Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bersih 3.0 @ Sibu

Bersih 3.0 campaign kicked off today and I happened to be at my hometown. I decided to get a closer look at their campaign which was held at Sibu Town Square.

The crowd congregated at Chuang Corridor at the edge of the town square. The size ain't huge but they earned my respect for being able to bear the scorching sun in order to uphold their belief.

They encouraged the motorists which passed through Island Road to honk as a sign of support.

They request for a clean election and here are some of their demands. Anti-Lynas demonstration was also held simultaneously.

It was a peaceful demonstration and there were hardly any incident compare to the one in Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Weissbrau German Bistro & Bar

Weissbrau is one of the place in KL that served Schneider Weisse wheat beer which has been quite popular of late in most of the German bars here.

This is definitely a cool place to chill out and have a glass of beer after a long walk shopping in Bukit Bintang or Pavilion KL.

There are a few choices of draught beers to choose from and decent choices of bottled beer. Since I am around, I am determined to try all the 3 Schneider Weisse beers the outlet has to offer. All the Schneider Weisse beers are sold at RM 28 per bottle.

The staffs here are well trained in the art of pouring the wheat beer. This is one important aspect which I observe when I visit any bars as this would serve as the first impression that the owner of the bar actually respect and understand the beers they sold to the customer.
Schneider Weiss Mein Blondes (Tap 1) is brewed with water, wheat malt, barley malt, hops and yeast. Its alcohol content is 5.2%. It pours to a cloudy light amber topped by a thick crisp white head.

The aromas has are dominated with banana and clove up front. Nein Blondes is nice and welcoming with yeast dominating the flavour. There is more fruit on the palate and a hint of spice all coming together. I would rate this beer better than Paulaner, Franziskaner, Erdinger and Hoegaarden but still inferior compare to Weihenstephaner

Schneider Weisse Main Kristall (Tap 2) basically brew with the same ingredients as in Tap 1, minus the yeast and with gentle filtration. It has a slightly alcohol content at 5.3%. It pours to a very clear golden colour with a big fluffy head.

It has a strong vanilla aroma with plenty of sweet banana and a touch of malt in the background. It has a rich taste but without the full bodied flavour compare to Tap 1. Fruity tastes abound with a hint of banana, lemon and peach noted.

Schneider Weisse Unser Original (Tap 7) pours to a dark cloudy amber, almost brown with some head. It has the highest alcohol content among the three at 5.4%

Its a full bodied and creamy wheat beer. Taste of banana and clove with some sweet malts are noted with very minor cinnamon with a yeasty and metallic finish.

I decided to take some food to go with the beers and had placed an order for Bavavirian bacon and cheese burger (RM 28)

The burger is topped with what appear to be fried onion. The pork patty and the cheese are a nice combination and goes really well with the beer.

Weissbrau German Bistro & Bar
Lot 3.05.02 & C3.16.00, Level 3,
Pavilion KL

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Abdullah Mastan Ghany Mee Rebus & Rojak

Abdullah Mastan Ghany is the best place to try Muslim mee rebus and rojak while in Teluk Intan. The stall is located at Jalan Ah Cheong, directly opposite The Store Teluk Intan.

The scent from the simmering pot of sauce accounts for the allure of the mee rojak.The stall itself is quite small with limited seats.

Mee campur rojak is those who want a bit of everything. One get fried batter, bean sprout, bean curd, turnip, noodles, egg and sauce all muddled in a plate.

The mishmash rojak telur (RM 3.50) lookss like a recipe gone wrong. But once I sunk my teeth into the jumble, I have to agree the owner has been doing everything right for more than a decade.

The air bandung (RM 1.50) is the best in town. The pink beverage (a mixture of syrup and condensed milk) is mixed with bits of sweet corn which differentiate from other air bandung.

The the food price is display on the wall and it is obvious the price had gone up. The stall is open daily except Friday from 8.30am until 6pm

Friday, April 20, 2012

Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun

Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun varies from the typical Malaysian Chee Cheong Fun as it was eaten without sauce. It consists of rice noodle, turnip, minced meat and dried shrimp. It is eaten with the pickled chilies which kind of enhanced the taste.

There are a few places that sold Chee Cheong Fun in this town, mainly along Jalan Ah Cheong and its branches. I had mine at the Glutton Square and it costs RM 3.20 a plate.

