Curry Wild Boar @ Son Wun Nam Restaurant, Tanjung MalimNovember 15, 2010 | 6,300 views
Curry Wild Boar (RM12/USD3.90) – Cubes of chunky, gamey meat from the wild, paired with potatoes in a thick, robust curry paste. Typical Chinese style of dry curry dishes.
Talk about hectic. Pardon me, for Motormouth just returned from another short excursion to Kuala Lumpur, and suffering the wrath of heavy, torrential downpour somewhere along the expressway.
But as they say; ‘When life gives you lemon, you make lemonade?’ The saying somewhat rang true when the foodie instincts suddenly kicked in and off we went for an early dinner at Fu Man Restaurant in Tanjung Malim. Or so we thought, already contemplating on the prospects of licking our fingers from the delicious deep fried salted pork belly or even a serving of the almost extinct dish of stir-fried pig’s large intestines with pineapples.
Lo and behold, Fu Man was packed to the brim! A few tourist buses were parked haphazardly by the road, and we suspected something amiss when a few diners were standing around waiting impatiently although there were a few vacant tables here and there. The restaurant was booked by the tour agency, and this called an immediate alternative around town …..
“Kah Heong Tau Fu” aka Homemade Beancurd (RM10/USD3.30) with minced pork and dried shrimps in a slightly spicy paste, garnished with chopped scallions.
Thankfully, the GPS device came to the rescue. Almost instantaneously, we were re-routed to another Chinese restaurant in town; the older part of Tanjung Malim town to be exact. Next to the now defunct REX cinema (is it still operating?), Son Wun Nam Restaurant occupies a corner lot with an option to dine in a fully air-conditioned environment or to be seated in the older part of the eatery; fluorescent light and ceiling fans.
The place screamed old school (well, at least I would like to perceive the restaurant as such, albeit the swankier side with air-cond), and naturally, a ‘dai chow’ restaurant in a small Chinese town serves the most spectacular of home-cooked fares.
And Son Wun Nam is no difference, promising value for money dishes that soothed our souls after a horrendous crawl on the expressway, owing to the journey with almost zero visibility …..
Stir Fried Sweet Potato Leaves (RM6/USD2)
Curry Wild Boar, Homemade Beancurd and a compulsory serving of fibres in the form of …. Shu Miu, or sweet potato leaves. The wild boar had this very interesting texture and gamey taste, almost akin to eating mutton varuval while we were not looking. Love the half fat, half lean cuts, as opposed to the conventional leaner cuts served in other restaurants (Chau Y in Gerik is a good example). If you think this tastes anything resembling a generic pork curry, then you’re in for a shock/treat!
The beancurd was nothing exceptional, and we have tasted better ones elsewhere. The toppings of mixed spiced pork minced then stir-fried with dried shrimps, red chillies and fried shallots (?) was an appetizing ensemble, though I kind of missed the presence of ‘choy pou’ or preserved radish.
The sweet potato leaves on the other hand, was way too fibrous and required some jaw strength before one could swallow.
Possibly the only restaurant actively serving come night time at the older part of town, Son Wun Nam must have been a traveller’s favourite stop over before the existence of expressways.
Monday Blues, anyone? Especially in this cold, clammy weather? Don’t be. Just wait for the Wednesday-special-midweek-holiday, and then grin and bear the remaining of the days. Before the weekend beckons and soon enough …… it’ll be Christmas before we know it.
After all, shopping malls in the Klang Valley were already all decked out with Christmas ornaments, and the bells/whistles. And of course, a fat man in red* with reindeer will follow closely ……..
*I was not referring to myself. >_<
SON WUN NAM RESTAURANT
No 2, Jalan Loke Yew,
Taman Bunga Raya,
35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-459 6062, 605-458 2421, 6012-240 5788.
GPS Coordinates : E101 31′ 9.6″ N3 40′ 54.6″
Google Map to Son Wun Nam Restaurant
To reach this restaurant, you can exit the expressway at any of the two Tanjung Malim exits, and proceed to Tanjung Malim town. If you’re coming from the south, exit at the Tanjung Malim/UPSI toll exit and proceed towards Tanjung Malim Bypass, passing by the KTM railway and then reaching the town area near to bus station.