Before I start, I would like to do a little introduction of Hubby's friend, Wong, who is also one of our Makan Gang and my cooking si-fu. I first met him during our trip to Perth together and sampled some of his culinary skill. Amazed with the way he worked in the kitchen, whipping out dishes after dishes within minutes and all so yummy. Oh yah, I learnt my successful Radish Cake through him too. So meeting up with him is always fun cos it means food, food and more food! And this is what we did when we met up last Sunday for brunch.
Woke up early on a Sunday morning, not so difficult when one is anticipating good food. Picked him up at 10.00 a.m. and off we went to Batu Caves. We heard so much from him about this place called Pan Heong Restaurant in Batu Caves which is famous for its porridge and fried noodles. Wong said we should go early cos it's super packed and believe me, this cornershop restaurant was PACKED and one got to take a number and wait. Lucky for us, we were ushered straight to our table since they have a vacant table for 4.
Although packed, the serving time didn't take as long as I thought it would be. First dish served was their Sang Har Wat Tan Hor (Fresh Water Prawns with Cantonese-style Flat Rice Noodle). At only RM26.00 for 2 big juicy prawns, it's actually half the price charged by Greenview Restaurant at Sec19. The noodle was so full of wok-hei, simply delicious even without the egg gravy. Prawns were bouncy and fresh...mmm..I got the part with most roes. Ooooo....oishi oishi!!!!
Next came the non-halal version of Mee Goreng (RM7.50). Using yellow noodle like mee mamak, this dish is rather unique and it seems like a must-have since I see it in every table. But I would prefer it to be more spicy though. Next time must ask for tambah pedas (add chilli)!
The Nam Yue Pork Belly (RM10.50) is our favourite dish and such a perfect snack to go with beer. The outer layer was so crispy and full of nam yue (fermented beancurd) flavour while the inside was still so juicy and the layer of fats practically melts in your mouth. Each bite were so sinful especially when the juice splattered all over in your mouth as you chew. Ooohh...I must try to make this dish at home one day.
Interested? Do drop by Pan Heong Restaurant at:
No. 2 Jalan Medan Batu Caves 2
Medan Batu Caves
Business Hours: 8 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
We stopped at a fruit and veggie stall to grab the famous brown-skinned bananas. Ermm..not a fan of bananas so I didn't get any but Wong gave us a few pieces to try. Still raw so I can't review how it taste like yet.
Wong brought us to this restaurant called Remember One Two Six which is quite easily to locate. If you are coming from KL, just turn into Bukit Tinggi exit, at the junction, turn right and follow the U-shaped road to the opposite side of the highway. Go straight and you won't miss this big restaurant located on your left. Seems to be a favourite stopover for golfers as well as those on long distance journey.
First dish we ordered was the Steamed Wild Bullfrogs (RM35) which turned out superb. There is a vast difference between the wild and the reared in terms of texture and sweetness of the meat. Normally those found in KL are normally reared and the texture is much softer. However, the wild bullfrogs are much bounchier (propobly due to their freedom) and sweeter too (due to their natural diet). The frogs were steamed with herbal stock which tasted really good. Hmm..next time I should boil Froggy Herbal Soup instead of Chicken Herbal Soup. Tastes so much better.
I don't quite fancy fish but this Steamed River Patin (RM39 for 1/2 fish) was really really good. Cooked to perfection, this fish was sweet, smooth, soft and bouncy all mixed together. I had an enjoyable time savouring this fish, especially the head. Ohh..not oily at all. Also a vast difference between the river Patin and reared Patin as the latter tends to be very oily, hence much cheaper in terms of price too.
Last dish, and luckily the last cos Hubby and I were really full, Stewed Pork Belly with Bamboo Shoots. Initially I was a bit skeptical when Wong ordered this dish. I used to have this perception that bamboo stinks as much as petai...but I was proven wrong after I tried this dish. The bamboo shoot has a very unique texture to it, really hard to explain, but I simply love the bamboo more than the pork. Quite a big portion for only RM8.
There are plenty of restaurants in Bukit Tinggi but according to Wong, most are craps and at cut-throat prices. So, 126 Restaurant is highly recommended especially if you are fan of exotic food such as turtle. Psstt..i spotted Turtle Yee Mee in their menu. Hehe..who dare to try??
Remember One Two Six Restaurant is located at:
PT3347, Kg Bukit Tinggi
28750 Bentong, Pahang