I am not a big fan of Chee Cheong Fun but Teluk Intan's own version goes really well with my taste buds.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Satay Abu Yamin (Teluk Intan)

I have tried many satay in my life but my recent visit to Teluk Intan, I discovered what I reckon is the best satay I had come across so far.

Satay Abu Yamin can be found at Restoran Yusoffia which is located in Jalan Putra. It is at the intersection of Jalan Ah Cheong and Jalan Putra.

The stall only open in the evening, around 6pm onward. A piece of the satay cost only RM 0.50, which is quite cheap. They only sell beef and chicken satay.

I am still craving for their satay until this very day. The meat is grilled to perfection. There ain't much fat on the meat and the texture is just to my liking. The sauce is pretty average but the meat is well marinated and full of flavour.

Teluk Intan probably don't have much to offer when it comes to food, but this satay is definitely worth mentioning. It easily put Satay Kajang to shame.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan is the most recognised structure in Teluk Intan. It was strategically erected at the town centre . The tower was built in 1885 by a contractor, Mr. Leong Choon Chong.

Originally housed the water tank that supply water to the town area and reserve during drought and fire. It was also used to report time and served as a beacon to guide ship into Teluk Anson Port.

The tower drew comparison with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Standing at only 25m with 110 steps, it is not as tall compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa which stand at 55m.

The tower have a pagoda shaped desgin. Although it looks like an eight storey tower, the circular brick structure is actually just three storey high. The structure is made of wood and brick. The base of the tower is 13m in diameter against 8.2m in diameter at the top.

Now, the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan serve as a clock tower. The chiming clock which was installed in 1894 was bought from London and designed by J.W. Benson-Ludgathy.

The view of the tower is much more spectacular at night as it is illuminated with four different colours of LED lights at a few seconds interval.

Unfortunately, the access to the tower is currently closed for maintenance work. I heard there is a little display of the tower's history inside.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Batu Tenggek

Batu Tenggek (Sitting Boulder) in Teluk Intan is now considered as the war memorial commemorating the dead of World War I & II based on the engraving on the stone pedestal.

The local legend has it that the rock was placed there by a British soldier and was originally the size of a matchbox but miraculously grew over the year.

The memorial can be found beside the Lembaga Tabung Haji Building at Jalan Mahkamah. It might be a bit hard to notice the stone if one is not paying attention as it is surrounded by traffic and trees around it.

The memorial also carries a line from Laurence Binyon's famous poem "For the Fallen". The fourth verse of the poem has been regarded as a tribute to all casualties of war, regardless of nation.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Anson Hotel

Anson Hotel is the only hotel I manage to spot in Teluk Intan town center. It is located at Jalan Sekolah and its location is pretty strategic considering it is in close proximity with The Store, leaning tower and the hawker stalls.

The room rate has increased starting from this year. A standard room now cost RM90 per night. The room is clean and comfortable. I reckon this is probably the best hotel in town.

The room however is not sound proof as I can heard the elevator ringing and noise from the hallway. I notice the cleaners here are extremely talkative and friendly. 

Each room has a balcony and that is a great way to get a bird's eye view of the town. Without a doubt, I will surely be back here again in my next visit to Teluk Intan.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rojak Ah Chai (Teluk Intan)

Rojak Ah Chai stall is one of the most famous and visited rojak stall in Teluk Intan. The dilapidated stall is located at the intersection of Jalan Putra and Jalan Woo Saik Hong, just beside the Teluk Intan Wet Market.

From what I heard, Ah Chai is the original owner of this stall and the business has been passed down to his children.

His rojak was featured in various newspaper and without much competition around, it is easily the best rojak in town.

The coconut juice (RM 1.30) is refreshing but I was rather surprised it was served in a glass rather than the whole coconut shell.

Well here comes the main dish (RM 3). I detect cucumber, water apple, guava, turnip, pineapple, water convolvulus, bean sprout, tofu and fried fritters.

What I like about this rojak is that a lot of fruits went into it. The sweet and sour fruits complement the spicy sauce. The crunchiness of the fritters just took me away.

Without any doubt, Rojak Ah Chai is the best in town. The locals claimed the rojak made by the original owner is better than his successor.