Trip Back to Kuantan, 20-23 October 2007

Anne & I were back in Kuantan last weekend for our industrial training presentation. The trip back was a very refreshing one, despite the minor load of the presentation 🙂 It was a pity that Anne couldn’t join some friends & I on a short holiday prior to our presentation as she was not feeling well at that time. We were in Bentong, Kuantan, Kemaman (Terengganu), & Karak for the 4days 3nights trip 😛

Below are snap shots of our little trip:

Day 1, 20th October 2007
– Stopped by at Bentong around lunch time for the famous ice kacang. This little coffee shop is situated at the main road of Bentong, opposite the Bentong bus terminal. A bowl of ‘ice kacang special’ costs RM3.50. The ice cream is ‘home-made’! Really delicious! 😛

Bentong Ice Kacang
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– Stayed at Holiday Villa on our first night at Cherating. The chalet that we stayed in was cosy & it was directly facing the swimming pool!!

Outside our chalet: Joey, Yo, Ruth
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– The weather on our 1st day was nice 🙂 We had a lot of fun at the beach!

Ruth, Wen, Joey
ruthWenJoHavingFunAtCherating

– We drove to a place called Pantai Cherating, about 20 minutes from Holiday Villa, for dinner that night. The name of the restaurant is ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’. Interesting name, eh? Indeed, the yummy food there is something that we won’t forget! 😆 After dinner, we actually did something quite interesting 😀 We went on a trip to see the fireflies. The fee/person was RM15 for a one-hour boat ride…*wah* It was kinda fun, but the mosquito bites were really something that we didn’t enjoy at all!

Directions to Can’t Forget Restaurant from Holiday Villa:
1. Holiday Villa on your right, go straight for about 10-15 min.
2. When you see a sign that reads ‘Pantai Cherating’ on your left, take the first right turning immediately.
3. Go all the way straight. You’ll see Cherating Bay Resort on your right & Residence Inn on your left. Keep going straight. You’ll pass a horse ranch on your left.
4. Take the right turning after the horse ranch. You’ll see a lot of small restaurants on both sides of the road. Keep going straight.
5. Almost to the end of the road, you’ll see the ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’ on your right!

Menu
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Seafood Tom Yam (~ RM15)
seafoodTomYamCherating

Marmite Prawns (~ RM15)
marmitePrawnsCherating

Kam Heong Style Crabs (RM17 for ½ kg)
kamHeongCrabsCherating

Stir-fried Choy Sum with Salted Fish (~ RM8)
vegWithSaltedFishCherating

Fried Squid Rings (~ RM10)
friedSquidRingsCherating

Joey, promoting the restaurant
joeyPromotingSeafoodRestaurant

Yo & I in front of the restaurant
yoRuthPromotingSeafoodRestaurant

Boat trips available
boatTripsAvailable

Activities available at the beach area
activitiesCheratingBeach

Day 2, 21st October 2007
– I woke up early to catch the sunrise before heading off to the nearby Malay stall for some good nasi dagang 😛 The view of the sunrise was pretty! If I had woken up earlier, I would have caught an even nicer view…

Sunrise
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CheratingSunrise2

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Lovely Waves at Cherating
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Nasi Dagang
nasiDagangCherating

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– While I went out to church that day, the rest went to Kemaman. They visited the famous Hai Peng Kopitiam, went to a very beautiful beach called Pantai Teluk Mak Nik, & even had the chance to see how batik is made!

Vietnamese Coffee at Hai Peng, Kemaman
(This is how the coffee is brewed. The coffee beans are grinded & placed on a special filter, while the coffee slower trickles into the cup. Professionally, the cup should be transparent, but this is a typical kopitiam… 😆 )
vietnameseCoffeeHaiPeng

brewingVietnameseCoffeeHaiPeng

Pantai Teluk Mak Nik
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pantaiTelukMakNikBeach1

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– After church, I had a taste of the famous cendol in Kuantan. This stall is parked outside a row of shops along Jalan Beserah. It’s not that difficult to locate it, but you just have to be observant to spot this stall 😉 The prices are very reasonable, so no worries!

cendolJalanBeserah

Cendol Campur (RM1.20/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, & peanuts.
cendolCampurJalanBeserah

Cendol Campur Pulut (RM1.50/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, peanuts, & baked glutinous rice
cendolPulutJalanBeserah
 

Day 3, 22nd October 2007
– Before checking in to the next hotel, Vistana Hotel, Kuantan, 3 of us friends headed to Hai Peng Kopitiam, Kuantan, for some coffee. Hai Peng, Kuantan, is situated opposite Public Bank & Am Bank in Kuantan. I can’t recall the road name, but it’s a road apart (parallel) from Jalan Besar. According to Joey, this branch of Hai Peng serves better toast & somewhat more fragrant coffee as compared to the Kemaman branch.

