymous with the East Coast and can be found everywhere in Terengganu. It is a mixture of normal and glutinous rice eaten with a variety of aromatic curries and dishes. The most popular accompaniment however is spicy tuna fish curry and piquant vegetable pickles.
A delightful yet simple dish, the Iaksam is made using both wheat and rice Flours, and the dough is steamed. The gravy is made of fish meat, which is boiled, pureed, and later mixed with coconut milk.
Sata is an interesting blend of succulent boneless fish marinated in spices, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over a flaming charcoal fire. Its sweet taste is tinged with the delicate smell of the wrapping, making it a great appetizer and healthy snack.
Keropok is a popular fried snack in Terengganu. It is made of fish meat, ground to a paste and mixed with sago. Prepared in two different forms, the long chewy ones are called lekor, while the thin, crispy ones are called keping. Keropok is best eaten hot with its special chilli dip.
o Other mouth-watering dishes in Terengganu are Nasi si Kerabu, Nasi Minyak, Pulut Lepa, Ketupat Sotong, Nekbat, Kuih Salad, Akak and Buah Gomok. Most of these dishes can be found at the Central Market or the famous Kuih Corner at Jalan Panji Alam in Kuala Terengganu. Stalls along Pantai Batu Buruk also serve good food and desserts. Pay a visit to the night market or pasar malam to sample local fare.
o An abundance of tropical fruits can be found in Terengganu. Seasonal fruits include rambutans, durians and mangosteens. The local favourite duku langsat comes in clusters, having a yellow leathery exterior and small, transparent, juicy segments within. The limau madu is similar to the mandarin orange. Its sweet, juicy orange-like wedges make it an excellent thirst quencher and source of Vitamin C.