Oct 7
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 5 – Day 2, Tanjung Piai & Kukup Seafood
icon1 Cupnoodles | icon2 Food Hunts, Johor, My Travels, Places to Eat | icon4 10 7th, 2008| icon3Comments Off on Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 5 – Day 2, Tanjung Piai & Kukup Seafood

Con’t from part 4…

After a good meal in Kluang… we head out to our stop for the night, Tanjung Piai Resort, it was a long and tiring drive considering we just had lunch, its hot outside and we are on 2 hours of small roads all the way from Kluang to Simpang Renggam to Benut then Pontian before reaching Kukup. On the way to Kukup there are various fruits stalls to pick up local produces like pineapples, dragon fruits, etc. We got some duku langsat at RM2.00 per kilo, they are really big and super sweet!

Kukup was like packed with people and cars, its like a big market and really crowded on the street. We had wanted to stay in Kukup but all the places here are full and some don’t even entertain us saying our group is too small for them *wtf*?

We initially thought the resort is in Kukup but when we are there and a few phone calls and u-turn we ended up in Tanjung Piai which is about 8km away from Kukup. Its really a weird place, first you go passed various small villages before reaching this parking lot to go to the Tanjung Piai national park… then you there are no sign for the resort until you cross a bridge on foot and walk up in to this raised wooden platform above the mangroves.

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Tanjung Piai is known as the most southern tip of the Asia Continent (says the welcome sign in the resort with a few missing words), so this is the most south you can go by land for the whole continent. From the resort, you get a magnificent view of the ocean and the sky are just beautiful. You can also see Singapore’s port from here.

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We paid RM100 per room for 3 persons after discount, you will be wondering, discount on peak season? Well, once you go into the room, you will know why.. :(. The exterior of the resort is nice, modern looking windows and nice open area with a gazebo to hang out. But when you open the room door… gahhh.. *speechless*… maintenance seems to really be a problem here! I ran out of water while I shower, had to use mineral water to finish off, the wall, besides no taste, its really painted badly, lighting are too dim… the list goes on. There are so much of potential for this resort if they fix up the interior more… renovation is in progress.. I hope they do a good job soon.. otherwise its really wasted.

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Since there are nothing much to eat here, we drove out to Kukup… took us about 15 mins and by night time, the crowd have either left or settled down in those villages’ homestay. Blur blur sotong.. we just picked New Kukup Restaurant as Miharu had a vague memory of eating there before. Being on a budget tour, we torn our face and kept asking the price of each dish we order, ahaha… but the young girl taking the order was kind enough to entertain us.

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We ordered a rainbow trout steamed with fried “chai poh” (preserved turnips), its a rare style, had it twice at Tang Yuen in SS15 Subang Jaya but hardly find it elsewhere, its really good, fish is fresh and they gave a lot of chai poh to go with it, I like it. The trout goes for RM50 per 600g, our fish is slightly lighter at RM44.00.

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We also ordered fried chili mussels RM16, lemon chicken RM18, belacan kangkung RM8, fried water cress RM9, tofu with mixed veggies RM10, oo chen (fried oysters) RM9. In general, dishes here are pretty good, service is ok and the people there are friendly too. We spend about RM130++ here and everyone walked away full.

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New Kukup Village Restaurant
No.1, Kukup Laut, 82300 Pontian, Johor
Tel: 07-6960216
GPS: N1 19.525 E103 26.496

The ambiance is good here, we are seated outdoors by the sea overlooking the Kukup villages. So you get a lot of breeze and its a nice place to sit down and chat after dinner. But the shops here closed early, its about 9pm when we left and the shuttle are already down.

We then decided to walk around this seaside village to check out the homestay that we didn’t manage to book. As we are walking on the main street, we found a shop selling jelly made to the shape of ang ku kueh, there are various flavours with fillings inside. It goes for RM6.50 for 12 pcs in the packet. As we paid, Sky rush over to warn us that the shop in front is selling the same thing for RM6.00 only! Haiya… too late… kena conned but nevermind to even out our cost, we bought another packet at RM6.00, so we paid RM6.25 per pack :P. The jelly is nice especially eating it while its chilled!

