Showing posts with label Kuantan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kuantan. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Food Trail - What To Eat in Sungai Lembing

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang

There are 2 things that Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang is famous for; One is the picturesque village & mountain views and the second is the food that is served here. After more than 2 hours of driving, we finally reached Sungai Lembing after our breakfast stop at Bentong Town.

As we arrived a little later after our stop at Sungai Pandan waterfall, it was already 130pm. After parking our car, we decided to take a walk to the food court hoping to try our luck whether there is any food store that is still selling any food.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing Tea House

When we arrive, most of the hawkers at the Sungai Lembing Food Court are already in the midst of cleaning and packing for the day. We then decided to take a walk around town to see whether any other shops are still opened; we manage to find one which is a Coffeeshop next to Kwong See Association (Lembing Tea House) which sells duck egg noodles. It looks more like the pan mee, but here they served it with a braised pork belly and some meatballs.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing Tea House Duck Egg Noodle

The taste of the broth was very tasty; much like the taste of the Japanese Ramen pork broth. The small bowl that we had was RM7.00 and RM10.00 for a big bowl not that cheap considering we gotten only 2 pieces of Pork belly and 2 meatballs.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing Tea House Abacus

mind you, this shop owner uses a Chinese abacus to tally your bills.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing Tea House Egg Tea

We decided to order one bowl just to try it out; while waiting for the noodle to arrive, the shop also sells some tea leaves and also the herbal eggs (RM1.50), which we decided to try one of it as well. The taste of the eggs are on a much sweeter note and lack the herbal tea taste that we like.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Suspension Bridge

After that; while walking around town, we met with some locals and chatted with them to find out what are our option for dinner. According to him, the most original shop that sells the famed tomato noodles is at the Restoran Hoover and ask us to check it out.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Noodle Factory

We then checked into Pollock View Resort and decided to do some sightseeing (you can check it out at the link below). After that; we visited the noodle making factory over the other side of the river, this place also sells the famed Mountain Spring Water Tau Foo Fa, we decided to give it a try and it has quite a smooth silky texture.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Restoran Hoover

After that, we decided to have an early dinner at Restoran Hoover as we didn't have much for lunch. 

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Restoran Hoover Wild Boar Satay

As we were walking over, a lady selling wild boar skewers were promoting her fare. We decided to order 5 sticks of the skewers and it tasted not too bad as wild boar meat tends to be firmer in texture.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Restoran Hoover Thai Style Tilapia

Although it was just a little past 6, the restaurant is already fully occupied. After getting our table; we started to order some of their specialty dishes (recommended by the locals that we met earlier), we were told that they don't have anymore as it was reserved for some customer and for their next day customer. She mentioned, we should have booked our dishes earlier if we wanted those dishes. Anyway, we ordered whatever was available, and the first dish is the Thai Style Tilapia. The fish is fried to a deep crust and topped with some vinaigrette mango.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Restoran Hoover Spring Onion Ginger Wild Boar

Followed by the Spring Onion Wild Boar Meat. We didn't like the taste of the dish, the texture of the meat was too tough and it didn't taste anything like what we expected.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Restoran Hoover Minced Meat tau Foo

Next, is the Tau Foo with Minced meat. the dish is passable but the tau foo has once again scored better marks in Sungai Lembing.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Restoran Hoover Tomato Noodle

Our final dish is the famed Sungai Lembing Tomato Noodle. The noodles are pre-fried much like the Cantonese style noodle and topped with a tomato based gravy. We are not so used to it, it was quite like a mild version of a spaghetti sauce that you either like it or not.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Morning Sunrise View Bukit Panorama

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel for an earlier night out as tomorrow we need to get wake up at 5am to trek up the Bukit Panorama to watch the first light of the day.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing San Seng Noodle

After spending more that 1.5 hours at the hilltop, we decided to trek down and have our breakfast at the Sungai Lembing food court which serves the much touted Spring Mountain Water Tau Foo. We were told that there are 3 different shops selling the same Tau Foo; one of the shops was not open, so we explore the 2 other shop and decided to ask one of the local which shop they fancied. 

