I was in Kuala Terengganu for the last 2 days, part marketing, part makan-ing and part holiday-ing. It was a fun trip altogether, with Zarni and Zahimin. And as always, the "Rainman" was travelling with his ol-faithful Canon 40D snapping away, until one felt irritated and wanted to give the Rainman a big smack on the head.
We stayed over in the Grand Continental Hotel for the night. Shafiee dropped over for dinner and we headed to Restoran Mayang Serai, a popular restaurant specializes in seafood. It is located by Hotel Felda which faces the river. Here are some shots.....
Sideview of the restaurant
Ayam kampung goreng....a must have in Kuala Terengganu
Mixed vege with Japanese toufu
I think this was a red snapper with Nyonya sauce.....yummy. There were several other dishes that I didnt manage to snap as we were busy helping ourselves......hungry werewolves we were. Do not expect discos or bars in Kuala Terengganu. They do not serve beers or liquors, even in the hotels. The town would be deserted by 9pm. Their local Mat Rempits will be in action by then. If you enjoy banging your eardrums with screeching noises, burned tire smell and air pollution, then be sure to head over to Taman Tamadun Islam.
After visiting some other customers the next day, our colleagues wanted to have Roti Paun, a specialty bun only to be found in Terengganu. Working in Kemaman for 5 years has its benefits. I was able to converse fluently with the locals. Most words ending with an "n" have to be pronounced with an "ng". For example, Roti Paun is pronounced as "Roti Paung", or timun (cucumber) is "Timung". Another new word that I have learned was "Kluk Klek" which simply means "No Use". PAS just recently gained another parlimentary seat in Kuala Terengganu. There were posters hanging just about every nook and corner. One particularly caught my attention....which I think was done by PAS's opposition. It states...."PAS Kluk Klek", and I don't have to translate that for you.
Now back to "Roti Paung".....this stall sells an assortment of local delicacies. My eyes were oogling at the number of kuih-muih sold here. The picture speaks for itself.
This is "Roti Paung" and it costs on RM2 for a loaf. It smells sweet and tastes sweet, much like the potato bread. It tastes even better with Kopi-O....And these are random shots taken around Kuala Terengganu.
Pasar Mayang sells a variety of cloth and clothes, from batik, satin to silk. If you do want to spend your hard earned money here, be sure to bring a local along for some bargaining power. Else, you will be dupped into buying something you can get cheaper by RM50. Every stalls sells the same thing, so there's not much to brag about.
....there's also an Exclusive Toilet in town. Im not sure whether you need to pay for a pee or not :)
Some random shots of relections by the river at night.
This was taken in Pantai Batu Burok. For our next trip, we shall be heading down to Kota Bahru the land of nasi dagang, nasi berlauk and my favourite of all, their specialty white coffee. Stay tuned......