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Family, friends and colleagues (including bosses too) had gotten used to either having to turn the  lazy susan around or moving the dishes- to be in the path of my camera viewfinder when they dine with me , ahh..what kind folks you lot are. And occasionally they will remind me ‘ Ekkk..why no need take pictures one ? I don’t normally take pictures or blog about the makan places when it is a re-visit, so, this could be one reason why I no take pictures one. BUT in the case of Khengsom, I owe it to the world to write about it a second time..so, here goes..

My first encounter with  Khengsom was when it was at Jalan Sultanah Zainab  , you can read about it by clicking here.  , but it had since moved to Jalan Kebun Sultan. Frankly, when Khengsom was suggested, I did not have high expectations , due to past experience and  thought that it would be hard to beat  the likes of the Thai food at Wakaf Baru area, with the likes of Cheing Mai, Ban Kok  , Kulim etc.

We arrived at Khengsom at about 8pm, the place was starting to fill up, Khengsom is a halal restaurant. The waitress who took our orders was friendly and she  recommended to us some good choices as well.sos

We started off with Mango Salad – a mixture of mango shreds, shallots,dried squid and chili padi made up this mouth watering entree. A good start , I am starting to be impressed !mango salad1

Khengsom fish (RM) 60– the kakak laut fish was garnished with kangkong and coconut stem- ek, I don’t know what they call this, but just know that it was a shoot or something from the coconut tree. This was kinda spicy but very tasty, Fish was wonderfully fresh. Nicekheng som fish

Fried bittergourd with egg, I am not sure can this be considered a Thai  dish, but anyway, the weather was hot and bittergourd is said to be a cooling vegetable. This is a simple dish, but oh gawd, so well executed. The gourd was soft yet not mushy or wet, it just worked. I think I have to start a Khengsom fan club soon..bitterguord1

Fried Kampung Chicken  42– the chicken was well seasoned with a bit of saltiness to it, the meat was tender and not dry. Maybe not as tasty as the fried chicken at Kulim, but still, not too bad tasting chicken.fried chicken

Fried petai with prawns– even those at our table that do not take petai commented that the gravy tasted delicious. The petai still had a bit of a rawness to it which gave it a crunchy feel. Prawns were really fresh too. I likeyypetai

Soft shell crabs with salted eggs 55- If there is a heaven, this dish might probably be served in my heaven. So nice one ! The unique flavour of the salted egg blended with the fragrant of the curry leaves and of course plus the wonderful crabs was so very nice..so so very nice..crabs

Squid with soy sauce – this is one other dish that will be served in my nirvana without having to worry about Lipitor . I don’t know how they do it, the squid had a bit of a charcoal-ed smoky flavour to it, the meat was soft yet springy but not tough, succulently fresh- it was almost unreal !  The texture might be best described like a sashimi . So so very good !sotong

Everyone at the table commented that among all the Thai restaurants that we have visited in Kelantan –  this is one of the best Thai food that we have tasted. The flavours had more dimension and the tastes were more refined compared to the rest. Hurahh for KhengSom !

Oh, there was one downside to the ordeal – the charges were slightly more expensive compared to the Thai restaurants at Wakaf Baru, maybe 30- 50 % more, but then this place is air-conditioned and located at the town centre in KB. The meal above plus drinks and rice ( for 8 pax) came to ~RM280

