Thursday, 19 November 2009

Where To Eat @ Cameron Highlands

NB: This is the 4th installment of my Sojourn in Cameron Highlands
Part 3: Time Tunnel @ Cameron Highlands

The thing I love most about the British, besides their wry humour, is their tea and scones. The best scones I've ever had was in the Isle of Wight. The cream, the strawberries, and the lightness of the scones were just yummy. 

I've missed that, and the nearest "duplicate" I could find is in Cameron Highlands. When the British left Malaya, as Malaysia was called then, they left behind their tea and scones legacy. Whenever I'm in Cameron Highlands, I never fail to pop in at T-Cafe, above MarryBrown at Tanah Rata for my cream scones every afternoon. 

This time round, I decided to check out another place, Cameronian Inn, which I came across while surfing around for new things to do or see in Cameron Highlands. It was touted as having the best scone in the highlands. 

Unfortunately, we went there 3 times, and all 3 times, they didn't have scones. So, T-Cafe it is. We've tried scones at Bala Chalet and Smokehouse before, and they aren't worth their price. Both places charge RM12.50 per person for a set which comes with 2 scones, cream, strawberry jam, and tea. 

T-Cafe, on the other hand, charges only RM2.50 for one scone with cream, butter and strawberry jam. Tea is RM2.50. 

Incidentally, we saw a notice at T-Cafe announcing their soon to change name. T-Cafe will be known as The Lord's Cafe.

Ok, enough of my obsession with cream scones. Let's proceed to solid meals. One of the restaurants that serve decent Chinese food is You Hoo Restaurant at Brinchang. It's located at the former pasar malam site. We ordered their specialty, Indonesian Fish Curry, Spicy-fried Asparagus Beans and Steamed Eggs Three Kings. The total meal came to RM36 for two.

Indonesian Fish Curry

Spicy-fried Asparagus Beans

Steamed Eggs Three Kings

One other reasonably priced restaurant, recommended by a local cafe proprietor, is Yeong Wah Restaurant in Brinchang. It is behind the Star Regency Hotel. According to this local lady, Brinchang is notorious for over-priced food, and one should ask the price of a dish before placing an order. However, she added, this Yeong Wah is honest and would not rip off their customers. 

We ordered Drunken Prawns, Special Fried Noodles and Kai Lan in Oyster Sauce, all of which came to RM35.60 for two.

Drunken Prawns

Special Fried Noodles

Kai Lan in Oyster Sauce

On the day we return to KL, we stopped at Man Fatt Restaurant for Bak Kut Teh Mee. Man Fatt is located at the foothill of Cameron Highlands, just opposite the Simpang Pulai police station. If you were coming down  from Cameron Highlands, at the foothill, there's a traffic lights cross junction. Turn right, and the shop is on your left. 

Bak Kut Teh Mee

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Friday, 25 September 2009

The Best Pan Mee in KL City Centre

There are two pan mee (hand made flour noodles) shops which are my favourite. One of them is in Taman Berkeley, Klang. It is, however, far from where I live, and the wait for your order is at least an hour long.

The other is in KL City Centre, located at Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1, in Chow Kit. Their specialty is the dry version. The noodle comes with a poached egg which you are supposed to break and mix into the noodles for that smooth, and yet "bouncy" texture.

The noodle with the poached egg

Sprinkle their special home-made chilli flakes onto it

Break the egg and mix well into the noodles

Mind you, the wait is just as long as the shop in Taman Berkeley, so it's best to go before you start feeling hungry.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Dry Bah Kut Teh @ Equine Park

To my knowledge, there are only two places that serve the dry version of bah kut teh (if you know otherwise, please share by leaving a comment). One is at Taman Kok Lian, Jalan Ipoh whle the other is Restoran Yap Beng at Equine Park (the shoplots opposite Jusco), Sri Kembangan.

For me, personally, I prefer the latter. The one at Taman Kok Lian tastes more like the kong poh dish.

The dry bah kut teh at Restoran Yap Beng is accompanied by a small bowl of bah kut teh soup, which is refillable. Not bad, for something that is less than RM30 for two (with a veg dish).

Restoran Yap Beng is next to 7-11, and diagonally opposite Baby Pets

A basket of tea for the patrons to choose from

The dry bah kut teh

I don't think anyone is interested what vegetable we ordered, so I'll spare you the details and photo. :)

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Ipoh Hor Fun At Jalan Tong Shin Is Relocating

The Ipoh Hor Fun (Koay Teow Soup Ipoh style) at the corner of Jalan Tong Shin - Tingkat Tong Shin junction will be relocating to Restaurant Pau Kee, No. 10, Jalan Utara, off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur end of June.

Last Sunday, we went to this shop for lunch. Despite the myriad of Ipoh Hor Fun stalls sprouting up all over KL, this shop remains our favourite and serves the most authentic Ipoh Hor Fun, complete with a bit of red chilli oil in the soup. 

According to the proprietor, the coffee shop will be turned into a travel agency in July. They will be moving to Imbi, behind the Honda Showroom, come end of next month. 

View Ipoh Hor Fun in a larger map

I hope the new location will have better parking facilities.