Aug 13
Klang – Kinsahi Japanese @ Jusco Bukit Tinggi Klang
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If you are even in Jusco Bukit Tinggi in Klang, I would highly recommend you try out Kinsahi, this Japanese restaurant on the 1st floor is not bad. But do expect a short queue as its quite popular, even after 9pm I noticed the crowd still keeps coming in.

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Firstly, they will make sure they set everything on the table properly, including menu, plate, chopstick, etc. before bringing you to your table. Service is fast, as they are a lot of people working for a small place. They are also a little high tech, using a PDA to take your orders ;).

Price wise, not to say cheap, not to say too costly, above average but the food quality is really good! I ordered a Spider King Ramen, its basically your normal ramen, but they put the whole fried soft shell crab in it. But I thought its a little too salty, because they have some kind of meat floss looking thing added to the soup, otherwise is ok. Its RM19.90 for that bowl, but if you are not greedy like me, the normal ramen starts at RM11.90.

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The sake sushi aka salmon sushi is priced at RM6.00 for 2 pieces, but the salmon are fresh and the serving is thick on the sushi rice. Their bbq squid is not bad too, I thought its a little costly at RM14.00 but its superbly fresh and soft, so quite worth it ;). Their soft shell crab handroll is about RM9.00 if I remember correctly.

So price wise, a little above average I would say but they compensate with a good surrounding (nice decor and setup), fast service and good food quality. Oh ya, 1 thing I don’t like is their appetizer cost RM5.00 and is not really nice, if you do go there, tell them you don’t want the appetizer, add a buck more and you get sushi :P.

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May 21

We started day 2 of our trip by visiting White House Kopitiam (N6 07.890 E102 14.212) in town, its supposed to be famous for their nasi dagang and toasted bread. This place is packed with almost all the tables occupied. Local of all races eat here and this places is operated by an old chinese uncle with the help of local malay ladies. We tried their nasi dagang, nasi lauk, toasted bread and half boiled eggs.

White House Kopitiam Kota Bharu Kelantan

The nasi dagang is basically rice steamed in coconut milk serve with fish curry but I find the rice a bit hard. Nasi lauk are normal rice serve with fish curry too and I find my liking more to nasi lauk here. The toasted breads are just ok but the kaya is not as good as the one we tried in Tong Kok Hotel in Kuala Lipis. Prices, not that cheap, almost normal KL prices I would say. On the way leaving the place, we also stopped by a famous local stall (N6 07.726 E102 14.931) for some fried keropok lekor losong and fried sweet potato, both are excellent, about 5 pieces for RM1. I would have to say, this the thing I miss most about Kota Bharu!

Toasted bread @ White House Kopitiam

sweet potato guy

We then visited Wat Pothivihan (N6 07.815 E102 08.252) which have a big reclining Buddha followed by Wat Machimmaram (N6 11.053 E102 06.577) (thanks to correction by Tien Soon!) which have a big sitting Buddha. We took a short break at Wat Pothivihan to have fresh coconut juice and some somtam (Thai papaya salad) which is served by all the 3 local-Thais stalls found in the temple. At Wat Pilkulyai, I got a pre-blessing (for Wesak Day) from a monk who speak very good English, chatting with him after my blessing sessions. He told me to also visit Golok which is nearby and that the next temple is where they will celebrate Wesak Day. The monk took me by surprised a little as he look nothing like someone who can speak fluent English, so there we go again, don’t judge a book by its cover ;).

For lunch, we headed to U-Lang Corner after packing up our bags from Ah Fai siew’s house. Its located at Jalan Wakaf Mek Zainah in Kota Bharu (N6 08.348 E102 14.476). Their specialty here is basically Nasi Kerabu which is also known as khao jam in Thai. The version here is a bit different, its green and its cooked with the many varieties of herbs planted and found around the forest next to the owner’s house. The rice is green in colour, top with a salad like of veges and herbs. The rice mixture is a salty taken with either fried chicken or fish. Its a very nice and not heavy feeling meal, I really like that. The khao jam and by 1 plus, its already sold out, but they also sells Laksa here if you fancy some. The friendly uncle here also told me that his “fei chai” (chubby son) have opened up a branch in Bandar Puteri, Puchong and told me that I can also get it there.

