The memories of my previous “Ultimate Trip” back to Terengganu still linger up my head. Sight of the weird-looking-but-overrated crab stuffed with crab meat & spices visualizes over my already congested head. And not forgetting the ridiculously concentrated, “coffee-gao-gao” (“gao” in Cantonese means concentrated) from this place.

Concentrated Coffee meets Stuffed Crab @ Kemaman, Terengganu

July 2009

When these two objects are mentioned, one can’t help to start thinking about the small town of Chukai, or more commonly known as Kemaman, Terengganu.

For the information of people who are not really that familiar with Malaysia’s tourism & point of interest, Chukai is a small, tiny administrative town in the south of Terengganu state. The name of this town, Chukai, comes from an old Malay word for tax, as during the old days, taxes are collected along the waterway of Kemaman River.

Besides the few government offices’ branches which are situated in this town, it serves as also a resting place for most travelers who often travel to the east coast, be it for leisure or work. And….this is where some “good” food is located.

You ask, why the inverted commas’ in the word “good” food? Because I would say, there are some foods which are really good, some which are merely mediocre level. Well, we have to understand that sometimes, some over-marketed foods are not up to the standard.

Stories aside, pictures do the talking.

This ordinary looking restaurant is where you get your stuffed crab a.k.a “over-rated-crab-of-the-East-Coast”. Period.

Menu of the restaurant. Yes, they do have a variety of food here besides the popular stuffed crab, most of them are seafood. Notices there are no prices stated over here? Wait till you see the bill….later.

As I was there quite early that day, there are not much people here. Notice there are Muslim diners over here; this place is a halal restaurant!

I have to admit the service here are fast (maybe there is no customer at that time?), just after a while of ordering food, here comes my “over-rated” stuffed crabs!  RM7.50 each piece; well, worth the deal, & these 4 guys cost me RM30.00! LOL.

The inside filling of the stuffed crab. Notice the amount of crab meat & spices in the crab; this, I have to give credit to them. The taste, however….well, ordinary, not as “perfect” as expected.

These…these 2 garlic butter prawns cost RM10.00 per 100grams. Each prawn weights 100grams, minimum order 200 grams, which means these 2 guys cost me RM20.00! OK, I guess THIS is the icing of the cake, the one who tops up my bill later on. And their taste isn’t so outstanding at all!

An ordinary looking lemon chicken dish. Nothing fancy about this, really. I just ordered this randomly. RM10.00 a dish.

Overall view of what I’ve ordered for that day. And the best part is….I get to eat all these by myself, no sharing, & I can take my own, sweet time to slowly chump on the food! I love my solitude…..seriously.

Stomach’s full, appetite fulfilled, time to pay the bill. Oh wait a minute, did I just remembered I ate alone just now? And I didn’t order that much items? How come my bill comes up to a freaking RM63.40? Freaking outrageous, this place is your “wallet killer”!!

After much convincing myself that the over-charged bill was totally slaughter, I’m hit by another “bill”; a summon from our friendly town council friends, who happen to work on.a.freaking.Saturday.

That’s not the best part; the best part is the parking machine is faulty, I can’t really think of a way to pay my parking, I didn’t see anyone else who paid their parking over there, & their office to pay off the summon isn’t open on that day. WTH! Ok, I’m sending this bill off to the bin.

During the noon, while I was restlessly wandering around Chukai town, I came by this coffee shop. Wait a minute, this is no ordinary coffee shop; it’s the popular Hai Peng coffee shop which serves authentic Hainan “coffee-gao-gao”!

Without much thinking, I went straight in to get my dose of caffeine. Hmmm…they have a decent menu over here. And since I like the look of their Hainanese coffee, I’m getting that one.

For those of you who don’t really fancy hot coffee, you can also opt for cold coffee such as this fancy looking “Ice-Blended Cocoa Lava”. Oh yes, this IS good. I bought one back before leaving Chukai town & the energy that the coffee provides was unbelievable!

Despite the large number of people here, services are fast too. Within minutes, I got my order of a hot Hainanese coffee. Ohhhh, so they do look weird like this. & what is that metal thing doing up my cup of caffeine?

So they just grind those coffee beans up the metal thing & leave the extracts to flow down my coffee? Nice! I have to admit, this is the 1st time ever I drank this kind of coffee & it’s a great way to present your coffee too!

After playing around with spinning, grinding, or whatever you name it, it’s time to move the metal thing away & take a peek at my coffee below…and…..

I felt a huge wave of strong caffeine aroma striking my nose the moment I remove off the metal thing. It was unbelievable! Yes, although I have to admit it do looks like Milo mixed with coffee in this image, but wait till you really test the coffee!

Besides serving coffee, they do serve toasts like this popular “Kaya Toast”. They have it in both round bread or the ordinary Hainan soft bread. Take your pick, both taste good!

Notice the amount of people patronizing this coffeeshop; this is another halal coffee shop!

The interior deco of this shop really brings up the old school feeling; it’s as if you’ve just returned to your grandparents’ house!

They even have old plates hanging around the shop & a freaking old grandfather clock!

To keep a long story short, I’d stayed in Chukai, Kemaman for a day before leaving off to Marang to board the boat to Kapas Island (please refer to my previous post on that), & what I can say about this small town is….


Go eat the stuffed crabs, but avoid other seafood.

Go drink the coffee, & take away one if possible.

Go park your car far enough from the sight of unfriendly town council folks.


I’m off.

Will be posting another one in the near future.