BETONG – The Dimsum Affair (Part 2)July 15, 2008 | 6,328 views
Continuation from Part 1 …
Waking up the next morning, from our window, we observe the mist enveloping the mountains, a picture of serenity with swifts flying over the skyline (though not captured on photo). Betong’s timezone is an hour earlier than Malaysia’s, the same with Bangkok’s.
How helpful …
Funnily enough, the tourist information centre is closed since the day before. Any plans to grab some maps, guides, or a word or two of advice was dashed. Guess outsiders would have to come fully prepare, maps and all, OR risk scurrying around like headless mice (haha, sounds morbid?) But really, the town’s not THAT big …
Mr. Policeman casting a shadow on a fine morning …
Traffic’s on the lighter side, especially at night when we unleashed the camwhores in us, right in the middle of road, in front of the clock tower. (=P) But if you’re driving in this town, do be cautious, as the traffic lights system is somewhat different (or the people there couldn’t care less about the laws), with vehicles zooming in from every direction although the green light’s on your side.
Situated at the corner of Chayachawalit Road, a short walk from our hotel, Betong Merlin, is this supposedly popular dimsum joint, serving Chinese style breakfast. For detailed map of Betong, please refer to Travelfish’s useful map HERE.
The owner’s a local Chinese, speaking fluent Mandarin. Therefore communicating my orders was an easy task, given my limited vocabulary of the language.
A variety of dimsum on metal plates, before steamed and poured over some sauce
Unlike Malaysian style of serving dimsum, it’s self-service when it comes to ordering, whereby you’ll have to walk over to the counter, and pick your favourite pieces. Then he’ll steam the dimsum freshly for you, (which may take a good 10-15 minutes) and serve them at your table. Innovative option, as fresh dimsum’s always a better choice than those displayed on the trolley and being pushed around.
Stacks after stacks of dimsum for picking
You can opt for steamed fish slices with julienned ginger and chilli, served with their thick, special gravy, resembling Penang’s Lor Bak or Lor Mee’s gravy
Chinese tea in pot
Oh ya, something out of topic here. I’ve been in a ‘heated‘ debate with TallGal, ZMin, KYT, KCA and the lot, on the REAL custom of thanking someone when he/she pours for you by tapping your fingers. To clarify this matter, please click HERE. Any objections? 😉
Pork Dumplings (Siew Mai), and Glutinous Rice (Lor Mai Kai)
Prawn Dumplings (Har Kau) and Chives Dumplings (9 Choi)
Economy Fried Noodles
Yam Cake (or is it?)
Other than serving dimsum, there is an additional stall serving chee cheong fun (rice noodles roll), fried noodles, and yam cakes (wu tau kou). The CCF was out of stock, so early in the morning. Tastewise? The morsels of dimsum was a paltry affair, pale in comparison to Ipoh’s offerings (obviously). The fried noodles was not impressive either, but the worst had to be the yam cake. Made from more flour than yam, the chunk was oily, tasteless, and offered small cubes of yams as consolation.
Char Siew Pau (BBQ Pork Buns)
Probably we were expecting too much. But fortunately, the Char Siew Pau was passable, and the dough was not of the stick-to-teeth kind.
Though slightly disappointed by the breakfast spread, we were shocked, or rather pleasantly surprised when it was time to foot the bill. Total for 4 pax = RM15 ONLY. That includes everything on the table. To prevent miscommunication, we asked again whether the sum covered the drinks? YES. The noodles and yam cakes? YES. Wow …. speechless. In Ipoh, RM15 can only get you 5 baskets of dimsum at most. Haha …..
We had dimsum AGAIN for breakfast on the next day, when 8 (!!!) others arrived on the second day. But more on that in later posts … For now, I’ll be packing yet again, this time venturing south to Johor Bahru for work purposes. Wish me safe journey ya? Unlike previous JB excursion in April (read about that HERE), this time we have to take the bus. Prepare for a ride, on the bumpy side!!!
Til this weekend, tata !!!
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