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

May 13

con’t from part 1…

We did a simple bbq that night but we couldn’t really get the perfect flames as the wood is not as dry as we hoped. Had to thank everyone for their effort in starting fire up to cooking the food stuff and cleaning up. While the bbq is in progress, some of the folks discovered baby oysters growing on the rocks nearby and was busy hammering them out to try. You can literally see Jason running from the rocks to the beach and back like a small kid everytime he got an oyster out.. haha… but thanks to him I tasted 1 of them, quite sweet but I would rather wait for them to grow up la.

Just before dinner, we were all busy dipping ourselves in the water to cool down after all the hard work of trekking to the campsite and setting up our shelters for the night. Some are busy burying people, some are busy being tarzan or monkey, I am not sure… but while all these are happening some monkeys came along and stole some peanuts, which came again the next morning and stole some of our instant noodles… so if you ever come here, keep your food secure!

When we arrived to the campsite and were setting up, we could see boats ferrying local tourists to the beach for a nice dip but unfortunately I can see some rubbish left behind when they are gone. This is the problem with our local tourists, don’t really have much respect for nature, just like most waterfalls are usually spoilt and filled with rubbish once its easily accessible.

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The hike into Teluk Segadas was quite noisy for me because people like Joe and Sky are busying complaining to me about how heavy is their baggage hehehe… since they are also carrying our community stuff and food! But the climb was quite decent since it did not rain which also means leech free (but not the case when we are going back). The only thing is the weather at that time, which was really hot! The first part starts with an uphill climb of about 10 mins or so then its 10 mins downhill with another 10 mins of flat land but with 2 trees down along the path.

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Before going into Teluk Segadas, we took a quick lunch at a coffeeshop in Pangkor town near the jetty. I am not sure if its because we are obvious tourist to them but the chicken rice is RM4.50 per plate, I can’t remember how much I pay the last time I da bao there though. Anyhow, my favourite on the island is not chicken rice but their spicy soup noodles. Its soup noodles with toppings of char siew, fishball, fish cake then added with a spicy spoon of sambal… yum yum! Also, since I am here, how can I miss the pangkor style nasi lemak… santan rice with a piece of curry fish on top plus… a nice cup of local roasted coffee ;).

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The ferry to and from Pangkor is run by 2 companies now… Pangkor Duta and Pan Silver… both offer tickets at RM5 per way for adult and RM3 per way for kids. The ferry are all airconditioned and comfortable but some do offer semi open air seats. I remember those days when I was a kid, its was the old wooden ferry where you can stand outside or at the back or climb up to the top deck which are much more fun!

I took the group to visit Nam Tai (GPS: N3 40.624 E100 59.187) in Sg Besar just north of Sekinchan in Sabak Bernam for breakfast… I visited this place with a few of the managers from office when we did a R&D retreat in Pangkor. Their nasi lemak here is really good, 2 types, 1 is normal nasi lemak and the other is Pulut Lemak (replacing rice with pulut). Their toast is also good and they also offer things like fried noodles and all.  I didn’t order the white coffee but Joe said its the best ;).

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Conclusion from the trip is that, Teluk Segadas (GPS: N4 11.463 E100 34.349) is really a great campsite that I don’t mind going back… just hope that the place can be maintained and remains unspoilt for time to come ;). Finally thanks to Sky, Ed, Joe, Jason, Daniel, Hui Lee, Wai Pei, Jenny, Jon, Simon, Melvin, Mohan, Gary, Cat, Nat, Elaine, Asli, Nigel, Noel and Shin for making this trip a good one! See you guys all in the next makan or camping trip ya ;).

May 12

Its been more than a year since our camping trip last year at Jerangkang and this time we had planned to head out to Teluk Segadas in Pulau Pangkor.
Teluk Segadas or previous known as Teluk Sekadeh is an isolated beach south of Pangkor Island.

To get there, we had to take the ferry to Pangkor, then travel to the local village near Dutch’s Fort before hiking off road for about 30 minutes, but only to find out that you can also charter a small boat to take you there directly but where’s the fun without the hike ;).

Anyhow… on the last day of our camp, me and Sky decided that it was a must to stop by Ma Ga Ka in Pantai Remis for seafood as it is really something different and out of the norm. Ma Ga Ka is also known as Kedai Makanan Laut Ng Chin Boon. Ma Ga Ka basically means the jackfruits tree’ foot and this place only opens at 2pm but they get fresh local supplies of seafood which makes the food itself good without much fancy cooking needed.

