Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip Part 2 – Day 1, Update 3, Kota Bharu

Our first stop in Kota Bharu is Wat Pracacinaram, which is a Siamese temple in Wakaf Bharu. The temple is located in a village with loads of Thai food restaurants and you can see there are plenty of local boys playing basketball at the temple’s court. Here at the temple, we visited their herbal steam bath, which requires a minimal donation of RM5.00 per person (to help the upkeep of the steam facility).

Wat Pracacinaram

There is basically a steamer being heated by wood fire, the boiling water in it is then added with herbs, ginger, onions and garlic by the monk there. The steam is then release into a steam room. Before entering the steam room, there are lockers provided to store your valuables and showers are available. The steam bath is quite cool, firstly, of course you almost sweat like mad instantly, this is to help your body release all the toxic in you, especially us city slickers. I like the herbal and strong ginger scent in the steam and even after coming out and taking a shower, the nice fragrant is stucked with you for a while ;).

After the relaxing sweat out, Ah Fai siew then lead us to Orchard Garden Seafood for dinner in Kampung Brinjal, Cabang Empat, Tumpat (N6 09.642 E102 10.356). We had wanted to visit Cheng Mai Thai food in Wakaf Baru but its fully booked for a wedding, so Orchard Garden seems to be a good choice especially since its being recommended by Ah Fai siew.

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We had a big dinner here, I mean big with 10 dishes! Tomyam seafood, curry prawns, thai steam siakap, fried eels, deep fried pork knuckle, fried bees, etc. All together it cost RM352.00 for the whole dinner is not too bad as out of the 10, 3 dishes are fishes. The highlight of the dinner is the fried bees, yes literally bees being fried. Sounds yucky but really, it tasted great and crunchy, so tasty that our kaki Edwin got the Bee King title for finishing up the whole plate of the bees.

My visit so far was quite different than what I perceived of Kelantan, the Islamic State of Malaysia to be, the many temples, pork easily available in Chinese restaurant plus the skimpy dressed lady I saw in the restaurant really changed my perspective. So, really, don’t believe what you read, especially newspapers in Malaysia :P.

That night we checked into Ah Fai siew’s house which is big enough to host all of us and we really appreciate his hospitality, really a nice guy I must say. I was a little sick from the lack of sleep and intense travel. So I had to sleep early with a flu while the rest went out for supper and also, visiting the “forbidden” in Kelantan ;).

Photos compliment of Law Tien Soon & Lim Ken Wei

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Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip Part 2 – Day 1, Update 3, Kota Bharu

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3 Responses

  1. PENINSULA TRIP PART 2 – DAY 1: KOTA BHARU AT MYTWENTYFIVE.COM Says:

    […] steam bath, I have no word to describe the experience. Following is George’s comment quoted from MakanTrip.com: There is basically a steamer being heated by wood fire, the boiling water in it is then added with […]

  2. SATIANATHAN R, BHASKRAN Says:

    Very interesting website and alots of food info, pls check the chinese coffee shop at Panchor, Muar , Johor, The shop serves very delicious lunch especially the fresh water big prawns(Udang Galah). A lot of Singaporeans takes the de tour from the highway to have their lunch there, try it

  3. CUPNOODLES Says:

    Thanks for the suggestion, will check it out when I have the chance 😉 found some blogs about this place, looks good and interesting 😀