There is no shortage of Malay food at Batu Maung but navigating the area requires experiences, especially without the aid of proper road signage and small alleys connecting the villages. One of the most popular places for Malay Rice at Batu Maung is Cafe Pinggiran Laut, an unassuming place by the seaside. Not to be confused with Kak Ani Kari Ikan Sembilang operating side by side, Cafe Pinggiran Laut is easily recognized by the clamoring crowd. The place starts as early as 11 am but expect the crowd to throng in slightly before noon. Most dishes will be gone by noon, so visiting before noon will be wiser choice... for the spread. There is a good variety here, from some uncommonly seen Kerabu to myriad of curry dishes (though most of them are Fish curries), down to the quintessential Fried Chicken and Ulam-Ulaman. The wallet-friendly price tag is also one of the pulling factors to draw the factories workers working nearby.
We love the variety here- the health conscious can go for the Kerabu while the fish lovers can feast on the fresh and beautifully cooked fish curries. But meat lovers are not forsaken, there are a few good Chicken variants here, particularly the spiced Fried Chicken. It was most regretted that we did not get to try the signature Curry Cat Fish.... we were told that the recipe was passed down from previous generations and they are known for that dish. Every item we had met our expectations, flavors were expertly balanced and yes, the fishes were fresh and delicious.
Ice Kacang (Rm 3)
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 7132, Blok J, MK 12, Permatang Damar Laut, 11960, Batu Maung, Penang. *behind Sekolah Rendah Agama Tuan Haji Omar Bin Hassan and opposite to Masjid Al Qahhar*
Business Hours: 11 am to 3 pm. Nasi Melayu is only available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Contact Number: 6012- 586 4035