U-Lang Khao Jam

Before heading off, Ah Fai siew, our valuable local guide recommended that we try the local cendol. So I asked what’s the different, he explained that its cendol as it is but served with pulut (glutinous rice) and tapai (pronounced as tar-peh in Kelantan). I wasn’t too keen with pulut at first but tapai did it and I just had to try it since tapai is my favourite ;). Tapai is basically a type of fermented food which tasted sweet or sour alcoholic liked which is basically made from pulut or tapioca.

Kelantan Cendol

The cendol stall (N6 08.221 E102 14.721) here is operated by what looks like a Malay family which sells the yummy cendol with pulut and tapai (made from tapioca type) in it. Sounds weird, but taste fantastic and I really enjoy the cendol. RM1.80 for the normal one and RM2.80 for the special one, not sure what is the special one but the normal one already have pulut and tapai in it ;).

After the nice lunch, we had to say goodbye to Ah Fai siew and continue on our journey to Merang in Terengganu as our next stop. So far, impression of Kota Bharu is quite good to me, not as bad as many have thought and the different kind of other goodies like ayam percik, nasi kerabu, etc. that Ah Fai siew told me about makes me wish I had more time to spend here, so maybe next time, it’s a great idea to spend some time in Kota Bharu itself ;). Thanks again for everything Ah Fai siew, hope to see you in KL soon :).

Photos compliments of Law Tien Soon

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Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip Part 2 – Day 2, Update 1, Kota Bharu

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Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip Part 2 – Day 3, Update 1, Kuala Terengganu

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May 21

Our first stop in Kota Bharu is Wat Pracacinaram, which is a Siamese temple in Wakaf Bharu. The temple is located in a village with loads of Thai food restaurants and you can see there are plenty of local boys playing basketball at the temple’s court. Here at the temple, we visited their herbal steam bath, which requires a minimal donation of RM5.00 per person (to help the upkeep of the steam facility).

Wat Pracacinaram

There is basically a steamer being heated by wood fire, the boiling water in it is then added with herbs, ginger, onions and garlic by the monk there. The steam is then release into a steam room. Before entering the steam room, there are lockers provided to store your valuables and showers are available. The steam bath is quite cool, firstly, of course you almost sweat like mad instantly, this is to help your body release all the toxic in you, especially us city slickers. I like the herbal and strong ginger scent in the steam and even after coming out and taking a shower, the nice fragrant is stucked with you for a while ;).

After the relaxing sweat out, Ah Fai siew then lead us to Orchard Garden Seafood for dinner in Kampung Brinjal, Cabang Empat, Tumpat (N6 09.642 E102 10.356). We had wanted to visit Cheng Mai Thai food in Wakaf Baru but its fully booked for a wedding, so Orchard Garden seems to be a good choice especially since its being recommended by Ah Fai siew.

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We had a big dinner here, I mean big with 10 dishes! Tomyam seafood, curry prawns, thai steam siakap, fried eels, deep fried pork knuckle, fried bees, etc. All together it cost RM352.00 for the whole dinner is not too bad as out of the 10, 3 dishes are fishes. The highlight of the dinner is the fried bees, yes literally bees being fried. Sounds yucky but really, it tasted great and crunchy, so tasty that our kaki Edwin got the Bee King title for finishing up the whole plate of the bees.

My visit so far was quite different than what I perceived of Kelantan, the Islamic State of Malaysia to be, the many temples, pork easily available in Chinese restaurant plus the skimpy dressed lady I saw in the restaurant really changed my perspective. So, really, don’t believe what you read, especially newspapers in Malaysia :P.

That night we checked into Ah Fai siew’s house which is big enough to host all of us and we really appreciate his hospitality, really a nice guy I must say. I was a little sick from the lack of sleep and intense travel. So I had to sleep early with a flu while the rest went out for supper and also, visiting the “forbidden” in Kelantan ;).

Photos compliment of Law Tien Soon & Lim Ken Wei

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Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip Part 2 – Day 3, Update 1, Kuala Terengganu

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