Ipoh/Cameron Highlands Jun 2014 (Day 3)

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Continued from Day 1 and Day 2.

All of us woke up bright and early, had a quick breakfast and headed towards EQ Strawberry Farm which we had confirmed that strawberry picking was available.


The boy was happy that he finally got to pick his own strawberries.


We were the first customers :p
First, we were shown the method of picking strawberries, that is to pick from the stem, and then shown to a section of the farm. As we were the only ones there, had the pleasure of snapping lots of photos and taking our time to choose the biggest strawberries.


This is how a strawberry flower looks like.


Look at our tray of giant strawberries, they were so sweet and juicy!

After we had our fun, we went back to the hotel to pack our stuff before checking out and driving back to Ipoh.
Since it was still early, we dropped by Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple.


The temple is one of the many limestone cave temples in Ipoh.

Walked through the temple, discovered that there's actually an opening to a big scenic garden.

Strolled a bit and decided to proceed to check-in at our hotel for the remaining two days, the Ibis Styles Hotel.

The double room is quite compact with a queen-size bed which was a squeeze for the three of us -_-"

Space is pretty tight for my comfort but for the budget price, it's good enough already. Most importantly, everything seemed quite new and clean.

Compact bathroom, with adjoining shower and toilet cubicles.

Small wardrobe, even comes with iron and ironing board.

View from our room.

The first stop I insisted on going was Bake with Yen! It's basically a baking supplies shop, like Phoon Huat of Singapore but mega-size!

I was totally overwhelmed by the size of the shop and amount of goodies available. Needless to say, bought a bag of stuff :p




After the fruitful shopping, we drove around the old town to hunt for some old-school coffee shops but found most shops closed. So headed to Jalan Yau Tet Shin for an early dinner.


Here are two famous competing restaurants selling Ipoh hor fun with chicken and soy bean sprout. Couldn't decide which shop to go to.
Finally decided on Lou Wong.


Steamed chicken drizzled with a soy-based sauce. The chicken was quite chewy and succulent and the sauce quite fragrant. Not bad.


The soy bean sprout was very sweet and crunchy, I like.


The braised chicken feet was so-so only.

Come Ipoh must definitely try their famous Ipoh Hor Fun right? Yummy, the hor fun had a very smooth texture indeed.
The rascal opted for chicken rice which was kind of mediocre.

After dinner, we walked around the area to buy some local products. Then we chanced upon this Purple Cane Tea House and decided to pop in for some drinks.


Very nicely furnished tea house. Wonder why there isn't such tea house in SG?


Besides tea, the tea house also served food that's prepared/incorporated with tea. Too bad we had our dinner already.

Hubby and I ordered an Iced Honey Pu-er tea which was very nice! Both mums opted for Iced Lemon Celery as they didn't want to drink tea at night.

I also ordered a Jasmine Jelly which was yummy!

And the rascal wanted a bun and I ordered a wholegrain bun for him. Ended up I ate most of it as he didn't like it -_-". Thereafter we headed back to hotel for an early night rest.

Stay tune for the next entry, where I would shared about Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant and Lost World of Tambun Theme Park!

Yuzu Marmalade/Korean Citron Tea Chicken Wings

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Ever since I made my Yuzu Marmalade, I've been eating it sparingly, enjoying it with toast most of the time. Then yesterday I was going to cook chicken wings for dinner and deciding over the method and a thought came to my mind about using yuzu marmalade. Lemon or orange chicken is a popular Cze Char dish so most probably yuzu chicken could work as well.

It's actually very simple, I marinated the wings with yuzu marmalade or Korean Citron Tea, soy sauce, salt, cooking wine and pepper for at least an hour. Then I air-fried the wings for about 9-10 mins, turning over 2-3 times and glazing with more yuzu marmalade (can also oven-bake). Instead of air-frying, could also deep-fry the wings and glaze with yuzu marmalade after that. Or coat the wings with some corn starch, deep-fry then drizzle a yuzu sauce.

The yuzu wings tasted so yummy with the tangy and fragrant yuzu marmalade! I think up next I may try deep-frying chicken chop coated with corn starch then drizzle with a yuzu sauce =D



Yuzu Marmalade/Korean Citron Tea Chicken Wings

Ingredients
  • 10 mid-joint wings
  • 1 tbsp yuzu marmalade or Korean Citron Tea
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp mirin or chinese cooking wine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp yuzu marmalade for glazing
  1. Wash and pat dry the wings using kitchen towel.
  2. Marinate the wings with yuzu marmalade, soy sauce, cooking wine, salt and pepper, for at least 1 hour.
  3. Air-fry the wings in air-fryer at 160 degree celsius for 9-10 mins. Turn over the wings after 5 mins, glaze. Then at the last min, turn over the wings again and glaze.
  4. Place the wings on serving plate, glaze one more time, topping with a bit of yuzu peel. 
  5. Best serve hot. 

