IF you happen to be at Teluk Cempedak, Pahang, stop at Hou Yin Restaurant to try its famous family recipe curry noodle. I guarantee it will make you sweat with satisfaction.
Located near the beach, the humble restaurant serves rich curry noodles with a generous topping of chicken, fishball, fish cake, tofu and clams.
What I really like about the dish is that it has its own special taste, somewhere in between Indian and Malay curry with the right amount of spices and coconut milk. I enjoyed every drop of the gravy. And it’s cheap — only RM4.20 for a jumbo-sized bowl.
For a more heavy meal, we went to Akob Patin House in Jalan Besar, Kuantan, for a real kampung-style ikan patin. To round up our rendezvous in Kuantan was the perfectly marinated satay at Satay Zul in Jalan Alor Akar.
On our way back to Kuala Lumpur, we dropped in at Restaurant Ratha in Jalan Tun Razak, Raub, for another hearty meal. I ate every bit of the fish head curry and left only a plate of bones.
Since we were already in Pahang, I thought I would treat myself to the State’s very famous dessert — ice cream — that’s available only in Bentong. The home-made Kow Po Ice Cream has been there for over 38 years and is very well known. It comes in a variety of flavours including chocolate, peanut butter and pandan. Having it in a hot humid country is totally heavenly!
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Kow Po Ice Cream
Bentong Heights, Bentong.
Chocolate ice cream.
Humble kopitiam look-alike that will zap you with childhood memories.
Hou Yin Restaurant
Jalan Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan.
Family recipe curry noodles.
Old shack Chinese restaurant.