Tuesday, October 06, 2015

A Chance to Explore Teluk Intan

We were invited to attend a wedding dinner in Teluk Intan so we decided to take this opportunity to see the place with our little wheels.
We reached Anson 安順 (as the Chinese called it) just before noon, checked into a hotel and started roaming the third largest town in Perak. The town is located at an oxbow meandering river bank. My plan was to visit as many makan places as possible.
Winnie and Larry waited for us at the leaning tower of Teluk Intan, a major attraction of the town which was built in 1885 by a Chinese contractor Leong Choon Cheong. It was an elevated water tank serving the surrounding which now is defunct but it still serves as a clock tower.
We found our first target, Rojak Ah Chai which is located next to Pasar Besar at the intersection of Jalan Woo Saik Hong and Jalan Putra.
The fruits were all pre cut, placed on the trishaw and ready to be served.
At last I have tried Ah Chai's famous rojak, it is awesomely delicious, the black sauce is not as thick as those in Penang but it has a strong and lovely flavour of what a good fruit rojak should be. Thumb up for Ah Chai.
A fresh coconut water that is superbly ideal when eating a nice and tasty rojak. Gua suka leh.
Next in my visiting list was Hawaii, a place we were looking forward savouring their ABC. Teluk Intan is not a big town and  checking these places with our bicycles was rather cool and fun. This place is also known as No.1 Lo Han Kou.
The four choices of ours colourful and yummy.
A bowl of assam laksa to share, it was on a sourish note like those of a Chinese version. Personally I would prefer the taste of the Malay laksa (Laksa Utara).
Rojak is sold here too, in fact there is a wide variety of foods found here and the place was crowded with hungry people like us.
A truck that is parked right in front of the shop, what an identity of No.1 Lou Han Kuo. You are cool and so is your food.
With all the food in our tummies, feeling guilty and so we went for a spin. Somehow we made our way into a village and ronda towards the tip of the habitat at a bank of Sg. Perak.
 We saw red earth bunds being built along the river which I reckoned it is a flood protection project by the Government for the villagers. We also found a nice piece of graffiti in one of the house, I love the beautiful painting on the wall.
Mastan Ghani is famous for its mee rebus and mee kuah rojak and it is always invaded by visitors to this town. It has several branches in Teluk Intan we were at the one in Jalan Selat near Menara Condong (the leaning tower).
Jo mentioned that the cucur udang is really cucur udang as you can really feel the taste and bite of the prawns.
The mee kuah rojak of Teluk Intan, the colour is slightly whitish as compare to others in other places.
Then came Chew with others from Kuala Lumpur where we met up, Chew being a local boy took us around the town briefly and to this confectionery for some purchase of local biscuits.
Sin Joo Heong or the "Tiger Head" is one of the famous brands and here we were contributing to the economy of Teluk Intan. I don't see any Tiger Head near the leaning tower but according to Chew it's his favourite.
From the photo it is shown as 4.10pm and makan again with this new batch of buddies at Glutton Square (Jalan Pasir Bedamar). This is one of the the famous Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun found in this Medan Selera.
Ah Yong's famous Kari Mee. It looks good and also tasted yummy!
Ice Kacang from Do Re Mi - Have fun with other desserts at this stall.
In another couple of hours we will be seated again for a bigger meal ... we surely can eat.
It was wedding dinner time in a school (SJK(C) Chong Min) compound with about 60 - 70 tables and surprisingly I must say the food was one of the best in a wedding dinner I have ever tried. Everyone of us were amazed by it.
Pun Choy was amazing gorgeous and everybody was super happy with the starter.
Though it was catering for such a huge crowd and yet the food was delicious, better than many dinners I have attended.
The presentation was also impressive not only the taste.
Chong Thai Enterprise is a well known restaurant cum food caterer from Sg. Besar and popular for massive dinner such as this one.
What an ingenious idea with a well presented pack of plastic bags for packing left overs. 
The caterer was so thoughtful that a nicely prepared plastic bags that came specially for the last dish of fried rice. We actually "tapao" this lovely dish making sure that there is no food wastage on the table. 
What a fantastic day of food adventures and also a chance getting to know a fair bit of Teluk Intan. We love you Teluk Intan and Congratulation to Kong & Yu Fen for a new chapter in life.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

