Friday, September 22, 2017

Cycle Malaysia Day 2 - Sekinchan to Hutan Melintang

Good morning Sekinchan, this town has been very popular among the local tourists with many places to stay overnight and many places to eat & shop. We started the morning visiting this food court, Restoran Sin Ming Kee for some decent food like porridge and noodles.
For the benefit of our visiting friend from oversea we did a brief ride around in Sekinchan visiting the rice factory and mango farm before we continued with our journey.
The Guest House owner Mr. Wong accompanied us to the fringe of Sekinchan and bade farewell to us. Thank you Mr. Wong and we shall see you again next time.
From Pantai Redang of Sekinchan there is an earth bund access along the coastline which is rather lengthy and fun to ride along. There are many cows and cow dung found along it and one has to be careful not to roll over the dung.
One for the album at the earth bund.
We decided to turn from the laterite road and set into lovely kampong atmosphere. 
We were back to same Mee Udang stall at Sg. Nibong and I agreed with Joe that the quality of the prawn mee was better than the last time we came. Well done Mee Udang King Original we love your noodle and the fresh prawns!
The route on Day 2 was of mainly inner roads without much of a traffic nuisance, indeed a peaceful and enjoyable 62km ride.
A place to stop and rest is essential. Bus stop is one of the most common places to take a break and it is also a good shelter from the heat and rain.
The GPS device I am using is of Garmin Oregon powered by 2 nos. of rechargeable AA dry batteries. The routes for the entire round Peninsula are all loaded in it and I rely on it very much. For instance you can confidently cycle at long stretches of quiet road without fear and knowing exactly your position in relation to the destination you are heading. But at times you have to use it smartly.
After a long and scenic ride in the coconut plantation we found the jetty to take us across Bernam River and over to Hutan Melintang.
We could sense comfort coming its way ..... the food, the bed and a good rest. By the way we were at the verge of crossing to another state and welcome to Perak.
A short distance from the jetty we stopped by at this shop from some food and drinks.
The drizzle continued to bless us as we cycled into the main town hunting for a decent hotel. We checked into Legenda Hotel. The day ended with a dinner at Restoran Seafood Happiness before we called it a night.
Day 2 ride was easy and pleasant with a relatively flat terrain.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cycle Malaysia CM Day 1 - Sg. Buloh to Sekinchan

I have always wanted to do a tour of Peninsula Malaysia for a long time and eventually I did it. Here is my documentation of this adventure which took 43 days covering a distance over 2,600km, 3 nations and 11 states. I called this adventure "Cycle Malaysia" (CM), to know Malaysia is to cycle Malaysia.
After gathering much information from friends and the internet I plotted the entire journey with 8 stages. There were some changes in the plan but not severe.
On the first day my lovely wife sent me to the nearest LRT station where I got connected to Sg. Buloh Station and that was the starting point of CM. I was using a Brompton folding bicycle to do this tour, it has 6 speeds, the wheel size is 16", equipped with a Brompton T-bag for my travelling stuffs and a small saddle bag for my tools and first aids. I did not encounter any tyre puncture during the entire 43 days tour and the 4 spare tubes were left unopened in the bag.
Stage I of the tour was from Sg. Buloh to Penang. There were 6 of us participating in this stage and they were Jotaro Zen, Fenn Siah, Kimmiskie, Sooi Ying and Amanda Lee who flew in from Melbourne to join us in this pursuit.
All feeling fresh and eager to start the journey but everyone was hungry and had to eat first.
As usual there will be lots of eating and savouring of the many types of food found in Malaysia. Our first meal was Dim Sum at Sg. Buloh Village.
I did not realise that we will end up at this obstacle again which some of us have encountered before during our Wednesday rides. Fortunately this time, there was a huge steel "I" beam spanning across the stream. Slowly and step by step we managed to get to the other end.
Most of the routes we took were of inner roads either going through kampong or housing schemes but at time it was unavoidable and had to use the trunk roads.
The weather was fine on the first day with a bit of mild drizzle.
The places we chose to stop sometimes could be interesting and informative, for instance we know where to go if we want to visit sky mirror at Sasaran.
A contact for sky mirror visit for those who are keen.
Riding through a lovely scent of lime grass road in a quiet surrounding with coconut trees awaiting to welcome you.
This stretch of ride was nicely covered with huge shading trees and cycling through it was such a breeze.
Our lunch was at this old coffee shop at Kuala Selangor tasting some of its delicious local dishes.
Qi Jian Xi Shi Fo Zu Temple 七劍仙師佛祖古廟 at Pasir Penambang, Kuala Selangor.
After cycling for more than 92km we could smell Sekinchan and it's time to rest, eat and prepare for the next day.
At last we reached at Guest House Wong Corner for the night.
The route we took for the day.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

