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

Dec 31
Mini Makan Trip to Sitiawan
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Having just got back from the daunting first part of the Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip, I need to go on another trip to Sitiawan for my aunt’s house warming. Its a family thing and I do anticipate a lot of makan as well since my family loves eating.

We decided to use the coastal up north and along the way, we started our first makan stop at Kuala Selangor, as its already 2pm plus, we decided to do the more touristy Pasir Penampang and chosen to dine at Restaurant River View (N3 20.671 E101 15.243). 5 of us ordered claypot cat fish (salt-fresh water river), oyster omellette, fried sotong and some vegetables. Bill came to about RM60.00 which is not too bad. The first are not bad, fresh too but the rest are just normal.

Moving on to Sitiawan is where the real makan begins. After the usual rest and shower, all of us (2 tables, 4 cars) headed to Pantai Remis a well known fishing town for dinner. We went to my uncle’s favourite place, Restaurant Ling Cheng Ji Seafood (N4 26.47 E100 37.35), just go to Pantai Remis town, after the police station on your right, look for 7-11 of your left, its the corner shop behind 7-11. Its air conditioned and is famous for good food. It is said that the best fish served here is a fish known as “sum lai” fish in Cantonese, meaning three mud fish. Its a rare fish and is not available all the time. They said this fish needs to be cooked without cleaning any internal parts of scales and steam for 1 hour plus before serving!

Anyway, no chance to try this exotic fish, but we had a list of powderful goodies waiting for us. First up are goose feets braised with a pork leg and to with some vegetables. The goose feets are soft and tender and the taste of the braised sauce is well absorbed in, kudos to the chef, wonder how long it takes to prepare this dish! Next up are stuffed sea cucumber, where the braised sea cucumber is stuffed with a mixture of fish, pork, water chestnuts, etc. The next dish is really something new to me, totally new I mean, flower crabs cooked with cucumbers! Cucumbers, something so tasteless but to my surprise, it is excellent with the crabs! The freshness of the crabs are brought out well in this dish, cucumbers are sliced into big pieces plus some chilies and are to be taken with the sauce. The crabs are just full of sweet freshness and because the flower crabs here are generally bigger in size, makes it very good to eat. A nice sea garoupa is steamed and served, really big in size and fresh too as Pantai Remis is a fishing town itself, most seafood are brought in live from sea in the morning. The rest are normal stuff, not worth mentioning.

We ended the night at Cannon Cafe in Sitiawan town (nice chicken wings and spicy anchovies) just opposite Hotel Flamingo, quite a decent place with big screen plasma showing live football matches and that’s where my cousins corrupted me with a new drinking game simply known as up or down. Want to know what is that? Come drinking with me the next round and I will teach you :D.

Next morning, as usual my aunt will buy back the best nasi lemak around. This nasi lemak is brought from the coffee stalls in the market (just behind Manjung Parade N4 12.387 E100 41.899). Its similar to those I had in Pangkor and its wrapped in banana leaves, coconut milk rice with a piece of fish on top with curry gravy. Simply amazing and good at 80 cents per packet. As I had my nasi lemak, my cousin cautioned me to only take 1 as we are going out for breakfast after that! If you are there, try their coffee too, really rich and nice.

So, then we went out to Jing Kee (N4 12.647 E100 41.853) in town for some wantan mee where the stall owner will flip flop the noodles quite high up when cooking. The noodles itself is different and really soft and smooth. Oh ya… the wantan mee here, wantan are optional, they will actually ask if you just want noodles with bbq pork (char siew) or add wantan to it, funny. In the same shop, there is also a stall which sells porridge or rice, where you can choose the dishes or have roast duck, chicken and pork. My cousin ordered some duck, chicken and roast pork to go with the noodles, so much to eat, gosh!

After the 2nd breakfast (growing fat), we head to get some Cheong Cia shop (N4 12.938 E100 41.764) to pack some Gong Pian and some red wine for cooking. How to resist the nice and hot gong pian, so makan again, 1 piece that is. As we returned to my aunt house, my cousin dragged me to finish the balance of the nasi lemak, so another packet and my dad made me ate 1 papaya then my aunt made me try her special red bean soup!

I took a break from all this makan and took all the ladies out to buy sea produced at Ping Gi in Lumut before stopping for more shopping in Sitiawan. As we returned, they are screaming for lunch and out we go again. This time to Kg. Cina where we head to Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood (N4 10.775 E100 40.855). We ordered some sar chiu fish here, its similar to those I had at Matang during my Peninsula Makan Trip with roe in them. Then there is also the hot plate oysters with eggs, which is only good if the oyster are fresh. We also got a lala meehoon, big difference here is that the lala comes with the big thick shells and are twice or trice bigger than normal lala!

Then its back to more chores and chaffeuring for the rest of the day preparing for the house warming. Some of the highlight dishes that night includes my aunt’s fish curry, which I had a chance to try sum as it is ready mid afternoon (ya, more food, guilty) with sting rays and other fishes plus vegetables. Fried mee tiau which are teo chew noodles which are great to go with curry. Also, my uncle went back to Ling Cheng Ji in Pantai Remis to get their famous braised (lou) duck, its really different from those in KL, the duck texture are still tender, not too soft and the sauce are thick and well absorbed in. Also good from the same place are their “chee tau pei” which are skins from the pig’s head which are braised until its really soft and tasty. Also, we have a whole roast pig which are roasted just in time for the house warming, chopped and served there!

There are a lot more goodies to eat here in Sitiawan and surrounding area, but within the 2 days, I am already overwhelmed by food! So if you do go to Sitiawan or Pantai Remis, make sure you spend some time there to sample the local specialities! Will write more about this place when I go there again ;)

p/s: sorry didn’t take much photos this time.

Oct 21
Sitiawan – Restoran Ferng Wei
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What else better to eat in Sitiawan but seafood and so we did. On the way to Pangkor, 8 of us stopped by Restoran Ferng Wei in Sitiawan town (just next to Nissan service) which my uncle brought me the last time I was in town.

We ordered a claypot of curry prawns, steam red snapper, deep fried squid, fried oysters in omelette, hot plate tofu and the 4 heavenly king veges. The curry is definately local style, which are a bit thick and dry with big prawns in it enough for everyone and goes great with rice. The fish is simply good because of how fresh it is, you can taste the sweetness of the flesh. The rest are ok except for the veges which is different from those in KL. They basically use brinjal, petai, 4 sides beans and lady fingers fried in a belacan chili sauce then top it with lots of fried dry anchovies. The crispy anchovies goes really good with the veges.

All the above plus rice and tea works out to about RM97.60, now that is really value for money, plus all the seafood are fresh!

GPS: N4 12.199 E100 41.927

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