Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Extraordinary Return Route From Ipoh Ep 2


Where to lunch? Since it's only ~8km away from the tin dredge, we headed to Tanjung Tualang to hunt for local specialty.

A very small town. From MFM, I found a recommended restaurant, Sun Swee Kiong...


There is a car park beside the restaurant and the business hour on the board...


Notice the big shrimp on the board? Also notice the aquariums hiding behind the board?

These are the "victims" in the aquarium and would be served on the table soon...


Exactly like the image on the board, the udang galah, the fresh water prawns.

Within 15 minutes after order, the prawns were served...


11 of them weighed 600g. Without further delay, ladies and gentlemen, start your engine...


Peeled the shell...


If you throw away the head, you are really big head prawn 大头虾. Look at the reddish paste...


Lovely! Someone would remind me "wei, high cholesterol ah!". Eat first, die later. Life is to enjoy, not to wait for the time to die. :P

Those who know me would surprise, I peel prawn!! Ya, I am actually a lazy butt, I don't eat prawns with shell (but I like crabs! Hehe...). This time is exception, so you could imagine how good the prawns were. The texture was definitely something unique and way different from the prawns we normally eat in restaurants in other places. It's really really different. Must try!

There were other specialties like "soon hock" fish (I don't know the proper English name) that would only cost you around RM70-80 for a kilogram and fresh water eel. Ask the manager for recommendation on how to cook. As mentioned, Ming Court dim sum still in the stomach, so we made a pass this round. Sad~

We left the town after a fulfilling lunch, you could stay for a while to shop nearby the wet market, there's pasar tani or rather properly called "few stalls along the same street" selling some local delights. I stopped my shooting (laziness kicked in) after lunch, so no photo shoot after the prawn meal at the pasar tani and when at Sitiawan and Lumut. Well, that's a good excuse to call for another trip, right? I had few when we arrived at Teluk Intan but 2 of the "key" photos were corrupted during file transfer. Damn! So I will keep the rest until the next trip to recapture (hopefully) and blog later.

Along the journey heading south back to my hometown, the greenish by the road side and bluish in the far sky really soothed the mind....


Doesn't it look like Windows XP default wallpaper? Hehe... It also reminds me my Australia trip 2 years back when driving on the country roads and Great Ocean Road.

There supposes to have a group trip planned for such visit, I guess very likely it would not happen. Perhaps over a weekend I would just rather hop on a ride with a friend whose home town is in Sitiawan than waiting for the group trip. Next stop perhaps I would like to have a bird watching session and may be a home stay.


Above is the route I planned. From Ipoh town --> Perak Herbs Garden --> Kellie's Castle --> Tin Dredge Heritage --> Tanjung Tualang. You can use the same route return to Ipoh or exit to E1 NSE. I used the A112 --> E19 Ipoh-Lumut --> Teluk Intan-Sitiawan route to reach Lumut. Download latest MFM (click on the link on the right) and you can find all places in the map.