A break from KL food... the next 3 posts will be on Pahang food! Most of you should already know that I live in Pahang... but my blogs on KL food are more compared to those in Pahang. Truth is... I normally eat out in KL compared to Pahang... coz eating home cooked food is definitely healthier and less damage to the pocket :)
Jerantut.. this name never really rings a bell except for those who had gone to Taman Negara before, as this sleepy town is a gateway to the oldest national park in the world. I don't really blame you for not knowing where Jerantut is.. I even have friends who don't even know that Jerantut is actually a province in Pahang state. This town is located about 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lipis. A little history lesson, I was born in Kuantan and not in Kuala Lipis as many of you would think. My dad's factory used to be located in Kuantan from 1977 (I was not even born yet!) until 1985 when they moved to Kuala Lipis. My dad only relocated us to Kuala Lipis in 1986. I still go back to Kuantan once in a while (although not as often as I would go KL)... to visit my relatives who live there. And during Chinese New Year, my family will definitely go back Kuantan to celebrate.
I was driving back to Kuantan one day when I passed Jerantut. Feeling hungry, I called my friend who then directed me to this particular restaurant.
This restaurant still retain its original setup.. typical old Chinese style with round tables covered with red table cloth and those ubiquitous banquet chairs.
Messy counter... in small town like this, you don't really need elegant interior as it might scare potential customer away.
Kwai fei chicken is a must order if you come to this restaurant, claimed my friend. Initially I thought that this was a chicken dish but it came as a surprise. Chicken skin & meat on top and fish meat & sesame at the bottom with a piece of ham sandwiched in between... it was deep fried before served with chilly sauce for dipping purpose. Jenn & I were delighted to taste such a delightful dish, as the skin was crispy while both chicken and fish meat retained the moist.
Buttermilk pork ribs - another thumb up for this dish! Being a fan of nai yau (or buttermilk in English), the delicious gravy enveloped the ribs making each and every bite a bliss. Not too spicy despite using cili padi and curry leaves to prepare this dish. The meat was fork tender too!
Stir fried veggie with garlic - fresh but I found that there were too many stems compared to the leaves.
Leo's verdict - This place is not that hard to find despite being hidden from the main road. The restaurant has 2 sections, open air section where economy rice is served for working people while indoor section for functions such as wedding. Total bill came at RM37 which is considered cheap for the dishes that I ordered. I know where to dine when I go back to Kuantan again in the future!