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Murtabak : My Comfort Food in Kota Bahru

Upon arrival in Kota Bahru, we immediately searched for a place to stay in the city center. By just walking around the clock tower, we found one of the most affordable hotel in Kota Bahru, The Harmoni Hotel.

Murtabak in Kota Bahru
Murtabak in Kota Bahru

After leaving our things in the hotel room, we went outside to look for something to eat and we were so thankful to find a restaurant right beside our hotel. While browsing an unfamiliar list of food in Nilam Restoran, we saw a guy busy making Murtabak – a popular food in Kelantan.

Cooking Murtabak
Cooking Murtabak

Murtabak is a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread which is commonly found in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Brunei.


Depending on the location, the type and ingredients can significantly vary. Here in Kelantan, the bread is filled with curry flavored beef and some spices.

My Murtabak fix will not be complete without ordering Teh Ice or Teh Tarik.. I guess I found my new comfort food in Kota Bahru and now my problem is where to find one in Manila…

*This trip was sponsored by ZestAir and Tourism Malaysia!

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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