Best Food in Kedah Tempat Makan Menarik

Best Food in Kedah Tempat Makan Menarik

You should come to Kedah and taste the savory of laksa, nasi daging merah, sup gear box, cendol, kuih traditional etc. Feast on mouth-watering delicacies and traditional gourmet offered by Kedah. Not only they are unique, but it appeals to the whole wide range of food lovers. Read here for more information about the best destinations in Malaysia.

Best Food in Kedah Tempat Makan Menarik Summary

  • Attraction: Best Food in Kedah Tempat Makan Menarik
  • Location: Kedah Malaysia
  • Attraction Type: Food in Malaysia

Best Food in Kedah Tempat Makan Menarik

Rice Delights

As Kedah is known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Malaysia’ and rice being the staple food in Malaysia, it has several distinctive rice delights that whets up any appetite. One of the local’s favorites is Nasi Ulam. It is actually rice mixed with various fresh raw vegetables and rare spices. Ingredients include ginger flower, dried shrimp, bird’s eye chili, and cucumber and fruit julienne.

It also has kerisik or known as toasted grated coconut. This is a very vital ingredient as it gives texture to the mixture and aroma to the rice. It also gets its share of lime juice and palm sugar gravy. It can be eaten like that alone or paired with meat or other dishes. It is usually eaten during the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Popular among people living in northern Kedah, the Pulut is one of their famous rice dishes. It is glutinous rice which is paired with fruits such as mango, durian and bananas. Aside from fruits, it could incorporate savory side dishes such as sambal. Pulut Inti and Tapai Pulut are other variations of glutinous rice found here.


The laksa is another popular dish among the people of Kedah as well as other states in Malaysia. The dish consists of thick rice noodles or rice vermicelli and is eaten with fish curry, cucumber slices and onions. It exudes the rich fish broth with spices and is slightly spicy and sweet. It also has Laksam, a specialty also found in Kelantan and Terengganu. It is made with very thick flat white rice flour noodles in rich white gravy. The gravy is prepared from fish and coconut milk. Traditionally, laksam is eaten with hands due to the gravy’s thick consistency but now it is eaten with eating utensils (perkakas dapur).


Kedah’s taste buds are more inclined to the sweet side hence desserts and sweet dishes are popular here. These sweet indulgences include Baulu and Dodol. These sweet cakes are made from flour, coconut and sugar. Kuih Karas is also a popular dessert here. The crispy, sweet kuih that resembles fried vermicelli can be widely found at stall and markets around Kedah. Another sweet delicacy here is Serabai, a rice flour pancake laced with thin syrup made of coconut milk and sweetened with palm sugar.

Other Food in Kedah

Traditional local delights include Gulai Nangka or known as jack fruit curry. The locals have a penchant for spicy food. Their dishes heighten their curries with the use of tamarind and sambals. It is also popular with Sayur Kelado and Pekasam. Kedah is also famous for its seafood. Grilled fish is one of the many local favorites. Fish choices include ikan terubuk, kembung, pari and keli. They are usually marinated in spices before grilled. You can try its chilli crabs, grilled squids or prawns. Salted fish and fish crackers are quite a delicacy here too.

There are many delicious foods in Kedah. You must try nasi ulam, laksa utara, desserts like kuih bahulu, dodol, kuih karas and kuih serabai. Gulai nangka is local delight made from jack fruit. Pekasam is made from marinated fish, crab, squids or prawns.

More Food in Kedah Tempat Makan Menarik

Restoran Mee Abu, Alor Setar

If you are local food hunt, do not miss to eat at Restoran Mee Abu. The signature dishes are mee goreng and mee rebus (fried noodles and soup noodles). You can also try murtabak because it is among the best murtabak according to the local people in Alor Setar.

Medina Thai Palace Alor Setar Restaurant

Restoran Medina Thai Palace has that authentic Thai food flavor. The portion is just nice for you tho share with your family. The interior decoration is pleasing to the eyes. I like best the pictures portraying the Thai and Kedah royals’ post-independence.

Haji Ramli Nasi Kandar Restaurant​

Haji Ramli Nasi Kandar Restaurant Simple delicious meals. The food is simple yet delicious, can be quite packed during lunch time. My kind of favorite lunch no frills. Highly recommended.

Restoran 5 Utara Alor Setar

Restoran 5 Utara Alor Setar Kedah provide a very delicious Thai seafood such as fish (red snapper), squid, otak-otak and omelets with petai leaf. Portion is reasonably big. We have tried its chicken, sweet sour salad, shrimps, fried eggs are vegetables are nicely done.

Restoran Central Nasi Padang Alor Setar

Restoran Central Nasi Padang is considered one of the best and original selling nasi padang in Alor Setar Kedah. Where Penang has all its best of nasi kandar, Kedah has its own best nasi padang.

Tat Nasi Ayam, Alor Setar

Delicious Tat Nasi Ayam Alor Setar Tempat Makan di Kedah. Find other branches in Jitra, Bangi, Kamunting and Mergong. Also at Sungai Petani, Wangsa Maju Shah Alam. With so many branches in Peninsular Malaysia especially in Selangor area, this is the best chicken rice you must try.

Restoran Manzur Capati & Nasi Beriani

Manzur Capati, is located directly behind Alor Star’s old General Post Office. It’s exactly 4pm and the place is just a shadow of itself compared to the bustle of lunch time. The chicken-based dishes here are the most popular and with six different versions available.

Restoran Selera Pokok Pisang

Restoran Selera Pokok Pisang Do you ever fancy enjoying lunch at the edge of the padi field with the wind blowing breezes onto your cheeks and exciting rhythm of the wind sweeping the padi plant rustling in your ears? Yes.​

Nasi Lemak Royale

Nasi Lemak Royale, which got its name because the food was also the favorite dish of the late Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, has been around in the last 40 years ago. Nasi Lemak Royale offers yellow fluffy rice, and the dishes are similar to those offered by the famous Penang Nasi Kandar.


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