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Sunday 5 June 2016

Kopitiam Bentong Jaya

Jalan Tan Sri Chan Siang Sun
28700 Bentong
Coordinates: 3.522343, 101.907867

Brendan and Cat were exhausted after undergoing Shīfu’s treatment so we headed back to our budget hotel to rest and recuperate. I believe that we’ve not mentioned this before, but whenever we are in Bentong to visit with my parents we usually put up the night at Hotel Kristal.

Situated in the heart of Bentong town, this budget hotel is strategically placed and within walking distance to most eateries, a supermarket, a wet market and even the famous Bentong Walk which is described as a lively, Saturday-only night market featuring street food, local handicrafts & live performances.

After napping for an hour they were famished, since they were still exhausted and did not wish to expend any more energy than necessary we decided on a coffee shop just across from our budget hotel.

A simple ‘food court’ where different vendors peddle their dishes, Kopitiam Bentong Jaya seemed to be very popular among the locals.

in the heart of Bentong town

we are welcomed?

the quintessential 'food court'

To our delight, they provided the two staple food that our family enjoys: Chicken Rice and 1Char Kueh Teow. Cat and I had the Chicken Rice with an added plate of 2Char Siu while Brendan ordered his perennial favourite, the Char Kueh Teow.

1flat rice noodles stir-fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chili, a small quantity of belachan, whole prawns, de-shelled cockles, bean sprouts, chopped Chinese chives and egg
2a popular way to flavour and prepare barbecued pork in Cantonese cuisine; classified as a type of siu mei (燒味), Cantonese roasted meat

the chicken rice stall

the char kueh teow stall

We had no complaints about the Chicken Rice with Char Siu; Brendan enjoyed his Char Kueh Teow so much that he ordered a second helping.

Brendan's char kueh teow
roasted chicken

char siu

Barely sixty kilometres away from Kuala Lumpur we observed a noticeable drop in the prices of food. So it was a pleasant surprise that lunch for the three of us cost around RM25 only. That too after the fact that Brendan had to servings of Char Kueh Teow.

Now that’s the everyday food for the everyday person!

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