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A friend introduced us to this relatively new hotel in Kota Bharu and highly recommend the  Chinese restaurant in the hotel  –Crown Palace Chinese Restaurant. Since people recommend already, so we try try lorrr..The restaurant ambience was pleasant and comfy. Although we had pre-ordered the menu a few days ago, we still had to wait for quite a while….lucky that we had some nuts to chew on….And probably the best pickled chilies that I have  tasted (and the soy sauce was yummy too )..Although it was only a 2 months ago that we had ‘Buddha Jump Over The Wall’ ( read about it by clicking here ) , I think we must have been beaten by the jumping wall bug for we and the Buddha decide to take another leap over the wall for the second time this year…I must say that for all the hype of the restaurant in Nilai, I found more reasons to jump over the wall for the Crown Palace’s version than the former. The soup was smoother , fuller and pleasant down to the last drop. In the individual bowls, we get goodies like  : abalone, fish maw, mushroom, piece of shark fin, cordyceps etc .. Steamed village chicken – I thought the dark sauce would resemble soy sauce but it turned out to be rather hot , the sauce went well with the chicken. the chicken was nicely cooked ; the meat was tender and juicy without the toughness expected of kampung chicken.Steamed mandarin fish with two preserved beancurd – the taste of the sauce was rather interesting – a combination of tau-see ( fermented beans) and fu – yue ( fermented bean curd) . The sek-pan fish was fresh too . This was good.Vegetable with mushroom and tofu  – there were a few exclamation of ‘ wahh…so big dish one ahh’ when this arrived at the table, the serving was really big ! Succulent siao-pai chai surrounded the centerpiece of mushrooms and tofu. There were a few types of mushroom in the dish : button mushroom, abalone mushroom, straw mushroom and golden needle mushroom. This was tastyPumpkin fried rice – we always blamed Mum for some of the food that do not make up our diet – on top of the list was : pumpkin !! In order to make up for lost time, we ordered this dish. This was good fried rice . The rice were fluffy, the flavour was just nice and if you are lucky you get a tiny speck of salted fish onto your spoon ….yummmy… Mixed vegetable and soohoon in Claypot – Picture below was the portion that I was served.  This dish had a very strong fu-yue ( fermented tofu) flavour which turned to be overly salty after a few bites. Order this only if you are a fan of fu-yue !Dessert : these petite balls came to the table still warm. It was a nice experience to bite passed the warm outer skin into the core and  get rewarded with lotus paste.  I wish there were more of these to go around the table…so nice one …

 Overall , an enjoyable meal, compliments to the chef  . The bill came to ~RM550.

 Crown Palace Chinese Restaurant – 7th Floor                                           
11.30am – 2.30pm
06.00pm – 10.30pm
 PT302 & 303 Jalan Kebun Sultan
15300, Kota Bharu
Kelantan
 http://crowngardenhotel.com/

Jalan Kebun Sultan in Kota Bharu is a good place to be, if you are looking for food, there are a large number of eateries there- ranging from mobile –style hawkers, hawker centres to restaurants. Parking can be difficult but with a bit of patience ( and luck), you wouldn’t have to starve for too long lah.

Golden Leaf is one of the restaurant located at Jalan Kebun Sultan. This was recommended by Auntie Miew who insisted that this was one of the better Thai restaurants in KB.

 

Mango salad – mango shreds, onions, carrots and  tomato topped with  dried sotong, dried prawns, and roasted peanut- and seasoned with a potent brew of  lime juice, chili padi, sugar and maybe macam macam lagi made this a difficult to fail dish ! this was great ! Started the gastric juice working and ready to devour the next dish  

 

Kangkong Belacan – kangkong stir fried with belacan- ….the kangkong wasn’t over fried and retained some crunchiness, the enhancement of taste when biting into bits of dried prawns. Ahh…nice nice..

 

Deep fried sotong – this dish came with bits of fried garlic too, which added another dimension to the fresh ( and sweet ) sotong-ish taste. The sotong was fresh but a bit on the chewy side . I find this a bit dry  lah

Mongolian ribs – the meat was tender and succulent and the best part was that  the sauce worked so well with the ribs, the sauce was rich –some sour plum sauce maybe, some santan maybe and a tinge of curry leaves. Jackpot !!

 

Ban Suan fish – this was like a combo dish –mango & lemongrass salad draped over deep fried fish and generously bathed in sweet-sour-ish gravy. The fish was meaty and fresh and the accompanying salad was so tasty. Two rights definitely made this very very right .

 Overall- an enjoyable meal. We were pleasantly surprised that the figure on the bill  was rather reasonable too.

 Location :

 

No 255-256, Jalan Kebun Sultan,

13500 Kota Bharu.

Tel 016-9326468 / 019 9446029