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Several weeks ago when the sky in KL was enveloped with haze, we decided to take a short trip to Fraser’s hill. On the way back down, we took the long route and somehow ended up near the exit of Tanjung Malim, and since we were already there, I thought we might as well stop by Fu Man restaurant for dinner before heading back to the city.

Fu Man restaurant, book ahead if you're going on weekends
Fu Man restaurant, book ahead if you’re going on weekends

Fu Man is located just a few minutes away from the Tanjung Malim highway exit. If you’re heading there on a weekends, be sure to call ahead and book your table. We didn’t, but was lucky enough to get a table located at the alleyway by the side of the restaurant, everything indoor was already fully booked.

signature fried salted pork belly
signature fried salted pork belly

We let the server recommend us a few signature dishes for the two of us, and I’m glad to report that all three dishes were spot on.

The first dish was the fried salted pork belly (RM 18), served with home-made chilli sauce as well as a sweetish sauce with raw garlic. The pork was crispy on the outside and soft within, full of flavour and definitely a delight to eat. I reckon it’ll make excellent beer food too.

fried vegetable, and home-made steamed stuff tofu
fried vegetable, and home-made steamed stuffed tofu

Next up was the home-made steamed stuffed tofu (RM 6). The combination of minced pork and that extra soft tofu went very well with steamed rice. I wish someone would make yong tau foo that tastes exactly like this.

Naturally, our final dish was green, and it came in the form of “choi sum flower”, or basically a crunchier and juicier version of your normal “choi sum”, we enjoyed this too. They’re a lot less fibery and much easier to munch.

RM 39 for the two of us, great value
RM 39 for the two of us, great value

Dinner costs us RM 39 in total for two person, a great value you won’t likely find in the city. If you’re looking for a great meal and won’t mind driving some 70-80 KM up north, be sure to check out this place.

direction to Fu Man restaurant, Tanjung Malim

Address:
Restoran Fu Man
No. 39, Jalan U1,
Taman Universiti,
35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak
GPS3.683572, 101.530057
Tel05-4597 620
Hours: 11:30 pm – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 22:30 pm daily

Having spent most of my time in KL and Penang, it is easy to have a false sense of perception on how much street food costs. A “standard” plate of hawker dish is supposed to be around RM 4.50 or RM 5.00, no?

Then we went to Sitiawan.

hawker center at Sitiawan wet market
hawker center at Sitiawan wet market

This was a day trip I took earlier this year with Suanie via Kuala Selangor (where we stumbled upon the famous Cendol Bakar).

Not knowing where to eat at Sitiawan, we stopped by the wet marker in the afternoon and was happy to see the food stall in operation. A closer look revealed that most dishes are priced at RM 2.80 per serving!

loh mee & "kan lau" mee
loh mee & “kan lau” mee

I ordered the loh mee while Suan had a plate of their “kan lau” mee. They also serve asam laksa, wantan mee, and clear soup noodle at the same price.

My loh mee was actually rather delicious. It came with a lot of bamboo shoots which I love, and the starchy soup base was flavorful. Suan’s kan lau mee came with a few slices of charsiu, while they’re not exactly very good quality charsiu, it still made a decent plate of brunch.

Suan and KY enjoying tea time
Suan and KY enjoying tea time

If you’re around Lumut or Sitiawan looking for a place for late lunch/tea time snack, this is one of the places to check out and stay within budget. :D

direction to Sitiawan wet market

Address:
Kg. Koh Wet Market
Jalan Lumut,
Sitiawan, Perak
GPS: 4.216096, 101.697822

Tua Pek Kong temple at Sitiawan
Tua Pek Kong temple at Sitiawan

Oh, we also went to perhaps one of the only tourist attractions at Sitiawan – the Tua Pek Kong temple at Jalan Psasir Panjang.

The temple is located by the coast and spots some pretty impressive statues facing the Melaccan straits. There’s also a path where you can walk into the swamp area, a koi pond with loads of fish, and a beautiful garden there.

Like most temple in Malaysia, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to visit.

plenty of statues, a nice koi pond, and jungle walk at Tua Pek Kong temple

Address:
Tua Pek Kong Temple
Jalan Pasir Panjang,
Sitiawan, Perak

GPS: 4.163129, 100.688397

There’s a new diver in town! Haze just did her PADI Open Water certification at Pulau Sembilan, which is a cluster of small islands half an hour’s boat ride away from Lumut. The underwater condition, and thus diving, was subpar at best. Visibility was quite poor except for one of the dives, and there wasn’t exactly a lot of exotic creatures to spot either.