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As we walked into the village, its basically a typical Chinese seaside village, with concrete stilts platform in the middle all the way out connecting village homes. Some are still in its old wooden shape, some are renovated with bricks and stainless steels (I think some of the people here are a lot loaded than we are!) and some have turned their unit into a mini hotel!

As we strolled, we can see visitors staying there singing karaoke, playing mahjong… I think besides this, there is nothing much to do here :). But if you come in a big group I think its quite fun here but a bit noisy, not really to relax I would think.

Later we called it a night and head back to our “resort” in Tanjung Piai, as we does that, Elaine and Patrick, our kind tour guides of JB is heading over to meet us for the night with supper da bao too! After numerous phone calls and assurance (dark kampung roads really not sure where you heading), they too managed to get to meet us, we continue eating (again) with mahjong (supplied by Pat), uno stacko and chor dai di games.

Con’t to part 6…

Links:

Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 1 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 2 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 3 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 4 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 5 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 6 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 7 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 8- Day 3 & 4

Oct 7
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 4 – Day 2, Kluang – Zenxin Organic Park, Dim Sum & Beef Noodles
icon1 Cupnoodles | icon2 Food Hunts, Johor, My Travels, Places to Eat | icon4 10 7th, 2008| icon3Comments Off on Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 4 – Day 2, Kluang – Zenxin Organic Park, Dim Sum & Beef Noodles

Con’t from part 3…

We managed to catch up with the Chung family at Ayer Hitam toll where we group up and head to Zenxin Organic Park in Kluang. Its just located just 5-10 minutes from the toll and its a huge place with plenty of parking. The park is opened to visitors and you are able to see for yourself how fruits and vegetables are plants and you can actually rent a bicycle to go around it. I would think its a good educational tour for kids but all of us grown up kids seems to enjoy it too :P.

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We got our bicycle, for 2 hours it only cost RM5, you can bring your own bike too but too much hassle I would think… the bikes here are ok, they are all Lerun’s Mendova… a simple rigid frame MTB, good enough for this park ride but somehow, mine the chain keeps coming of 3-4 times. So I had to go back halfway to change to another bike :(.

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We hit off the park to the pond side, where there are a lot of vegetables growing… we got into 1 of the pumpkin garden and started taking funny photos with pumpkin growing on top of our head. Then we cycled around the pond and Sor J got conned (actually willingly) into taking a photo with a brinjal and hence, the legend of his blue black b*** emerged :P. Later, we move up hill to the dragon fruits orchard and a hill top observation tower.

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After an hour plus, we are really tired, returned our bikes and try out some of the organic dragon fruits beverages at the cafe. The dragon fruits juice is quite tasteless like the dragon fruit, so its the combination of other juices that you mixed that makes the difference. Anyway, food queue is long here and so we head on to Kluang for lunch and most of us is excited about visiting the original Kluang Railway Coffee Station!

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ZENXIN ORGANIC PARK
Batu 9, Jalan Batu Pahat ,
86000 Kluang, Johor
Tel: +60 (7) 7595196
GPS: N1 57.755 E103 12.712

We got to Kluang town in a short while and headed to the railway station and guess what… its closed! Arghh… so sad.. all the way from KL and its closed 🙁 sob… anyhow, so we are hungry in an unfamilar town feeling dissapointed, so Ed, Calvin Chung and myself took out our GPS and hunt for makan place nearby. We ended up at Chop Foo Chow at Jalan Duku… its a dim sum place and I wanted to try foo chow pau.

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Chop Foo Chow is a nicely renovated corner shop, interior is nice, besides dim sum, I saw people having steamboat there too. But as usual, we didn’t want to eat too much to save some tummy space to try out the beef noodles at Restoran Sup Lembu Tong Jiat just across the road.

