“Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after“
One of the oldest love songs I’ve known. Possibly the best love story ever told in a song… up until the point when I found out that Jack and Jill were siblings. Ewww ewww spewwww. But, the fact remains the same, Jill came tumbling after to Jack’s rescue. That’s lovely and that’s sickeningly sweet. And everybody deserves a Jack&Jill relationship.
Now, just don’t go screwing your sister. That’s just sick!
“One year on and we’re still married! This is STILL a 3-way marriage right? Happy first anniversary! XOXO.“
Time may have pass us by but the wedding is still fresh in my mind. It still feels like a dream – fleeting and unreal. And why wouldn’t it be? It was the wedding our yours/my dreams after all. Since I was babysitting the BMW 1-series Convertible for the weekend, it was a great opportunity to pay tribute and revisit the place where your journey as man & wife began. Your story has always been an inspiration.
The Beemer was of course a pleasure to maneuver around the curves and bends of the Karak Highway. I’ve always enjoyed driving through the stretch leading up to Bukit Tinggi. 20-minutes of lush greenery and spectacular hill scape is enough to take anyone’s mind off the hectic life of the city. And what made the drive even more enjoyable was being able to drive with the hood down and feeling the wind on my face. Did you know that it only takes 22-seconds to get the electrically operated fabric top to fold down on the 1-series? This may not be the quickest in the convertible market but it’s certainly best-in-class effort and speedy enough to get the job done at the sudden change of weather. Plus, you can even do it while you’re on the move at speeds up to 25mph. That’s great when you want to enjoy the cool mountain air and when you want to make other drivers jealous!
No trip to anywhere is complete without any “nom, nom, nom“!
After the lack of attention all morning, my stomach began to rumble. I guess all that “zoom, zoom, zoom” around in the car has created quite an appetite. So, we descended from Tanarimba and made our way to Kampung Bukit Tinggi for lunch.
During the months leading to the wedding, we spend a significant amount of time up in this hills and were lucky enough to have tasted some of the local offerings here. There are two places which I absolutely love and miss, Restaurant BBQ Bukit Tinggi and Restaurant Foon Lock. Since we were on a tight budget and didn’t feel like being patronised this time round, we opted for the latter. Foon Lock has been a favourite amongst highway drivers as a rest stop and also treat their hunger with simple homecooked-styled dishes since their opening in the early 1980’s. In fact, we found out that this was one of the pioneering restaurants in the area.
My favourite dish here has got to be their Steamed Chicken Ginger Meehoon. Imagine chunks of steamed free-ranged chicken and fine silky strands of rice vermicelli dunked in a pipping hot broth made of famous Bentong ginger, garlic and spring onion. The beauty of this popular dish lies in its simplicity. The concoction of these few basic ingredients is just hot. In fact, steaming hot! Be prepared to sweat it out on a warm day while your slurp your noodles down. And don’t be surprise if they run out of this dish early either.
Another must order dish for me has got to be the Sweet & Sour Pork. I know what you’re thinking, you drove all the way there for what? Instead of your run-the-mill over-battered pork bits made to suit the westerned palate, the gu lo yoke here is prepared the traditional way. Slivers of well marbled pork are lightly battered before deep-frying and tossed in a sweet-sour tomato based sauce with a hint of vinegar. The result is a plate of crunchy bits and well absorbant of its sauce – just like how my late grandma used to make them. A perfect side dish to the noodles I’d say. Do also order any of the locally-cultivated vegetables and have the chef cook them to your liking.
On this trip I also discovered that Mokie’s freshly home-baked kaya (coconut & egg jam) puffs and pineapply puffs from Bentong are also on sale at the restaurant. Do buy them if you can, as I find the puff’s pastry to be light and flacky while the kaya inside was abundant and very fragrant. 2-packets of 10pcs cost us RM15.
If you ever feel like just getting away for a short while from Kuala Lumpur for some fresh air and soul food, just take a short drive up to Bukit Tinggi. It’s really not that far.
Restaurant Foon Lock
#84, Kg Bukit Tinggi,
28750 Bentong, Pahang.
Tel: +609 233 0170/+6012 955 3832