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A couple months ago we took a short driving trip to the winding roads that led us to Bentong, and while at Bentong, I thought why not check out the famous tofufa shop at “Bentong Tau Fu Sdn Bhd“?

Bentong Tau Fu Sdn Bhd
Bentong Tau Fu Sdn Bhd

The shop is located within walking distance from the wet market where all the action is at. Like the name suggests, they offer homemade tofu for anyone who is handy in the kitchen, but additionally, they also server tofufa and soya bean drinks.

Drove to Bentong and had tau fu fa with proper Bentong ginger sauce #kyeats #bentong #taufufa

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The tofufa, or tofu pudding, soya beancurd if you like, is what we were here for. While the smooth texture is really good, what stands out here is the unique ginger based syrup made from the famous Bentong ginger which really adds to the overall flavor.

tofu and tofufa (tofu pudding) with ginger syrup
tofu and tofufa (tofu pudding) with ginger syrup

We also bought a couple squares of tofu home with the intent to make a steamed fish dish out of them, and obviously proceed to immediately have the purchase erased from our minds, resulting in zero review of the tofu & a slightly heavier trash bag weeks later.

peanut kuih
peanut kuih

Oh, and if you’re dining the famous wantan mee at Yuen Kee restaurant and someone comes up offering you these peanut kuih, get them! They’re abslutely delicoius, and you’d end up having a lot of flour all around the mouth too. Good stuff.

map to Bentong Tau Fu Sdn Bhd

Address:
Bentong Tau Fu Sdn Bhd
Jalan Pasar,
28700 Bentong, Pahang
GPS: 3.522974, 101.906858
Tel012-988 5112

Heading East from Klang Valley via the Karak Highway towards the direction of the East Coast, there exists quite a number of restaurants that offers “proper” food just a few kilometers away from the exit that brings you up to the mountain top wonderland that is Genting highland or Berjaya Bukit Tinggi (if visiting a Japanese garden is your thing.)

Late last year, we did just that with a couple Singaporean friends of Haze’s.

Garden View restaurant at Bukit Tinggi, there's actually a vegetable garden
Garden View restaurant at Bukit Tinggi, there’s actually a vegetable garden

Our stop-over for late lunch was at Garden View restaurant, a pretty big zinc-roofed restaurant over viewing a vegetable garden. Looking at the size of the little farm though, I can’t be sure if it is sufficient for the crowd that this restaurant gets. Doesn’t bother me anyway.

The menu is quite extensive. They offer a variety of river fish, kampung chicken, pork, seafood, and a selection of “wild” meat such as wild boar, frog, ostrich, soft-shell turtle, and deer.

river patin, this is the expensive bit
river patin, this is the expensive bit

We ordered a river patin (RM 90, 1.2kg of RM 7.50 per 100 gram) prepared in its purest form – steam with soya sauce. The portion was perhaps a little too big for just the four of us but it was delightfully prepared and certainly very fresh, smooth, and absolutely packed with seafood fatty texture which I really like.

You can also have the fish prepared by steam with ginger, with assam sauce, teo chew style, with chili sauce, in clay pot, or even deep fried. There’s also quite a variety of fish to choose from, with tilapia (RM 3.50/100gram) being cheapest, all the way to kelah  (RM 40/100 gram)

steamed kampung chicken, wild boar curry, four kingdom vege dish
steamed kampung chicken, wild boar curry, four kingdom vege dish

In addition to the fish, we also ordered steamed kampung chicken with ginger (RM 15), wild boar curry (RM 15), and “4 kingdom vegetable” (RM 15). These are very reasonably priced and tasted more than decent.

The chicken is my favorite and a speciality of sort of Bukit Tinggi. You can get pretty good ginger steamed chicken just about at any restaurants around the area, the key being the Bentong ginger they use, which is really spicy and extra fragrant.

Singaporeans, same as Malaysians, are trigger happy
Singaporeans, same as Malaysians, are trigger happy

Over all it was a very satisfying late lunch for us. The river fish is pricey but expectedly so, if you stay away from having river fish, the prices at Garden View restaurant is very competitive. So if you’re around the area looking for a good meal especially with a group, this place won’t be a bad choice.

map to Garden View Restaurant, Bukit Tinggi Bentong

Address:
Garden View Restaurant
Lot 19326 Pesona Heights,
Kg Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
GPS: 3.353010, 101.826982
Tel: 09-233 0282

Every once in a while, it is good to take a little half day road trip to get away from the city and explore what some of the smaller towns has to offer. A few weekends ago, when the city is again covered with haze and heat, we decided to head to Bentong for a mini food trail and to bask ourselves in the surrounding with slower pace of life.

