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Let’s not beat around the bushes, I am up for the atypical highlights of Hong Kong hence do not expect much on food and shopping or stories of bustling metropolitan. Instead, this post will bring you to uncover the best kept secrets that nobody had told you before upon their return from Hong Kong! Wilderness indulgence – Lantau Peak Sunrise If hiking or jungle trail adventure is your cup of tea, then head to Lantau Island, the fitness enthusiasts favorite weekend gate-away. With more than a dozen of hiking trails to offer, the famous and the most popular ones are Lantau Trail itself. Made out of 6 marked sections, it’s rewarding to explore Lantau Trail Section 3 that takes one from Ngong Ping to Pak Kung Au. Starting from the point near Wisdom Path at Ngong Ping is much easier for visitors as the clues is pretty clear. Not too far after, one would reach a tiny lookout platform on the right, giving a panoramic view of Wisdom Path. As you progress on the trail, green is abundance. If you look up and ahead, the view of Lantau Peak that is clearly visible with a tinged of mist capping its summit. Stands at 934 m above sea level, Lantau Peak is the 2nd highest peak in Hong Kong. Don’t forget to turn back, you’re likely to catch zig-zagged mountainous line, Wisdom Path, a graceful seated Big Buddha and even the blue sea, spanning from across from west to south.
If you’d heard of Tangga Kenari 1000 Tahun (literally means 1000 Year Canary’s Staircase), it is actually the trail of 1334 steps that leads you to the summit of Mount Jerai or Gunung Jerai. Yes, you’d read it right. After merely a thousand odds steps of stairway, it means you’d conquered an altitude of 4793m and guarantee you to be on the top of the world!
Exactly, Tangga Kenari Seribu Tahun is a must-try for fitness enthusiasts as it is the longest man-made staircase that was ever built in the forest without endangered the lives of flora. Aim to promote nature tourism, this trail has been used extensively as the training ground for jungle trekking by youth and teens activists.
Sits in the neighborhood of Taman Lita at Jelutong as most folks mentioned, Que Huong Toi Vietnamese Restaurant is a must try eatery in Penang if you’re a big fan of Vietnamese food. Seriously! This restaurant was formerly a stall, operating at a coffee shop nearby. Thriving business urged the owner to look for a dedicated venue, hence Que Huong Toi Vietnamese Restaurant was born.
Truly Vietnamese, from the ingredients, owners, foods (needless to repeat!) to the majority of the diners or clients. Indeed, to my surprise, Que Huong Toi is like the favorite hang-out spot for the Vietnamese folks that live in Penang. And guess we were really their guests!
Mention Hong Kong and anyone would immediately think of shopping paradise and splendid gastronomy adventures that offer amazing arrays of mouthwatering dim sum, dai pai dong (open-air street stalls), pineapple bun, wife cake and Hong Kong style milk tea. Fabulous, fabulous! Combined with a day trip to Macau, it can feel like a heart beat – the sights of UNESCO Heritage site, popping out Ruins of St Paul, Largo do Senado (Senate Square) that give the feel and look of a rustic Portugal city, followed by a visit to the old town of Taipa. That’s not about it, we also decide to take a peek at the largest casino in Asia – The Venetian Macao that sits at Cotai though we are not up for the games, slot machines and money.
Hong Kong, is not a total stranger to me. Despite I had stopped, on transit for more than a few times during inter-continental trips, it had never came across my mind to visit this country thoroughly. This time however, I am aiming for the road less travel, hence skip the theme park attractions e.g. Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park and Noah’s Ark Resort. Instead, it is a mixed of city walk, natural adventure blends with shopping galore and food hunting!
Wild, bizarre and easy, this piece of 4D3N Hong Kong itinerary is my first draft, good for reasonably fit travelers. Hong Kong…See you soon!!
