Chi­nese

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PAHANG -

Aunty Ying’s Recipe A243, ground floor, Jalan Air Pu­tih, Kuan­tan (016 962 777).

This popular fam­ily business has a lo­cal rep­u­ta­tion for its pan mee. Hav­ing re­cently re­lo­cated to a larger shop to cater to its loyal cus­tomers, the café serves up a wide range of noo­dle dishes. The star at­trac­tion is of course the hand­made pan mee served in a rich stock and topped with pork mince, fish balls and other trim­mings. Aunty Ying’s green pan mee, where the noo­dle dough is mashed up with spinach, is def­i­nitely worth a try.

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NEW Chan Poh Dim Sum Restau­rant Jalan Bukit Ubi, Kuan­tan.

Lo­cated on the old street, Chan Poh caters to dim sum en­thu­si­asts. There is a good range of dim sum on of­fer, but it's only open at night. Tue–Sat, 7pm–12mid­night; Sun, 7am–11am; 7pm–11pm. $

Golden Phoenix Equa­to­rial Copthorne Ho­tel Cameron High­lands, Kea Farm, Brin­chang, Cameron High­lands (05 496 1777/www. copthornecameron.com).

One of the classier Chi­nese restau­rants in the high­lands, Golden Phoenix of­fers some au­then­tic Can­tonese, Teochew and Szechuan cui­sine on its menu. Fam­i­lies with el­ders will ap­pre­ci­ate this restau­rant. If you’re han­ker­ing for some steam­boat ac­tion, this is the place. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 6.30pm–10.30pm. $$$

Hainan Kitchen Sec­ond floor, First World Plaza, Gent­ing High­lands (03 6101 1118/ www.rw­gent­ing.com).

The pre-colo­nial decor and old­fash­ioned am­bi­ence do jus­tice to the au­then­tic Hainanese cui­sine. For break­fast, you can en­joy roti kaya and half-boiled eggs served with good strong cof­fee or tea. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 24 hours. $$

High­land Steam­boat Restau­rant 26 Jalan Be­sar Brin­chang, Brin­chang, Cameron High­lands (017 553 0881/05 491 1309).

Up for some steam­boat? Try this one in Brin­chang. Many restau­rants spe­cialise in steam­boat cui­sine but this one does it with a dif­fer­ence. Here a unique char­coal method is used to heat up the broth, im­part­ing a smoky aroma and flavour into the steam­boat. A must-try for any steam­boat enthusiast. The per­fect meal on cold, misty nights in the High­lands. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. $$

NEW Hoi Yin Curry Mee 31 Jalan Teluk Chempedak, Kuan­tan (09 567 3871).

Near Telok Chempedak Beach, the ha­lal Hoi Yin sells some of the most popular break­fast curry mee around. The morn­ing crowds come as early as 7.30am, and the rea­son is pretty ob­vi­ous. Malaysian com­fort food man­i­fests it­self in a steam­ing hot bowl stuffed with gen­er­ous por­tions. Ha­lal. Free park­ing. Daily, 7am– 2.30pm. Closed on al­ter­nate Mon­days. $

Im­pe­rial Rama Sec­ond floor, High­lands Ho­tel, Gent­ing High­lands (03 6101 1118/www. rw­gent­ing.com).

The self-ser­vice Thai-Chi­nese restau­rant of­fers a good se­lec­tion of home-cooked dishes. The dim sum here comes highly rec­om­mended. The adorned stone lions, Chi­nese lanterns and mar­ble ta­bles com­bine to cre­ate typ­i­cal Chi­nese old-world charm. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon–3pm; 6pm–10pm. $$$

Kum Leng Restau­rant E-897, 899, 901 Jalan Bukit Ubi, Kuan­tan (09 513 4446).

It may be a typ­i­cal Chi­nese restau­rant but the food served here is far from plain or or­di­nary. Tourists and lo­cals alike flock here to sam­ple au­then­tic Chi­nese cook­ing. There’s am­ple park­ing space but get here be­fore 7pm if you want to avoid a long wait for a ta­ble.

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Mayflower Restau­rant 81A Per­siaran Camel­lia 4, Tanah Rata, Cameron High­lands (05 491 1793/05 491 4793).

Run by the Swee fam­ily (fa­ther and sons), this restau­rant of­fers din­ers a choice of steam­boat or à la carte dishes. Din­ers who choose to cook their own food will find that the steam­boat con­coc­tions are flavour­ful with sub­tle hints of herbs and spices. The Swees are pas­sion­ate about flavour and their steam­boat broth bears tes­ti­mony to this. Highly af­ford­able and sim­ply sat­is­fy­ing. Child friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 9am–3pm; 5pm–10.30pm. $$

NEW Restau­rant Kwong Fatt B1705, Jalan Berserah, Kuan­tan (016 951 8338).

Lo­cated on the ‘old street’, Kwong Fatt’s fa­mous beef noo­dles stall has the lo­cals queu­ing up at the crack of dawn. Beefy, flavour­ful, and sat­is­fy­ing, this is what sim­ple street food should be like. Even when the noo­dles are sold out, we wit­nessed some pa­trons mak­ing do with just the soup.

Free park­ing. Daily, 8am–3pm. $

NEW Restau­rant Lila Wadi A236, Jalan Be­sar, Kuan­tan (012 664 4054/www.lilawadi.com.my).

The con­fus­ing search for Lila Wadi’s tiny sign­board ends among di­lap­i­dated build­ings and bam­boo plants. There’s a crowd ev­ery night at the gar­den­style restau­rant which is fa­mous for it’s mango cheese­cake. It’s ba­si­cally sweet mango flesh atop some near­frozen cheese­cake, and it won’t taste that good if you bring it home. Make sure you have some friends around to share it with. Be warned that the air at Lila Wadi gets greasy as here Thai style bar­be­cue (think BBQ Plaza) reigns supreme. Choose from a va­ri­ety of meat sets and grill them over the hot pan. Sip on the re­fresh­ing Pan­dan Cooler, a con­coc­tion of fra­grant pan­dan, lemon­grass and basil seeds for a sweet end to the meal. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 4pm–12mid­night. $$

NEW Restau­rant Phin Ju A129, Tingkat Bawah, Jalan Air Pu­tih, Air Pu­tih, Kuan­tan (012 962 8825).

Telling the taxi driver ‘next to Astro’ might be a good tip to find this place for a good Kuan­tan-style af­ter­noon tea. The fare veers vaguely to­wards dim sum, but Phin Ju is more fa­mous for its Nian Gao. Much like kuih bakul, it’s a Chi­nese dessert where gluti­nous rice cake from the New Year cel­e­bra­tions is deep fried with sweet pota­toes. Yam balls with char siew stuff­ing (yu kok) and salad prawn frit­ters are also popular with the reg­u­lars.

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