Betau Valley

Betau Valley

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Cameron Highlands during a break in the wet season 2016

Cameron Highlands is basically not far from Raub and it is a good under 2 hour drive from Raub town. We usually spend a few days there every end-of-the -year holidays and this year was no exception. However, these are from a day trip done on a whim - to Habu because of a break in the gloomy weather but surprises - it was windy and exceptionally cold at around 14-15 degrees celsius in the day time...

 At the teashop - as we were still early, the tourist horde has yet to arrive and we were scrambling to look for a shielded spot from the cold wind...normally at 15 degrees celsius it shouldn't be cold but the moisture in the fresh air made it so.

Above views taken from above the small tea hill at Habu Boh Estate.

Monday, 2 January 2017

My choice of Best Chicken Rice in PJ

If there's anything to go by Malaysian staples for lunch, an iconic one must be chicken rice. Originally a Hainanese dish, it has been widely fusioned into the Malaysian gastronomic landscape and transcended all the cultures in Malaysia.

It is not easy to find a good chicken rice these days, especially original recipes (the chicken rice ball Chung Wah in Malacca was one but has gone too touristic) but the one in PJ Section 16 has a good Cantonese-styled chicken rice with option of Char Siew and Roasted Pork. It sits next to a primary school at the corner of Restoran Chun Yuen and the stall usually has very brisk business till just about 1 pm. Beyond that, it wil be next to impossible to get anything. Pricing wise, it is not the cheapest chicken rice in town, a selection of roasted meat for 2 would easily set you to RM25 per person but the crowd is a testimony to its popularity with the lunch crowd.

 This is where the trick is - the well flavoured rice. The ginger practically melts in the mouth and the rice has a deep and layered taste (umami). My friend would just eat the rice and nothing else...

The roasted pork has the same texture of those found in upper end Chinese restaurants and the roasted chicken is served on a bed of blanched bean sprouts (if you get the early enough before they run out of it). The customer stream is good that there is no time for the chicken to sit and waits for customers. It is sold as it comes out from the oven...

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Buah Pampong, a helmet-sized fruit from a jungle creeper

There is a village in Raub called Kampong Bukit Pampong and I wondered where that particular name came from and it turned out that it came from a jungle creeper that bears fruit the size of a motorcycle helmet calle buah Pampong!

It is not a common creeper and can sometimes be seen on the fringes of forests on tall trees, bearing a few disproportionately large fruits visible from afar...

The above 2 pix are from a creeper on the way to Pos Sinderut...