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A trip to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is never complete without having keropok lekor, and when it comes to this particular wholesome snack, Terengganu is usually regarded as the best place to have them.

Keropok Lekor Zahela Embong
Keropok Lekor Zahela Embong, as recommended by Ed

Traditional keropok lekor is made of fish meat, sago, and a bit of salt, there are some that uses flour in addition or instead of sago too. The concoction is then made into unsightly phallic shape that is then boiled and optionally fried.

The keropok is usually served with chili sauce. Here in Klang Valley, you usually get some mass produced chili sauce like Kimball, but in Terengganu, it’s often some home made goodness instead.

keropok lekor with sauce
Keropok Lekor with chili sauce, yum max!

The keropok lekor stall of Zaleha Embong is conveniently located in between the town of Kuala Terengganu and Merang, the jetty for departing to Redang Island.

Our dive guide Ed, who’s been to Redang more often than just about anyone I know, swears on this stall, and I do agree that the keropok lekor here was really awesome. It was delicious, slightly salty and tasted like an offspring of fish cake and prawn fritters. Don’t miss this one if you find ourself heading to Merang Jetty.

Terence, FA, Horng, Kim, Kerol, Haze, KY
Terence, FA, Horng, Kim, Kerol, Haze, and KY

The same stall sells other local products like dried cuttle fish with sugar, salted fish (wet and dried version), and various other prepacked keropok too. I spent RM20 on those other nonsense in making my colleagues in KL happy, they loved it too!

Kerepok Lekor at Kuala  Terengganu map

Address:
Keropok Lekor Zaleha Embong
near Kg. Merabang Likar
21020 Kuala Terengganu

GPS: 5.457598,103.034248
Tel: 09-669 4762

I am truly blessed with awesome friends, and it is with such luck that sometimes I ended up with the greatest gifts from overseas – foods I can’t otherwise get right here in Malaysia.

Knowing that I am a lover of everything pork, when EiLing (nickname Puan Sri) went to Australia for vacation, she bought me a packet of Pork Krackles!

Pork Krackles from Gold Medal Snackfoods
Pork Krackles, from Aussie

The snack is made of pork rind, vegetable oil, salt, and a bit of other things I can never remember. The most important thing was like all other pork rind/crackles products, it always tasted great!

While just as crunchy as Mr. Porky from UK, this one’s not as hard. I think this might due to the fact that they use only the skin layer of pork and does not include the much of the fatty/meat layer.

haze and KY enjoying pork krackles
Haze and KY enjoying pork krackles as late night snack

Oh, and interestingly, it has very little trans fat and a good source of protein (according to their website anyway). Now anyone knows where I can find these things in Malaysia? Pleaseeee?

My current fix is the salmon skin from Isetan from time to time, while it is good, it is no match for proper pork rind. haihh

Like most people, I love to snack from time to time. While watching movies, football games, and during some of those overly expensive coffee & chit chat sessions, a bit of snack goes a long way.

The only little problem is, well, snacking was never really associated with something that is good for you, until now… Introducing Rice Crisps by Mister Potato!

mister potato rice crisps
flame grilled BBQ, original, and hot & spicy rice crisps

Yep, the new product is made of a combination of rice and potato. The rice crisps has 20% less fat, no MSG, cholesterol, trans fat free, and doesn’t come with any artificial coloring either.

The extra tall version I bought packed 105 gram of goodness it and comes in 4 different flavors – Flame Grilled BBQ, Original, Hot & Spicy, and Sour Cream & Onion.

KY with mister potato rice crisps
noms noms noms noms

I’ve managed to get my hands on 3 of the 4 flavors. The original is only very lightly salted, with the flame grilled BBQ and the hot & spicy version a bit stronger tasting.

Compared with the traditional version, this definitely tasted slightly less intense. To me that is a good thing, it doesn’t leave a strong after taste nor make you feel very thirsty afterwards. In fact, I just had it as breakfast this morning!

prince of persia the movie

By the way, Mister Potato is also treating Nuffnangers to a special “Snack & Screen” session on the 27th of May, 2010. Go to this Nuffnang blog entry to see how you can get a pair of tickets to watch Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time while enjoying some Rice Crisps by Mister Potato!

p/s: There’s also a chance to win RM 1000, read the entry in its entirety yah!

There is usually at least one type of food that represents a city, and when you are lucky, they are those that can be tapao-ed.

For Penang, it is the Him Heang tambun biscuit, from London, you shouldn’t miss the pork crackles, if there’s someone coming back from the States, get them to source you a pack of Reese’s peanut buttercup, and from Perth, the Corica Apple Strudel.


Corica Apple Strudel from Perth

When Val came back just the other day, it was Cheesie who had asked her to get a loaf of apple strudel from the original Corica Pastries all the way from Perth.

I became the courier for the prized dessert out of convenience since Cheesie was still enroute from Tokyo, Val and I had dinner at BU Centrepoint to complete the transaction and catching up some lost time. After all, we were together for some two years prior to her departure to the land down under.


KY, Horng, Kim, with Cheesie and Koyuki eyeing the Apple Strudel

The next day, Jaclyn, Eric, Kim, Horng, Cheesie, and I got to share the pastry (with Koyuki the huskies & Fatty and Ally the schnauzer eyeing us).

The apple strudel made of layers of crispy pastry with generous amount of apple fillings and custard in between, topped with a thin layer of caramelized sugar. Even though it was more than 36 hours since the strudel left the bakery, it was still awesomely delicious! Not overly rich nor too sweet, it was wholesome and definitely very fulfilling.

I believe a loaf costs over A$15, a bit on a pricey side, but I’d definitely want more! Val, you’re reading this right? :D

Address:
Corica Apple Strudel
106 Aberdeen Street
Northbridge Western Australia 6003

GPS: -31.945753,115.858855
Tel: +618-9328 8196

Some of you might know that I am quite a consumer of pork and lard. Things that aren’t exactly healthy, but so tasty I just couldn’t help myself. Everyone has their own guilty pleasures, and pork crackles (or pork rind/pork scratching) happen to be one of mine.

Mr Porky Pork Crackles
Mr. Porky pork crackles, from UK

Cheesie knows this fact rather well, which was why she gave me a packet of Mr. Porky pork crackles she obtained from a friend who came back to Malaysia from UK a few weeks ago.

For the uninformed, pork scratchings is basically pork skin with a layer of fat that is seasoned with salt and baked until most of the liquid fat is drained off. The resulting snack is mostly dry but with a hint of fat you can still taste, it is quite salty and porky. Without saying, this thing goes very well with beer.

It’s actually almost like a cross of fried lard (chu yau cha) & salted fish, in a very good way!

I didn’t manage to procure a can of cold beer to go with this little packet of goodness. Perhaps the next project would be self baked pork scratching as suggested by Kim (who also bought me a packet of pork scratching from UK sometimes last year, but I finished it before having a chance to take a picture).

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