Malaysian restaurants in Kota Bharu
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The best and cheapest Malay food in town is in the night market: look for the yellow arch reading ‘Medan Selera MPKB’. The stalls are set up in the evening around 5pm, when the sizzle of oil and heat hits the air and magic ensues. They’re used to foreigners here and stall owners often tone down the heat without you having to ask; the resulting food is sometimes overtly sweet. Say ‘Suka pedas’ (‘I like it hot’) to eat as the locals do. Specialities include ayam percik (marinated chicken on bamboo skewers) and nasi kerabu (rice with coconut, fish and spices), blue rice, squid-on-a-stick and murtabak (pan-fried flat bread filled with everything from minced meat…
Downstairs there’s a nice bakery, while the upstairs restaurant serves decent Chinese vegetarian fare, although some of the stuff can be a bit oily.