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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Traditional Foods in Kelantan

Kelantan Darul Naim is not only known with its variety of cultural but also famous with its unique food. For centuries, the originality of the taste made by the ancestors is not changed. For those who come to visit here must try these traditional food. You will not forget the taste and for sure you will dream to have it again.

Nasi Kerabu

The nasi kerabu is mix of herbs, the rice is cooked with many types of herbs.There are also finely sliced "daun kesom" a strong, minty, and peppery flavor laksa leaf, sliced "bunga kantan" torch ginger flower, sliced small onions, slice cucumber, beansprout, fish floss and fish crackers.This rice dish is a regional specialty from Kelantan and sometimes the rice is tinted blue from petals of flowers called bunga telang (clitoria). These herbal rice and those vege is good for detoxification.Other famous food are Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kerabu , Nasi Berlauk, Nasi Tumpang, Laksa Kelantan, Laksam, Ayam Percik, etc.

Nasi Dagang

The Nasi Dagang is made from aromatic or glutinous rice which is cooked with coconut milk (santan), blended onions and garlic and some spices such as fenugreek seeds.The Nasi Dagang is one of the tastiest dishes in Kelantan and goes well with fish curry, sour salad, hard boiled eggs and curried chicken.Tuna is the standard choice of fish but other fish can be used as well, such as tenggiri and salmon. It is a well-known breakfast food in the states on the East Coast of Peninsular malaysia, such as Kelantan and Terengganu.Nasi Dagang can also be considered as a festive dish in Kelantan because it is prepared at home for the morning of Hari Raya.

Nasi Berlauk

This is the most Kelantanese favourite food. Simple and tasty. It is served with white rice and fish curry and it is traditionally cooked.


Laksam is flat rice noodles,based on rice powder and served with coconut milk gravy with finely-blended fish (ikan selayang) ,shrimp paste and garnish with raw vegetables like shredded cucumber, long beans, bean sprout and cabbage. They usually have it for breakfast but you still can have it anytime during the day, ...lunch...tea time or even for dinner. If you go to Kelantan you'll easily find it being sold at the fresh market or by the road side especially in the morning.


Budu, a fermented anchovy sauce that is used as a flavoring, added with chilli, onions & lemon juice and eaten with rice, fried fish and 'ulam' (assortment of herbs) such as long beans, pucuk paku or fiddlehead fern. 'Ulam' and the fish are dipped into the brownish condiment, and eaten with rice. The salty and sourish taste can get very addictive as most people tend to add rice when eating this! And apparently, this ancient sauce is considered to be full of anti-oxidants and potential free radical fighters. It is high in protein and uric acid content, thus not recommended for people with gout or hypertension.

Kerabu Beko

One of the delicacies that is unique to Kelantan and not found anywhere else in Malaysia is kerabu beko. The kerabu beko’s ingredient is of course the buah beko, a kind of fruit, similar to the Petai but is much wider, and grows tall. The outer skin is hard and has to be scrubbed clean by means of boiling or direct heat. Roasted beko is sliced into thin strips. Then the beko is soaked in salted water to remove the bitter taste. Once it’s softened, it’s sliced thinly and combined with pounded shallots, grated coconut, mackeral fish flakes, lime/ calamansi juice, black pepper and coconut milk. Finally the beko is mixed with grilled fish, kerisek (roasted coconut), salt to taste, lime, coconut milk, sliced chillies, sliced onions & black pepper.


One of the famous Thai dish in Kelantan is Somtam. It is widely available in regions with large numbers of ethnic Thais such as Tumpat and Rantau Panjang. Somtam is a papaya salad with a salty, spicy, and sour taste. The main items in it are young, unripe papaya,tomato, soy sauce,dried prawn,groundnuts, fish sauce, lime juice, and chilies. These items are combined in a mortar, pounded with a pestle for few seconds and served. The salty and lime juicy taste is very popular.

Solok Lada

The unique of this type of food is where the filling is placed inside the chilly. The filling is made from flesh coconut, fish fillet and coconut milk. This tasty food is suitable to take with nasi kerabu which is also Kelantan traditional food.

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