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing San Seng Noodle Yong Tau Foo

According to the local, the other shop which is at the end of the food court is more popular with the tourist as they were featured in an Astro program but we decided to stick to the locals which the owner said that it is now in the 3rd generation-spanning more than 80 years history.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing San Seng Noodle Mountain Spring Water Yong Tau Foo

For Tau Foo fans, you will like the soft silky smooth texture of this Spring Mountain Water Tau Foo (RM0.80) per pcs.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing San Seng Noodle Curry  Yong Tau Foo

We were surprised by the generous portion of fish paste in each of the "liew"  which is the ladies fingers and green chilies (RM0.70 per pcs), here we have it in the curry soup. you can choose either the clear soup or the curry.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Lembing San Seng Noodle beef Brisket Ngau Lam Mee

Another dish that must be tried from this store is the Beef Brisket Noodle Ngau Lam Mee (RM5.00). Fragrant and braised to a soft firm texture. Loves the taste and texture of this Ngau Lam.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Honey Lime

There is one more speciality item from Sungai Lembing which is the Honey Lime Drink (RM14.00) which you can purchase to be made at home. This is the cheapest price that you can get from Sungai Lembing. He sells the Eggs Chee Cheong Fun too but we were a little too late; he sold off before 9.30am.

After our satisfying breakfast meals, we check out and left Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang to continue our journey to Kuantan. More on this in our other post below.

Link to our Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Food trail and holiday


Restoran Hoover Sungai Lembing Address and Location



Sungai Lembing Food Court (Hawker Centre) Address and Location


Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kuantan Food: Ramin By The River Restaurant Mega View Hotel Kuantan Food Promotion

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Ramin By The River

We did not anticipate that our short holiday to Kuantan coincide with the Hari Raya Haji which means most of the popular Kuantan Malay food store are closed for this holiday season. So, we end up exploring on other Kuantan food to eat.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Ramin By The River Dining Area

As we were staying at the Mega View Hotel Kuantan, we decided to check out a special ala carte set lunch and dinner promotion at Ramin By The River Restaurant that was ongoing.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Ramin By The River Dining Area

The restaurant is nicely set up with a garden wedding decor theme much like a wedding reception setup. The other nice feel about dining at the Ramin By The River Restaurant is the spectacular river view, especially in the evening.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Tom Yum

Since there were 6 of us which are heavy eaters; we decided to order the 7 dishes set which the first is the Clear TomYam Seafood Soup. For me, the soup was a little sourish slurping up directly but eaten with rice, is much better.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Crispy Fried Chicken

Next dish is the Fried Crispy Chicken. The chicken is fried to a crisp and was served with a Thai dipping sauce at the sides.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Crispy Nyonya Steam Fish

Followed by the Steam fish in Nyonya Sauce. The Nyonya sauce was quite nicely done and was best eaten with white rice. The Siakap fish was very fresh and the meat texture was firm without any smelly taste normally associated with this type of fish.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Crispy Assam Sotong

After that, we had the Assam Sotong; which has a strong Assam sambal flavoured. With the bouncy and firm texture of the fresh squid, it was another dish which we had to order our add-on rice to goes with the Assam sauce.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Crispy Planta Prawn

Our order of the prawns is the Crispy Planta Prawn. The prawns were fried to a crisp texture and cooked with the Planta sauce. This is very much a change from the standard butter prawns; a first for us to try this method of cooking the prawns.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Fried Eggs With Prawn

To complement our other spicy dishes we ordered the Fried Eggs With Prawns.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River King of Vegetables

For vegetables; we had the King of Vegetables with Belacan. Love this as we can really taste the strong flavoured of the Kuantan belacan evidently in this dish.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Rojak Buah

The set dinner also comes with a complimentary Rojak Buah. This Rojak Buah is made from the family owned secret sauce. We were a little delighted to taste this Rojak as our normal expectation are not too high for Rojak Buah that are usually served at hotels. Apparently, the specialty is the dry shrimp that was used to make the sauce.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Fruit Platter

and a complimentary Fruit Platter for dessert to end our meals.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Menu
This set cost RM258.00 ++. To us from KL, it is a real value for money deal. We were quite surprised that hotel food can be this good in Kuantan at Ramin By The River Restaurant and the service was rather quick.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Pokemon Pikachu Burger

The next day, before heading back to Kuala Lumpur, we decided to try out a special dish which is Pokemon Burger (RM13.90) that was on offered by Ramin By The River Restaurant which looks very cute and enticing. It turns out that the burger patties was made with a rendang inspired sauce. It would have been better if the Chef uses a teriyaki based patties instead which will taste better to us.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Mee Mamak

Next, we tried out Ramin By The River Restaurant - 2 signature ala-carte dishes which the first is the Mee Mamak (RM13.90). Laden with seafood like prawns & cuttlefish, bean curd and potatoes it was cooked with the right sauce combination that was very flavourful.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Nasi Goreng

and the second one is the Nasi Goreng Kampung (RM16.90). We like the sambal belacan that came with it; as it has that special pungent taste. The spicy fried rice is served with a piece of Fried Chicken, Eggs, Salted Fish, Acar, Kacang, Ikan Bilis and the special sambal sotong.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Pei Pa Chicken

We were told that the Chef has also 2 special dish which was not on the menu; the first is the Pei Pa Chicken. The skin was roasted to a nice soft crisp and bedded with a special Pei Pa sauce which was perfect eaten with white rice.

