Third time’s the charm. Or so they say. For this month alone, I’ve visited Sitiawan/Seri Manjung not once, not twice, but THREE times. If you’re thinking, “What’s the deal with such a forsaken & ‘off-the-track’ town on the western coast of Perak?”
📷Kon Lou Mee – Dry soy sauce-tossed Foo Chow kampua noodle (RM2.40)The FOOD, of course. And mind you, Seri Manjung/Sitiawan (the towns are almost borderless, both under the same district of Manjung) are NOT your idea of those idyllic, serene, backwater locations for the elderly to usher in the golden ages.In fact, development has been rather rapid, with several shopping centres/hypermarket sprouting, a cineplex started operations sometime last year, new restaurants venturing into the scene, and a generally renowned interest in the district as a whole. (Lumut/Pulau Pangkor/Teluk Batik are also under the administration of Daerah Manjung, for your information)
📷The famous stall at Kampung Koh wet market doing brisk business from morning til noon, selling the famous Foo Chow (Hock Chew) specialty, Loh MeeAll this while I’ve been to Sitiawan, I’ve never made it a point to try the famous Loh Mee at Kampung Koh wet market. Reasons being I’m not a fan of yellow noodles, and moreso those drenched in dark, sticky, unrecognizable gravy. Loh Mee fits the description perfectly.
📷Loh Mee @ RM2.40But given the task of leading a food hunt (with the other 4 members possessing a range of basic to zero knowledge of the town’s roads, & attractions), I had to please all quarters, and put my interest last. Hehehe … that sounded noble, ain’t it?To start off with, we had lunch at that Kampung Koh wet market stall, serving huge portions of those famous homemade (erm, factory-made now?) kampua noodles. Choices ranging from dry version to soupy ones, and of course the perennial favourite of many; the Loh Mee.The thick, starchy gravy may need some getting used to, though I was not too keen on the sourish taste, probably lent by the added vinegar. Lots of dried cuttlefish, and some radish-like roots provided different textures to the springy noodles, which ironically reminded me of the one used in Hakka Mee.I found the dry version tossed with soy sauce more palatable however, with added sambal (it’s provided in a glass jar on every table), and Kampung Koh’s famous garlic chilli sauce. The accompanying Char Siew (barbecued pork slices) was nothing fancy though, being leaner than ideal.
📷Location : Stall @ Pasar Awam Kampung Koh. Here’s a rough MAP.To get to this place, you’ve to turn left at the traffic lights at Kampung Koh, with Maybank on your right. From Ipoh’s direction, using the Lumut highway, you’ll reach Sitiawan town with KFC on your right. Turn left at the crossroad traffic lights into Jalan Raja Omar, and go until the end, passing by Bei King Restaurant on your left, then ACS Sitiawan on your left as well. You’ll come to a T-junction with Maybank on your right soon enough. Turn left into the main road of Kampung Koh, and you’ll notice the market (Pasar Awam Kg Koh) to your right.
📷Of Horsie, Happy Children, and Funky Balloons @ Teluk Batik.
The Loh Mee stall is opened from breakfast until lunch, hence don’t go at night. You’ll be better off visiting Happy Restaurant for their homecooked Hock Chew dishes, or seafood & toddy at Kampung Cina’s AMU or Villa.
Say, if you’re thinking; ‘How to spend some time, before the next meal?’ You can either :
a) Take a nap in your car, or
b) Go shopping at Giant, Billion, or The Store, or
c) Catch a movie at Lotus, or even
d) Burn some calories off at the beach of Teluk Batik.
A Chinese-Muslim uncle gleefully attending to the queries from the crowd, all the while prying open those mussel-like shells (kepah, is it?)
Not ANOTHER Teluk Batik post!!! I hear you lamenting. No fret, as this time I spare you the beach shots (hehe).
📷Sitiawan Cheong Cia Gong PianFor some hot, fresh from the oven (erm, not exactly ovens, but clay-like structures like those used to cook naan), crispy Sitiawan snacks, you can’t go wrong with Gong Pian.
📷With Char Siew, and onions fillings @ only RM1.00Though some have commented that one can get these delectable savoury snacks elsewhere with better quality, I’m still impressed with Cheong Cia’s version, especially the ones with Char Siew fillings. When consumed hot, the biscuit is like no other. Crispy on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside, with tasty bits of Char Siew and chopped onions. Other varieties include plain ones, or those with only onions.Location : Sitiawan Cheong Cia Gong Pian @ HERE. A rough estimation as I’m not sure of the road’s name. But after turning left at the KFC traffic lights in Sitiawan town, you’ll notice a huge yellow building (Courts?) on your left. Turn left into the road and you’ll find this Gong Pian shop.
📷Yee Si @ Kampung Koh, next to MaybankStill craving for more after the Gong Pian? Hehe, come to Yee Si at 3pm for the famous multilayer peanut ‘pau’ (bun). Yes, only from 3pm onwards will they be selling this signature pau of theirs. Of course, Yee Si still serves other snacks and pau to complement your cup of tea.
The multi-layered Crushed Peanut + Sugar Pau @ RM0.90 per piece
Just ask for the peanut pau with layers, or the sliced ones. The dough resembles ‘fatt koh’, those (normally) pink-coloured steamed rice cakes commonly used as offerings placed at the altars for praying. Slightly sour (again, we suspected Foo Chow folks really like their food sour/sweet), the pau is not your average peanut ones, or any other you’ve grown accustomed to, for that matter.
Sang Yuk Pau @ RM1.10
The Sang Yuk Pau (pork bun with a quarter of a boiled egg) fared much better in my opinion, even eaten after a day! Flavouful, with good dough (those that does not stick to the teeth & not an inch thick!), and ample fillings, the buns were in fact, not our orders. The guy sent the whole plate to our table, drawing blank stares, & question marks atop our heads. But could it be a blessing in disguise?
Location : Yee Si Restaurant @ Kampung Koh, next to Maybank. Refer to previous map and directions on the Loh Mee @ Kampung Koh wet market.
That famous Sitiawan’s James Cendol in front of the Indian temple, next to The Store @ Sitiawan
And to cap off a hastily-planned food hunt, we had something sweet, refreshing and cooling. Please pardon my laziness, and refer to my older post on James cendol HERE, for directions, price, and taste. Here’s a MAP, in case you’re feeling even lazier than me. =P Just go straight at the KFC traffic lights in Sitiawan, from Ipoh/Ayer Tawar’s directions, towards Seri Manjung. You’ll see The Store on your right, and the Indian temple within a short distance.