Their signature here is their stir fried crab meats wrapped with lettuce leaves, crabs fried with cucumbers, local fishball soup, fried prawn fritters (the whole fritters is filled with prawns) and yam cooked with dried shrimps. We also ordered a shark curry, kam heong mantis prawns and assam prawns.

I had wanted to order their kembong fish and mantis prawns which is so fresh that they just steam it but unfortunately the new fresh catch have not arrived and we couldn’t wait till after 4-5pm. The crab meats with lettuce is good as usual, so is the fishball soup… fishball are tender and soft with dried fish stomach in the nice yummy soup… Daniel of course asked if we can add soup… and I was like “you think we eating bak kut teh meh?”… hehehe…

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Prawns fritters is nice eaten hot with a lot of the famous kg koh chili sauce and the yam is nicely cooked too, I had a lot of those. But the cucumber crabs is ok only, I think Ling Song Kee in Pantai Remis cooks better cucumber crabs anytime! Shark curry is also so so, I prefer the shark curry at Ferng Wei in Sitiawan though.

The bill came up to RM262.20 for 2 tables and a total of 21 of us. Sad part is the food is below my expectation this round, didn’t had the same satisfaction as per my last visit, maybe because all the fresh seafood couldn’t get there in time or my expectation too high hehe…

Kedai Makanan Laut Ng Chin Boon (Ma Ga Ka)
305 Sungai Cina, 34900 Pantai Remis, Perak
Tel: 05-6773286
GPS: N4 27.430 E100 37.907

Right before heading out the Pantai Remis for lunch, we stopped by Ping Gi in Lumut (GPS: N4 14.023 E100 38.017) to shop for local seafood produce. We didn’t want to carry them all the way from Pangkor in the ferry and all and I want to shop at a quality place, so Ping Gi is my choice. Firstly, there are lots of parking near it and most of the time parking in front of the shop, second… Ping Gi brings the goods from Pangkor and repackaged there themselves, so they are always fresh and thirdly of course, the owner is my aunt’s friend, so as usual I told the aunty and uncle there to give some discounts to the group ;).  I think I ended up with the most stuff but what to do, my mum gave me a long list. Do ask for their best keropok here, its expensive RM18 plus a pack but its really good and its easy to fry. You can also buy kg koh chili sauce here.

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This trip is the first time I park in the Lumut Multi-Storey Carpark (GPS: N4 14.087 E100 37.993) as previously I had always parked at the open space car park opposite the ferry jetty for RM10 per night. We parked there for about 27 hours I think and its about RM11, so its quite ok since its a shaded car park and short walk to the ferry terminal.

The hike out from Teluk Segadas was somehow easier than the climb in, probably we got used to the terrain a little and there are of course less food, water and also those beers and JD to bring on the way out. Luckly we tooked down the taxi van contact number as the entrance of the trail hardly have any taxi. We were charged RM1 per head as per our way in and each van fits up to 11 pax ;).

Before heading out from Teluk Segadas, Ed our treasurer paid off the Teluk Segadas camp guys, we were charged RM15 per head to use their camp ground, make shift kitchen, toilets and the running fresh water supply. I must say its all worth it, as without these facilities we would have been feeding mozzies and spending a lot of time in the dark. I must say they are doing a good job keeping the place clean and mozzies free except for keeping the monkeys away from our peanuts and maggi mee… ahhaha…. The camping ground is being maintained so well that they are mozzies free, the whole pack of coils I brought are not used. Anyway, we had to thank Sky for coordinating the booking with them on this place.

The water here is amazingly clear, in the morning, I ventured out to fish for squid on my own and I could see my feet even though the water is up to my waist… in fact, I think I scare 2 squid away walking to the spot I wanted to fish as I can see them swimming away from me! Anyhow after a whole lot time trying at night and in the morning, I got nothing… sob..sob… no skill la probably but I shall try again!!!

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The camp ground is really comfortable, so much so that they left 1 macho guy (let’s not say name here) to sleep out in the open air with just a sleeping bag and he was fine in the morning… so fine that he can even continue the morning with a cup of “irish coffee” 🙂 It was quite warm in the tent at night, probably absorbed a lot of heat during the day but very breezy outside. I noticed dude like Noel just sleep outside his tent and a few of us actually sat and slept by the beach the whole night to relax while star gazing. The others prefer to drink it out while betting on peanuts over card games.

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con’t in part 2…

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