However, for whatever that is lack in diving, the couple dinners we had at the area more than made up for it.

Hai Tien Di Seafood Restaurant, Sitiawan
Hai Tien Di Seafood Restaurant, Sitiawan

On the second night of our stay at Lumut, Haze and I joined our fatty dive master James, together with fellow dive buddy Alan to Hai Tien Di seafood restaurant at Sitiawan with the promise of awesome fresh oysters and yummy seafood.

It was about a 20 minutes drive away from where we stayed at Marina Island Pangkor, and we were not disappointed.

check out the size of fresh oyster there
check out the size of fresh oyster there

We ordered 10 big oysters as appetizer (RM 5 a piece), and just check out their size! They fleshy part of the oysters were as big as my palm, easily the biggest oysters I had.

Coupled with the fact that these creatures were actually alive in the tank prior to being served, they were absolutely delicious. A dash of lime or some Tabasco sauce was all it takes, and try not to make the mistake of putting it in with one mouthful lest you wanna make a full of yourself having oysters spilling out at the corner of your mouth.

Positively tasty.

steamed prawns, they were alive moments ago
steamed prawns, they were alive moments ago

Our biggest main dish was the steamed live prawns. At Hai Tien Di, you get to choose between the “normal” frozen prawns, or the live prawns from the tank. We of course, went for broke and chose the later.

With live seafood, the simplest cooking method is usually the best. This is to preserve the essence of the taste, so for this dish, we have it steamed, as recommended by the operator.

The prawns sliced in halves, and steamed with a bit of ginger, fried garlic, spring onion, light soya sauce, and Chinese wine. It was delightful, packed with that seafood sweetness. At RM 65 this was definitely not cheap, but worth it nonetheless.

fresh oyster, fried vegetable, steamed grouper
fresh oyster, fried vegetable, steamed grouper

A seafood meal is not complete without fish, so we ordered a live grouper, steamed teow chew style (RM 35). It was of course, absolutely fresh and went well with steamed rice.

We also had a plate of vegetable (RM8) to satisfy the vitamin c/fiber requirements. You must always have a serving of vegetable at every meal, no?

we sure did have our stomachs stuffed
we sure did have our stomachs stuffed

The service at Hai Tien Di was pretty good, food came quite fast as well. I can’t say that this is a place that is economical (for a small town), but the quality of fresh/live seafood here was stunning, and those oysters were absolutely delicious.

If you find yourself at Lumut/Sitiawan, this would be a place worth visiting.

map to Hai Tien Di seafood restaurant at Sitiawan

Address:
Hai Tien Di Seafood Restaurant
522 Kampung Cina,
32000 Sitiawan, Perak
GPS: 4.190067, 100.684217
Tel: 05-692 4679 

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When it comes to dimsum, Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum restaurant at Ipoh is gotta be one of my all time favorites. I always try to make it a point to stop by Ming Court whenever I drive between KL and Penang in the mornings.

For evening commute, I sometimes head to Pun Chun for wantan mee and chicken biscuits instead.

dim sum at Ming Court, Ipoh
Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum restaurant

The restaurant is located at the heart of Ipoh city in an unsuspecting shop lot, opposite another dimsum behemoth that is Fu Shan. While some swore by Fu Shan, I personally had the experience of rather disappointing meal there, hence I stick to this old school outlet these days. (the reason why I don’t blog about Fu Shan).

Parking can be a bit challenging, but there’re private car parks nearby. Like Hong Kong, sharing table is pretty much obligated here due to the volume of customer.

glutinious rice, chicken feet, brinjal
glutinous rice with chicken, braised phoenix claws, stuffed eggplant

The glutinous rice with chicken, braised phoenix claws (chicken feet lah!), stuffed eggplants, and of course, the usual hargao (prawn dimsum) and siumai (pork dimsum) are must orders. The portions are slightly smaller than those found in KL, but packed a bigger punch in flavors.

The dimsum here always tasted super fresh and steamy hot too.

har gao, siu mai, sesame soup, chee cheong fun
har gao, siu mai, black sesame soup

One of the must-order signature dish at Ming Court is their black sesame soup. While the black colored soup might look a bit like diluted mud from the photo, the combination of it’s smell and taste really blew me away when I had this. It was  rich yet really smooth, there’s no “jelak” feeling afer consuming the whole bowl either.

fried dim dum, pork ribs
deep fried dimsum, chee cheong fun, pork ribs

Other than traditional steamed dimsum, there’s a wide variety of deep fried dishes too. I’ve tried their prawns with mayonnaise, wu kok, and quite a few other items completely foreign to me. They all tasted pretty awesome.