Ipoh/Cameron Highlands Jun 2014 (Day 2)

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Continued from Day 1.

The next day, all of us woke up bright and early for breakfast (actually we were awakened by the kiddo). Breakfast was served at Brasserie'85 restaurant, it was quite crowded and we had to wait for about 10 mins before we were ushered to our table. Nothing to shout about, spread was reasonable enough for a fulfilling breakfast.


Stations serving freshly prepared roti canai, eggs and noodles.


Porridge and condiments.

Bread and pastry section.


Salad section. Surprised that the selection of vegetables was limited since Cameron Highlands is a haven for fresh vegetables?

The usual hot food section like sausages, hash brown, baked beans, nasi lemak etc.

Cereal and milk.

Fresh and canned fruits.

After breakfast, we explored the grounds of the resort for a while.


Found a playground and the kiddo immediately took to it.

We had to stop him as it rained the night before and the slides were all wet.


 We then set off for our highlight of the trip, strawberry picking!


Alas, all the strawberry farms were closed for picking! We went to about 4 to 5 farms and all told us that due to peak period and poor weather, there weren't enough for self-picking. Some of them would be opened in a few days' time but we were leaving the next day! The kiddo was super disappointed. Managed to find a farm that would be opened the next day so we promised to bring him there the first thing in the morning before we check-out.


We then proceeded to a few vegetable farms and bought some vegetables at the Kea Farm Market.

Lots of fresh vegetables at the Kea Farm Market that we couldn't resist! Could only get those hardy root vegetables since we still have 3 more days of holiday.


Found many stalls selling sea coconut drink (both at the Kea Farm Market and night market). Curious, I thought sea coconut is found at the seaside area, or does it also grow in the mountains??


Next we proceeded to Lavender Garden, which is the newest attraction at Cameron Highlands.


And most popular as well, judging from the continuous large number of visitors. There was an admission charge of RM5 per adult and RM3 per child.


Upon entrance, we could see a large plot of colourful flowers but they were not lavenders. Looked like lavender but not :( Probably not the season?


Never mind, bought lavender soft-serve to console myself. Tasted so-so.



 Besides flowers, many novelty things for photo-taking like this car.
 
Not sure what those box-houses are for, each is labelled with different themes like health, friendship etc.

Love-locks for couples to pronounce their love for each other?


Quite a number of quaint looking decor.


Not sure if the teddy bear is part of the signage or somebody dropped it and it was conveniently placed there?


Saw a glimpse of hope for strawberry picking and we quickly made our way towards the area.

Unfortunately, the strawberry self-pick area was closed too.

We did see some ripened strawberries but I guessed not enough for the crowd.


There's also an area for self-pick gerbera.



By the time we were done with Lavender Garden, it was lunch time. Since the farm is near Tringkap and we really enjoyed our lunch there the previous day, decided to lunch there again.


Besides roast meats, many other dishes were available too.



Pork rib and peanut soup, very tasty!

Roast chicken as the kiddo requested for it.


Sweet and sour pork, not bad.

Ordered the same vegetable as all of us liked it, think it's called local mountain vegetables.


Deep fried bitter gourd with salted egg yolk. Totally love this dish, the bitter gourd was light and crispy; not bitter at all, slightly salty and fragrant with the salted egg yolk. Must cooking this one of these days.

Ordered the stir-fried watercress again as we couldn't get enough of it. Local watercress is very tender and sweet but not exported as it's highly perishable.

After the sumptuous lunch, we visited a few other farms and shops and returned to the resort to rest in the late afternoon.


I decided to check-out the Mandrayu Spa while hubby took a nap and kiddo went to the playground with both grandmas.

Had a soothing massage at the outdoor pavilion. Love the experience as the air was cool and crispy, and it felt so serene hearing birds chirping as I enjoyed the massage.

This was the indoor massage room.

Returned to the room and enjoyed some fresh strawberries and tomatoes. Bliss!

For dinner, we decided to try the western grill at the resort. The meats were cooked using this smoke cooker.


Had to wait for a very long time :( Luckily the weather was quite nice and we were seating alfresco.


Hubby and I had tenderloin, both mums had chicken chop and the kiddo had fish. Quite tasty.

After dinner, we went to the night market again since didn't manage to stay long. But the kiddo fell asleep, so hubby and I stayed in the car with him while both mums went ahead for their shopping. They returned after 45 mins and we returned to the resort for the night.

Stay tuned for Day 3 of our trip.