What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions about the famous food in Kuala Terengganu? If your answer is Kerepok Lekor, you are correct. It is no doubt that Kerepok Lekor is the most famous local food in Kuala Terengganu. Keropok Lekor is made from either Ikan Parang or Ikan Kembong and mixed with sago flour, a combination of salt and dough. This mixture is then hand rolled into a sausage shape between 6 to 10 inches long and seasoned with sugar and salt. The end result is a snack that looks slightly greyish and tastes fishy. The origin of Lekor means roll in local Terengganu Malay language.
Kerepok Lekor is also known as fish sausages, fish fritters or fish sticks but in the state of Terengganu, it is more popularly known as Kerepok Lekor. It is usually served as a snack before your meal. It is also normally taken as a morning or evening snack. There are two different ways to cook Keropok Lekor. It can either be deep fried or steamed and each cooking style will give you a different taste. The steamed one will have some fishy smell when they are cold. If you are not a fan of fishy smell, I would advise you to deep fry the Keropok Lekor and it is important to deep fry the Kerepok Lekor until they are crispy gold in colour.
Deep fried Kerepok Lekor is served best with Terengganu’s homemade chilli sauce or premade chilli sauce. It is also advisable for you to eat it when it is piping hot so that you will able to taste the crispiness on the outside and tenderness on the inside.
Kerepok Lekor can be taken as a snack because of high protein found in the fish. The main benefit of eating fish is that it is healthier when compared to eating meat. Fish is also very easy to digest and it does not contain saturated fats that can be found on all meat products, butter, milk and cheese. From the nutritional point of view, Kerepok Lekor is rich in protein, potassium and calcium.
Where to Buy
Kerepok Lekor can be easily found at roadside stalls, market and restaurants in Kuala Terengganu. After all, it is a local specialty. If you wish to buy some Kerepok Lekor to take it home, you can visit the Central Market or the Lekor Warehouse called Kak Yah Keropok Losong. This stall is the most popular Kerepok Lekor stall in Kampung Losong.