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Dim Sum here was ok, the usual but they have some different types with yam, meat floss, etc. The foo chow pau are actually the usual round shape pau with tai pau type of filling inside, comes in big and small size. The big one is RM3.00, small one is RM1.20 each… cost of living in Johor quite high leh…

Chop Foo Chow
No. 2, Jalan Duku, Kluang, Johor
Tel: 07-7712328
GPS: N2 02.215 E103 19.160

On the opposite, we went to Restoran Sup Lembu Tong Jiat for some beef noodles. The beef noodles here comes in size of small RM4.50, medium RM5.50 and big RM6.50. The small one is really smaller than average, so the medium size on is considered as regular. The beef noodles choices here includes the usual mee, meehoon, koay teow or lai fun (used in assam laksa type) and only soup based, no dried version. Calvin and Ed got their noodles first, and they were wondering how come besides chili sauce, there’s a bottle of vinegar on the table, so they happily conned me and Sor J that the vinegar is to dip beef like a sauce. So when I got my noodles, I happily try it and its was sour like crazy, then Sor J suggest that maybe its for you to add the vinegar to the chili sauce and I saw this uncle a few tables away doing just that!

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Anyhow, the beef noodles are really good, although costly but you get a lot of beef parts in the bowl and great thing about this noodles are the soup. Unlike the normal beef noodles I had tried, the soup here are light and clear looking. The soup is still very tasty and not oily and its full of herbal and beef flavour but leave a scent of sweetness in your mouth after drinking it. I would rate this beef noodles very good for the soup alone, made my trip to Kluang worth it all!

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They also sell beef jerkies and floss here, going from RM12 to RM15 depending on packaging and types. Before leaving, I checked out their namecard, looks like its also known as the Tangkak beef noodles and they have branch in Melaka and KL too :).

Restoran Sup Lembu Tong Jiat
No. 5, Jalan Langsat, 86000 Kluang, Johor
Tel: 019-771983 or 012-7587952

After filling up our stomachs… we then head out to our next destination… Kukup! Con’t in part 5…

Links:

Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 1 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 2 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 3 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 4 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 5 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 6 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 7 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 8- Day 3 & 4

Oct 6

Con’t part 2…

The next day, we all head and meet up at Siang Chiang coffeshop with Sky talked highly about for breakfast. On the way there, my truck it hits 100,000 mileage… that is just in 2 years and 10 months time, that proved I have really been traveling around Malaysia like crazy!

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We got to Siang Chiang and something hits me… its Melaka, you need to pay parking even if its a weekend but not sure do I need to pay on public holiday… heck to be on the save side, I bought a book for 5 X hourly tickets at RM3.00 and used one of it.

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Siang Chiang is a busy place for breakfast, lucky for us a table is just about to leave as we walked in and Sky quickly alerted us to grab it, grab it, grab it quick he said… hehehe… kan cheong betul. So, we settled ourselves, got nice Malaccan coffee to help us stay alert for the day and how can you not have toast and half boiled eggs. Then I saw the bak chang (dumplings) and couldn’t resist, so we got a normal bak chang and a Nyonya bak chang to try. I really like the nyonya bak chang, its a little sweet but very tasty and you almost can’t stop eating it.

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Sky ordered a must eat for us… it the mee suah from 1 of the stall in Siang Chiang. The wait is long, so the moment we sat, he had already placed the order. Our mee suah is extra everything size, which surprised the aunties next table whom asked if we order normal, cause their mee suah seems smaller than ours, hehe. Its cost RM5.00 per plate but its worth every single cent of it.

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The mee suah we ordered are dried with dark sauce topped with 5-6 mid size prawns, vegetables, char siew (bbq pork), fried dried anchovies and shredded chicken. The whole plate was just huge and prawns keep poping up as you eat your noodles away, mee suah itself is good and topping are heavenly!

I can instantly feel weight gain coming on that morning with all the good food in Melaka in just 1 night! Anyhow, after that its was time to head out and our next destination is Kluang in Johor where we will be meeting the Chung family.

Siang Chiang @ Jalan Munshi Abdullah
GPS: N2 12.014 E102 14.990

Con’t part 4…

Links:

Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 1 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 2 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 3 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 4 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 5 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 6 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 7 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 8- Day 3 & 4

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