The Gerik-Pengkalan Hulu Trail (Pt 2)June 3, 2008 | 1,700 views
(…. continued from Part 1)
Some of the residents jog here, in the evening, successfully turning the land into erm, race tracks? LOL. Let’s hope it’s an abandoned landing site, else everyone would scramble like ants once the jet fighters zero in.
Time for dinner, although the previous roti canai was still swimming in my stomach. But they were in famine mode, right after their badminton session. So, here goes …
Normally a dish best served with plain porridge, they spiced it up a notch by adding some curry leaves and dried chillies, not unlike Kung-Pow/Kam Heong style. Yummy.
The chicken meat was tender, and boneless. But the taste was moderate only, the sweetness offset the overall sensation. Even MBoy and gang who frequent this shop often, and ordered the same dish on most nights, admitted the taste was off, on that evening. Whoops.
Their signature beancurd is homemade, deep-fried until the outer layer is crisp, and the interior soft and silky. Served with generous drizzles of onion oil, (probably too generous, according to KYT) the two blocks of goodness cost only RM5. A steal, no?
The mantis prawns (lai liu har) fared not much better though. Though the batter was crispy, some complained it was too thick, overpowering the succulent and natural sweetness of the meat while others consider the dish praiseworthy. Me? I’ll go with the former group of thoughts. Portion was rather large, sufficient to feed 7 of us.
A bit on the salty side, but as expected when any vegetable is cooked with foo yee. Total bill for 7 came to RM49.90. Muahaha … I thought I was dreaming ….
Location : Restoran Chau Y on the main road (Jalan Intan). No address, but pretty easy to locate. Just go towards the direction of Pengkalan Hulu from Gerik town, and you’ll notice this restaurant on your left, same row with Restoran 113, another dai chow style restaurant.
We then proceeded to supper, after a nice, long bath. Initially planned for mahjong session on the roof top of MBoy/Tee’s landlord’s shophouse, the plan was scrapped when only the table was found. The mahjong set remained in oblivion. Supper sounds fine anyway. Hehe ….
Other than KL’s/JB’s version of the tree top cafe, Gerik has its very own too! Nameless, and situated at a housing area behind Restoran Chau Y, this cafe serves Western food at affordable prices, and a frequent haunt when they have a cause to celebrate. One word of caution : the wait was relentless, more than 30 mins for 2 baskets of French Fries!! But the ambience made up for that, I guess. We were seated on the floor, cross-legged, and turned on our personal fan on the wall. Drinks are rather cheap, fruit juices for less than RM3.50. But the coffee was horrible.
(to be continued … )