Of Red Lanterns & Hokkien DelightsFebruary 14, 2014 | 2,039 views
Sea of Magnificent Red Lanterns @ Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur
You see, life sometimes has its remarkable way of telling you when to start and when to stop. My eating spree took a screeching halt the last few days no thanks to a disastrous meal at one of the cafe in Jaya 33 nearby my work place; ended up dehydrated from the continuous purging spell.
Yes, even at this very moment … I still feel the cramps and weakness down to my wobbly knees owing to the midnight curse; of almost falling asleep on the ‘throne’. You know what I mean.
Anyhow, since the last Ipoh Cafe Series has ended (almost prematurely though, for there are countless others deserving a write up, yet deep down inside there’s just no comparing the cafes to what Ipoh is best known for; the quintessential street food galore), I came back recharged; and continued the ‘makan’ fest. First was Oriental Pavilion’s dim sum brunch with lou sang (which was excellent btw), then a dinner at Duck King for a delish Beijing Duck yet everything else fell apart, and a few other meals here and there that were forgettable.
Today’s the last day of the Chinese New Year 15 day celebration; also named Chap Goh Meh – the Chinese Valentine’s Day. Coincidentally, Valentine’s Day actually falls on this day (Feb 14); thus this being a once in 19 years occurrence; don’t you want to bring that special someone to somewhere memorable?
Far from being a choice location for love birds, Thean Hou temple at Robson Heights off Federal Highway just before you reach Midvalley if coming from KL’s direction towards PJ is all lighted up for the festival; a grand sea of thousands of red lanterns illuminating the famous temple; creating a warm yet serene environment for prayers and shutterbugs.
As today’s the last day of the celebration, it may be a brilliant idea to capitalise on the dual celebration by paying this 25 years old temple a visit and pray in tandem with your loved ones?
Here are various shots taken at Thean Hou Temple last weekend …
Although the temple opens all day; it’s the twilight hours during dusk when the place really comes to life. Bring a really good camera or your smartphones and have a blasting good time. Sorry for the delay in posting this up; in case you’re not aware of the temple being lighted up and all, as I was caught up with various events and meetings over the entire week.
And oh yeah .. that devastating food poisoning spell threw a huge @$$ spanner in the works as well.
THEAN HOU TEMPLE
65 Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Pu Yuan – Still one of my top choice for delightful Hokkien classics in Klang Valley
Initially wanted to visit Siu Siu or Robson Heights Seafood Restaurant for dinner prior to the temple visit, but Pu Yuan struck out minds compounded by the fact that there were only 4 of us; the latter made more sense.
And so we returned to still one of the two more trustworthy spots for good old Hokkien style fried noodles (the other being Sungei Way’s Hua Xing). The Fried tapioca starch noodles and fried vermicelli noodles with braised pork (kau yuk) tasted robust with every bit of ‘wok hei’ the noodles deserve, while the other dishes like the CNY only Braised Pork Knuckle, and Popcorn Chicken with a tangy chill dipping sauce were delicious choices as well; dishes that probably go better with rice but if you haven’t tasted the noodles at Pu Yuan, then you haven’t tasted what’s a real Hokkien style of fried noodles is.
PU YUAN RESTAURANT (read the previous VISIT for more information)
112, Batu 4 1/2,
Jalan Klang Lama (Old Klang Road)
58000 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone : 603-7982 4410
Business hours : 11.30am – 3.00pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm.
Closed on alternate Thursdays.
And here’s an estimated GOOGLE MAP to Pu Yuan Restaurant.
*On Old Klang Road from Midvalley’s direction towards Jalan Kuchai Lama, turn left into the archway leading to the Chinese school right opposite of Scott’s Garden, right before you pass by underneath the fly over.
“Motormouth wishes all readers a Happy Chap Goh Meh & Happy Valentine’s Day”