Thursday, December 31, 2009

A trip to Sauk, fresh water fish

My sister-in-law, Aderene came from Johore Bharu to visit us in Ipoh. Alfred suggested we take a drive to Sauk, a Chinese new village located in-between Kuala Kangsar and Lenggong, which was popular for fresh water fishes.  We followed the North-South highway from Ipoh and existed at Kuala Kangsar toll.  It took us only forty minutes to reach our destination.

We were looking for Ikan Kelah (banned fish because near extinct) at a few restaurants but there wasn't any of them. Finally we settled at Lau Kai Restaurant.

The lady boss of this restaurant recommended us ikan Sebarau (hampala) and ikan Hantu(marble doly).  Before they cook them ,Alfred want to make sure  that they were fresh but not frozen in the freeze,(to eat fresh water fish, always insist for fresh but not frozen fish, otherwise the flesh of the fish will be very soggy and tasteless).

Life and cooked ikan Sebarau or Hampala. This cooked fish weighed about 900grams. It will be better if it is around two kilograms. The flesh will toughfer and bones will be bigger too.(Y-shaped bones easily get stuck at our throat.)

Live and cooked ikan Hantu or Marble Goby. This fish was almost one kilogram in weight. Just nice for table .
We can see the flesh of the fishes, pure white and well shaped. Really good cook, the sauce and the fish matched well.  Ikan Sebarau have more bones, those of y-shaped bones, not advisable for young children and old peoples, but the flesh is sweeter then that of ikan Hantu though it has only the main vertebra bone.

We manage to finish both the fishes though only four of us because the fishes really taste good and delicious.
We paid only RM 150.00 for the lunch, including Chinese tea, rice and a fried bitter guord. Worth it!!

Lau Kai Air-Cond Restaurant is located at
NO. S 44, 45, Jalan Besar, 33500
Sauk, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
Tel: 05-7511615
Operate from 12.00pm to 9.00pm
Close on altenate Thursday.

From Sauk, we took a drive to The Raja Muda Nazrin Bridge Rest area, just ten minutes  away. Surprisingly, from the view-point area, we can see the beautiful bridge and amazing scenic views at the surrounding area.

Raja Muda Nazrin Bridge. Across Perak river.

On the left side of the bridge,a  lake holiday resort at the far end and some fresh water fish farming at the front.

The quiet , fresh and beautiful scenery on the right side of the bridge.

The calm .clear water of the lake.
We left the scenic views behind and proceed to locate for Leggong Archaeological Museum. It took us ten minutes to reach the museum. It was situated two kilometer away from the main road among some oil palm plantations.
This is the first Prehistoric Museum in Malaysia and built in this area called Kota Tampan, officiated by DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Sultan Azlan Shah on the 21st, July 2003. There were Audio visual orientation, library, observation tower and geology park in the museum.

The sites of the excavation.

The excavation.
According to the record, Lenggong Valley was the ancient migration route from Africa to Australia.
Perak man is the only known prehistoric skeleton in the world born with a deformity.
After the tour inside the museum, we went to the Geology Park just behind the museum building.
Some of the rocks that found only in this part of Malaysia.

The lenggong Archaelogical Museum is located at
Kota Tampan, 33400, Lenggong, Perak.
Tel: 05-7679700/693
The museum is open daily 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Friday: from 9.00am to 12.15pm. and from 2.45pm to
Except: the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfiltri & Aidiladha.
Admission is free.
We had a very enjoyable trip, good lunch, beautiful sceneries and knowledge as well.