Tuesday, June 10, 2008

REMEMBER 1 2 6 RESTAURANT @ BUKIT TINGGI, PAHANG

Initially Hubby and I thought of bringing my brother-in-law (BIL) to Pan Heong for porridge but surprisingly, it was closed on the Friday we went. Since we were already in Batu Caves area, Hubby suggested that we have lunch at Remember 126 Restaurant located at Kg Bukit Tinggi, Pahang instead. It was a good choice made as I knew BIL would be impressed to try wild paddy frogs instead of having those reared ones in KL.

Kg Bukit Tinggi is just about 10 - 15 mins away from Genting Sempah. Look out for the signboard after you pass Selesa Hillhomes on your left. Turn left off the highway to a narrow road and at the junction, turn right. Go pass a tunnel to get to the other side of the highway, turn right and go straight all the way heading towards the Bukit Tinggi town. Remember 126 Restaurant is located at your left side. This restaurant is quite popular among golfers as well as passerbys stopping for a rest and a meal.
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Further up from this restaurant, you might want to stop by to get some locally-grown vegetables and fruits. One of the famous produce here is the brown-skinned banana which tastes milky rich!
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Surrounded by banana trees plantation behind, my nephew was very excited to learn where bananas came from. There is a small man-made pond too with some river fishes inside. 1

The first dish to arrive was the Sweet and Sour Pork. Certainly one of the best I had and within minutes, the plate was polished off clean! I like the way the pork was done...meaty and juicy coated with thin layer of batter without any fats and then tossed in semi translucent gravy. Appetising and perfect dish to start the meal.
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We had only one side of the River Patin as the boss told us that the whole fish would be too big for us. It was steamed to perfection with lots of julienned gingers, drizzled with soya sauce and shallots oil and lastly, some chopped coriander for the extra aroma. No trace of muddy taste. Flesh was firm, almost like having chicken meat. The best part would be the skin which is chewy and gelatinous! DELICIOUS! I could easily finish off one bowl of rice with the soya sauce alone.
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Steamed Paddy Frog with Chinese Herbs was very good too! BIL was really surprised that wild paddy frogs could actually taste so much different from the reared ones; firmer and sweeter. Much to my delight, the taste from the angelica root (tong kwai) was mild and the gravy tastes so much like herbal chicken soup. Good till the last drop!
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BIL requested to have another order of Paddy Frog, this time, it was steamed and when served, a bottle of Brands Essence of Chicken was poured all over the dish. Personally I find Essence of Chicken has got a weird taste to it, hence I still prefer the first order.
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But this time, the Paddy Frog was so much bigger. Just look at the size of the drumstick! Almost as long as the height of a softdrink can! But sadly the meat was too tough due to it gigantic size. Strongly advice that you request for medium sized frogs when placing your order.
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We need our fibers and the best veggie dish to order was of course locally grown veggies none other than Choy Sam which was stir-fried with garlic...delicious!
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Another favourite of mine is the stir-fry young watercress. I tried cooking this at home but somehow it always tasted a bit bitter and nothing compared to those outside. Anyone have any tips on how to get rid of its bitterness?
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Lastly, a veggie recommended by the waiter, locally-grown Tin Chat which sounded so much like one of those concoction of Chinese medicine. I wonder if this has any connection with that but it could be as the waiter told us it's highly nutritionous although it slighlty bitter and slimy. I didn't like it at all so this is a veggie I will avoid from now on.
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I couldn't find the receipt for our meal but as far as I could remember, it was fairly reasonable. So do try if you happen to pass by the area and feels like having a good meal.

Remember One Two Six Restaurant is located at:
PT3347, Kg Bukit Tinggi
28750 Bentong, Pahang
Handphone: 012-2251894

28 comments:

wmw said...

I nearly fainted when I saw paddy frog. Me no eat Kermit!

CUMI & CIKI said...

excellent tip! i will remember 126! lol

Kenny Mah // Life for Beginners said...

Hehe, I'd eat Kermit anyday... but not a tough Kermit... I'd prefer the soft type, gently bullied by Ms. Piggy... Lol.

ling239 said...

a very gigantic drumstick of a frog.... too bad it is too tough ~
maybe diff style of cooking ? like the 3 cup frog teckiee recommended ?

Tummythoz said...

*jotting down directions* Phew, at least more detailed than Suang Le.

Lianne said...

goodnesss .. so big ah? yeah, that's the thing about size sometimes, the bigger it is, the tougher it gets.

