I have heard a lot about this little eatery while I was in Cameron Highlands. My co-workers, every time they go down to Ipoh will stop here for lunch time. The Perniagaan Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah does not have another outlet elsewhere. This little stall is located at Yong Suan’s Cafe at Jalan Yong Kalsom. You might miss it when you passby as it is like any other Chinese Kopitiam. Some call this place as Nasi Wangey. Saying that owner used to shout “Vanggey, vanggey” this means “Come, come” in Tamil. The other name is “Nasi Ganja“. Reason being the food here is so addictive like weed. “Ganja” is the Malay term for weed.
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Go as early as possible! As the place was always crowded and we were quite a large group. We opt for takeaway, of which we could eat at the many R&R along the way. Standard order consists of fried chicken, salted egg, raw cucumbers and chutney. The curry is a bit spicy but the taste is excellent. I added a sizeable fried chicken, which my friend said was a must try. Fresh, crispy and well marinated. The price came to RM 8.80. Which was reasonable as there was also a slice of beef too. There are plenty of other add ons, take your pick.
After that my friends wanted to try the famous Ipoh Soya Bean shop. The “Funny Mountain Soya Bean or Tau Fu Fah”. Which is located on Jalan Theatre Ipoh. You can eat there or take home. Just a note. The shop doesn’t have any tables, just two long benches at the side. So you might have to stand and eat. I found their ‘drive thru’ facinating, people in cars drive to the front of the shop, pull up and wind down their windows, make order, eat, pay and they drive away. All very fast and efficient. If you want some nice Tau Fu Fah then this is the place to come. But also note that portions are quite small to some but its heavenly.
This year for my wife’s birthday, we went to check out El Cactus Restaurant, a Mexican Fusion restaurant located in Port Dickson. I have heard so much good things about this place from friends. Luckily I am married to a beautiful lady that loves to try new things like me. This place is tucked away just across entrance of Mayang Sari Resort. Its easy to spot especially at night as there is a large lighted signboard at its entrance. The ambience is really romantic, reminds me a some restaurants in Koh Samui.
We ordered 2 main course and a plate of mixed nachos. It was nice and my wife loved the guacamole in the middle. But mind you, a plate of nachos here is big, I feel that’s its for four person and above. For the main course I had the fettucine and my wife had a steak. It was priced reasonable. For the three dishes and two soft drinks the bill ame to about RM110.00 and the portion of each dish to me was rather large. Service is rather slow but the staff there is quite friendly. So I would suggest that you to avoid Saturdays and Sundays when Port Dickson is busy.
There have also a bar inside and also a pool table. This place is ideal for romantic dinner and also for small group parties. On weekdays they are only opened dinner. And weekends they are opened also for breakfast and lunch.
As mentioned in my earlier post Accomodation in Port Dickson, that the Local Council is doing a great job in beautifying PD. On such place is the Pantai Cahaya Negeri near to Bayu Beach Resort. There are clean toilets there, small gazebos for picnic, playground and alot of shady trees.
Port Dickson is one of my favourite destination in my Travels at Malaysia, cause its close to Kuala Lumpur.
The other favourite place that we go for seafood besides Medan Ikan Bakar Port Dickson. Is the Embok Village Steamboat and Seafood. Embok Village is next to the Mayang Sari Hotel which appears to be abandoned now. Coming from the Army Camp you have to slow down after the Bagan Pinang beach. Otherwise you will miss the turning in. Which is quite hidden and not well lighted.
What we normally have is the Ikan Bakar, Lala Masak Chili and Kailan Goreng. The Ikan Bakar is nicely grilled fish flavoured with only sliced lemon. As the fish was fresh, it tasted really tasty. My kids liked it. Simple but tasty. My favourite dish when I come here is the Lala Goreng Chili ( Mussels prepared in Chili) and Stirfried Kailan. On occasion there is live entertainment.
Looking for good pork free places to have lunch in Port Dickson can be a daunting task. So here’s a simple list of restaurants that serve nice and tasty lunch in Port Dickson. Here is where those staying in Port Dickson normally go for lunch.
This restaurant have a few branches around Port Dickson nevertheless the one I like to go is located en route to Lukut town. At the Restoran Kulit Kayu Manis, there is a variety of local dishes to select from, all in all about 20 different dishes.. You choose what you want from the food displayed and they only charge you what you have taken. Its quite reasonably priced. The restaurant is quite popular with the locals as well as the regulars to Port Dickson, therefore you should head there early because the majority of the dishes will likely be finished by 1.30pm. I like eating here cause not only is the food nice, the service and ambience is also good. The landmark to look for is the Sunshine Hotel since it is located below the hotel.
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Sukand’s Food Station Kopitiam is situated in the city centre of Port Dickson, The landmark to look for is the Ambank as well as the Port Dickson Bus Terminal. Their signature dish is the Hailam Chicken Rice which I usually order for my sons. As for me I will always have their Mee Kari and my wife naturally the laksa. They also serve western food here like mushroom soup, fries, chicken chop, waffle with ice cream and so on. As for beverages they have the standard kopitiam fare such as local coffee, ice coffee, sirap and many more. It might be a little pricey to some however service here is quite fast, Sukand Food also serves breakfast and dinner too.
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When we were residing in Shah Alam, we used to frequent Port for a short getaway as its about an hours drive from Shah Alam. Whenever we are in Port Dickson, we will visit the Medan Selera Seri Bayu for their Siput Sedut. Siput Sedut which could be regarded as the Malaysian Version of the Escagot. In Port Dickson they usually cook it with coconut milk just like my grandmother used to make. A word of caution, as with all shell fish be careful exactly where you eat. I had a bad case of diarrhea when I ate at a shop in Teluk Kemang. Medan Selera Seri Bayu is located just infront of the Bayu Resort or PD Yacht Club. Its basically a food court with shops selling a variety of pre cooked dishes for you to choose from. Same as the Restaron Kulit Kayu Manis, pay what you have taken. Medan Selera Seri Bayu is located near the Port Dickson military camp, lunch is normally very busy with soldiers having lunch.
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