Kuantan Mega View Hotel Ramin By The River Vienna Prawns

and the second dish is the Vienna Prawns. The prawns are set on skewers and fried to a deep crisp before being topped with a special sauce. A nice meal; as a snack instead.

We vouch; to make our next Kuantan food trail seeking out some of Kuantan delicious food on our next visit to Kuantan in the distant future.


Mega View Hotel Kuantan Ramin By The River Address:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Holiday

Kuantan Riverside Morning View From Megaview Hotel

It has been more than 15 years we last went to Kuantan, Pahang for a holiday. As it was a long weekend, we decided to make to trip to the east coast Sungai Lembing Kuantan and Kuantan Pahang for a short holiday.

Bentong Pahang Town

Our holiday started with a very early morning drive from Kuala Lumpur. We decided to take a short detour to try out some talked about food in Bentong for our breakfast. More of this in our food trail.

Sungai Pandan Waterfall Sungai Lembing Kuantan

After a quick breakfast, we continued our journey towards Sungai Lembing, Kuantan where we made a pitstop visit to one of the popular Sungai Pandan Waterfall, we were a little disappointed as there was very little upstream water flowing down this picturesque waterfall.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang

After a short stay at the Sungai Pandan Waterfall, we continued our journey to Sungai Lembing town where we had lunch at one of the restaurants (more of this in our food trail section) at the town centre before checking into the Pollock View Resort for a night stay.

Sungai Lembing Muzuim Kuantan Pahang

We took the opportunity to make a trip down memory lane at the Sungai Lembing Museum where we got a first-hand understanding of the history surrounding this little kampung town called Sungai Lembing.

Sungai Lembing Mine Tunnel Kuantan Pahang

We were told that there is a mine tunnel where we can explore first-hand the lives and experience of tin miners in the early days. So after our museum tour, we headed to the enter the very cooling and damp tunnel.

Sungai Lembing Mine Tunnel Kuantan Pahang

We really had an insight towards the lives of the miners working in such dangerous environment although, at that time, it was touted as the best paying job during that era.

Sungai Lembing Suspension Bridge Kuantan Pahang

After that, we head over to the suspension bridge of Sungai Lembing which we thought was a little frightening as this bridge is not only used by pedestrian but also motorcycles as well.

Sungai Lembing Noodle Factory Kuantan Pahang

It was a real nice experience though as on the other side of the river, we could see some cottage industry namely the famous noodle manufacturer and the home of the Mountain Spring Water TauFoo.

Sungai Lembing Tomato Noodle Kuantan Pahang

Before heading back to the Hotel, we had dinner at another restaurant which was recommended by a local we met earlier which said that this restaurant offers the most original Tomato noodles which are a popular dish in Sungai Lembing.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Morning View Kuantan Pahang

After dinner, we headed back to our hotel to call it a day as we plan to trek Sungai Lembing popular Bukit Panorama the next morning to witness the sunrise which is acclaimed to be a sight to behold.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Morning View Kuantan Pahang

We woke up at 5am and after a piece of toast and a cup of instant coffee, we made our treacherous journey taking a step at a time to reach the summit of Bukit Panorama to see the first light of the day.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Sunrise Morning View Kuantan Pahang

Although feeling exhausted on reaching the summit which is already packed with people, we soon find ourselves overlooking at some the cloud bedded scenery on top of the hills. It was really worth all the effort to look at this beautiful view.

Sungai Lembing Food Mountain Spring Water taufoo Kuantan Pahang

After trekking down from the hills, we made our way to the Sungai Lembing food court, where we had one of the smoothest and silkiest Mountain Spring Water Tau Foo for breakfast before checking out of the hotel to make our way to Kuantan town.