Their chee cheong fun and pork ribs were A-OK too.

Horng, KY, FA
Horng, KY, FA, on trip to Penang Jan 2009

The dimsum here are priced between RM 2.00 to RM 2.80 with a couple items at RM 4.00. We usually spend slightly more than RM 10 per person for an awesomely satisfying brunch.

Gareth, Cheesie, KY, Kimberly
Gareth, Cheesie, KY, and Kim just before Porject Alpha shooting, Jan 2010

map to Ming Court Dim Sum at Ipoh

Address:
36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam
30300 Ipoh, Perak
GPS: 4.597068,101.086137
Tel: 05-255 7134

What’s better than an ice cold beer? A frozen beer of course!

I’ve heard about this wonderful concoction from Gareth several years ago, so when Cheesie, Kim, Jojo, and I were shooting Project Alpha season 2 at Lost World of Tambun, we made it a point to have dinner there.

Kafe Yoon Wah with frozen beer
super chilled beer poured on frozen mug = frozen beer!

After spending a good 20-30 minutes looking for the place and almost ended up at a wrong shop with a deceptively similar name, we finally sat our collective butts on the table. Except this time around the 5 of us sat at a semi-circle aka TVB style dinner, and I got to do the food review in the video below:

Before talking about the food, lets concentrate on the frozen beer for a moment. The idea is actually pretty simple, the beer is chilled till it’s almost frozen, I’m guessing probably below 4 C.

The beer glasses are super chilled separately, and when the two meets, the beer foam is instantly frozen, and the beer itself remained super cold but in liquid form. The beer tasted super awesome! I’m not sure you can do this at home, but I think it’s worth a try, just don’t leave your beer in the freezer though.

tofu, kung pao chicken, vegetable, fried lala
tofu, kung pao chicken, vegetable, fried lala

Since the shop uses a super cool and ultra efficient wireless PDA for ordering, we ended up asking for way too much food. The five of us had 7 dishes, and later added on 2 other side dishes since we found out Jojo doesn’t eat seafood, at all!

We had tofu with minced meat, kung pao chicken, and vegetable (vitamin c quota :D) for the non seafood dishes. While the tofu and vegetable dishes were pretty decent, the kung pao chicken was rather good, it had a good “wok hei” going on. Those were the only dishes Jojo eats, FHL.

mantis prawn, steamed pak sou kong, steamed frog
mantis prawn, steamed pak sou kong, steamed frog

As for the seafood dishes, we had deep fried mantis prawn, steamed cat fish (pak sou kong), steamed frog with chicken essence, and fried lala.

Other than the fish which tasted rather ordinary, the other 3 dishes were excellent. The mantis prawns was my favorite, deep fried, salted, and with fresh chili all over, it packed a punch and was really flavorful. The steamed frog with chicken essence were very sweet too, Kim loved that max!

stuffed chicken wings, frozen beer, satay
stuffed chicken wings, frozen beer, satay

Since Jojo were only able to have 3 out of those 7 dishes, we ordered stuffed chicken wings and satay for the tv celeb without telling her that the wings are stuffed with a variety of ingredients including mutton and fish. We liked it, and so did Jojo, but she almost killed me when I told her they had fish in them.

The stuffed wings are a must order item, and it’s sold by this old lady that has a stall next to Yoon Wah. Don’t miss out if you’re there. The satay though, was forgettable.

Kim, Gareth, Jojo, KY, and Cheesie
Kim, Gareth, Jojo, KY, and Cheesie

Since this was for Project Alpha, the production treated us dinner and I didn’t manage to find out the exact price of the feast. But from all the other blogs and comments, Yoon Wah seems to charge pretty reasonably. So if you’re in Ipoh, get some frozen beer and good seafood there.

map of kafe yoon wah at ipoh

Address:
Kafe Sun Yoon Wah
No. 7, Jln Bijeh Timah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak

GPS: 4.596231, 101.078977
Tel: 05-253 9980

Check out our other Project Alpha season 2 videos too!
Ep 26 – Musing around at Lost world of Tambun

Ep 27 – Photoshoot with Jojo & Cheesie, with snakes!
Ep 29 – Gareth spilling Kim’s secrets
Ep 30 – Terribly cute Racoons
Ep 31 – KY enters the Serpentarium