Almost three hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, my 'partner in crime' and I finally arrived in Kuantan.
Since this was an ad-hoc trip, we did not plan specific place for a good meal. Instead, we simply drove around and made our first stop at Peramu, along Tanjung Lumpur Highway for a tea break. We stopped at a stall selling nasi dagang (run by a makcik and her son) and got ourselves a packet of rice complete with kari ikan tongkol @ RM2 and three pieces of hot otak-otak for RM1. Next to this stall, we bought five pcs of fried keropok lekor and 1 fried ball for RM1.
Nasi Dagang (pic on left)
the rice form in a long triangle shape tasted too plain without any coconut concoction but luckily the accompaniment fresh and fragrant fish curry 'rescue' our tastebuds.
Otak-otak (pic on top)
unlike Penang and Muar otak-otak, you'll find this version contained lots of grated coconut mixed with mashed fish meat in chillies paste with strong hint of kayu manis. Tasted overly sweet.
Keropok Lekor & Fried Ball (pic on left)
this is the best keropok lekor I've ever tasted. filled with fresh fish meat instead of flour, soft and chewy! the fried ball enveloped with fish flakes + dessicated coconut was so crispy & addictive. since it tasted so good, we bought another packet after waited for almost 20 mins along with few makcik who had placed their order earlier.
After 30 minutes of break, we drove further up the highway and saw a stall crowded with people. Well, curiosity kills... After alighted from our car, we walked towards the stall and saw assorted types of kuih muih and fried stuff on the counter.
I got myself a plate and filled it up with a stick of fried prawns, 3 little tapai (wrapped in lotus leaf), 1 piece of boiled keropok lekor, 1 curry puff, 1 pulut panggang, 1 sweet dessert and a glass of ice corn cream drink. All this cost RM6.90.
Instead of pay 1st and eat, this stall adopted 'opposite' way of policy. No wonder, there were so many customers eating and long queue waiting to take away.
Filled with fresh coconut milk and creamy corn , but overall too sweet.
On this palate, we enjoy eating:-
crunchy and fresh though its oily
moist glutinuous rice tucked with spicy dried flaky fish + dessicated coconut.
Tapai in lotus leaf
loaded with sweet tapai juice
next...curry mee/curry laksa