Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Happy Wanderer Part 1

An impulsive trip to Northwards for food.....

One fine Sunday morning, me and P decided to go Northbound, for fun, to sample some delicacies....
(Yeah, we're just THAT free and apparently we didn't get the memo on the fuel price increase.. Haha)

First stop - Bidor!:

On the Highway and A Peek at Bidor Town

We stopped by for the famous Bidor Duck Noodles at Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits and Restaurant:
Yummy Ducksssss - I love you!

Having come all that way, I just HAD to have the Duck Noodles:
Close Up of The Duck Soup and Accompanying Dry Noodles

You can either have it prepared "Kon low" (Dry Noodles with Duck Soup on the Side) or "Chuu Sui" (Noodles Served In The Duck Soup)... I like both but chose to have it "Kon low" that day.... and MMMMMM, it was good.

The Duck Soup, cooked with various Chinese herbs, is aromatic and bursting with yummy ducky flavour... You can also tell that it had been lovingly slow cooked as the meat was tender, falling right off the bone.
(The noodles were ok lah - the highlight for me was definately the duck)

Mind you, the Duck Noodles are a horror to non-duck loving ppl... Like P, who took a sip of my soup and made such a face....
(He not only dislikes ducky taste but also chinese herbs, generally, so I suppose it was a double whammy for him)
(Good lah - more for me! Muahaha)

Anyway, there are other options such as the normal Wantan Noodles and "Woo Kok" (Yam puff):
The Wantan Noodles and The "Woo Kok"

The Wantan Noodles were pretty good - P liked that the noodles tasted fresh and springy, but lamented that the Wantans here nothing to shout about. The "Woo Kok" was also ok - worth a try but for about RM1 per piece, it did not rock my world.

This place is also famous for the wide range of traditional snacks and biscuits that they sell:
The Biscuit Sold In Pun Chun

They have everything from crispy and savoury "Khaii Chai Peng" (Chicken Biscuits) to sweet and sticky "Phong Phieah" (erm, literal translation: Fragrant Biscuits?). If you get confused on what to buy, just ask the ladies at the payment counter - they're usually quite helpful.

According to the "See Thouw Phorr" (Boss Lady), this is a 20 hour restaurant - open from about 5.30am till 1.30am (WOAH!).

There are also many stalls/ shop houses nearby selling petai and a wide array of fruits:
Rows of Shops Selling Fruits and Petai Near Pun Chun

I have always found that the Jambu (both the Batu and Air) sold here is very nice, and do not miss out on buying as much as reasonably sane when I am in the area.

Here is my Food Souvenier Booty from the Bidor trip:

Clockwise from top:
Various Black Sesame Biscuits (Delicious!),
Jambu Batu (the green one) & Jambu Air (the pink ones) & Chicken Biscuits (All yummy!),
and Packets of Sate Fish (Also nice!)

Anyway, this brings me to the end of Part 1 of The Happy Wanderer.

Next stop: Ipoh!:
That day, we figured that since we were at Bidor, why not go to Ipoh for Noodles as well?

I dunno what came over us that day.
(Just pure greed, I suppose)

Till next time,

Almost forgot - here are some directions to Pun Chun: It's very simple, just follow the North-South highway and turn out at the Bidor toll exit. After the Bidor toll, drive straight till you reach a T-junction.
There, turn right towards Bidor town. Then, keep driving straight (just a short way down) till you reach a traffic light with a KFC in a building on the left.
You will now see shophouses on both sides of the road. Pun Chun will be somewhere in the middle of the second row of shops on your right.
Don't worry anyway. You shouldn't get lost - Bidor town really isn't that big.

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  1. the wanton noodle looks very similar to the kampua mee in sibu or the kolo mee in kuching


  3. hey, i was there for lunch a couple of weeks back (on business trip back from Penang that is) :P

    mmm, yam thingies are good! and so are the guavas (but i forget the place i got them from)

  4. I never miss this wonderful aphrodisiac soup when I head towards Pangkor ! Gotta be strong to climnb all those steep gradients u know. R u covering Kampar too ?

  5. been to this place many years ago... think i was still a kid back then but i don't remember i had duck mee but a wantan mee and yes, i remember that mom bought lotsa guava back too!

  6. The biscuits at the shop next door were much better. Regretted buying only one packet of heong peng from there... Should have bought by the bucket-load!

  7. to wuching:
    Yeah, the noodle seems a bit similar but prepared in the Wantan Mee style.
    Mmmm,... Kolo Mee - miss it so much!

    to dr. whoami:
    This is so spammy but I'll let it slide (just this once!)

    to jason:
    Well, all the more reason to take a drive there and eat it then!

    to sin:
    Wow - (business) trip to Penang and then a stop in Bidor to eat?
    Sounds like you had fun!

    to tonixe:
    The duck noodle soup is an aphrodisiac??
    Wow. Is it better than tiger thingy, I wonder?
    Hee hee hee.
    Anyway, no - sorry not covering Kampar... only Ipoh.
    (Maybe next time)

    to meiyen:
    Fooyorr... how long ago was this?
    (You make it sound like it was aaaaaaaaaages ago)
    Go there and try the duck noodles lah. It's worth a try if you're passing by/ in the area.

    to zan:
    Oh ok.. will check it out the next time time I'm in that area..
    (What's the name of the other shop tho?)

  8. j, definitely long long ago... oh by da way, how long does it take to reach there coming from kl?

  9. to tihtahpah:
    Yeah - 3 cheers for Perak and its Ipoh Sah Horr Fun & Bidor Duck Noodles!

    to meiyen:
    I think (if you don't break the speed limit all the way), it should take about 2 hours (and then another 45 minutes more Northwards, you can reach Ipoh).

    Are you going to go there for a makan visit soon?

  10. 2 hours...not too far away wey... hmm... i wanna go!!!.. but not too sure when ekekekeke..

  11. to meiyen:
    Go, go!
    And when you are there, please ta pauw a few packets of the duck noodles for me please....

  12. pun chun staff are rude & impatient, only the uncle selling wu kok is nice.

  13. to Shynn:
    Not that I'm saying it's acceptable, but unfortunately that's how service generally is in Malaysian eateries, especially popular ones!


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