Hai Peng’s Ice Coffee
haiPengIceCoffee

Toast bread (lightly wholemeal) with Butter and Kaya
haiPengToast

Half-boiled Eggs
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Delicious bread & coffee!
ruthAtHaiPeng

– In the evening, we went to Teluk Cempedak (TC) for a stroll & supposedly to climb some rocks, but the weather didn’t permit us to do so in the end *aww*

Joey & Ruth at TC
joeyRuthAtTC

Ruth & Yo on top of some rocks
ruthYoOnRocks

– We had dinner at a cozy restaurant called ‘The Cottage’, on the row of shops before Public Bank & Am Bank. Joey wanted to have the petai fried beehoon, which is only available in Kuantan in 2 places, Meng Yang coffee shop (closed that night), & The Cottage.

Petai Fried Rice (yeah, she changed her mind)
petaiFriedRice

Claypot Loh Shu Fun
claypotLohShuFunKuantan

Seafood Tom Yam (the one at Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant is still much better)
tomYamBeehoon

Day 4, 22nd October 2007
– Before heading back to uni for our presentation, we made our final food-stop, roti canai at Kubang Buaya. This stall is a really humble Malay stall & no one would have ever known of its existence, but I assure you that it serves pretty delicious roti canai at just RM0.70! The stall is located at Jalan Kubang Buaya 56.

Roti Canai (RM0.70/piece)
rotiCanaiKubangBuaya

Roti Telur (RM1.30/piece)
rotiTelurKubangBuaya

The Roti Canai Stall
rotiCanaiStallKubangBuaya

– After our presentation, which was in the late afternoon, we spent some time with some friends at the cafeteria before heading back to Petaling Jaya. The journey home was a very peaceful one & the entire 4days 3nights was certainly a trip that we’ll cherish for a long, long time.

The journey home…
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– Ruth

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7 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    oldskool said,

    lapar!! totally hungry

  2. 2

    Tze Lun said,

    Been in Kuantan for so long, but haven’t been to The Cottage before. Ought to visit there some day.

    If you all are into western food, do try Sherwood, Cherating (oddly named, a branch of Sherwood) and Oriental Steak House. They’re pretty good.

  3. 3

    perutbesi said,

    Perutbesi to Tze Lun: Hi there, Tze Lun! Thanks for dropping by. I’ve tried Sherwood before (the one in Jalan Teluk Sisek) & the food there IS good, but unfortunately, the price is slightly steep. We haven’t tried the one in Cherating yet though. It’ll be some time ’til we go back to Kuantan again 😦

    Do try Bayleaf. The price is reasonable (or you could say it’s affordable too) & the taste is nice 😛

  4. 4

    Tze Lun said,

    Cherating’s prices will be as steep as Sherwood’s though, but the food is good enough to justify the price.

    Bayleaf.. hmm.. I’ll see if I can actually find it haha.

  5. 5

    Michaeleu said,

    Went to Kuantan 16th-19th June, intend to try the ‘Can’t Forget Seafood’, unable to locate it ( only manage to find the sign point to the direction to the ‘Can’t Forget Seafood’ carpark ). Search both end of the road, no luck. Wonder if it’s still around.

  6. 6

    Dave said,

    Hello Perutbesi.

    My name is David and the operator of Kuantan Hai Peng.

    I was browsing through the internet intending to get some photos for my advertisement in a local college magazine. I’m very attracted to the photo of the softboiled egg that was taken in my shop. I think it captured the essence of what soft boiled egg is all about.

    I would like to ask for your permission to use that photo in the upcoming advert that I’m preparing. Please do get in touch with me.


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