Bali Hai…

My missus and I arrived at Sungai Petani in the afternoon on Tuesday, 17th but our daughter was still tied up with things in the institute…and she also wanted to pack some of her stuff to bring over to the hotel. It was not till around 6 in the evening that she finally caught a cab and showed up at the hotel with a close friend and coursemate of hers, Soleha, who was so kind as to accompany her and help her carry all the bags and boxes.

Since it was dinner time, we went looking for a nice place to eat and we saw this in the vicinity of the hotel in Lagenda Heights

Bali Bali SP

From the name, I was expecting some Indonesian cuisine…and ever since that time in the early 70’s when I was in Singapore, I had been a fan of their nasi padang especially at the Rendevouz Restaurant along Bras Basah Road. So we went in…

Bali Bali 2

…and ordered the dinner set for 4-6 persons which, if I can remember correctly, was RM65.00 per set which consisted of this Bali-style prawn dish…

Bali Bali Bali-style prawn

…which was not all that great and did not tickle my fancy. This special homemade fishcake was nothing to shout about either…

Bali Bali Special homemade fishcake

It was…fishcake, that was all. The ayam rendang was likewise a disappointment…

Bali Bali ayam rendang

They added some kind of leaves to it and I found the strong fragrance somewhat offensive.

We ordered the fish curry or to be more specific the kari bawal hitam (black pomfret) and in the end, we got the fish head curry instead…

Bali Bali fish curry

There were only a few bits of fish inside, so much so that we could not even tell whether it was the head, the body or the tail…and it was not even curry. I would think that it was more like assam fish.

There was also a vegetable dish but I did not bother to take a photograph of it and we were also served this bowl of soup…

Bali Bali soup

All in all, I would say it was quite all right…but there was nothing that was so very nice that would make me want to go there again.

In comparison, I would much sooner go to that Indian restaurant round the corner…but that would have to wait till the next post! LOL!!!

Wuthering Heights…

Well, it definitely wasn’t Wuthering Heights…but Lagenda Heights, the commercial area in which the hotel where I was staying in SP (Sungai Petani) is located.

Just round the corner is one coffee shop where I had this cendol pulut (glutinous rice) special for RM3.00…

Cendol pulut special

It was not bad but I thought it would be nicer if it had been richer with thicker and creamier santan (coconut milk) like those yummy Thai desserts. Even mixing in the melted ice cream did not help very much…

Cendol pulut 2

I also had the cucur udang (prawn fritters) for only RM2.00. It was quite nice and I was given peanut gravy/satay gravy to dip the fritters in…

Cucur udang

One thing that you should have if ever you’re in SP and in the vicinity is the puffs at this shop…

Curry puff shop 1

The puffs are HUGE, for instance this one…

Curry puff

…which is bigger/longer than the palm of my hand. They have different varieties…

Curry puff shop 2

…such as curry chicken and potato, curry chicken and potato with egg, black pepper chicken, sardine, yam, durian and sweet and sour crab (sticks). I love the curry chicken and potato best (RM1.40)…

Chicken and potato curry puff

…with the very delicious pastry and generous meat and potato filling.

The ready-made puffs are kept warm so when you buy one to eat, you can be sure that it is nice and hot…

Curry puff shop 3

For one thing, the pastry is extra flaky so be prepared to make a mess while eating.

There are a lot of other food outlets including a few Chinese and Japanese restaurants but I only noticed two coffee shops. One of them, named Lucky, has a lot of hawker stalls that operate from 7.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. daily and at night, it is a seafood restaurant.

We had the char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles) there for RM2.50 (small) and RM3.00 (big) which was pretty good…

Lucky Cafe SP char kway teow

…while the wan tan soup was just so-so…

Lucky Cafe SP wan tan soup

My daughter had the kway teow th’ng (flat rice noodles in clear soup) which was a far cry from what we had at that old and murky coffee shop along Penang Road on the island. I tried the mee sua (string noodles) and it was a total disappointment as it was, in fact, just the kway teow th’ng minus the kway teow…and replaced with mee sua instead. That was absolutely nothing compared to the Sibu mee sua in Foochow red wine chicken soup, believe you me!

We were not there very long, so we did not manage to try what the other stalls had to offer…but staying in the hotel in the vicinity was for sure a good choice. There are also Old Town and others including two that I will feature in my future posts, and in the Village Mall, they have Secret Recipe, Pizza Hut, the Chicken Rice Shop…and TESCO‘s located right next to the mall and there is a food court in it too.

When it comes to the question of food, at Lagenda Heights in SP, you’re bound to be spoilt for choice…