Sungai Lembing Gua Charas Sivan Temple Kuantan Pahang

We were told that on our way to Kuantan town, we should make a pit stop at Sivan Temple at Gua Charas where there is a statue of a Sleeping Buddha inside the cave. We reached there at 1230 pm and were not told that the best time to visit this Gua Charas is from 11am to 12pm as there is a light shining from the top of the cave directly at the Buddha's head at 11am until the toe at 12pm.

Sungai Lembing Gua Charas Sivan Temple Kuantan Pahang

It was another trek up and a journey that takes us deep into the Gua Charas where we finally witness the Sleeping Buddha. After a short prayer, we then headed back to our car.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Address Pahang

We then continued our journey to Kuantan where we decided to take up a special promotion offer for a twin bedded Executive Deluxe room at Megaview Hotel Kuantan which is located at 567, Jalan Besar 25000 Kuantan which is next to the Kuantan River.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan River View Pahang

One of the nice feels is that this hotel; which is located by the river offers a very relaxing ambience for our holiday and being a public holiday, going to the hotel was a breeze.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

Upon checking into the hotel, we find a pleasant nature tone that sets the theme for the hotel. The green colour denotes the natural feel of the environment.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

The hotel itself is celebrating its 18th anniversary and we learned that they are refurbishing all their room in stages. We choose the newly refurbished room that overlooks the river.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

The rooms were clean and have had in-room coffee and tea making facility.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Toilet  Pahang

Our room also came with a glass wall that separates the room and the bathroom to give it an upmarket feel and is really suitable for couples on holiday.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Rain Shower Pahang

Our bathroom also comes with rain showers for you to relax your tired muscles. One of the plus points for me is the water coming out of the faucet was very strong and when set with the right hot water temperature, it was a marvel to drain away all my tired muscle from all the trekking for the day.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Sunrise River View Pahang

The difference between the Deluxe rooms and the Executive Deluxe rooms is that the latter has a balcony and located on the 8th and 9th floor, while the former only have a windows view. If you are not really on a budget, the executive deluxe rooms will make your stay much more rewarding.

Kuantan Teluk Cempedak Beach Pahang

After a brief rest, we decided to venture to visit some of the popular destination in Kuantan, As Kuantan is located next to the sea, one has to visit the many beaches that are less than 10 minutes drive away. Our host brought us to the Teluk Cempedak for a brief walk to a rocky beach. Here the local council has erected a canopy walkway to the other part of the beach which was quite difficult to go some years back. As we walk along the canopy walk, we were greeted by monkeys along the walk, an advice is not to feed them as they can be quite aggressive if they didn't get what they wanted.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Dinner Ramin By The River Assam Sotong

After our short trip to Teluk Cempedak, we made our way to Tanjung Lumpur for some popular and Kuantan must eat food, but was disappointed as all were close for Hari Raya Haji holidays. See this we decided to go back to the hotel to check out the food at the hotel. (Click Here).

Kuantan Megaview Hotel River View

After dinner, we decided to take a stroll by the river. As it was a Public Holiday, there were not much going on there, we saw a few people fishing by the riverside. The cool and breezy walk were indeed therapeutic and relaxing.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel River View

The next morning, we were awakened to the sound of the fishing vessel coming back from its fishing expedition which is quite a common occurrence this time of the morning. It was a nice sight to behold as the fishing vessel slowly trough along to the inner sanctuary of Kuantan.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Breakfast Toast and Eggs

We had a nice buffet breakfast which is included in our hotel stay. The hotel breakfast buffet offers some of the local delights like yellow rice with curry, make your own eggs (sunny side up, scrambled and more), Teochew porridge and other breakfast delights.

Pantai Batu Hitam Beserah Kuantan Pahang

After our breakfast, we went to another beach which is the Batu Hitam, beach in Beserah. It was a long white sandy beach and only a part of it; is where the Batu Hitam is at. Although it was very hot and sunny, the strong breeze from the South China Sea continues to blow away much of the heat.

We spent about an hour at the beach before heading back to the hotel to have our lunch at the hotel  and bid farewell to Kuantan, Pahang.

Overall, this short trip was a nice break for us as it is quite some time we took to the road to explore some of the special destination and awesome Malaysian food. With a nice and comfortable place to stay, it was indeed a welcome break from our routine. We look forward to our next Malaysian Expedition.

Link to our Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Food trail and holiday


Direction to Sungai Pandan Waterfall Kuantan

 

Direction to Sungai Lembing, Kuantan



Mega View Hotel Address and Location



Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan Location



Batu Hitam Beach Location



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