Nov 18
Kuala Kangsar, Perak – Prawn Noodles @ Aik Huat, Taman Bunga Raya
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It was Monday morning and I had to rush up to Ipoh for a morning meeting, so it was one of those leaving KL in the wee hours of the morning and heading up the highway. Everything was going well, with a little time buffer we even check out my Perak food guide on some makan place in Ipoh.

As we are approaching the Ipoh toll, the norm for me is to keep right as that is where the smartag lanes are located right… and so I did… but before I know it (travelling highway speed), the road had changed! The highway splits into 2, left to Ipoh and right is straight up north, no more chance to turn into Ipoh! Next thing I know the GPS asked me to drive 25km further up north to make a u-turn! *stone*

So anyone, since I had to make a u-turn at Kuala Kangsar, we decided to check the town out for breakfast but we got a called that meeting rescheduled slightly later… not to tell more grandma stories… we stumbled upon this place that sells prawn noodles. Its located in Taman Bunga Raya and at the end of the residential road there is this wooden house that is actually Kedai Kopi Aik Huat.

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The place is pretty quiet but you get quite a lot of locals stopping buy for noodles or doing take aways. The stall is in shop and they have a choice of mee or koay teow, I don’t see any meehoon. Anyway, there are 2 types of mee, the normal yellow noodles and another one that looks like hakka noodles but thicker. I was being told by the lady that this one does not contains alkaline and so I gave it a shot.

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The prawn noodles is RM3.30 per bowl and it is topped with prawns, slices of pork, kangkung and some fish cake. I was bring asked by Andrew what’s the rating for it, I have it 6-7 out of 10… mainly the mee is good, smooth and soft plus no alkaline. Every slurp of the noodles is quite flavorful with prawn taste… but when you drink the soup, its not addictive. So maybe no MSG? I don’t know… haha.. but the prawn flavors are good enough for me but good noodles.

I wouldn’t drive all the way up to eat it but if I am in the area, don’t mind dropping by this kampung style place again ;).

Prawn Noodles @ Aik Huat,
Jalan Bunga Raya 3, Taman Bunga Raya
Kuala Kangsar, Perak
GPS: N4 46.629 E100 54.813

Nov 13

Whenever we visit my uncle and aunt in Sitiawan, they insist that we have to take a 40 mins drive (less than 30 for them) to Pantai Remis for a fine meal seafood meal at Ling Song Kee. Which, really I have no complains because they serve some of the finest chinese food around. We visited Ling Song Kee just last month and their highlight of goose web and pumpkin steam yam paste really didn’t fail to dissapoint me at all.

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The goose webs are braised with pig tails and serve on top of cooked vegetables. Everything is just soft, tender and superbly tasty, no doubt about it. Even people whom usually don’t take like chicken feets and stuff will want a second of this. The most amazing part is even if you want to find goose webs in KL, its tough as goose is not a popular thing to eat here but here, they have it.

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The next dish is their seafood pot is filled with goodies like sea cucumber, squids and all… very tasty! Following up are like a plate of 20 over prawns steamed with eggs and cooking wine all queue up freshly to fill us up.

The stir fry vegetables to me is pretty clever, very simple dish of just mixed vegetables but topped with some nice bits of seafood and also nuts making it simple but not ordinary and superbly tasty!

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Steam fish here is always shockingly big in size, that’s because they get their supply fresh from the sea at lower cost too. As usual, you don’t need any fancy cooking to taste the real goodness of the fish but simply steaming it with light flavours is good enough.

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A new dish here to me is their octopus, they are simply boiled then serve with fried shallots on top on a rojak like sauce and its just amazing. Although at that point of time, my stomach is already bloating (more from the beer I think) but I just can’t stop eating the octopus, a must try!

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The dish my dad gave the highest score here is their must have, yam paste steamed in a pumpkin. Simply scope the pumkpin up and take it with the yam, the best dessert ever, full marks.

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Oh ya, just for the record, this place is pretty famous, so don’t except to be able to walk in and eat what you seen I had ok :P, when Uncle Lim was alive, the owner used to go to Genting on regular basis to cook for him, so you can imagine ;).

As you can see, this place, I have no complains just full of compliments, can’t wait for my next trip there again! Gambateh Ling Song Kee!

Ling Song Kee Seafood Restaurant
GPS: N4 26.786 E100 37.577

Aug 28

We were on our way to Pangkor for our very first batang trip and decided to stop by Kg Cina in Sitiawan for lunch before going over (that’s after having like 2 rounds of breakfast at the market and Jing Kee).

I didn’t even know that Ah Pek Lee had been interviewed by Axian until the boss told us that we should try his steam stingray and even Axian liked it. Anyway, when you are here, you should be able to see the full video of the interview running ;).

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We got down to business and order my favourite here, Lala Mee Hoon which is not the same as the Teluk Gong style but its soup based with local lala (thicker shells) and thick meehoon. The soup is milky but tasty and the lala is just fantastic.

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Next up is KC’s favourite sar jiu fish which are powdered with spices before deep frying. Simply take it with the local Kg Koh chili sauce and its excellent. The chili sauce was also great taken with some cripsy oo chien (fried oysters) we order but I personally prefered their hot plate oysters omelette.

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We also had a dry curry crab, again local style which is basically the most expensive dish costing us RM60 plus. As usual we couldn’t miss out ordering some greens to balance up the diet.

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The most interesting thing we had here are some steam sotong. Everytime my dad come to Sitiawan, he will ask for steam sotong and most of the time they don’t have it. You see, the sotong need to be very fresh in order for you to be able to cook them through steaming otherwise its really not nice.

The sotong are simply steamed with what tasted like cooking wine, sesame oil and some soya sauce with chinese parsley on top. The result, its the best sotong I have ever tasted! If you ever have a chance to try, please try it!

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The boss here goes to sea on his own to get his catch for the restaurant, so freshness is assured! Most of my visits here I will also see small time fisherman coming on motorbike to sell small catch to him as well.

Overall it cost us RM160 plus for 10 pax and I think that’s reasonable pricing. This place is getting popular and can get quite popular nowadays, there’s even a tour bus that stopped here for a big tour group to dine!

*photos courtesy of Ciku aka Ken Wei

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood
GPS: N4 10.775 E100 40.855

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