Bentong, Pahang
Bentong, Pahang

Bentong is located on the West side of Pahang, and only about 33 kilometers from the exit to Genting on the Karak highway. From KL, the journey will take about an hour.

The entire district has a population of about 100 thousand, but on weekends, there are also visitors on big bikes and city dwellers looking to buy the famous Bentong ginger. In between those group, there’s yours truly looking to fill up his stomach.

Hooi Kee wantan mee at Yuen Kee kopitiam
Hooi Kee wantan mee at Yuen Kee kopitiam

Our first stop was Yuen Kee kopitiam, we chose this as it was the busiest breakfast outlet among the few we walked by around the wet market.

Without knowing what to eat, we again used the golden rule of “picking the  busiest stall” and ordered a couple bowls of wantan mee (RM 4.50) from Hooi Kee. As it turned out, this is actually the most famous hawker stall in Bentong.

sauce not overly sweet, and the wantan was delicious
sauce not overly sweet, and the wantan was delicious

Today's second breakfast, at Bentong's famous Hooi Ji wantan mee, just behind the market. #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #bentong #wantanmee #nonhalal

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The texture of noodle was pretty springy but not chewy, and I particularly liked their wantan that is packed with pork. The dark sauce carries a slight bitter taste which I find myself enjoying, but the charsiu (bbq pork) was rather average compared to some of the places in KL.

Be prepared to share table and wait for at least 10-15 minutes before food arrives.

Address:  Yuen Kee restaurant, No. 57, Jalan Chui Yin, 28700, Bentong, Pahang
GPS3.523174, 101.907015
Tel012-946 8406
Hours: breakfast and brunch

the yong tau foo stall at choy kee kopitiam
the yong tau foo stall at choy kee kopitiam

After the wantan mee, we decided to try something that is a bit more special – wild boar curry.

Wild boar isn’t something that is easily attainable in Klang Valley. The meat is usually slightly tougher and more gamey, so the most poplar method of preparation is usually curry. The stronger flavour of spices and longer cooking masks the stronger pork taste while tenderises the meat.

wild boar curry with chee cheong fun and yong tau foo
wild boar curry with chee cheong fun and yong tau foo

We ordered a piece of chee cheong fun and two pieces yong tau foo to go with the wild boar curry (RM 4). There’s generous amount of sesame and sweet sauce covering the yong tau foo, and best of all, there’s even sambal belacan on the side.

I enjoyed this dish a lot, and discovered that wild boar curry really does go very well with chee cheong fun.

Address: Choy Kee Restaurant, Jalan Pasar & Jalan Chang Seng, 28700, Bentong, Pahang
GPS: 3.522082, 101.906792
Hours: breakfast and brunch

kedai kopi kow po, more ice cream than coffee
kedai kopi kow po, more ice cream than coffee

After two main dishes, it was natural to get some desserts in the system. For this purpose, Bentong has an old school home-made ice cream parlour by the name of Kedai Kopi Kow Po.

We shared an ice kacang with asingle scoup of  home-made pandan ice cream, the shaved ice had all the traditional ingredients going for it – the black jelly, cendol, red bean, corn, and even pineapple. The ice cream was creamy and rather delicious too. I can see why this place has been in business for decades.

ice kacang with home made ice cream, delicious
ice kacang with home made ice cream, delicious

AddressKow Po Ice Cream, No. 2, Bentong Heights, 28700 Bentong, Pahang
GPS3.522107, 101.910755
Tel: 09-222 1258
Hours: 10 am to 7 pm daily

map to Bentong food

If you find yourself near Bukit Tinggi, perhaps for a little vacation up at the hill admiring those faux French architectures, or like us, after a pretty awesome trip the the Perting Fall waterfall excursion, one of the places you should stop by for a well deserved stomach refuel session would be Restoran Makanan Laut Loong Sing.

Loong Sing at Bukit Tinggi
Loong Sing at Bukit Tinggi

To be honest, this place is should adopt the name makanan hutan (jungle food) or makanan sungai (river food) instead of makanan laut (seafood), seeing that it is some 100km away from the ocean.

Indeed, for those with a bigger wallet, they offer “soon hock” (RM 11/100g), river patin (RM 6/100g), sultan fish (RM 38/100g) and so forth. The only actual seafood on the menu that is from the ocean would be prawns.

seafood tofu, wild boar, vegetable
seafood tofu, wild boar, vegetable

We didn’t order those tho, but we had one of their signature dishes – clay pot wild boar. Wild boar has a rather gamey taste to it but with generous amount of ginger and green onion, it actually tasted pretty awesome, it’s like almost a mix of normal pork and deer meat.