J2Kfm said...

wah! frogs are yummy when cooked in porridge, or steamed, or kung pow style! but nowadays seldom see restaurants serving them in Ipoh, and mostly expensive liao.
TIN CHAT?!!! my absolute nightmare when Mum boiled them to supposedly rid bruises or something. yuck ...

Precious Pea said...

wmw: Kermit is yummy! *ribbit ribbit*

cumi & ciki: Hehe..the name easy to remember eh?

kenny: Yalor..not all things big are better.

ling239: Too bad it was tough, probably oversteamed or something. 3 cups frog sounds delicious!

tummythoz: Why so troublesome? You want, we go together lor. As for Suang Le, you should know how difficult it is to provide direction right?

lianne: Yalor. Next time must remember to ask for medium size.

j2kfm: I like it in porridge too! In Kl, frogs also quite expensive and rarely could find those wild ones. Hehe..yah..i hate tin chat too. Bluek!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

definitely a restaurant worth remembering indeed..big frogs with chicken essence is damn shiok la! miss the ones we always have in gohtong jaya..with the petrol price so high, cant simply drive up anymore haha..

rokh said...

would take note to drop by there if i ever go to selesa home for getaways again

ai wei said...

i once saw the brown skin banana in the just life organic shop. wondering how is it like?! the same yellow color inside?!

Precious Pea said...

NJoe: I find Gohtong Jaya more expensive. Furthermore have to drive up a hill, more petrol consumption.

rokh: You have been to selesa hillhome? Nice?

aiwei: Yes, yellow inside, brown outside. Tastewise...normal banana lor. Hahaha! But quite aromatic and richer in texture.

Nic (KHKL) said...

wah, the frog leg so huge like chicken drumstick liddat...sometimes, i feel the meat has a bit of that earthy taste but the smooth texture is just wonderful lar! hehehe...

stir-fried tin chat? that's new. after eat, can go donate blood already...hahaha...

Jaded said...

oooh... Restaurant 126! They used to have small little corner in the village further up, but business so good that they expanded to the current premise. And yes, you are right, very reasonable prices.

Precious Pea said...

nic: Agree...frog leg is simply delicious! Eee...i don't like the tin chat, so no eat, no blood donation. I think I more scare kena pricked than eating the tin chat lor.

jaded: Really? Thanks for the information. ANy other restaurants nearby that you have been to?

vialentino said...

wow...another great recommendation again...i love paddy frogs and thanks for introducing this restaurant at nearby bkt tinggi....this is before the exit to bkt tinggi rite?

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

by the photos alone this place is a winner. never had frogs b4 (they r so ugly!) but am almost ready to try it looking at ur pics. r u sure what u ate rn't toads. so big! hey, ur BIL n fam back in Msia again?

Precious Pea said...

vialentino: Yes, before the exit to bukit tinggi. Just look out for the signboard after you passed the selesa hillhomes on your left.

terri: This village is quite a nice place to explore. As for the frogs, they are really yummy and sweet. Better than chicken meat. And again, am offering to bring you there if you have time to spare when you are in KL so do let me know ok? Er...don't think those are toads as i have seen live ones at the wet market which are quite big. Nah...they are back to Melb in April, just that i have lots of backdated photos yet to be posted and i think it would last me till i see them again in Sept in Gold Coast.

jason said...

Poor froggies. But they do look yummy though. :p

mimid3vils said...

The tin chat veggie i think is the Chinese medicine 田七?

Simon Seow said...

Wah. I want the tin kai, slurp, slurp. Anyone want to organize a trip here? I'm kinda sesat when road is not in KL.

Alex said...

I LOVE the food here. Eaten only once but the size of the paddy frogs and the taste wild boar meat still lingers .... (just joking). Will surely revisit after reading your post.

backstreetgluttons said...

this place is great for old style chinese cooking ! those days we came from selesa hill homes but dont think this place have tried but food definitely looks soooooooooooo deliciously familiar ( minus tiger ) ! just like the goh tong jaya shops who probably have their origins here

tigerfish said...

Delicious looking frogs! Did you pour the Chicken Essence over them ?

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Those are the biggest frog legs I've ever seen! What is chicken essence?

The tin chat looks like what we call mong toi in VNese. I think it's malabar spinach in English. My grandma usually made it into a soup since it's rather slimy.

dan said...

very good info. i will take note of this restaurant and hope to visit soon.

shandy said...

looks like good food

Halra said...

bukit tinggi is green and cool area,
i love that place, and there lot of menu of food, so you can pleasure with the culinary :-)

 

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