Langkawi is home to plenty of attractions and accommodations. You can come here for the beach, shopping, nightlife, and especially the food. So, if you are a food lover, then Langkawi has some very unique offerings that make it a worthy stop on your itinerary to experience its culinary delights! Keep reading to find out our checklist of must-try Langkawi Food (Halal & Muslim-Friendly)!
1. Kerisik Restaurant
First on our list is Kerisik Restaurant at Laman Padi, near Pantai Cenang. Experience dining in little wooden huts overlooking a picturesque paddy field, with several choices of traditional Malay cuisines, including Nasi Set Sunda, Nasi Set Tuba, Nasi Set Padang Lalang, and Nasi Set Kedawang, all served in huge platters. Due to its popularity, it’s recommended to get here early so you can get the best seats (in the wooden huts)
Location: Muzium Laman Padi, Kampung Lubok Buaya, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily, 12:00pm till 10:00pm
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2. Nasi Dagang Pak Malau
Eventhough nasi dagang does not originate from Langkawi, you will appreciate dining at this modest establishment near scenic paddy fields overlooking Gunung Raya – the tallest peak on Langkawi. Savour aromatic nasi dagang that goes really well with fish curry, mutton kurma and beef rendang, along with pickled vegetables that gives a refreshing bite to your meal. Don’t miss sampling the variety of kuih that’s on display. It’s recommended to go earlier in the day to avoid the crowds and enjoy the best views.
Location: Jalan Makam Mahsuri, Kampung Mawar, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Tuesdays), 8:00am till 2:00pm
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3. Telaga Seafood
For the tastiest and freshest catches from the sea in Langkawi, many argue that there’s no better place than Telaga Seafood restaurant at Cenang Beach. The restaurant’s specialty is Malay and Thai cuisine, so expect lip-smacking favourites like butter grilled prawns, black pepper crab, steamed seabass, seafood tomyum and more at fair prices. You can dine inside wooden gazebos and enjoy the relaxing ambience serenaded by nightly live performances.
Location: Jalan Pantai Chenang, Kampung Lubok Buaya, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily, 5:00pm till 10:00pm
Status: Halal certified
4. Che Nah Roti Canai Black Pepper
Sitting by a bustling roadside in Kampung Temoyong, Che Nah Roti Canai Black Pepper has been making waves on social media, for their innovative roti canai with a difference. The roti canai black pepper here is a must-try, filled with generous portions of chicken, beef or lamb fillings topped off with savory black pepper sauce. Pair it with a hot cup of creamy teh tarik for an appetizing breakfast to start your day. The stall gets really busy in the mornings, it’s recommended that you get here early to beat the crowds.
Location: Jalan Kedawang, Kampung Lubok Buaya, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Fridays), 7:00am till 12:00pm
5. Nasi Gulai Ayam Kunyit Temoyong
If you’re on a tight budget, drop by Nasi Gulai Ayam Kunyit Temoyong to have some authentic and homely cuisine in Langkawi without burning a hole in your pocket. Here, you can savour a plate of fragrant steamed rice drizzled in delicious gulai gravy served with generous amounts of fried tumeric chicken bits that go well with spicy sambal and pickled prawns. Open from late afternoon till night time, this local stall is a great place to hangout with friends over late lunch or dinner.
Location: No 30, Kampung Ketapang, Jalan Temoyong, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Wednesdays), 2:00pm till 10:30pm
6. Nasi Arab Kaki Gunung Cafe
If you’re a big fan of Arabic cuisine, then the Nasi Arab at Kaki Gunung Cafe is a definite must-try! The nasi arab here are served on huge trays; heaps of fluffy fragrant basmati rice are garnished with raisins, cashew and fried onions. Juicy, tender chunks of chicken, lamb or quail are placed on top of the rice and cooked to perfection. Before serving, they are garnished with lemon slices and chillis to add a little more zing. Every single bite is an explosion of flavours, worth sharing with friends and family!
Location: 1448, Jalan Ulu Melaka, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Fridays), 11:00am till 11:00pm
Status: Halal certified
7. Nasi Lemak Kelibang
Ask any local here and most will tell you that the best nasi lemak in Langkawi is Nasi Lemak Kelibang. Opening as early as 6:30am in the morning, it’s not surprising to see droves of locals and tourists alike lining up for their favourite breakfast. There’s a variety of lauk to choose from, like sambal udang, sotong, gulai ayam and more to add more flavour to your already tantalizing plate of nasi lemak.
