Due to its location by the sea, seafood is the most popular food offering in Kuantan and Cherating. While the types of fresh seafood available are the same, there are many ways these dishes can be cooked and this variety is what makes Malaysia so unique!
Malay seafood dishes tend to be spicier and grilled, utilising more spices and seasoning that will enhance the taste of fresh fish, prawns or squid. There are many small stalls in Kuantan and along the beach in Cherating that sell similar dishes such as “Ikan Bakar” (grilled fish) and “Sotong Goreng” (fried calamari). They are also often very affordable and delicious so be sure to pay them a visit! The most popular seafood stall in Kuantan, however, is Ana Ikan Bakar Petai located off the coast of Kuantan. The Ikan Bakar with Petai (a local vegetable known as stink beans) here is a crowd favourite so give that a try!
Meanwhile, Chinese seafood dishes tend to be steamed or stir-fried and are often more subtle in taste. They are still very delicious especially when eaten with a hot bowl of steaming rice! Alor Akar Restaurant in Kuantan is a good spot if you’d like to try their famous steamed fish and tiger butter prawns. Some restaurants also serve Chinese-Thai fusion dishes like the Assam Fish at Ah Wah Restaurant so do pay them a visit too.