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A couple weeks ago I managed to check off the list of states to travel in Malaysia, finally stepped foot in Kelantan after all these years thanks to a colleague’s wedding invitation.

ayam bakar, solok ladi, daging bakar
ayam bakar, solok ladi, daging bakar

While it was only for a short day-trip and the wedding reception involved food, I can’t help but stopped by one of the more famous nasi kerabu place for a pre-kenduri brunch.

After consulting my brother’s friend who’s a Kelantanese (my brother spent years in Kelantan as a uni student), we decided to visit Liniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis in Kota Bahru town.

The restaurant is just over 10 minutes from the airport. Renting a car to move about in KB is probably the easiest way to move about this town. Pro tips: search with the term “kereta sewa” and you’d usually get it a bit cheaper than “car rental”.

The restaurant was rather busy in the brunch hours when we were there. There was a queue, we lined up for our turn and waited for our turn to pick the version of rice (dagang/kerabu) and lauk (dishes).

liniey nasi kerabu kota bahru
liniey nasi kerabu kota bahru

I opted for the blue nasi kerabu (color from butterfly-pea flower) with ayam bakar, daging bakar, and a piece of solok lada (stuffed green chili).

The meat were flavorful if not a bit sweet, as most things in Kelantan often is. If you’ve not had solok lada before, imagine yong tau fu, but also with shredded coconut, and spicier, I love it.

Lieniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis, Kota Bahru
options of dishes to choose from, and that long queue

The brunch at Liniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis was lovely, a word of caution – the drinks was still too sweet despite us ordered it “kurang manis”, you’ve been warned.


Lieniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis
GPS: 6.125033, 102.258844
Hours: 7:30 am to 2 pm

Discuss : KY eats – Liniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis, Kota Bahru

  1. You did your homework on local eats before landing, very good. Ask a taxi lou straight out of airport, then you’re fresh bait 😮

  2. folks in kelantan traditionally work hard, so they need more sugar / calories to sustain them! 🙂 i’ve only travelled to kota bahru for work, but i kinda like the slower (more sensible) pace 🙂

  3. Kelantan? Can’t get any more authentic than that!

  4. That’s a really useful pro tip!! Haha thanks!

  5. I’ve had solok lada before (also with nasi kerabu) but can’t say I enjoyed it all that much. Probably because the filling has grated coconut which made it a tad too sweet for my liking (+ the nasi already has kerisik as well). I don’t quite like sweet things in a savoury dish…similar to not liking those fritters made with coconut in Indian rojak…hehe! 😉

  6. Daging Bakar is BBQ beef? I assume it is tough and hard?

  7. Thanks! Now I know where to find one of the best Nasi Kerabu Tumis in KB and I will be there next week!!

  8. kekeke rosberg

    i like the way they empty a whole bottle of maggi kicap manis onto a bbq rotisserie chicken #guaranteedsedap

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