Location: 8, Jalan Padang Matsirat, Taman Sri Langkawi, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily, 6:30am till 12:00pm
8. Laksa Kaw Ikan Sekoq Langkawi
Located along Pantai Serama only 5 minutes from the airport, Laksa Ikan Sekoq, as the name implies, serves authentic laksa with one whole mackerel fish to add more flavour to the fish broth. Due to its growing popularity, many have attempted to copycat its success. Nowadays, there are more than one stall that sells laksa at the location, however most recommend the red truck for their flavourful laksa and side dishes.
Location: Pantai Serama, Jalan Kuala Muda, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily, 12:00pm till 7:00pm
9. Roti Canai Power Jalan Tanjung Rhu Langkawi
If you want exceptional roti canai in Langkawi, you need to be prepared to travel far off the tourist trail for a taste. Situated in Ayer Hangat on the way to Tanjung Rhu, many claim that Canai Power Jalan Tanjung Rhu makes some of the best tasting roti canai on the island. Eat it when it hits your table piping hot and you’ll enjoy every bite of the crispy and fluffy roti canai. It’s so good that you can easily eat two or three of these soft wonders. Do note that you may need to wait for the roti canai as there’s only one person making and serving it.
Location: Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Ayer Hangat, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday), 7:00am till 12:00pm
10. Gelato Cabana Langkawi
Desperate to cool off after basking for hours in the summer heat? Gelato Cabana is one of Langkawi’s best ice cream spots. Despite being homemade, its ice cream are of premium quality and reasonably priced. With simple but exceptionally well-produced ice creams and sorbets in refreshing and delightful flavours like mango, durian, coconut, tiramisu and more, Gelato Cabana Langkawi will have you coming back for more.
Location: Jalan Pantai Chenang, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily, 2:00pm till 12:00am
Status: Halal certified
11. Peneram Kak Yan
Kuih peneram (or denderam) is a traditional local delicacy that’s similar to donuts, but is made from rice flour and brown sugar. With a recipe that’s been handed down for generations, Peneram Kak Yan in Langkawi is one of the most frequented stalls for this sweet local delicacy. You can have it freshly made or takeaway as a souvenir.
Location: Jalan Kuala Muda, Kampung Kuala Melaka, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00am till 7:00pm
12. Selera Lubuk Buaya
At first glance, Selera Lubuk Buaya may seem unremarkable and looks like your run-of-the-mill food court. Despite this, the crowds still flock to this bustling night spot, renowned for its great tasting seafood and really affordable prices, despite its prime location. Flipping through the menu reveals a generous variety of cuisine, ranging from Malay to Thai. Located next to Aseania Resort, this establishment is open for late lunch and dinner.
Location: Lot 9659 Kampung Padang Putih, Jalan Pantai Tengah, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily, 3:30pm till 11:30pm
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13. Hafiz Rojak Pantai Kok Langkawi
Satisfy your tea time cravings with a trip to the highly rated Hafiz Rojak. Operating a small food truck at Pantai Kok, Hafiz Rojak lets you savour delicious rojak to beautiful sea views. The secret to this tasty rojak is the sweet and tangy dressing that coats all the fruity bits. With a generous sprinkle of crunchy ground peanuts, the combination is a big surprise to your taste buds. They also serve mee rebus and pasembur here.
Location: Jalan Pantai Kok, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Mondays), 2:00pm till 7:30pm
14. Cili Kampung
Make your day unforgettable with the taste of Cili Kampung in Kedawang, Langkawi. With its modest seating and rustic decor, this is one of the best places to try authentic Malay cuisine in Langkawi. Be sure to order the famous daging salai masak lemak cili api, one of their many specialties. Its regular patrons vouch for the taste and value for money.
Location: 11 Kampung Bohor Darat, Jalan Kedawang, Kedawang, Langkawi, Kedah (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily (closed on Mondays), 11:00am till 2:00pm & 7:00pm till 10:30pm
Status: Halal certified