半山走地鸡 Ban Shan Zou Di Ji (Ti Ratana Restaurant) @ Salak South Village

It's another Wednesday Ride and this time the plan was to cycle to Salak South Village to search for a elevated village eatery that has an awesome view of the city skyline. There were 12 of us starting from Lake Titiwangsa just before 7.00pm. We rode through the heavy jammed traffic of Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle as we moved towards south bound.
After pedaling for about 19km we found the wooden eatery house tucked among the village houses by the hill side with require a little bit of push up a steep road to reach the restaurant. 
The lady boss Ng Mooi behind the stove and preparing our food though we were hungry but we shall patiently wait for her magic.
Poached free range chicken is one of her signature dish that came with an interesting minced ginger sauce and it was indeed delicious. Hold on to your forks and spoons fellow riders let the cameras eat first.
I love this strong rice wine flavoured ginger chicken soup just like those women's food during their confinement. You must not miss this dish.
Vinegar pork trotter is another fabulous dish the taste is simply strong and tasty. Another must try kind of Hakka dish.
Stir fried tapioca leaves is good but nothing in particular to shout about.
Paku veggie stir fried with belacan surely tasted superbly good with its lovely belacan aroma and I like the crunchiness of this fern veggie.
Hakka braised pork belly with black fungus is another yummy dish it is a class higher than most where you normally get from the economy rice. I love to say this again, it is another must order dish.
The thick ginger gravy is gorgeous together with the freshness of the Song fish head it has gained another thumb up dish. Looks like everything we ate here were satisfactorily delicious and could come back again for more.
The view from our dining table is awesome, it was a satisfactorily dinner at a not so fancy restaurant with a superb sight of Kuala Lumpur skyline, Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, TRX building (under construction) and the glittering light Genting Highlands are all distinguishedly seen.
This hidden gem is directly facing to Ti-Ratana Welfare Society Malaysia and the pricing is reasonable at Ng Mooi's place. We only have to pay RM23 each for the dinner. This place is less than 2 years and a good place to try it if you are searching for food around Salak South or Desa Petaling.

Ban Shan Zou Di Ji
Lot 16106, Jalan 13B,
Salak South Bahru, Kuala Lumpur
Opens 11am-3pm & 5pm-10pm, Tue-Sun; closed Mon
Tel 019 332 8285/016 314 9486/018 275 4161
GPS : 3.085089, 101.710055

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Restoran Long Kee Teow Chew Seafood @ Seri Gombak

We were on our usual Wednesday evening exploring cycle-able routes and hunting for good food in the city of Kuala Lumpur. This time around we targeted Seri Gombak and its surrounding starting from our regular base at Titiwangsa.

We trailed along residential and kampong roads passing by places like Titiwangsa, Air Panas, Taman Genting, Danau Kota, Kg. Sg. Mulia and Taman Selaseh before arriving at Restoran Long Kee Teow Chew Seafood at Seri Gombak. These were dishes recommended by Richard & Jerry.

I like this most, steamed sting ray fish that was fresh and yummy.
Grouper fish cutlets fried with "chai poh" (preserved vegetable) was also delicious and a favourite among everyone of us. 
Prawn fritters was interesting it was kind of special that came with a sweet chili sauce.
Oily stir fried brinjal with dried small shrimps was good and delicious too.
Mantis prawns deep fried with salted egg not a favorite dish for me.
The damage for 6 of us.
After a good meal at Long Kee we headed to Metropolitan Batu Park and back to Lake Titiwangsa on a different route for the evening. I was glad my fellow buddies enjoyed the ride and the makan. Let's hunt for more amazing foods with our bicycles.
Restoran Long Kee Teow Chew Seafood
3, Jalan SG 1/10, Sri Gombak
68100 Batu Caves.
Tel: 019 – 613 8878, 012 – 270 6739, 014 – 326 1117
GPS : 3.238879, 101.697278