Seafood tofu came with bits of mushroom, imitation crab, sea cucumber, and squid. This is a dish I can have on my own as a full meal by itself, rather tasty!

kampung chicken with ginger
kampung chicken with ginger

Another must-order here is the steamed kampung chicken with ginger. Execution is flawless with the minced ginger covering every piece of chicken that’s cut into convenient bite size. If you have a blocked nose, this would clear it up nicely.

Oh, we also had vegetable, but I guess that isn’t something overly interesting.

Meal came to be about RM 14 per pax, pretty cheap and very satisfying. Definitely a place worth revisiting.

map to Loong Sing at bukit tinggi

Address:
Restoran Makanan Laut Loong Sing
97, Bukit Tinggi,
Bentong, Pahang
GPS3.350188, 101.821627
Tel016-960-8270/016-276-6876.

In the spirit of cuti-cuti Malaysia, Suan organized another trip to Chamang Waterfall (N03 30.56′ E101 51.47′) near Bentong (plus the Elephant Sanctuary and Deer Park) just a little over a week ago on Labor Day. Nine of us noobs participated in this awesome trip, the participants were Suan, Sammy, Dree, Tock, ST, Kim, Rachel, Kerol, and of course, yours truly. For the other reports, check the posts here, here, here, and here.

Chamang Waterfall at Pahang
1. Look ma, it wasn’t me!
2. last camwhoring session before driving
3. Suanie’s car leading the way

We had a pretty decent dimsum breakfast meal near my house and then started our journey towards Pahang. Our first destination, the Chamang Waterfalls. We arrived in less than 2 hours of driving. Unlike the Chiling Falls we went whereby a 1.5 hour trekking is needed, at Chamang Falls, the car park is situated right beside the river. It took only a few minutes to walk to our “camp site” near the main fall.

Chamang Waterfall at Pahang
1. Kim with really long arms
2. setting up our pad by the waterfall
3. my zen moment
4. ze noobs minus tock the cameraman

We had loads of fun there, the weather was hot but the water was super cold. We eventually found a way to swim and climb up to a somewhat dry platform just below the main fall (see my zen moment photo) and hanged out there for a bit.

Chamang Waterfall at Pahang
1. crossing the lucky suspension bridge
2. what do you want me to do, suan?
3. who said you can’t swim and smoke?

Dree, the dude who can swim and smoke, even bought a portable stove and made coffee! Cold water, warm coffee, great view, even better company, it was awesome.

Elephant sanctuary at Pahang
1. the two baby elephants
2. the super exaggerated Rachel
3. hello giant baby!
4. Sammy was a bit shy with the elephants

We had to leave the waterfall by around noon as we hoped to get to the Elephant Sanctuary in time to register for the free elephant rides (valid only for some 100 people daily). Though we did arrive there before 1pm, the list was all full as the sanctuary was packed with visitors on this Labor day.

Elephant sanctuary at Pahang
1. tock tock setting up the camera
2. ze group, look at how tock was hugging the pillar
3. haaaaaaaaaa! my superpower!

We played with the two baby elephants a bit. They were very playful and still had trouble controlling their trunks and it was very cute. The sanctuary is also a home for many adult elephants, but they are placed on a fenced up area. We hang around the place for a bit, took a few silly pictures, had some ice creams and cold drinks under the hot sun, then proceed to yet another destination – the Deer Park.

Deer Park at Pahang
1. Kerol & Suan looking as Sammy feeds the deer
2. Kim posing with the ostrich
3. don’t they look alike? ST & the hedgehog
4. Suan again so interested in Dree and the sugar glider

The entrance fee for Deer Park was RM 5 per person, and it was totally worth it. The place is more like a petting zoo than a mere sanctuary for deers. We fed the deers with sweet potato, the ostriches with some leaves, had our hands on the spiky (but not sharp) hedgehog, and the very shy (and shivering) sugar glider. Of course, there’s the sun bear with extremely small wiener! It was a very fun place.

Deer Park at Pahang
1. ze small wiener!
2. Dree feeding the big sun bear

We actually headed to the Chamang Falls again after that and had a second session of sun, water, and swim. By the time we got back at PJ it was already dinner time. We had garlic fish and some other dishes at Lucky Loke nearby my house and called it a day after that. It was an excellent trip, we should do this more often!