Day 1: Hong Kong The Peak + Lan Kwai Fong + Symphony of Light/Victoria Harbor @ Golden Bauhinia + Ladies Market
Ideally, this is a great little hilltop retreat that promises tranquility amidst of tropical greenery. As one stands on the summit, village houses can be spotted among the vegetable farms, winding streams, palm plantation in the horizon and whirling hills in the not far away sight, blends with birds tweeting and wild bugs chirping. .Continue reading “Anisani Village Resorts @ Serdang | Wild and Free”
When I was trying to share a gorgeous waterfall, Serdang is the of a sleepy town that slipped out of my mouth. And one responded “So, you’re in Klang Valley recently?”. Nah, I wasn’t. I was still wandering not far from Penang, just cross over to the neighboring state Kedah. And I saw faces with eyebrows raised! Not many perhaps know that Kedah has its own Serdang. Some local folks refer it to ‘Air Terjun Batu Hampar Sungai Air Puteh’ or literally translated as ‘The waterfalls of Air Puteh River’. Yet, do not mistaken this waterfall that sits next to Serdang or Bandar Bahru townships with the popular Batu Hampar Waterfalls in the Yan district that lies beneath the foothill of Gunung Jerai.
Pan Mee or Hakka flat noodle is no stranger to most folks in Penang and Malaysia. And the most loved vegetables that is also presented alongside in Pan Mee is Manis Chye. All this while, I thought it was ‘money chye’ at which if one were to consume, you’re likely to get rich. Putting joke aside, the truth is I didn’t even know the real name until recently.
A friend prompted me on the whereabout to source for this vegetable when I received a text message – ‘Do you know where I can get Cangkuk Manis?’. Thanks to Google, I found the image almost instantaneously with a lengthy oo jumped out of my mouth!
Apparently, this vegetable itself is sweet hence leads to its name – Cekur Manis or Manis Chye at which literally means Sweet Leaf. Cangkuk Manis is the name that is more popular among Sarawakians or East Malaysia folks.
Scientifically, it is known as Sauropus androgynus aside from other common names such as katuk or star gooseberry. A shrub that grows at backyard, Mani Cai is rich in Vitamin B, C and Vitamin K and encourage good flow of breast milk. However, excessive consumption of juiced Cekur Manis may lead to lung damage resulted from high concentrations of alkaloid papaverine. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauropus_androgynus.
Not many believe that a small, humble town in Kedah is actually the home to the famous Serdang fried porridge. Although fried porridge is not something fancy, neither the dish makes it to the kitchen of iron chefs, be warned that if anybody who has tried Serdang fried porridge is likely to fall in love with it. Even though for the non devotee of porridge, nor those who usually say no to this dish.
A hideout tucked in a rural town near the border of Penang state, Sin Aik Kee is no stranger to the outstation folks. I am certain we’d been to this restaurant way before 2007. When my SO suggested that we explored this town again recently, I raised up my vote to savor fried porridge, once again! And guess what he said, “You sound like you’d been there!”. Indeed, both of us were there before with a bunch of friends. Alas, the man forgets.
Vietnam remains to be the one of countries that I am longing to visit. It comes even closer to my heart, owing to its cuisine. I was first introduced to Vietnamese when I was in CA back in 1999. Aromatic Vietnamese coffee is simply irresistible coupled with paper thin spring roll and tantalizing savory pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodles). I guess it was my first love hence I can hardly forget them.
Fast forward to the present – I live on a resort island that is nicknamed The Food Paradise hence all kind of flavors are within reach. The recent indulgence in food brought us to uncover an authentic Vietnamese restaurant at Lebuh Melaka in the artery of Penang George Town. Huong Que – that’s the given name for this lovely eatery. Rustic, it is tucked away in a row of colonial structures within a walking distance from the famous landmark on Jalan Dato’ Kramat – Penang Times Square. Under this roof, the local folks are running the customers facing operation while genuine Vietnamese chefs work in their kitchen.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re likely to love Fruit Meringue of Bistro Tang. A restaurant in a heritage hotel Ren I Tang, Bistro Tang is located right in the heart of Little India, at the junction of Lebuh Penang (Penang Street) and Lebuh China (China Street). Over the past 6 months, we have been visiting Water Drop Tea House every time we drives into George Town, however we didn’t notice this little gem until my friend pointed out.