Before we headed to my client's house to do her make-up for her wedding ceremony in Ipoh (The Groom's side) of course we had to nourish ourselves with some pretty good Malaysian breakfast.
We chose Indian Muslim restaurant, Restoran Shah Reena at the town of Kuala Kangsar.
Chinese, Malays, Indians, almost all Malaysians love Mamak food! =)
Clean restaurant, I like.. =)
This restaurant even have an old photo of the massive flood that hit Kuala Kangsar in 1967. Check out the red arrow above pointing to Shah Reena restaurant at that time.
The Mamaks here are very friendly it's fun to chat a little with one of them. Apparently he was excited because we were from Kuala Lumpur *LOL*.
Ok check out what we had for breakfast!
Superrrr hotttt and delicious Mee Goreng Mamak (Mamak Fried Noodles) - RM 3.00 .
Well Nana was convinced it's 50 cents cheaper than KL, but I am positive it was actually RM 2.50 in Shah Reena.
Hehe that Mamak was very delighted when I complimented the taste of the noodles.
I dare to say that its Roti Sardin is something to be sought after here. It's really crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and the greatest part was the sardines were really generously stuffed as its filling. Chunks of it that you could actually bite the fish slowly. Yum!
We ate it with Kuah Dal (Dal Gravy). It was amusing when we wanted to have the second helping of the gravy, the Mamak was eyeing us expectantly and immediately rushed to serve us with more. Haha great service I tell you!
Ummi devouring her Roti Sardin.
Nana is recommending you to try Shah Reena's Roti Sardin.
So, yes the food quality, price, cleanliness and service : Two thumbs up! I was happy to tell that Mamak that the food was awesome and they're friendly which I like. I think that would make half his day at least =)
After we were done with breakfast, we drove around some more to kill the time. In Kuala Kangsar there is this particular village which locates all the artisans in the local arts and crafts such as in Labu Sayong making, Tekat making and more. This is a measure for the government to promote the Satu Desa Satu Industri (One Village One Industry) campaign that supports the works in a locality. In this village everybody's houses have a signboard stating their names and their expertise. Mostly you could see that next to their homes, there are small workshops attached where you can drop by or better make appointments with them to have a hands-on experience learning to make the handicrafts.
A Labu Sayong replica. See there the signboard of SDSI (Satu Desa Satu Industri). By the way Labu Sayong is the traditional container for water that is made from clay, that could actually keep the water cool. I asked my father since he is from Perak that is it really true that the water is really cool if you keep it in the Labu Sayong? His answer was straightforward but cynical, "Yes but if you keep the water in the refrigerator it would be much cooler."
Within the vicinity of the village, there is this mausoleum of a local hero named Daeng Sedili Pajung Luwuk. I asked Nana to get out from the car to snap its photo clearer. When Nana got back on the car she said she felt the chills when she was near the mausoleum.
By the way here is the story about this hero who was a royal member originated from the Islands of Bugis, Indonesia (by the way I have Bugis blood from my father's side). According to this information board, he came to Perak in the year 1740 and wedded Princess Muzaffar Shah (ok I think it meant his daughter since Muzaffar Shah is a male's name) in 1743. He was appointed as the first Mufti in Perak and was awarded the title of Maharajalela Tan Lela Putera Pancung Tak Bertanya (Phew!) which meant that he had the powers and authority to decapitate anyone who was convicted with the crime of murder. Thus, in remembrance of his good deeds his descendants were bestowed with the title of Orang Kaya Temenggong (Temenggong Wealthy Men). This mausoleum was built in 1977 by the Museum Department.
I also learnt that there is a street in Kuala Kangsar named after him.
Then we drove nearby the village where the new Royal Palace is located. Unfortunately we were only able to snap glimpses of it.
Yes below is the majestic bridge of Sultan Abdul Jalil, crossing over the Perak River. At night, this area is always well-lit with colourful light. Ironically the built of this bridge without any gapping holes in it made it impossible for us to view the river unless we stop our car on the roadside, which was not allowed as well. *sigh*
Anyways, I had a great time in Kuala Kangsar and now it's time for us to head for my father's hometown, the capital of Perak, the city of Ipoh. It was now my duty to do the make-up on my clients for the receptions at the Groom's side.
Ipoh, here we come! =)