Monday, June 06, 2011

Kluang (Part I)

Continued from: Tanjong Pagar Railway train ride to Kluang

Arrived at Kluang finally ! First stop is to chill out and have a proper breakfast. Earlier, I made it in time to Tanjong Pagar Railway station by skipping breakfast and picking up just a bun to stop the hunger pangs during the train ride. So upon arriving in Kluang, i am really hungry ! Right next to the platform and opposite the ticketing booth is the famous Kluang Rail Coffee.
Kluang Rail Coffee
(right next to Kluang railway station)
Established in 1938 by the Lim family in what would have been a railway canteen, serving passengers alighting or transiting through Kluang, it now has several branches in Petaling Jaya, Selangor (1-Utama Mall & Ikano Power Centre). The original serves charcol-grilled bread /bun with real butter and kaya, half-boiled eggs, packed nasi lemak,mee and mee siam. That's it and it has been their menu for years ! From what i read, the original is cheaper, tastier and well, nostalgic! Unfortunately, when i arrived, the popular packed nasi lemak was sold out (not surprising). I made reservation for 6 which i collected and tucked in later.

Immediately i ordered and tucked in my toast (both bread/bun), half-boiled eggs, black coffee to cool me down after the train ride and a packed noodle. (Yes i was hungry)

Charcoal-grilled bun, with butter
and kaya ozzing out
charcoal grilled toast, with butter and kaya ozzing out
Do note its Operating hours are from:
Friday -Wednesday : 7 am to 12 noon , 2.30 pm to 6 pm. (it does not open for lunch) and it closes on Thursday.

After breakfast, i walked over to the ticketing booth to secure my tickets back home. Hoping to catch glimpse of Bukit Timah Railway station and the scenery, i opted for a 3.30 pm train back. This is a budget train which is slower and is free seating (later upon returning, i found out its air con broke down as well...but that's another story for another post) . The cost RM$5 !
With 3 hours to spare, its time to explore this quaint town.

If history and geography interest you, you can read about the town from wikipedia. However, nothing beats visiting the place itself or for a matter of fact any place that you are interested in. I came here to try some food and manage to eat beef noodles and wanton mee (on top of Kluang Rail Coffee food) Rest of the time was spent exploring some areas around the town including its mall called Kluang Mall. All walking distance from the railway !!

First eating stop was Tangkak Beef (No. 5 Jalan Langsat). The beef was tender and soup rich and delicious. It cost $6 for a medium bowl full of lovely beef parts.

Beef noodles

Beef noodles with the rich stock

Wanton Mee
I had my Wanton mee (instead of bak kut teh) as i was feeling full still and wanted to safe space i my stomach for the nasi lemak i reserved from the Kluang Rail Coffee. I passed by this place and noticed a nmber of locals eating and said why not ! give it a try. The style is dark sauce-just the way i like it ! Place is called Kedai Makanan Yoke Kee, beneath a group of flats along Jalan Manggis.

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