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Street Food in Langkawi

Where and What to Eat in Langkawi

Street food in Langkawi can be found right across the island meaning that you can enjoy authentic Malay, Indian, Chinese and fresh seafood dishes throughout your holiday. Served mostly in open-air restaurants and at roadside stalls, a downside to these eateries is that they can be difficult to spot as there is hardly any signage to point you in the right direction. A good option is to visit a pasar malam – a night market. One is held each day of the week in prominent beach towns, such as Pantai Cenang, Kuah and Padang Matsirat. Open from 17:00 until late, visitors can enjoy a variety of authentic and cheap Malay dishes for as little as RM2.

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Types of Street Food in Langkawi

From nasi lemak (coconut rice), fried noodles and nasi ayam (chicken rice) to pisang goreng (fried bananas) and keropok lekor (fish crackers), these foods are packed in plastic bags and Styrofoam containers for takeaways. For a more environmental-friendly of enjoying them, we highly recommend bringing your own containers or dining at a local restaurant instead.

There are plenty of family-owned restaurants, particularly in Pantai Cenang, offering extensive buffet-style lunches from 11:00 onwards. After grabbing your plate of steamed rice, you can choose from 20 to 50 types of fish, vegetables and chicken dishes. A full plate of street food in Langkawi typically costs about RM10, though prices vary according to the number of dishes you’ve added.

If you’re travelling to Langkawi during Ramadhan (fasting month), chances are many Muslim-owned restaurants and food stalls will be closed during the day. However, you also get to see vibrant street markets that open from 16:00 until sunset, which attract locals and travellers alike for their extensive food offerings.

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