East Coast Trip (Day 1)

*Long overdue post*

Our trip to Kelantan for food, sightseeing & shopping.
Behold, Android Kit Kat who replaced HY in photos as she was unfortunately unable to join us at the last minute.

Checked in at Subang Airport to board a Firefly flight to Kota Bharu. Flight got retimed, resulting in a 3 hour delay.

At the boarding gate.

In-flight refreshments. Compliments of Firefly Airlines.

The first thing we did when we arrived in Kota Bharu was to go and have our first meal.

We had: Nasi kukus (steamed rice) and nasi ulam (raw herb rice).

Where: Hayaki Kopitiam.
2880-G, Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, 15000 Kota Bahru, Kelantan

Nasi kukus (bottom, wrapped in paper) & nasi ulam (top). Both local specialties.

Close up of the nasi ulam.

Close up of the nasi kukus with spice-fried chicken.

Iced teas.

We checked into our hotel (which was just across the road from this Hayaki outlet) then headed out to the beach (Pantai Cahaya Bulan) for some sun.

This beach has no sand. Only rocks as erosion by the sea & waves has washed away most of the sandy shore.


Stopped for coconut juice & satar which we could buy from little cafes and stalls along the beach.


Satar. Fish & grated coconut wrapped in banana leaf & grilled.

What satar looks like, unwrapped & fresh off the grill.

After the beach, we headed back to town to have dinner at the famous Yati Ayam Percik. They are famed for their nasi kerabu (another version of nasi ulam usually served with blue rice) but unfortunately they were out of blue rice when we got there so we settled for the white rice version (which, in my opinion, tastes exactly the same as the blue rice :P), and ayam percik (roast chicken served with a creamy sauce made from coconut milk and yellow ginger -kunyit-, among other ingredients). Both are also local specialties.

What: Nasi kerabu and ayam percik.

Where: Yati Ayam Percik
Jalan Long Yunus, 15200 Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Dinner. Yums!

Nasi kerabu. White rice instead of blue. Still yummy tho.

Ayam percik with lots of the creamy sauce.

Budu (fermented fish sauce that’s a Kelantan delicacy, staple).

Drinks. Sirap bandung (rose syrup with milk; aka goo leng peng) & asam jawa (tamarind) juice.

Ayam percik roasting on the grill. Kelantanese like their meats grilled.

After dinner we just drove around town and walked along the riverside before heading back to the hotel to call it a day. Full next day of shopping, sightseeing and eating.

Night view of Kota Bharu from the balcony of our 30th floor hotel room.

End of Day 1.