Even though I was born and raised (until 7 year old) in Kuantan, I don't have a fond memory of this coastal town which happens to be the capital of Pahang. My family moved to Kuala Lipis in 1986 and I literally grew up there. I still know the roads in Kuantan, but if you ask me about where to find good food in Kuantan.. I'd just shrug my shoulder and tell you "Gee.. I dunno leh".
But that doesn't mean that Kuantan is lacked of nice places to eat. As a matter of fact, I know a place or two that whip out good dishes that might just smack your senses away. Alor Akar Seafood is one of those old establishments that stood the test of time. Located less than 5 min drive from my house in Kuantan, my family always come here for dinner whenever they feel lazy to cook. My parents can be quite picky when it comes to dining outside... so rest assured that their tastes are as good as mine :P
Come here for dinner on weekends and you would normally be greeted with this sight... it is not an air-conditioned restaurant so it can be quite stuffy and hot when it's full house. Normally I would skip these places as I sweat easily and a lot too! However, for the sake of good food.. I don't mind getting drenched once in a while. Sometimes you will have to wait for tables but since the lady boss is a friend of my aunt, we could get a table with just a simple phone call.
This is what a typical Chinese restaurant would serve you while waiting for the dishes to arrive
And this is something to cool down the body - sugar cane in bottle!
Our family meal started with this - sweet & sour pork. Although it lack the crispy-ness that I normally look for, it made up with great sweet & sour sauce which enveloped the tender pork meat.
Sizzling homemade taufu with minced pork - not the most exciting dish but it was good enough for my family
Claypot nai yau (buttermilk) tiger prawn - one of the highlight of the night! the creamy buttermilk sauce infused with curry leaves was packed with flavour and the prawns were quite big and fresh too!!! The dish was walloped within seconds it arrived
Stir fried bean sprout with salted fish - I don't eat taugeh so no comment on this dish. The plate was cleaned in seconds by the hungry pack!
Claypot pork belly with salted fish or affectionally known as ham yue fa lam pou was another winner to me - no doubt, top grade salted fish was used to prepare this dish... resulting in a very aromatic dish. My family was so fast to clean the whole stuff that I didn't have enough of it. FYI, Kuantan is one of the major producer of dried seafood, so good grade salted fish is normally used in well known restaurants here.
Fried garoupa - the fish was fried slowly using oil and topped with onion, spring onion & ginger slice before it was served with top grade soy sauce (sweetish).
Stir fried veggie with seafood - gotta have some greens on the table.
Leo's verdict - This restaurant is not far from the main road of Jalan Beserah but one would easily passed it without noticing. Service was rather fast even when it's near full house. Price-wise it was reasonable as the total bill came to approx. RM160 for 12 of us :)
Alor Akar Seafood Restaurant
Lot 7695 & 7696,
Jln Kubang Buaya Off Jalan Beserah,
Tel: 09-568 0720/016-952 7811
Open from 5pm-12 midnight (Mon-Sun)