A Ride To Restoran Makanan Laut Kwai Lam at Kg. Subang 桂林海鲜餐馆

This is my first time cycling to Kg. Subang though I have tried the food at the neighbouring restaurant "Restoran Chong Fue Bak Kut Teh" nearly five years back. This time around I accompanied a group of cyclists all on folding bicycles to this part of the world for a dinner.
Eight sets for eight foldies who came all the way from Bandar Utama taking a journey of about 17 kilometres to reach the place.
There were two types of sauce given, sambal belacan on the right for noodles and the other sourish one for seafood.
Yut Kwong Hor (moonlight noodle) is actually a Hokkien fried rice noodle in dark sauce as similarly done for KL Hokkien Mee. We have a double moon here.
Stir fried sweet potato leaves simple yet tasty.
Lam Yee Pai Kut - Kwai Lam's deep fried fermented spare ribs with a right cut size and it was nicely fried into gorgeous pieces of delicious ribs. Please go slow with your bites it's hot from the wok.
I don't know why the fried Bihun was not popular among us but I think it was palatable, delicious and less oily... maybe it was because it has less oil in it.
This thick black fried Hokkien Mee was the most popular among those fried noodles on the table.
Salt baked tilapia was delicious.
I found that the grilled Tilapia fish has a better taste than the baked one, I like the burn aroma obviously the fish has been perfectly burnt from the grill.
It was a good outing with a good workout and a pacified indulgence of sinful dinner. We love it and will continue to do it for as long as our bodies can take it. Cheers to all the foldies cum foodies.
Restoran Makanan Laut Kwai Lam

5, Jalan TUDM, Kg Subang, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: +60 3-7846 1095
GPS : 3.141875, 101.53715

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Penang Bicycle Lane Downtown - Queensbay Mall Bayan Lepas

The weather in the morning was cloudy with slight drizzle and it was looking good for a ride where I wanted to check the bicycle route from downtown to Queensbay Mall. We parked our car somewhere near Carnarvon Street and took our bikes out for the adventure.This was my first attempt with the help and information gathered from the internet we headed to look for the lane.

This is the Phase One of the Penang Bicycle Route Masterplan covering a distance of 12.5 kilometres starting from Pragin Road - Carnarvon Street intersection to Queensbay roundabout.
It was reported that the cost for this phase was RM30 million with a distinguish bridge crossing over Sg.Pinang connecting Kapal Singh Drive and the old development of Macallum.
After the bridge the path runs parallel with the river side towards Kapal Singh Drive of a newer and nicer surrounding.
The start of Karpal Singh Drive is one of the remarkable features of this east coat bicycle lane.
A beautiful promenade renamed as Karpal Singh Drive in honour of the late Mr. Karpal Singh also known as The Tiger of Jelutong.
Celebration of Our Blue Sky sculpture is one of the several sculptures found at the promenade.
At the end of the promenade at McDonald is a new food court as we were coming to the rear of the court.
It is BSP Waterfront Food Court and Market, just wondering how popular is this food court.
Somehow the smooth flow of our cycling was interrupted as we were led to travel close and along Dr. Lim Chong Eu Expressway. It is a busy road and it does not seem to be friendly at all, fortunately it is only a short stretch.
It was a great relief after a short encounter with the heavy traffic at the expressway we then found ourselves in a nice landscaped environment.
Even though there are measure to prevent motor cyclists to use the lane, there were several motorbikes we met "sharing" the lane.
Two nice running statues positioned strategically along the lane.
We love this part of the bicycle lane, the trees have already maturely grown and a perfectly shaded area for cycling.

It is definitely quiet on a weekday there wasn't any cyclists during our our ride except a few motor cyclists and a jogger.
One of the couple of bridges along this route.
The bridge at The Light Waterfront Linear Park.
A blend of old and modern features seen along the route.
Fishing boats seen under neath of the Penang Bridge. I like cycling through this huge concrete structure as it is very cooling.
Jabatan Laut Jetty nearby the huge bridge.
There are a few warong along the seaside and there was only one opened at that time. We enjoyed the sea breeze and the fresh coconuts by the seaside. It is surely a nice place to take a rest and enjoy the scenery.
A development of modern dwelling on a reclaimed land that aims to place Penang in the international scene for property investment.
Passing by Pulau Jerejak Jetty.
An interesting piece of cycling structure hidden in the lush of greenery.
The path behind the vicinity of Gold Coast Resort Condominium.
That was it, Queensbay Roundabout is just right in front and we are turning back to the city. Mission accomplished.
The connection from the rear of the high rise dwellings to the main road.
The route along Bayan Mutiara.
This is a narrow crossing and it needs improvement.
After crossing the bridge over Sg. Pinang and going below Dr. Lim Chong Eu Expressway we came to a lane with old warehouses and workshops. This stretch is heavy shaded I got a good feel when I was going through it.
Green dedicated bicycle lane connecting back to the old heritage city.
The many winding turns on the lane at Jalan Gurdwara. All in all it was a good initiative of Penang to make Penang a safe place to cycle and with a vision to create a complete cycling route throughout the island.
These are some negative elements noted at this bicycle route, such as construction debris found on the lane, thick and slippery steel cables that can easily cause a moving bicycle to slip and fall.
The missing lane that breaks the rhythm of the ride and one has to be careful when cycling at this area.
Vehicles blocking the flow in front of a warong (something that must be good & popular at the stall)
Let us hope that these areas can be improved immediately and making this route a super friendly place to cycle for all. Thumb up for Penang and we shall be back.