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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Duty & More Around Sitiawan


Had a long long day today, therefore will try to shorten my post. Today's destination? Sitiawan. Yippee! First time in my life I am going to this town, somewhere near Seri Manjung, and roughly 70 km from Ipoh. The team? Once again, me, KYT, FCOE and TallGal, probably should be renamed to Food Gang? =P
Quickly bull-dozed through our work and headed for lunch. Muahaha!! Stomach first. Eelektra recommended either Amu Coconut Villa or Villa Seafood Restaurant (they're opposite of each other in Kampung Cina, btw) for their seafood, which is supposed to be cheap and delicious. The latter was closed for the day, so we chose Amu instead.

Jug of Fresh Coconut Water

Initially the shop was empty. Nobody in sight. We were prepared for the worst, half expecting them to be closed as well. Luck was on our side, the owner claimed they were open, and we might just be the first customers of the day! An interesting note though, they DO NOT serve pork, which explained the visit by a few Malay customers today. We ordered coconut juice to be shared, and it came in a jug, served with a bucket of ice. Refreshing on a hot day ....


Kampung Koh Famous Chili Sauce

Deep-Fried Squid

Kampung Koh in Sitiawan is famous for its garlic chilli sauce, which you would have seen at least once in every supermarket. There are various brands selling the same Kg Koh Chilli Sauce. But don't ask me, I have NO idea which one is the original. They served the Ngo's Original brand, which was not too spicy, and not too strong garlic taste. Went really well with some of the dishes.


Oyster Omelette

We ordered 5 dishes for the 4 of us, as we were prepared to go all out on a feast, but holding back on the seafood for the sake of one of our team. Hehe. The deep-fried squids came in big chunks, less tentacles, and batter-fried to perfection. TallGal claimed the portion was too small, but I think it was reasonable, as probably the owners did not expect us to have a heavy lunch. The squids came with its own sweet chilli sauce. The oyster omelette (Or Chien) was crisp at the side, and filled with small oysters. The taste was OK, but it would be perfect if the oysters were larger, rendering a juicier bite.


Honey Chicken

For the sake of KYT, we had to order a chicken dish. But no regrets, as the honey chicken came with chunks of boneless chicken meat, drenched in yummy sweet honey gravy. Not overly sweet or sour, the combination worked pretty well.


Fried Sweet Potato Leaves

Simply ordered a vegetable dish, to balance the carnivorous appetite. The sweet potato leaves (Fan Shu Miu) fried with garlic was moderate. Nothing special, but not bad either.

Nyonya-style Steamed Stingray

Personally, I loved the stingray, cooked nyonya style, steamed to perfection. The meat was fresh and slight chewy, rather than overcooked/undercooked with no texture. The gravy was very compatible with white rice, and not tongue-numbing hot. Very yummy, in my book.

The bill arrived at RM57.40, including drinks, and rice. VERY cheap! Should've gone all-out and ordered lavishly! But, there is always another time! ;)

Location : Kg Cina, Sitiawan. Coming from Ipoh towards Lumut, turn left at the first Sitiawan junction, and go straight until you reach Sitiawan town. Once you reach a crossroad traffic lights, with KFC on your right, turn left and go straight for a few minutes, you'll passed by 2 schools, and go further until you reach ACS Secondary School.Turn right at the next traffic lights after the school. Go straight til you reach another traffic lights, but go straight this time. You will reach Amu Coconut Villa Seafood Restaurant on your left.

The shop at a backlane selling Kong Pneah
Huh. Feeling full, satisfied, and sleepy (as usual), we crawled our way back to Ipoh. But not without some local products. Sitiawan town is famous for its Kong Pneah, a type of biscuits made with spring onion and some with char siu. FCOE asked her friend, who is a local, for directions. We managed to reach this shop, right at a backlane between Courts Mammoth and Public Bank, which are on the same road as ACS.

List of the pastries/cookies they sell, purposely blurred him off cz that guy was smoking ...

Closer look at the Kong Pneah

Sadly, the guy manning the stall (a smoking one, mind you, which made us think twice about the hygiene factor) burst the bubble and told us the next batch of Kong Pneah with spring onion and char siu will only be ready in an hour. Hmm. I bought the leftovers, plain one with and without sesame seeds. One bite, and I was hooked ...NOT. It was so chewy, even with my young perfect teeth, was having some difficulties biting the bread/biscuit hybrid. At 60cents/ piece, it was a pretty cheap option in case anyone is starving though. Sigh ....

Both were bitten and battered ...

We left Sitiawan town, feeling extremely fatigued and dreaming of our comfy beds at home. Poor me was the one doing all the driving and humming some tune to keep myself awake. :(

As we were nearly home, KYT woke up, feeling refreshed of course, and suggested we go Pusing, once again (=P) for the kuih. Hey! Great idea! So off we went, AGAIN (second time this week) to the uncle's stall in Pusing for some yummy nyonya kuih .... (refer previous post for the first purchase).

Array of colourful 'Ang Koo'

This time around, I bought one each of his Ang Koo, containing filling of red bean, green bean, grated coconut, and whatnot. All still yummy as ever, costing 40 cents each only. Next visit, will pay the aunt's stall beside, as I noticed she sells some different items, such as yam cake, and another stall selling cucur udang. Until the next food trip .... YAWN .... =O

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

wei.. too long la ur blog... cant manange to read all... sleepy... haha.. kidding ya.. wa, so many kuih.. but, my fav only sweet potato balls... others r juz too sweet for me.. hehe.. so, if u went to pusing nxt time.. remember ta pao some ya.. hehe...
-kca-

wmw said...

So many types of Ang Koo...I like the ones with green bean and grated coconut. What is the filling for whatnot??? :o)

J2Kfm said...

anonymous : hehe, yeahlo, sometimes cant stop babbling la. :) will try to cut short. wei the black splat (Kai See Tang) is very nice. this wk probably wont go liao, overdose!

wmw : green bean one slight salty, but savoury. coconut one is the black one, a LOT of fillings! I forgot la, i bought 3 types only, i think there's peanut and something else.

TalLgAl said...

I reli like 'kai see teng' a lot, though d name is a bit....Seafood wise my favourite is d Nyonya steam pari.Not too spicy..
I still cant gain weight thru al tis kind of food tour.. wat happen!:P

J2Kfm said...

tallgal : yeah, kai see tang is the best! ;) i'd agree with the nyonya pari, though i kinda like the squid also. and i am gaining weight like no tomorrow. dun showoff!

team bsg said...

Wonderful you have skimmed through our area ! Next time you r here do check our manjung/sitiawan/lumut sections for some more recommendations of some sigmature local items !

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